Wednesday HDR from Rarotonga


Still waiting for the first signs of the warmth of spring? This photo can't hurt. It's a man climbing for coconuts on the main island of Rarotonga, Cook Islands, South Pacific Ocean.

Rarotonga and the island of Aitutaki, also in the Cook Islands, are two beautiful corners of the planet. See more photos in the Cook Islands Gallery. And check out the HDR Gallery at

Climbing for Coconuts: Wednesday HDR

WedhdrcookisBright. Colorful. Summer. This one's just for fun. We're heading out to points south for the long U.S. holiday weekend, so this week's Wednesday HDR is squarely in a tropical mood.

It's also a demonstration that tonemapping in PhotoMatix doesn't require strictly RAW files (Some jpgs work far better than others, though). This photo started out as a jpg scanned from a slide from our
January 2000 trip to Fiji, Vanuatu, and the Cook

We over and under exposed it, combined the exposures and tonemapped in PhotoMatix, then finished processing in Photoshop. The photo was taken on Rarotonga, Cook Islands. Click the picture for a larger version.

See more HDRs in the HDR Gallery, and more photos from the Cook Islands, Vanuatu and Fiji at

This photo is also currently on display as a "Featured Photo" at HDRSpotting.

All the Latest South Pacific Guidebooks in One Place

Cookis is a simple South Pacific travel resource. You might use it as a starting point in picking your destination.

There’s a thumbnail history and map of each island, and most usefully, a nice compilation of the latest guide books and maps to the various destinations and links to where to buy them online in the U.S., Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the U.K., Germany & France.

(Photo from the Cook Islands Gallery at

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