Going back to my Hawaii photos again as I've forgotten to organize and edit the entire gallery from late 2012. And i wanted to show something very different from Hawaii, something unique or at least try to.
If you love hiking, and if you love a challenge...then when you visit Hawaii, you MUST try the KOKO CRATER hike.
This is at the peak after a long haul. It may be only 1.5 miles in length, but its almost a straight UP VERTICAL climb of 1200 feet elevation!
The views at the top are amazing. You have to see it to believe it, I'm so glad we did the hike. People often had to stop and catch their breath..as did we. We would take advantage of the time and chat with locals. We were surprised to learn that many locals use this steep hike for training. We even met a few locals who said they hike this crater weekly!! Yikes!
There's also lots of history here.
It was an important Military location during World War II. You always have the advantage if you have height and perspective, so the US had this birds eye view of any enemy ships coming in.
At the top you can still see these gunner pits, and other military infrastructure.
To help the soldiers carry heavy equipment up the steep steep incline of the volcano crater, they used a railway system and tram lines.
I'll post a couple of WS photos too.
And I'm back to using the MAP feature as well, click on MAP VIEW to see the actual Crater of the Volcano on the Satellite view.
Hope you like it.
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lousat (75532) 2014-02-12 1:02
Hi Craig. You seem really excited about this place reading your note.In effects the show is amazing, 3 different panoramic truly magnificent caught by this peak, nice choice of main photo with this memory of the second war that has now become patrimony of the writers .... ehehe ..no comment about the quality always at the top! Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
saxo042 (37268) 2014-02-12 2:14
Yes, I am often called "gunner" in stead of "Gunnar" but these words are clearly related. Wikipedia says: "Gunnar is a male first name of Nordic origin. The name Gunnar means fighter, soldier, and attacker, but mostly is referred to by the Viking saying which means Brave and Bold warrior (gunnr "war" and arr "warrior"). But apart from this, your picture is interesting and the background landscape is very beautiful.
Royaldevon (28641) 2014-02-12 2:23
Your notes reveal your enthusiasm as the photograph stirs your memories.
The f/g is stark, like a gaping mouth, symbolic of things to do with war. It contrasts so strongly with the beauty of the setting, the extensive hills and the soft, blue sky.
My warm regards,
mirosu (13340) 2014-02-12 2:27
I like very much how balanced and elegant this composition looks as you have employed the elements that define the scenery, the colours and the perspectives in an excellent way. We get a great idea of this interesting place and of its natural surroundings, depth and clarity are superb. Apart from that, even beyond the physical description, the picture is a delight to look at for its beautiful light and well balanced colours.
Very well done.
holmertz (40069) 2014-02-12 3:07
An interesting set of photos, again teaching me something about the world (or at least a small part of it). The views are terrific, but personally I would wait for the train to carry me to the summit ;-).
All the best,
Subhogen (4065) 2014-02-12 3:14
Perfect spot to spot enemy ships from.
It is good to see that such wonderful views were good compensation for the long uphill hike you took.
It is unbelievable that some graffiti enthusiast had the tenacity to show their artwork after such a long climb. The old gunners pit creates good FG interest. Nice photo with good clarity and natural colours. Thanks for sharing.
Sergiom (58686) 2014-02-12 5:59
Cela prend quelqu'un en forme pour se rendre aussi haut. Surtout en transportant tout l'équipement photo. J'aime le point de vue qui donne beaucoup de profondeur à la composition.
Romano46 (17494) 2014-02-12 10:04
La contrapposizione tra il soggetto in primo piano e il paesaggio circostante creaa una composizione di grande impatto.
Da notare anche la contrapposizione di colori tra la parte basasa , la fascia intermedia dominata dal verde e la parte alta dominata dal cielo e dal mare.
Un taglio perfetto per un soggetto trattato in maniera eccellente per una fotografia dall'impasso visivo notevole.
Ciao e buona serata
Sonata11 (33225) 2014-02-12 10:14
very interesting and the same time very beautiful composition. This composition is very beautiful and very elegant. Wonderfully executed image. I like it a lot. Perfectly well done like always. My congrats.
All the best,
mesutilgim (83028) 2014-02-12 11:08
Hello dear Craig,
Without reading your notes it does not say much, but once if you have gotten the message what's what, it's a perfect TE entry.
