Travel Photography: Mauna Kea Volcano, Hawaii

Here’s a cool travel photo of a gnarly tree silhouetted by The Milky Way on Mauna Kea volcano in Hawaii. My wife and I hiked up to a popular view point to see the sunset. On the way up I noticed the cool trees and conceived the idea for this shot. It was pitch dark, cold, blowing, and I had no flashlight or tripod. I used the video light on our pocket camcorder to see my immediate surroundings. I handheld the camera against a tuft of grass and applied constant downward pressure for a 30 second exposure. This was the best of 6 attempts.

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