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This week we had a drive by Hurricane, turned Tropical Storm, finally dying out as a Tropical Depression. The only significant weather phenomenon from it was an easterly surf swell not usually seen here. Most of the time it’s a Trade Wind swell not storm generated. Plus, the direction allowed for surfing in spots that rarely get good action. This shot was taken looking across to Makapuu Lighthouse. The surfer paused, waiting for a good moment to walk the rest of the way on the rocks and into the surf.
It’s been awhile since I created a sequence image. I saw the possibility as he was going into the maneuver. It would’ve been a more complete image, if I’d seen it a little sooner.
I didn’t realize it had been so long since my last post. The aging PC I use to process my shots had been giving me fits. It hadn’t kept me from image making but processing them became an adventure. After various efforts to keep it going, I finally decided to replace it by building my own. The new one is up and running smoothly. Here’s a shot from today. A friend of mine was giving a Tandem ride on his paraglider. His passenger is just appearing beneath the wing as they complete an aerial maneuver. In case you’re wondering, they are horizontal.
On my way out to Makapuu last week I saw how unusually good the surf was at a nearby beach. PHOTO OP! For the next two hours I clicked away and ended up with 1800 images! Almost every wave was ride able and the surfers and boogie boarders were doing their best to catch them. This was the first time I had used my a77M II to capture so many surf shots. It did a great job focusing on the constant movement.
A few days ago at sunset at Kawaihoa Pt a couple was getting some pictures taken. This can be a dangerous location when the surf is high. The surf had been dropping but still had it’s moments. As they were working the location. The photographer and couple moved down to the lowest shelf where you see the surf breaking. Yes that spot. Fortunately, after the second wave broke right next to them, they moved to higher ground.
Many people come to this part of the coast each day to fish and watch the setting sun and come to no harm. Occasionally, we get knuckleheads who don’t respect the power of the ocean and pay the ultimate price.
Wherever you go to get the shot, don’t take unnecessary risks.
A fun shot from todays sunset. Looking for a different element to work with I found this broken branch left at the high tide mark. I had been working with it and the surf with a slow shutter speed. A little girl walking up the beach took that moment to leap over my branch at a 1/10th of a second!