Vacation photo adventure

Time to share my photographs from the Island of Kauai. A first with my new Fuji cameras. I recently purchased a Fuji XT-2 with the following lenses. The wonderful 18-55mm proves to be an exceptional kit lens. I added the 10-24mm f4 for landscapes, and the 55-200mm for getting up close and personal with nature. My last purchase was the prime lens 35mm f1.4 for its low light capabilities, and small size. Armed with my Fuji x100F for street photography I was prepared for all occasions.

My goal was not to be hauling equipment that was too heavy to handle. I bought a Kipling bag that I modified with padding to keep my equipment protected.  I packed my lightweight Rick Steve’s backpack in my suitcase. I also purchased some inexpensive neoprene lens cases so that I can safely throw individual lenses into the backpack. I brought along my Mac Pro in its Think Tank Bag. I usually only travel with my iPad, but my friends planned to use their computers in the evenings. Anyway the Think Tank bag helped me stay organized during my travels.

The first day was one of travels, and we arrived at the Lihue Airport at about the same time. I travelled from Sacramento via Honolulu, and they left from San Jose via Maui.

My Fuji x100F was handy to grabbing this image of the tropical garden at the Honolulu Airport. It is a large, spread out airport, and I decided that on my return flight I would grab a cart for my carryon luggage. 

Taking off from Honolulu
Boarding plane to take me to Lihue, Kauai
Luggage arrives, and so do my friends

We unload our stuff at the condo, and head out in search of food. Dinner and then a quick trip to Safeway to get provisions for our stay. Tomorrow we plan to get an early start for a full day of exploring!


 

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Maui Arrival

Five hours by jet and Maui is in sight. Hawaiian Airlines arrives at 1 p.m. at Kahului Airport. An airy, open airport with a tropical feel greets the tourists. Some arrange a traditional lei greeting, and all feel the exotic vacation excitement. Those of us from drought stricken California feel instant humidity.

Since this is not my first trip to this Island I look for changes. Starbucks, Costco, and Walmart are now here.  Many make their first stop on Maui at Costco, and arrive at the hotel with a carload of goods.  This a far cry from shopping on the Island when we arrived 25 years with our two kids.

The Royal Lahaina Resort which is actually found north of Lahaina, is a perfect location. The hotel is on the Ka’anapali Beach and the ocean view from our tenth floor balcony is gorgeous.

Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui

Royal Lahaina Resort on Maui

View from our balcony

View from our balcony

Sunset on Ka'anapali Beach

Sunset on Ka’anapali Beach

Maui lends itself to many photographic opportunities, so I select my camera gear carefully for this six-day vacation. I take my Nikon D7100 with two lenses: an all-purpose 18-200mm zoom and a 35mm f1.8 for low light situations. I plan to use my small Olympus mirror-less camera for less conspicuous photography.  My Kipling bag, tricked out with a camera liner I made myself, and fits into a regular backpack with a tablet and a hoodie. My small Lowepro bag with 2 lenses also serves as my purse during travel time. My tablet allows me to check my images each night.

Tropical plants around the hotel paths

Tropical plants around the hotel paths

Poolside activities

Poolside activities

Coconut Tree

Coconut Tree

Which way?

Which way?

Hibiscus Flower

Hibiscus Flower

Gorgeous sand, beautiful sky.

Gorgeous sand, beautiful sky.

Taking it easy

Taking it easy

Another path around Royal Lahaina Resort

Another path around Royal Lahaina Resort

Soft colors in paradise

Soft colors in paradise

More photographs coming up. Any favorites?