Haleakala and Away

Maui, Hawaii, 8 March 2015

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We had gone to the summit of Haleakala a couple of days before, arriving at 3am to ensure a close parking place.  However, there was a driving wind, it was very cold and there was a thick mist that dissuaded me from photography. The cold is not surprising because it is 10,000 feet or 3,000 metres high.

On the our last morning in Maui we tried again at about 10am and the conditions were much the same.  This time I thought I should at least photograph some of the people braving the elements to reach the observation hut.

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Haleakala, Haleakala National Park, Hawaii, Lanai, Landscape, Maui, Photography, seascape, Travel

And since I was here, I thought I should take a photograph of the view.

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There were also other things up there than the view.  These are ‘ahinahina or Haleakala Silversword.  This is a very rare plant specific to Haleakala that has previously been threatened by cattle, goats and the irresponsible behaviour of humans.

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However, we did manage to get a view, through intermittent clouds, at the first lookout back down from the summit.

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Later, on the flight back to Honolulu, we caught a glimpse of Lanai, a small, sparsely populated island.

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Haleakala, Haleakala National Park, Hawaii, Lanai, Landscape, Maui, Photography, seascape, Travel

We spent that night at Waikiki, prior to our flight back to Australia the next morning.  I found this gallery of Peter Lik.  Peter Lik is an Australian photographer who achieved fame (or is it infamy?) for claiming to have sold a photograph for $US6,500,000 though there is no documentary proof of this and the buyer is unknown.

His prints are very large and detailed and technically well produced.  Some of them I found impressive, such as the tree panorama on the left that you can half see due to the acute angle.  The colours of that print did not appear to be realistic but the composition and colour design was so strong that this did not matter.  Others, such as one of Antelope Canyon, I found garish and overdone.  I find the same with Peter Eastaway, a prominent Australian photographer who to my taste often just takes colours and tonalities too far.

I have more sympathy with the late Tasmanian wilderness photographer Peter Dombrovskis, New Zealand landscape photographer Andris Apse and Australian photographer of Lake Eyre Murray Fredericks.  Perhaps it says something of my preferences that all of these three established their reputation as large format film photographers.

5 comments on “Haleakala and Away

  1. I’m glad your view improved a little on the way down. Nothing like getting inside a cloud… the phrase ‘can’t see the sky for the clouds’ somehow wends its way into my head. Thank you too for introducing me to the work of Murray Fredericks. Pity he doesn’t have a blog!

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    • Murray Foote says:

      I imagine the sunrise view that you are “supposed” to see would be quite magical. You can walk through the crater and over the other side and down to the coast where hopefully you would have arranged someone to be waiting for you with a car. That would be quite a walk.

      I saw a documentary about Murray Fredericks. I don’t know if you picked up that story from the website. Every year for maybe 12 years he took off to the middle of Lake Eyre (a huge salt lake) and photographed under varying light conditions and sometimes the presence of water. Glorious subtle minimalist landscapes and the prints must have amazing detail.

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  2. leecleland says:

    Had a good chuckle over taking photos of the people who braved it to the top – along the lines of a photographer will always find something to shoot 🙂
    The Haleakala Silversword reminded me of sea annemones until I saw the one with the long stem, they are beautiful.
    Ah, Peter Lik best not to say anything here 🙂 but love the work of Peter Dombrovskis, Andris Apse and particularly Murray Fredericks’ Lake Eyre series. A wonderful adventure captured by yourself in Hawaii thank you for sharing it with us.

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    • Murray Foote says:

      Thanks so much Lee. Actually there’s one post to come of Maui monochromes.

      I’ve seen photographs of the Haleakala Silversword when in flower – a long red plume that must be quite spectacular.

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