This is the quintessential Road to Hana photograph. I’ve seen it in hundreds of advertisements, tour books, TV commercials and websites. Quite literally, there is a single spot where everyone stands to take this shot. How does a photographer bring something new and different to a photograph that has been taken by tens of thousands of people?
In my case, I brought along an IR camera to see if the shot might come alive in a different way. I don’t recall seeing any photographs of this spot that were taken with an Infrared (IR) camera, so I gave it the ol’ college try.
That’s what I love about photography. Just because someone else has taken the shot before, doesn’t mean that you can’t put your own twist on it.
Always keep exploring. Always keep trying. Always keep experimenting.
Here’s another version without color in the sky.
A few days ago we took at trip to Hana, Maui. I had been looking for a way to use my IR camera for some visually compelling photographs, and the road to Hana is a perfect location. When you take images with an IR camera, green foliage turns almost pure white. This means that images of rain forests come out looking like snow covered mountains.
The truth is that too much foliage in an image can work against you, since everything comes out white. I took a number of pictures of the mountains and valleys along the way to Hana, but everything was simply washed in white!
This image was taken at one of the many hiking trails along the road. I mounted my Nikon 14-24mm f2.8 lens on my Nikon D70 which has been converted to IR via the Life Pixel method. I brought this image into Nikon Capture NX 2 and added a light blue cast to the overall photograph with a Photo Effects step. Then, I used a Nik Color Efex Pro 3.0 filter called Vignette Blur to soften the edges.
It was a great day of photography!