I usually don’t blog about a destination when I’m actually still in the place, both for security reasons and also because it takes me awhile to process everything—photos, videos, experiences—once I return from a trip. But I’m having such a great time in , I’d thought I’d go ahead and share a few snapshots from our trip so far. (Hello, creepy Internet stalkers! Come find me on the Big Island!)
All these pictures are courtesy of SVV, who has been toying around with long exposures and doing a pretty darn good job of it, despite the fact that we brought along a cheap, rickety tripod. (Yes, blame any discrepancies on the $30 tripod, won’t you?)
I love how exposing a shot for 30 seconds gives such detail to the clouds and stars, even when there seems to be not a trace of light out. And the fact that zero post-processing needs to be done to enhance the colors.
Our first few nights were spent at the glorious Fairmont Orchid on the Kohala Coast of the Big Island, and holy cow if that place isn’t photogenic during the day, but particularly at night once all lit up.
I love a resort with 540 rooms that can still make you feel like you’re the only people there. Case in point: The resort was at 103 percent occupancy over the weekend, and most of our pictures are still devoid of other guests! Love that.
Well, other than the private party we snuck into briefly—for photographic purposes, of course.
My biggest regret is that we were run a bit ragged—an occupational hazard of having a career where travel is your job—and didn’t have time to fully soak up the property and all it has to offer. (More to come next week on what we actually did during daylight hours at the resort.)
And while I know I say this about a lot of places, I can say with 1,000 percent certainty that the Fairmont Orchid is someplace to which we will return—the sooner, the better.