Ala Moana Lunar Panorama

So the night was too cloudy to get really good lunar eclipse shots, but I managed to get a nice panorama of Magic Island with a clear shot of the eclipse. Oh well, just have to wait for the October eclipse.

Lunar Eclipse panorama

Ala Moana 4th of July Fireworks 2013

There were a lot of spectacular fireworks last night at Ala Moana. And, practically every square foot of grass in the park was taken by fireworks watchers. A lovely night, not a drop of rain all evening. This is paradise.

And this photo below is the weirdest fireworks shot I’ve ever taken. It really looks like a face doesn’t it?
Ala Moana 4th of July 2013

Ala Moana 4th of July 2013

Hawaii Tsunami Panoramas

Well, today will be remembered for some time to come. For most people in Hawaii it will be another near miss. For me, I will likely remember today as a once in a lifetime opportunity. I decided to take a last minute photowalk to Ala Moana Beach ahead of an incoming tsunami.

Surprisingly, there were hardly any other photographers there. I guess good sense is not so rare among photogs after all. Anyway, these panoramas were taken about an hour before the expected landfall of the waves. I’ve Zoomified these pics so that you can look at the high resolution images without downloading a gargantuan file.

This photo shows the mass exodus of boats from the Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor. If you zoom in on the horizon, you can see the masts and outlines of a couple hundred other boats offshore.

Ala Wai Small Boat Harbor Evacuation

Ala Moana Beach Park looking towards the ocean and Diamond Head.  Click to see zoomified image

I’m fairly certain that Ala Moana Beach has never been this empty in the middle of a picture perfect day before. And I can’t imagine any other circumstance that will create a shot like this again.

Let’s play a game of Reverse Where’s Waldo. There is one sunbather on the beach in the photo below, go find him or her.

Ala Moana Panorama

Ala Moana looking towards downtown.  Long panorama.  Click to see zoomified image