Play Misty For Me 2: Haleakala

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Landscape / Photo Log / Photography


December 6, 2004. Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii. We arose early to see the sunrise from the top of Haleakala. It was spectacular. Then we hiked down into the cone. It is the size of Manhattan. We might’ve been the only ones there.

Unearthly. Except for the mist.

(Canon 20D; Canon EF-S 17–85mm f/4–5.6 IS USM. Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. I like the way you’ve divided the frame going from shadowed foreground to mid-ground and then the sky. Also, the soft side-lighting is very appealing. Nice work, Michael.

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  2. This reminds me of a part of the Canadian Rockies I saw in Alberta.

    The Canon 20D was the only one in the series I didn’t have, from the 10D through the 50D. Have you done a step-by-step enlargement of the original digital file for this image?

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    • Thank you very much. This is what keeps me coming back to it 15 years later. That and the interlocked wedges composition, which would not have worked without lighting, of course.

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      • I don’t teach formally but I can answer specific questions through comments. I’m pressed for time right now but I will give you some thoughts on highlights very soon

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      • I’m giving you a link to an article that could be overkill. See point 4. But this link also is an introduction to a blog that I find extremely helpful in all matters photography.

        Please forgive me for sending an article “for beginners.”

        In practice, I have my camera’s LCD set to show me an RGB histogram. My cameras show the individual R, G, B channels plus the combined total. The important thing is not to let any of them run up the right side of the graph. In some floral photography, for example, the red channel will blow out while the blue and green are fine. In this case I expose to make sure the red is not over exposed. Otherwise I will lose crucial detail in my subject. When shooting landscapes, I want my skies to be perfect. Therefore I make very sure that none of the sky is blown out. The only exception would be the sun itself. I normally shoot aperture preferred and use the exposure compensation to adjust. A purist would scoff at me for not shooting manual, but in most — but not all — cases I don’t see a clear advantage to manual over my system. One time I definitely use manual is when I’m doing a multi-multi shot panorama. In this case you want your exposures to be consistent. Manual is really the only way to do that.

        I always shoot RAW. It’s the only way to have full control of the results.

        Hope this helps.


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