Two weeks in Hawaii.  It was certainly some of the best two  weeks ever.  My husband and I travelled to Hawaii for vacation for us.   Of course, being a photographer taking pictures was one of my goals.  I didn’t have expectations of getting the perfect shot.  I do this for my clients. My expectations this trip were to capture perfect memories.  This blog shows photos captured while traveling Hawaii with the SONY A7RIII Camera.  

I have been to numerous Caribbean Islands and previously didn’t have a huge draw to Hawaii.  Somehow, I thought it would be similar to the Caribbean.  It is……but it isn’t.   Hawaii is hard to describe.   It is certainly beautiful, but so are many places.   I’m not sure the dictionary has the right words to describe the islands.   From the palm trees, the beaches, the black sand beaches, the volcanic rocks to the mountains, valleys and rain forests.  The islands are each unique and I left part of my heart there.   

So as a photographer I wanted to capture our memories of this idillic place.   I changed cameras about a month before our trip and switched to the mirrorless Sony A7RIII.   I had the camera set up before I left to accommodate my shooting style.  Now, as a photographer I knew switching camera systems that close to leaving was a risk.  But the Sony was smaller, lighter and my test images were beautiful.  

In the beginning of our trip, as well as the end of our trip we stayed in Oahu.  Waikiki was our first stop and capturing surfers and ocean was my first challenge.   

Photograph of a surfer in the ocean at Waikiki Beach in Oahu, Hawaii.
Hawaiian surfer on Waikiki Beach


Waikiki Beach at Night
Waikiki Beach at Night


Next, Maui was black sand beaches, waterfalls and volcanic rocks.   We did the entire road to Hana.   Hana is a small quaint town but the Road to Hana is really about the drive.  It takes you past scenic overlooks, lots of waterfalls, beautiful Euculiptis trees with exceptionally wonderful painted euculiptis trees.  


Hawaiian waterfall photo on Maui Hawaii surrounded by Hawaiian flowers. Child is swimming by the waterfall.
Waterfall on Maui Hawaii
Painted Eucalyptus Tree
Painted Eucalyptus Tree


The end of the road to Hana is marked with a sign in Hana, Maui, Hawaii
Road to Hana sign on Maui, Hawaii   

In addition to being less populated, Kauai has totally different scenery and spectacular views.   We headed up north in Kauai and our first stop was Kilauea Lighthouse.  

Fine Art Photography of Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai HawaiiThis is a lighthouse on Kauai at Kilauea Point.

We went to Waimea Canyon, dubbed the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”.  It has wonderful views and is stunning.  I’ll post more about the canyon in a separate blog.  

We stayed on Oahu for an additional week.   Oahu is and equally beautiful island, but it is more populated.  We learned to “beat” the crowds by going out early each day and seeing some gorgeous views.  

bay in Hawaii at colorful sunrise
Waimea Bay at Sunrise on Oahu, Hawaii

Oahu is also known for Dole pineapple and even pineapple fields are beautiful. 

Photography of pineapple fields on Oahu, Hawaii. Mountains are in the backgroundPineapple Fields

Despite being a new camera to me, my SONY A7RIII performed beautifully and I had no problems getting a correct exposure.  The camera was light compared to my DSLR which has now been sold.   I really want to go back to Hawaii.  There is so much more to see.  

Happy Travels.  Capture Moments: Share Stories.

Debbi Marquette Photography is located in Upstate New York at the foothills of the Adirondack Mountains.  Debbi Marquette is a fine art travel photographer specializing in artistic, authentic, and memorable landscape and wildlife photography.   As a professional photographer, Debbi travels frequently, lives near the mountains and constantly has a camera in her hand to capture photographs so others can see the beauty of our world.

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