Here is a beautiful dawn image from Ka’aha in Volcanoes National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii. This was taken during my recent photo trip to Hawaii with Jon Cornforth.
Jon suggested this area since it’s pretty and it’s pretty tough to get to. It was only a 4-mile hike, but in the four miles there is a 2400 foot elevation change between the trailhead and the campsite. 1800 feet of that elevation change takes place in the first mile. As you would guess, that’s pretty much straight down a cliff. The big wall in the background of this photo? Yep, that’s the big wall we hiked down and had to hike back up.
This photo was taken right at dawn the second day of our backpacking trip. It was just above our campsite on the plateau where the first rays of dawn light would hit these rocks. I took this picture because I love the rainbow wave texture in the volcanic rocks and I think it contrasts well with the lichen (or mineral) splotches on the foreground rocks.
If you can find this rock again at Ka’aha – look for my bubble level. I lost it when I took this shot!
Vital Stats: Canon 5D Mark II w/Canon 17-40 f/4L ISO 400, f/22, .8 sec.