Thom Hogan 2007 Hawaii Photography Workshop: Day 5 Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden.
We stopped at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens on our last day of the workshop. The Garden is located about 7 miles north of Hilo along the Old Mamalahoa Highway overlooking Onomea bay. This was a target rich environment. I do recommend mosquito repellent and possibly an umbrella. The hike down the trail from the gift center to Onomea bay takes a couple of hours, and about a 500 foot elevation drop. Just remember you have to walk back up (although there is a golf cart for the physically challenged to take you back up).
I don’t know the name of this flower. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, f/5, 1/100 sec).
Waterfall on the Onomea creek. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, f/5.6 1/6 sec).
Orchid along the path. Thom spent some time helping me get the focus right. One thing that I learned was Varilux glasses can be a problem when trying to get accurate/critical focus through the viewfinder. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, f/7 1/25 sec).
Orchid near the bottom of the trail. Some of the image is blown out, need to go back and see if this can be recovered with new software. Image taken with a Nikon D2xs and 105 mm f/2.8 macro lens (ISO 100, f/10 1/25 sec).