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Photowalk Through the Forest

Hiking through the Hawaiian rainforest#1

We took a stroll through the forest the other day.

Crossing a log over a stream on a hike in Hawaii#2

This is Josh, the guy who runs the 808 Goonies hiking blog. He’s leading the way to a few spots in the forest where we can get some interesting photos.

A stream on a Hawaii hike#3

Our objective was to hike to some streams and try out long-exposure photography.

A mini waterfall on Oahu, Hawaii#4

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Hiking through the rainforest in Hawaii to practice long-exposure photography. Oahu, Hawaii.

The location Josh picked out was a forest in a valley on the Windward side of Oahu. It had rained recently and the streams were flowing nicely.

This outing was more of a photowalk than a hike. It was just two people on a mission to take photos. Josh knew a few spots and at each one we would sit and take our time experimenting with different compositions and camera settings. We weren’t rushed to get to a summit and we didn’t have to worry about holding up a group of hikers.

We ended our day when we decided that we had enough photos in our cameras for this session.

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This trail takes you into a lush forest.

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The trail was recently cleared by the Hawaiian Trail & Mountain Club so the hiking was pretty easy.

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We crossed the stream by walking over this log.

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It was nice and mushy in the center.

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We stopped here to take some photos of the fallen tree.

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Surprisingly, we ran into another hiker on the trail. He was by himself and had a camera around his neck so he joined us and geeked out on nature with us.

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When you don’t have to worry about keeping up with your hiking group, you can find some interesting compositions.

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This was our second stop in the forest.

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I took so many pictures of moss.

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The moss was super green.

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The moss grew on branches.

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The moss grew on rocks.

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The moss grew on a tree that had fallen over rock walls on which moss also grew.

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If you ever wondered what the bottom of a tree looks like, here you go.

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A huge tree had fallen and the root system was exposed.

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This tree formed an arch over the stream.

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Further up stream, small cascading falls were forming.

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Then we hiked up the trail a bit more and saw this. The stream had formed a collection of small cascading falls. I think we spent an hour here taking photos.

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We dropped down from the trail to get closer to the water.

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Josh picked his first spot to set up his gear.

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I grabbed this photo from higher ground.

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Moving to a location further down stream, I could see all the mini falls in one frame.

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I took several shots using different settings and trying out a couple lenses. I learned that I have a lot to learn about nature photography.

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When we were done, we hiked out the same way we came. Here and there the forest canopy would open offering views of the Koolaus.

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But for the most part, the canopy was thick and we spent most of the day in the shade.

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The moss grew on logs.

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This story was last modified on May 18, 2013. (Originally published in December 2012.)

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