I was amazed with all the colors my wife and I witnessed when we made it to the top of Haleakala and looked down into the dormant volcano.
Canon 60D | 18-135mm lens | HDR | ISO 200 | Polarizer Filter
My goal in taking this photo was to share with other the beauty of Haleakala and the vibrant colors found inside the crater. The standard photos with a Circular Polarizer filter looked okay, but I also took some bracketed photos and used Photomatix to add HDR processing into the photo. While that photo looks great, it still can’t capture the true beauty of Haleakala, so I highly recommend the crazy drive to the top to check it out in person.
The other neat point of this experience is that the only time I have been above the clouds, looking down on them, I was traveling in an airplane 30,000 feet in the air. But today, as soon as we reach 6,000 feet, we were officially above the clouds. We continued another 4,000 feet up to reach the summit of Haleakala, so we were well above the clouds and blue skies surrounded up.