Thursday, January 21, 2010

Skywatch Friday: Waimea Canyon, Kauai, Hawaii

My sister and her family went to Hawaii for the New Year this year. This is the second time they went to these beautiful islands. The first time was in March 2001, our whole family gathered at Oahu for our father's 80-year old birthday. Everybody loves the trip.

A few years later, our daughter went to the Big Island of Hawaii with her friend, and after that she was married on the island of Kauai in 2006. Last week, during my visit to her for the birth of her second child, I found some photos that we took at Kauai in 2006. The day after our daughter's wedding, Grace and I took a helicopter ride to fly through the famous Waimea Canyon.

We were not very sophisticated with our camera equipment at the time. I was using my old Nikon D70 with 24-85 mm lens, and she had her Panasonic point-and-shoot.

We had to take the pictures through the glass window of the helicopter. The scenery was incredible. However, our photos right out from the camera did not do justification to the majestic canyon.

Well, five years later, I am a little bit better with Photoshop. A few trick with the "curve" removed the haze, increased the contrast and brought out the true color of the Waimea Canyon.

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18 comments:

Regina said...

You captured the beauty of nature.
Beautiful and amazing.

Johnny Nutcase said...

wow, these pictures are just gorgeous. Ideal weather/sky for photos. I've been needing to go back to HI for a while now, these pictures are making me want to go back more and more. So pretty!

Carletta said...

So very very beautiful!
Not sure I could handle a helicopter ride but for these views it would be worth a try. :)
Carletta’s Captures.

Sylvia K said...

What a fantastic place! And your photos are breathtaking! Love that waterfall! And what stunning colors! WOW! Have a great weekend!

Sylvia

Carolyn Ford said...

Glorious Kauai! Our daughter was married on Kauai, too...in 2002. We have taken the helicopter tour and also hiked on so many of the Waimea trails...such wonderful scenes everywhere you can possibly turn!

Rune (Bildebloggen) said...

All photographs are part of a great adventure, beautiful pictures!

J Bar said...

Spectacular scenery. Amazing colours.
Sydney - City and Suburbs

Amanda said...

wow what amazing views!!! That water is like a dream! Happy SkyWatch =)

Light and Voices said...

Kauai is listed on my "bucket list." You pictures are super dooper fantastic!
Joyce, IL, USA

Eaglesbrother said...

Great shots..I especialy love waterfall shots.

Shannara said...

Oh my, what a lovely place... Sweden seems boring when I watch alla others pics. I need to go travel...

Elisabeth said...

What wonderful images! Lovely! Thanks for sharing...Happy SWF!

Janie said...

All the photos are gorgeous. I want to go to Hawaii someday.

Mark Kreider said...

These are some of the most amazing photographs I've ever seen. I'm kinda breathless here!

Spiderdama said...

Really beautiful natur!:-)

luvnharmony.wordpress.com said...

Those are amazing pictures! I would love to visit there someday with my family.

Adrienne in Ohio said...

Absolutely gorgeous shots!

Sherri said...

That is breath taking!

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