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I haven’t posted any photographs from North America yet to TrekEarth because most of my travel to the US and Canada was done in the days before I converted to digital, and the physical condition of my negatives and transparencies from that era is not very good (having deteriorated from years of storage in tropical heat and humidity). However I was in Hawaii for a conference last year and had some hours to spare before my evening flight from Honolulu back to Malaysia, so on my departure day I got up very early and took an early morning flight on Hawaiian Airlines over to Lihue on Kauai so that I could take a helicopter flight over the rugged Na Pali coast. This was something that I had always wanted to do, and I hoped to come back with dozens of fabulous photographs. I was to be disappointed though.

I had booked the helicopter flight the day before I left, but when I got to Lihue and walked into the helicopter company’s offices, they seemed surprised to see me saying: “You’re very early”. I found out that they had sent a message to my hotel in Honolulu to say that my booking had been rescheduled to later in the day (at least that’s what they claimed because I never received it). So there had been no need to get up so early after all, and then to rub salt into the wound they said: “But we’re actually not sure if your flight will be going – it all depends on the wind”. It was quite a windy day, and it did get stronger, but eventually they decided to let us fly.

Before boarding the helicopter I was told I could not take my camera case or extra lenses – only one camera because of weight restrictions. So I decided to fit the 24-120mm lens to my D100 body hoping I could get away without a wider angle lens. I asked if I could have a front seat for photography but was told that seat allocation was done by weight, and was handed a boarding pass with only a number on, which I subsequently found out was a back seat, but at least it was next to a window. That seemed to be a good ‘second best’ seat (better than the two large men who were squeezed in the middle at the back with no window) but when I started to review my photographs in flight, I found they were all spoilt with reflections from the window (see workshop for example).

This picture of the Na Pali coast was about the only one that wasn’t completely spoilt with reflections because I was able to crop them away from the left hand side of the frame. I wasn’t sure whether to post this composition in this ‘vertical panoramic’ format or a more conventional vertical format by cropping the bottom third away. I decided on the former as I thought the shadows in the bottom of the frame were interesting, but I have posted a more conventional crop to the workshop – so you can be the judge.

PP: Cropped, minor adjustments to levels, curves, contrast and saturation, then USM and removed some noise with NeatImage.

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