The Big Island of Hawaii offers some of the most diverse landscapes on the planet...from pristine beaches and lush tropical rain forests, to petroglyphs and the 14,000 foot peak of Mauna Kea!
Join us for this four day, fun-filled adventure and come away with photography experiences that expose you to some of the best the Big Island has to offer. A few of the highlights during this week of sun, surf and shutter clicks will be an opportunity to spend a festive night at a classic Hawaiian luau, where we'll not only enjoy the food and entertainment of the event, but also have great access for the opportunity to photograph the dancers in their traditional Hawaiian regalia.
We'll hike in and around the lush and tropical Akaka Falls State Park to photograph the mighty 422 ft. tall fall, as well as amazing and vibrant tropical flowers and bamboo groves in the botanical gardens.
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From the lush tropical rain forests, we will move over two miles from sea level to the desert moonscapes of Mauna Kea! The hot sand beaches give way to these sometimes snowy mountain peaks. We'll spend the evening photographing the setting sun atop the mountain and then stay after dark to photograph the night sky from one of the world's best places to see them. This ancient volcanic hotspot is not only a wonderful spot for landscape photography, but also night photography. It's easy to see why some of the best telescopes on the planet are here! We'll give you the help and instruction you need to not only photograph the sunset, but also to light paint and capture amazing starscapes as well! It'll be a memorable evening, for sure!
If you're an underwater photography lover, and have been looking for a chance to submerge and experience underwater photography, there will be an optional trip for doing just that! Imagine not only swimming with gentle giant sea turtles, but also having a chance to capture some memorable images of these amazing creatures beneath the crystal blue ocean waves. An adventure never to be forgotten!
In addition to these wonderful experiences, we will spend time photographing the beautiful and famous Hawaiian beaches and the bright blue tropical waters at the most incredible times...sunset and sunrise. We'll hike out to ancient Hawaiian petroglyphs for an evening of shooting these age old pictorials and further enjoying the stunning Hawaiian landscape.
In between all the time you'll spend shooting, our team of professional instructors will be on hand to answer your questions, look at your work and offer help to take your photography from the snapshot to the type of image you'd want to hang on your wall! You'll also experience the joy that comes from spending time with other people who love travel and photography as much as you do! These are the types of trips that not only bring home great images, but also new friends and memories that last a lifetime!
Breathtaking landscapes! Traditional Hawaiian festivities! Underwater photography! Night photography! Waterfalls! Hawaiian flora and fauna! Beautiful tropical weather! All the friends, fun and photography you could ask for in a tropically-themed vacation at your doorstep... all you have to do is grab your camera and go!