A tight crop of one of the cinder cones on the floor of Haleakala Crater, a long exposure of roughly 5 mins taken on Fuji Provia 400 film with an original generation 300mm/f4 lens with only moonlight as a direct source (taken in the early morning hours waiting for the iconic sunrise). It was scanned with a Nikon Coolscan years later.
Kamoali’i and Pu’u o, are nestled within the sprawling expanse of Haleakala Volcano’s crater floor in Haleakala National Park on the island of Maui, Hawaii. They stand as a testament to the region’s raw volcanic power and natural splendour and as a backdrop to the sheer sense of scale.
Formed through ancient volcanic activity, the crater’s rugged terrain and expansive vistas offer a captivating subject for photographers seeking to capture the mystique and grandeur of Hawaii’s volcanic landscapes.
From its sweeping panoramic views of the surrounding valleys to the dramatic contrasts between the rocky slopes and lush vegetation, this cinder cone provides an awe-inspiring view that encapsulates the essence of Hawaii’s (Maui’s) unique geological heritage.
Surrounded by Haleakala National Park’s diverse ecosystems, the crater floor of Haleakala Volcano itself, and rare native flora (the Silversword), the cinder cone serves as a dynamic intersection of natural wonders and cultural significance, inviting photographers to explore the rich tapestry of Hawaii’s ecological and cultural diversity.
I have covered this subject from many angles and vantage points over the years.
With its blown-out contrast highlights and odd colours, this early film work has always been a favourite.