The Pill Box Hike in Kailua is known to have one of the best views on Oahu. Once again, it did not disappoint. We had a great time exploring the trails on top of Ka’iwa Ridge (Pill Boxes Trail). Tripods with cameras attached was our walking sticks! It was so much fun!

We started at the base of the trail where I discussed my recommended settings for landscape photography. I also discussed some options for stitching two or more photos together to form a panoramic image.

After a few laughs and introductions we headed up the trail. The hike to our first break was about 7 minutes… haha! We posed for a group shot and also got our first glimpse of Lanikai’s famous Mokulua islands. Our rest here was fast as we could not wait to keep hiking. The anticipation to capture more photos was on everyone’s mind.

Our first group shot with a nice view of the Mokulua Islands

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The rest of our hike was fairly easy as it gradually increased in elevation. There were steep drop-offs on both sides of the trail but plenty of room for oncoming traffic to pass by. Many hikers made funny comments to our group because we had big cameras and tripods. But then they asked when the next tour was scheduled. I loved it. Travelling in a group with other photographers is a good way to get great shots.

As we reached the first bunker (pill-box) there was approximately 10 hikers soaking in the view so we proceeded to the second box. We claimed that bunker for a while. Our tripods were set-up and I briefly discussed a few tips on how to shoot a good panoramic image. I also discussed the difference in using an F-4 setting compared to F-22 and the same for ISO-100 compared to ISO-2000. With a tripod and a non moving subject, photographers can set their cameras to a high quality setting like F-18, ISO-100, SS: 1/400. A circular polarizer is perfect for this place because it removed glare off the ocean and made the reef and blue water stand-out big-time.

Here are a few more images from the hike. If you would like to attend the next event please sign-up HERE to be notified.

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