Snow Hawaiian Style l Oahu Family Photo Sessions by Julie Ryan Shiroma Photography

February 28, 2018  •  Leave a Comment

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There is so much to see on the Big Island but when we heard there was SNOW on Mauna Kea...that became an obsession for these Hawaii kids. We made it to the Visitor's Center only to see that the road to the summit was closed due to high winds. We were so close! We turned around and could see that the snow was lower on Mauna Loa but had no idea how to access the mountain.

 This is one of those moments when my perfect English speaking husband turned on his local pidgin accent and asked the Ranger if it was possible to see snow on Mauna Loa. The ranger, hearing one of his own, pulled James behind the desk and pulled up  satellite images of Mauna Loa and zoomed in on where the snow met the access road. He gave great directions on how to find the access road and our journey to snow began again.

The Mauna Loa access road is more like a bike path.There were not many cars, but cooperation and road sharing was a must when we did eoncounter one. It was about 30 minutes of driving through a black lava landscape before we hit snow. The temperature was in the lower 50's. To those of us who live here, anything below 70 is freezing double blanket weather. Sadie and her cousin Zach jumped out of the car, not before Sadie stole my sweater, and started a family snow ball fight.

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We don't really stock up on gloves in Hawaii so if you look closely, you will notice hers are socks...mismatched at that.

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If you want to take an action photo that is not blurry, you need a fast shutter speed. Shutter speed is measured in fraction of seconds. It is the time the plate will stay up or the iris will stay open. When it is fast you are able to freeze the moment. Notice the snowball as it is thrown and broken apart in this photo. It stays sharp. The shutter speed for these two photos was 1/1000. Snow, Mauna Loa, Hawaii, Big Island, Oahu Family PhotographerSnow Mauna Loa Snow, Mauna Loa, Hawaii, Big Island, Oahu Family PhotographerSnow Mauna Loa

Experiment with fast shutter speeds to freeze movement. Have your child spin and a fast shutter speed will give you sharp windblown hair.  A slower speed, 1/80, will give you motion blur. 

March is a great time to have your family pictures done. Plan an adventure and I can freeze the memories for you.

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