Photographer's Note

The Hawaiian Islands, comprising the 50th state of the United States, are a set of volcanic mountains. Rising from the floor of the Pacific Ocean, the dormant volcano Haleakala on the Island of Maui, soars to a height of 3657 m (12,000 ft) measured from sea level, or 9100 m (30,000 ft) measured from the sea floor. Ontop is an immense crater, approximately 34 km (21 miles) in circumference. I stopped my car at an overlook just above the tree-line, at approximately 2700 m (9000 ft) on Haleakala) and took a series of photos, with low lying clouds well below the horizon line.

What is seen is not the glow from the moon, but the light of the sun at midday. In order to produce the effect seen — a shaft of light illuminating the cloud tops and the sea below, I took multiple shots with the aperture set several stops below the ideal value. This was the most dramatic of several shots.

I was using a Nikon F camera loaded with the legendary slide film Kodachrome25, very slow, but with astonishingly good flesh tones and sharpness. (Indeed, with an ISO of 25, it was eventually replaced by Kodachrome 64 and Kodachrome 200.) This is a repost of an image shot in November 1982, and posted on Trekearth in 2006. With the low resolution scan replete with noise, I had been unhappy with the post-processing with Photoshop CS2. The present Photoshop CS4 was considerably better in reducing the noise than the CS2. The original slide, however, is exceptionally sharp and noise free, and a dramatic example of a digital photograph falling short of the analogue version. It needs to be scanned at a much higher resolution.

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