Panorama overlooking West Maui from high on Haleakala

Picture: Overlooking Central and West Maui from high on the slopes of Haleakala, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii

Image: Overlooking Central and West Maui from high on the slopes of Haleakala, Haleakala National Park, Maui, Hawaii

(See links below to see larger versions of this picture.)

During our family summer vacation last month, I only had one very brief chance to visit Haleakala National Park. As I mentioned in my last post, the common advice when visiting Maui is, if you’re planning on watching the sunrise from the top of Haleakala, to do it on your first full day on the island. This way you’ll have the benefit of some air travel working in your favor when the alarm clock goes off at 3:00am.

By the time the the sun had been up for a 1/2 hour or so, my wife and kids had already departed from the rim while I wandered around taking some photos. Feeling the pain of the early wake-up call, they were happy to see me finally arrive back at the car and toss my camera gear in the trunk. Apparently fatigue and hunger for real food was fueling their desire to head down from the summit of the Haleakala volcano, back toward civilization and breakfast. No sooner had we pointed our car downhill than whole new sets of photographic opportunities presented themselves, all of which had been missed during our vehicular ascent up the mountain in the early morning darkness.

One of these views was this grand vista overlooking central Maui and the distant mountains of west Maui. Luckily I was driving and was able to stop the car and grab a few photos from this location. I quickly realized this was a perfect chance to shoot another panorama. Using my Nikon D800, this image contains 15 images, shot in vertical orientation, and then stitched together using Adobe Photoshop. The final stitched photograph comes in measuring a whopping 1.2 Gb, at 24″ x 108″ (7,200 pixels x 32,400 pixels). You can see a larger version of the image here:

Overlooking West Maui from Haleakala: 533 x 2,400 pixels
Overlooking West Maui from Haleakala: 1,733 x 7,800 pixels (This version is only visible online for a week.)

If you know of anyone who lives on Maui, owns property or runs a business there, or has an undying love affair with this island, this would make a great panoramic wall print. If you mention you saw this blog post, I’ll give you a 20% discount on any prints ordered between now and Oct. 31, 2014.

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Gary Crabbe is an award-winning commercial and editorial outdoor travel photographer and author based out of the San Francisco Bay Area, California. He has seven published books on California to his credit, including “Photographing California; v1-North”, which won the prestigious 2013 IBPA Benjamin Franklin Gold Medal award as Best Regional title. His client and publication credits include the National Geographic Society, the New York Times, Forbes Magazine, TIME, The North Face, Subaru, L.L. Bean, Victoria’s Secret, Sunset Magazine, The Nature Conservancy, and many more. Gary is also a photography instructor and consultant, offering both public and private photo workshops. He also works occasionally a professional freelance Photo Editor.

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  • Richard Wong says:

    This is amazing work, Gary. The big version is incredible to look at 100%. Wow!

  • Robert Campello says:

    I’m amazed and emotionally effected by this photo. It has effectively taken me back to beautiful Maui in a way that I can’t imagine experiencing again without being there. This is natural travel photography as it should be, a story about a place that must be seen to imagine, and you’ve told it very well with one beautiful composite. The magnifier is a fantastic tool, as is the D800.

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