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Hawaii Volcano

In August 2008, I was sent to Hawaii by Canon to lead tours at a dealer conference and to shoot some images for an upcoming product catalog with a prototype Canon 50D and 18-200mm lens...The three of us went to east side of the island to photograph the volcano. We spent 3 days and nights making images.

With the volcano being in the news now, I thought I would share some of the images.

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Saturday's Sunrise

As much as I love the long days of summer, I hate the fact that I have to get up so early to photograph sunrise…. Fortunately my launch spot is the narrow portion of a peninsula on the north bank of the river, so I have good views in both directions… The start of the sunrise, facing east, was rather nice so I took several images… I turned my attention to the west and saw this really nice cloud formation, and a pink glow in the sky… the cloud formation got more intense.  I turned the camera vertical and took a series of HDR images, bracketing 2 stops apart for three images, and photographed a 5-frame panorama.

Read the whole story and see all the images below.

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Not the most productive weekend

I spent about 4 hours on the river this weekend in the kayak and I took just four decent images during that time. There just isn’t much activity on the river this spring. In the past this was one of my favorite times as there were usually many broods of baby geese, mallards, wood ducks, mergansers, grebes and more.  This year I have seen a total of five sets of mallards, two sets of geese and no wood duck, merganser or grebe families...

Ironically the best wildlife images of the weekend came as I was wheeling my kayak down the trail, heading home on Sunday.  I looked up and spotted a Red-shouldered Hawk low in a tree just 30 feet off the trail...

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Requesting Your Help

I am getting ready to enter our local PBS station art show and auction.  You may recall that last year I won First Place for Photography with my image of  “Princess Warrior.”

I know my odds of winning two years in a row are slim, but I want your help in deciding which image to enter.  I have narrowed it down to 10 images. Please let me know which is your favorite

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LEWIS KEMPER is widely recognized as a photographer, writer, and instructor, lecturing throughout the United States. To learn more, click here.



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