Morita Family Home

Posted by Dwight Morita (Honolulu, United States) on 23 March 2010 in Architecture and Portfolio.

While my wife was on a conference call to Chicago, I went outside to take a morning shot of the family home in Kahaluu, Hawaii. I turned on all the lights in the house, garage and workshops and waited for the colors to emerge in the twilight before the sunrise. I discuss the idea of using twilight colors and waiting for moments in my post, "Twilight and the Golden Hour"

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Nilla from Östergötland, Sweden

What a nice family home! The sky is fantastic and this photo is so beautiful in HDR!

23 Mar 2010 7:05am

@Nilla: Thanks for your comments, Nilla. Although it might appear otherwise, this image was not an HDR processed photo. This was taken in RAW and processed in Adobe Photoshop Camera RAW. The full dynamic range of the scene was captured in one exposure, without the assistance of split-neutral density filters either. As I explain in my post, this balance of light in the sky and the foreground was just perfect. Of course, an early morning rain helped to give the driveway a little glistening and foreground interest.

Jeremy from Sydney, Australia

Wow. Great timing. The lighting is fantastic. Well balanced

23 Mar 2010 7:58am

Robbie from Houston, United States

Wow awesome shot! The lighting is just spectacular!

23 Mar 2010 11:56am

MK from Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

superb nite photo, well done

23 Mar 2010 12:14pm

Anthony Morgan Lambert from Bielefeld(old West wales boy), Germany

A wonderfully clear long exposure shot with nice composition.

23 Mar 2010 6:20pm

Curly from South Shields, United Kingdom

Great shot Dwight, perfect balance between ambient and artificial light, however, as should always be the case, the foundation lay in the composition.

23 Mar 2010 7:48pm

Mj007 from Osaka, Japan

wow great shot!!

23 Mar 2010 9:29pm

tsenwei from Sydney, Australia

fantastic exposure control!

24 Mar 2010 3:43am

Magda from Vancouver, Canada

Wow! Breathtaking! Magnificent!
Congratulations on the Spotlight!

25 Mar 2010 1:52am

Barbara Kile from Ft. Worth, United States

Exquisite lighting and you got the time right! Wonderful colors in the clouds - probably the last color of the day!

25 Mar 2010 2:59am

Calusarus from St Sorlin en Valloire, France

5 stars for this composition with tremendous tones…

25 Mar 2010 8:39am

foto-rolero54 from Belgium

Wow awesome shot!

25 Mar 2010 3:07pm

Sylvie from entre Angers et Saumur, France

This photo is beautiful. HDR is beautiful.
The house and the place look like charming

26 Mar 2010 10:23am

Pavan Kaul from Mumbai, India

Stunning!!! Congrats on a well deserved spotlight!!!

26 Mar 2010 5:23pm

drphoto from Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom

Beautiful shot and well worth the planning and the resulting hike in your electricity bills =D)

I often get mistaken as an HDR shooter simply because I've worked the Raw file to get the most out of it. This shot is an example of how I feel HDR should look - natural, detailed beautiful.


27 Mar 2010 12:24am

@drphoto: Thanks, drphoto. Yes, the new cameras have great sensors with a wide dynamic range and the RAW processing software is getting very good. And as good as the HDR tone mapping software is today, I think that they will continue to improve so that we can consistently get more natural looking images.

Bishop from Houston, United States

Spectacular colors... is this an HDR or a straight shot? Did you punch up the saturation a bit?
Congratulations on the spotlight! :)

28 Mar 2010 2:19am

k@ from Paris, France

What a superb lighting on this charming place

28 Mar 2010 9:31am

jm from Davao City, Philippines

i love the lighting!

29 Mar 2010 9:38am

TofiX from Tebriz, Iran

Super Shot !

31 Mar 2010 10:02am

Marzia from ., Italy

great light

25 May 2010 9:55am

Nikon D200
8/5 seconds
ISO 100
18 mm

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