For the past month we’ve had light trades and hot days. Today it was just hot. Today the trades died and for awhile this morning it went Kona. That meant the clouds you see are moving left to right angled towards me. The normal trade wind flow would angle them away from me. The trades will be coming back next week. For this weekend it’s fans and air conditioners. Enjoy the last weekend of summer!
I took a series of portrait shots almost a year ago to create this panorama. They’ve been dormant on my hard drive, waiting for me to rediscover them.
I’ve been using the Sony a77 M2 for over a month. With many new features compared to the a700, I’m still in the learning mode. Occasionally, I’ve tried the in camera HDR feature. Strictly speaking it isn’t a new feature. My Konica Minolta 7D had a similar option. Yesterday, I was taking pics of my paragliding friends launching from a spot above Makapuu Beach. It was late in the day and the launch was in shadow. I decided to try HDR to see how it balances the shadow side with the brighter side of the scene compared to a RAW image. The shot below is the result.
Here, as in other HDR images I’ve made, the colors are stronger. The greens are more intense than the RAW version. The blues are deeper. Plus, the image is sharper without being over sharpened. Below, is a pic taken in RAW and exported as a JPEG from a moment before. While it did a good job handling the shadows, the colors are muted.(Or more realistic.)
The only adjustments I’ve made to the pics was standard sharpening upon import to Lightroom. I also used a graduated filter in the sky to bring out the clouds.