By The Upthink Lab
Mauna Lapse: From Sea to Summit
A gorgeous timelapse by Doug Urquhart. The UpThink Lab is a creative partnership formed by Erik Huber and Doug Urquhart in 2008 and it is based in Atlanta, Georgia.
The UpThink Lab description: Being above the inversions on Mauna Kea (13,796') and Haleakala (10,023' summit, Holua back-country cabin @ 6,900') was a memorable experience. The weather was so predictable during our stay. Clear through the night and into sunrise, then the Trade Winds shift all the clouds into the Haleakala's crater around 9am. For the rest of the day you're stuck in the clouds with limited visibility. Around sunset the clouds begin to clear and the inversion settles back into place just under 7,000'.
The shadow of Mauna Kea (13,796') attempting to bend over the earth's atmosphere, although it wasn't as spectacular as I have seen in other videos due to some unwanted clouds blocking the sun near the end.
The Zodiacal light is visible near the end of several easterly facing star-lapse sequences. This is caused by sunlight reflecting off of dust particles in space in the final hours of darkness proceeding sunrise. Normally this is masked by light pollution.
Viewing other islands: you'll notice Maui as seen from Mauna Kea (Big Island), Mauna Kea & Mauna Loa as seen from Haleakala (Maui), and Molokai, Lanai, & Kahoolawe as seen from Southern/Western Maui coastline.
Our home galaxy, the Milky Way, as viewed from where we camped on Green Sand Beach, the southern most point of the United States. Lots of other Hawaii Milky Way photos posted on my Flickr page.
Waxing Gibbous moon light across Haleakala's Ko'olau Gap with the grand finale being the setting moon as shadows dynamically passed across the super wide cater and Hanakauhi (8,910').
No fancy motion-control on this one. Minimalist 5DMII 'vacation' rig. Here's the run-down: My wife and I took a 2 week anniversary trip to the overly popular archipelago in the central Pacific Ocean, Hawaii. We started on the Big Island and finished the vacation on Maui. To our surprise, we found peace and solitude for a majority of our journey which was incredibly refreshing.
Music: "Sun of Haleakala" by Paradise Blue - Mykonos Chillout Cafe (Feelings del Mar)