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.
August 8, 2015
March 1, 2015
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.
February 2, 2015
January 4, 2015
I entered the video realm last year when I upgraded to the Sony a77 M II. It’s fun but Damn! Why can’t this stuff render instantaneously? Stills are sooo much easier. For the first time I’m posting a short clip to my blog! The other day a front came thru from the west bringing strong winds. West winds make Maunalua Bay a primo windsurfing spot for a day. Maybe two. A good opportunity to get video of the activity.
August 31, 2014
August 24, 2014
I’ve done a bunch of sequence shots with my hang gilding and paragliding friends. Today I saw the same possibility while getting some surf shots. There’s a spot called China Walls. A shelf along the shoreline of Koko Head where a south swell will run almost perpendicular to the ledge. A surfer gets a nice ride if the wave breaks at the correct angle to the ledge. I got this handheld and at noon. I’m generally pleased but it does lack a sense of depth. I don’t get a sense of the swell as it moved thru the frame propelling the surfer along. Maybe earlier in the day or late afternoon would improve the composition.
October 18, 2012
A great place to watch the local surfers is at the Kapahulu Groin at Queen’s Surf Beach in Waikiki. You’ll keep expecting someone to surf right into the wall but they never do.
October 12, 2012
This is the time of year when we here in Hawaii mark the change of seasons. It’s not a frost on the bog or leaves changing color. Instead it’s the change in surf. During the spring and summer the surf comes from the south with the storms moving across the southern latitudes. During the fall and winter storms move across the Northern Pacific and the North shore of Oahu is the place to be for surf. I’ve found October tends to be hottest and muggiest time of year because the first storms cut off the trade wind flow. What wind we get is from the south and hot and includes Vog from the eruption on the Big Island. Last week was typical but the Vog got particularly intense. This image is from Point Panic looking towards Ala Moana Beach Park, Waikiki, and Diamond Head. It was the last gasp of the Vog. Later in the morning the trades came back and by the end of the day the sky was clear.
May 10, 2011
If you take a lot of photos it’s always worthwhile to go back to previous years.
Your photo eye has certainly improved since you took your earlier images. Plus, if you use Lightroom, as I do, or Aperture. It’s an opportunity to rework an image that might have been so so at the time.