Mauna Kea Shadow

Posted by Don Smith (California, United States) on 9 August 2008 in Landscape & Rural.

Here is another image I've come across that I captured last summer while on the Big Island of Hawaii. My family and I were on a vacation and my wife Beri booked us on a dinner/sunset tour to Hawaii's tallest mountain, Mauna Kea. The tip of this peak is 13,796 feet above sea level making it the tallest mountain in all of Hawaii (yes it does snow in Hawaii)! The shadow of Mauna Kea extends east over the cloudbank covering the town of Hilo and the Pacific Ocean. Our guide said the shadow extends over 100 miles! As you can imagine, the sunset was awesome! I had to run up a hill (no easy feat at this elevation) to capture this image before the light fell off the peak. I had no time to set a tripod, so I handheld this shot at 1/50th of a second. To see more of my Hawaii images, as well as learn about upcoming workshops, please visit my website at

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Canon EOS-1Ds Mark II
1/50 second
ISO 200
28 mm


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