June 3, 2012

Shot of the Day #69

The majestic ‘Iolani Palace is situated in the Hawaiian capital of Honolulu, Oahu. ‘Iolani was once home to Hawaii’s monarchy, however only two monarchs,  King Kal?kaua and Queen Lili?uokalani lived in the palace before the monarchy was overthrown in 1893. Since 1978 it has been a museum showcasing Hawaii’s royal heritage, but for decades it has been a magnificent monument of unique Hawaiian (American Florentine) architecture. Fantastic to photograph!

For this composition I was trying hard to find the right angle, one which would include both the Hawaiian flag and the lamp post. Preferably, I wanted the flag to be perfectly stretched out in the wind, and to feature the lamp post without too much obstruction of the House. It took a minute or two just to capture the flag in a “full state”, because the wind was gusty. Additionally, as many of you might know holding that awkward stance to get your camera as steady as possible is quite strenuous! I bumped up the ISO to 400, and had my camera set to aperture priority mode at f4 to help with the low light. Ultimately this increased the shutter speed, which concealed much of my unsteady hand!

My top tip for shooting after sunset, and when you are likely fatigued from the day’s adventures, bring your ever-stable tripod.

'Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii

'Iolani Palace, Honolulu, Oahu, Hawaii


  • ISO 400
  • F 4
  • 1/13 secs
  • 24 mm
  • Sony a350
  • 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 SAM (wide-angle) Lens
  • Handheld (elbows tucked, crouched, holding breath)
  • Post-Processing: Lightroom 3, saturation, vibrance, exposure (brush), fill-light.

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Written by Mike

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