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Producing a never seen before professional quality photographic documentary of the night sky in all inhabited islands of Hawaii.
Producing a never seen before professional quality photographic documentary of the night sky in all inhabited islands of Hawaii.
Producing a never seen before professional quality photographic documentary of the night sky in all inhabited islands of Hawaii.
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The project

Hawaii Nights is a project that aims to produce a never seen before professional quality photographic documentary of the night sky in the publicly accessible inhabited islands of Hawaii. We have already produced an interesting collection of nightscapes in Kauai, such as these:

Kauai Nights
Kauai Nights

[Click here to see the entire Kauai-only collection]

Our goal is to produce a collection that also includes night landscapes of Oahu, Molokai, Lanai, Maui and the Big Island. For about two weeks in the month of June, we'll hike the islands at night to carefully selected vantage points, and work tirelessly from 8pm until 5am to produce this one of a kind book and photographic documentary.

Can quality and novelty be guaranteed?

Rogelio is a world renowned astrophotographer and night photographer He is in fact considered one of the very best and most influential astrophotographers in the world today, having received numerous international awards and prestigious accolades.  

Some awards and accolades
Some awards and accolades

Rogelio has extensive experience photographing the night sky, both deep-sky images and landscapes, having produced award-winning nightscapes in Yosemite, Big Sur, Death Valley, Lake Tahoe and many other places. Here's a few of his award winning images:

A Flawless Point
A Flawless Point
Untouchable Beauty
Untouchable Beauty
Golden Trails
Golden Trails
Timeless Kauai
Timeless Kauai

For many more images to sample Rogelio's work, check his photostream in Flickr or his own website, here.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/deepskycolors/ http://www.deepskycolors.com/

What are the funds for?

All equipment is already paid for. Since the most popular pledges are the ones that get a copy of the book, we're counting on most of that money going to the production and publishing of the book (if you want quality, independent publishing is not cheap). Any other pledges (digital copy, licensing of images, sponsors) will simply help with the travel expenses. As they say, every bit helps!

Risks and challenges

Our biggest handicap - excluding unpredictable events that could happen to anyone at anytime - is the weather... An overcast night sky means we have to wait until next night. The good news is that, except for some very specific locations, the weather in Hawaii is usually cooperative in this regard. Also, working tirelessly at night for two weeks non-stop can put a toll in your body. Fortunately, this is something we are used to do and in fact enjoy doing.

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    Thanks! That next cup of coffee - to keep us awake during the long night sessions - is on you!!

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    Receive a high quality Computer desktop wallpaper image of your choice from the collection, signed by the author to you.

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    Receive a Digital Copy of the book and a high quality Computer desktop wallpaper image of your choice from the collection, both signed by the author.

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    One softcover copy of the book, signed by the author.

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    One quality copy of the Book (hadrcover), signed by the author.

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    In addition to the hardcover Book signed by the author, you obtain a non-exclusive usage license for ONE image of your choice from the Hawaii Nights collection (the images we'll be producing). The image will be yours to include in any product, publication, service, advertising, etc.

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    In addition to a signed copy of the hardcover book, you AND a companion get to JOIN us during ONE of our night sessions where, in addition to shooting at one or two locations, we'll be explaining some of the techniques being used for this type of photography.. Be aware this will require you to stay up all night and it may involve hiking at night to secluded locations. You are responsible for your own travel expenses.

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    In addition to a signed copy of the hardcover book, you AND up to two more people (friends relatives, etc) get to JOIN us during ONE of our night sessions. Remember that this will require you to stay up all night and it may involve hiking at night to secluded locations. You are responsible for your own travel expenses.

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    You obtain a non-exclusive usage license for FIVE different images of your choice from the Hawaii Nights collection.

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    Your (company) logo on the back of the book, as well as in the preface and acknowledgements!

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    If you choose this pedge you virtually fund the production - and guarantee success - of the project. As such, your logo or company logo will be displayed in the FRONT COVER of the book. Only the first backer to choose this option will receive this reward.

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