I went up near Mauna Kea on Friday the 13th to have a good time and photograph the Moonrise. I gotta tell ya, Moonrises are quite underrated. They are very peaceful events that calm the restless mind. Anyway, my father and dog came along and we had a jolly good time. There was a substantial amount of vog (similar to smog, produced by the volcano) in the air on this given night. This would normally irk me but the haze helped diffuse the light of the rising moon. We made our way up a hill which provided a high quality view of Mauna Kea and Mauna Loa. Mauna Kea is the highest mountain in the Hawaiian Islands at 13,803 ft., and Mauna Loa is the second highest peak in the Islands at 13,679 ft., as well as being considered the largest volcano on Earth! We made good time and reached a suitable vantage point just as the glow of the moon began to illuminate the horizon.
As you can see, the moon is nearly risen in this photo. Mauna Kea is visible to the far left and Mauna Loa to the far right. The bright streaks to the right of the moon are light trails from cars driving over Saddle Road. Many stars are still visible overhead.
Here's an attempt at a self portrait. It would have turned out better if I had a flash handy, but you've gotta work with what you got!
This was the view looking back towards Kohala. The full moon really does a great job of illuminating the land at night. I urge you to go out and find some unique compositions to shoot during the full moon. Don't forget to bring a tripod!
I took this photo a couple months back on Hualalai during a full moon. As you can see, I captured the Milky Way in the image. Fortunately, the moon was at a low angle in the sky when this was taken, allowing the galaxy to appear without being completely washed out. I actually couldn't see the Milky Way when I took this. The tree carcass caught my eye and I was pleasantly surprised when I went through my photos the next day. If you feel inclined, go out during the next full moon and see what you can find! I am out in Massachusetts at the moment and the weather has been superb. Stay tuned for more photos at my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/uldericoimages Good Day!