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| p.1 #4 · Advice for Maui/Kauai Trip |
I just visited Kauai in the Spring and here are my must see places
Waimea Canyon - Drive the road to the Canyon, especially the last 2/3 stops.
The last one is at Kalalau Valley
This nice in the morning but Sunsets would be a better choice if your fiance doesn't mind defering dinner
Here are a few shots from an AM visit
Helicopter tour, DOORS OFF, of Waimea Canyon, coast, etc.
This was by far the best bang-for-the-buck as far as photography goes.
It was about $300 for a 70 minute, doors off tour
Here are some images from that tour
If you take the tour, you are only allowed a camera if it has a neckstrap/wriststrap.
No camera bags, lens changes, card or battery changes!
Its all about safety & they don't want stuff falling out of the chopper.
I brought a 5DMkII w/24-105 lens.
This was an optimal set up as many wide angle shots as you are close to canyon walls.
Tv (shutter priority), set at 1/800 - 1/1000, at ISO 400, with a stabiized lens which you seem to have.
Multi-shot for short (2-3 shots) burst help get steady images.
Don't brace yourself against the helo cabin as vibration will hurt your shots.
They tell you to shoot from the hip to avoid motion-sickness, BUT all they are trying to prevent is you
staring through the viewfinder the whole time. Just frame/shoot, then look out w/o camera to keep yourself OK. I also used the accu-pressure wrist straps, just in case. I had NO problems.
I went through about 400-500 shots (because of multi-shot) and had a ton of keepers.
Freshly charged battery was OK for the duration
Here is Aaron Feinbergs website for more pictures, ideas