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2015 Milky Way and Caldera/Crater Shots from Mauna Kea

Mauna Kea, ~13,796 foot above sea level and ~55,000 feet from base to peak,  Sea Floor to Mountain Top,  about one million years old

Caldera – “..volcanic feature usually formed by the collapse of land folloiwng a volcanic eruption” ,” Word comes from Spanish word caldera” meaning cooking pot. ” Source: Wikipedia

After a bit of drive up a very steep  Mauna Kea Mountain , we reached the observatories and captured the colorful sunset from the Tallest (not the highest) mountain in the world.    It was obvious that our driver had tremendous amount of experience with off road and 4X driving .  Waldo (aka Mason) was outstanding at maneuvering the steep incline, leading the caravan, and making sure everyone was safe and adapting to the high altitude.

At almost 14k feet above Sea Level, you definitely feel the lack of oxogen.  High altitude reinforces my love of clean air and Energetic Oxogen.  If you move too fast you become a little out of balance/light headed and perhaps short of breadth.    To me, move slowly and no running or fast moving.  Some of our team mates became very light headed or physically weak but they were troopers and shot the sunset.  Our professional guides were watching everyone and ready to leave at a moment notice if anyone needed to be transported to lower elevation quickly.  The best photograph shared at the first  group  lecture after the night shoot was captured by a gentleman in our group that suffered a bad case of high altitude sickness.  He pushed his physical limits and leaders were watching him carefully.  Preplanning paid off,   he was able to set-up and capture the winning shot of the all observatories in the fore ground and colorful sunset and clouds in the background and then return to vehicle.   Of course he had the new 11mm to 14mm lens which made it possible to capture all of them in one shot.  (Mike’s and my sunset observatory shots to be posted on a separate post.)  Everyone captured beautiful shots and each one differed by lens and camera choice.  Most of the team did not have time to review or even download their shots due to the schedule.

After the sunset we ventured to  the Night Star Shoot location atop the mountain.  Jennifer Wu scouted the venue earlier and everyone set-up their tripods and equipment quickly.   The lower altitude made a significant difference.  I’m guessing we were at 9,000 to 10,000 feet.

Below are a couple shots I captured with my crop sensor Canon 7D Mark II.  More shots to be posted in the future form the Full Frame Camera.

Milky Way and Caldera/Crater

Milky Way and Caldera/Crater,  View from Mauna Kea

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Blog 2015 June Hilo

Blog 2015 June Hilo