A continuous source of discussion is to ask do you shoot RAW or JPG. Either is a valid option. One can be a better choice in a given situation than the other. Here’s a situation for which I’m glad I shot RAW. This is a panorama I created from a series of photos I took five years ago. At the time I wasn’t thinking of making a panorama. DUH! The cloud formation attracted my attention. In addition the water was calm and reflective. Fortunately, I had my 17-35mm lens on and had worked the scene for several images at the widest angle. By doing so, I inadvertently provided myself with enough images for a panorama five years later. (Which is a good tip to keep in mind in the future!) In addition, I shot in RAW, so I could manipulate the images without worrying about loss of image quality. Remember, RAW contains all the original data recorded by the sensor while JPG throws out data at the time of creation because it compresses the data. What you see here is a high quality JPG image from the Photoshop file created by blending the original RAW shots together to make the panorama. Would this image be perceptively worse if the original images had been JPG’s? Viewing on a computer monitor perhaps not. However, if you wanted to print (Yes, he did use the P word) this and put it on a wall, the higher the quality the better the color gamut and the larger a print you can make.
March 2, 2013
May 27, 2012
May 25, 2012
This time of year you don’t want to try and get a picture like this at the Blow hole on Oahu. By May the large waves come from the south side. Winter storms in the Southern Hemisphere generate swells that create breaking waves on south facing shores. To stand here during the summer is to court personal disaster. As this was in February, the surf action was on the North Shore. If you’ve seen video of the Banzai Pipeline, that’s during the winter while the south and east shores are flat.
May 6, 2012
This is a shot I got a few years ago out my back door. The sky wasn’t this red. This is courtesy of a Lightroom Preset called COL Deviant. It was a nice orange glow but the preset brings out the shape of the clouds. The clouds looked like God attempted to send us a message but perhaps it was backward. Maybe it was a Rorschach test!?
May 4, 2012
April 7, 2012
This is from April 2008 when days of Kona Trades brought Vog from the volcano activity on the Big Island. Between the Vog and the overdevelopment of the clouds over Waimanalo the air was thick on this afternoon.
March 13, 2012
March 12, 2012
This is a pic I got almost three years ago. As you can see it was a beautiful day. We’d recently gotten a lot of rain. You can see the effects of the runoff with the slightly discolored water along the beach in the lower left. The trade shower is about to drop its water on the Marine Corps Base. Last Tuesday the Base got pummeled with an intense Lightning storm that dropped hail on the base and on Kailua. A funnel cloud formed just about where this trade shower is in the pic. It came ashore at Lanikai and voila it becomes a 25 yard wide tornado and went inland a couple of miles before falling apart in Kailua.
May 23, 2011
February 21, 2011
Hawaii is over half way thru Whale Watching season. A prime spot to see whales on Oahu is Makapuu Point. Here’s a panorama I took standing on the lookout directly above Makapuu Lighthouse and facing mauka. To the right is the Windward side of Oahu.