Here’s a panorama of 9 images stitched together in Photoshop. I kicked up the vibrance in Lightroom. The blue helps to bring out the island of Molokai in the center, the west end of Maui to the left and Lanai to the far right. The little dot is a cargo carrier headed for the port at Kahului.
I witnessed the beginning of the day and it’s end. I’m pooped.
A panorama of Makapuu looking across the Molokai Channel to Molokai and West Maui
On Wednesday of this week (9/16) I assisted a couple of my Hang Gliding friends launch from Kamehame Ridge above Waimanalo. Being a beautiful clear morning I decided to walk to a higher point along the ridge known as “Three Poles”. On days like this you’re rewarded for your effort with a view of the eastern most point of Oahu looking towards Molokai across the Molokai Channel.
Capturing this view in one shot is beyond the capability of my photo gear. Instead, using my wide angle lens 17-35 (effectively 25-52 on my Sony A700) I made a series of vertical shots. After importing the 23 shots into Lightroom for processing the individual exposures I ran them in the Photoshop CS4 merge to Panorama action.
I’ve been following the adventures of Roz Savage as she rows across the Pacific. The Voyage She’s just a few miles from her stop in Oahu. Currently Roz is in the Molokai Channel between the east end of Oahu and west end of Molokai.
The weather is good and the trades are light. It shouldn’t be a bad row thru the channel. We have canoe and paddle board races from Molokai to Oahu and the seas can get rough and then there’s the natural current.
Just before sunset I drove up Kamehame Ridge with the slight hope I might see something. No luck. Unless one of those intermittent white caps included her boat on the crest!
I posted some shots I took at sunset on Flickr