Sunrise over Waipi’o Valley

Sunrise over Waipi’o Valley

By |2015-01-28T15:19:13+00:00Jan 28th, 2015|

I’m always happy to be able to check an item off the bucket list and today’s was watching the sun rise over Waipi’o Valley. Well, technically, it rose behind the valley but we don’t need to split hairs over it. Much like yesterday’s sunrise, there was a thick layer of clouds sitting on the horizon, which ended up working in my favor because of the color that they held. Fortunately, there were some nice, billowy clouds further up in the sky that caught most of the golden yellows and oranges.

I think I was more excited about the actual drive down to the valley than I was getting there. I heard all sorts of stories and warnings about the insanely steep grade, which made me all the more excited. Fortunately, we had rented a trusty Jeep Wrangler, so I knew that I was in good hands. And you know what? That road is damn steep! But it’s also damn fun to drive it. You just need to be absolutely certain that you’re exercising caution and good judgement because one wrong move and you’re in for a not-so-good day.

Camera: Sony a7S with the Sony FE 16-35mm f/4
Filter: Formatt Hitech ProIRND 3-stop ND filter
Tripod: Really Right Stuff TVC-34L/BH-55
Stylization: Lightroom 5.7


  1. Brian Bonham January 28, 2015 at 2:59 pm - Reply

    How was the drive down? Not that bad, right? It’s better than walking it.

    • Brian Matiash January 28, 2015 at 3:00 pm - Reply

      It was easy. Nothing really to it with the right vehicle and a good pace.

  2. larrylohrman February 1, 2015 at 10:53 am - Reply

    Brian, thanks for the photo! The hill down to Waipi’o Valley is insanely steep (25%) … last Thursday I tried to walked down it and quit half way down because my knee muscles started to spasm so I turned back.

  3. Chris Pruneau September 28, 2016 at 9:21 pm - Reply

    Nice picture. Just saw it on Chromecast

    • Bill Beansprout October 8, 2016 at 5:25 pm - Reply


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