TFS and best regards
williewhistler (13741) 2014-02-12 12:32
blimey,what a view,no wonder this was selected as a look out,you can see for miles.
Being as steep a climb as it is little wonder that a track was used for access.
This is a fine little series that combined with your informative note tells the story perfectly.Great stuff.
All the best Les.
ktanska (24626) 2014-02-12 12:41
It is a fantastic viewpoint. How far is this from the city as at least that direction doesn't look urban at all? That gun pit looks quite surprising, and I like such odd combinations. That reminds your shots of Cuban windows, in wrong position and place, as if it was a stargate to Caribbean.
zanzi (13642) 2014-02-12 12:56
It seems indeed to be a very good point of view.
I like the composition of your picture with the foreground well anchored on the pit.
jcpix (13560) 2014-02-12 16:56
How in the world did anyone worry about defending their position when they had this kind of view to sit back and soak up instead?? :) No wonder it was an advantageous location, there's nowhere to go but down...and in a quick hurry on a steep grade no less!
Definite props on the originality of this one, not something anyone is going to find in a guide book I would think...and I'm pretty sure it's a first here on TE. I know I'm only one person, but I've never seen this before. Pity it had to be littered with graffiti, those knuckleheads find every possible spot to tag...even at the top of a freakin' crater!? Glad your revisiting your Hawaii pics, can't wait to see more. To state the obvious, well done! Enjoy the rest of your evening. Take it easy.
jjcordier (75640) 2014-02-12 22:12
Position privilégiée pour surveiller tout ce qui arrive au loin. On comprend le positionnement du canon....et de ton Pentax!
carlo62 (31414) 2014-02-13 0:15
una posizione che ti ha permesso di avere una grande profondità, che hai gestito perfettamente con la messa a fuoco.
Una composizione originale e molto tecnica di grande effetto visivo.
SnapRJW (30911) 2014-02-13 3:35
Hi Craig - I'm glad you did this hike and took pictures at the summit ... it is a hike that I wouldn't attempt so without using your legs I would never see this! Your note explains perfectly what we are seeing and I find the contrast between the military remnants and peaceful landscape quite remarkable. It makes me realise how fit the servicemen must have been ;)
Fascinating. Warm regards Rosemary
Noel_Byrne (23274) 2014-02-13 11:18
1200 feet vertical? Hmm, I think I would do it once, and that would be me done :) I am glad you did though, because the view from here is spectacular. Its a weird foreground too, in such contrast to the distant view. I think the graffiti throws me a little, as this is the last place I would expect to find such a thing, but that's a cool addition to any photo, something that makes you pause and think What the Heck?
Cheers as always
emka (77392) 2014-02-13 16:36
Hi craig, Seems interesting this hiking. 1200 feet, it would be 360 meters and 1,5 miles it would be 2,4 km. (Why don't you use SI??) It doesn't seem to me specially difficult, but maybe it was very steep. Nice view from above and interesting military structure in this remote place.
WArm regrads MAlgo
annjackman (19231) 2014-02-14 6:52
What a high spot this is and well done for trekking up it. Love the contrast between the hard concrete structure and the beautiful shoreline and landscape of Hawaii. Beautifully rendered image.
Kind Regards, Ann
subhendu_bagchi (25593) 2014-02-20 3:18
Yes, this is a unique one. I never saw any photos from this location. )Though it is my part of ignorance). You have chosen a nice POV to show this perspective. Good use of light and fine colours. A nice one. Tfs.
ACL1978 (7467) 2014-03-25 18:24
Hey Craig - just glancing through some photos from the few months I wasn't around and came across this beauty. You know I love a good history shot, and this is a stunner! I can't imagine it was too easy for the guys on duty here to keep their attention where it should have been, with the Hawaiian landscape stretching out before them like this.
As for the shot itself, I love how you've composed this; the ability to make out so much detail inside the pit but then to also look out over the horizon is special. Did you use HDR here to manage the exposure difference, or just a happy medium? Every time I look at it I come to a different conclusion...
Anyway, great shot, thanks!
- Copyright: craig macintosh (macjake) (55550)
- Genre: Places
- Medium: Color
- Date Taken: 2012-11-22
- Categories: Architecture
- Camera: Pentax K7, SIGMA 8-16mm
- Exposure: f/5.6, 1/250 seconds
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- Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
- Date Submitted: 2014-02-12 0:52
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