January 20, 2011
January 9, 2011
You wouldn’t know from looking at this photo, but the morning was chilly in Hawaii Nei. Low 60’s BRRRRRRR!
December 18, 2010
October 9, 2009
Just like on the Mainland, October is a transition month in the Islands. Unlike the Mainland we don’t have foliage changing colors. Instead, we have a period of muggy weather because the trades go away. Usually the result of a storm to the north of the Islands that will eventually reach the Pacific Northwest. Which means the North Shore is the place to be if you’re a good surfer.
I do mean good. North Shore surf is not for the beginner.
This how it looks out my back door when it’s dead calm.
August 7, 2009
July 28, 2009
On Sunday 120 Paddleboarders and Stand up Paddlers made the crossing of Kaiwi Channel from Kaluakoi on Molokai to Maunalua Bay Beach Park in Hawaii Kai. Portlock Point on Kokohead is a good place to watch the paddlers as they enter Maunalua Bay before making the final dash to the finish line about two miles away. Just before they disappear around China Walls I got this picture of a fisherman amidst the swells crashing against the ledges. Fortunately, he wasn’t swept away but it isn’t the best spot to catch dinner.
July 7, 2009
Last year I got pictures of the Maunalua Bay fireworks from ground level. The only drawback for me is the land on either side of the bay is mostly dark with no landmarks to give the fireworks scale and dimension. This year I walked up on top of Koko Head so I could look down on the display. In this picture the flash reflecting off the water showing the boats anchored nearby along with the street lights snaking behind the display provides a sense of height, depth and width.
July 2, 2009
March 4, 2009
I’ve been doing more panorama’s recently with CS2. They came out pretty well. I just upgraded to CS4 and doing pano’s is even easier and faster than CS2. The obvious format is Landscape but turn your camera (literally) to Portrait orientation. Take a series of vertical images and then use your panorama stitching program to blend them together. This is a blend of four portrait oriented pictures looking out my back door. Terrible view isn’t it? While landscapes are typical subjects of this process, it should work equally well if you take a picture of a large group of people. Come to think of it I wonder if it would work with a Macro subject? Hmmmm.
This is right out of the oven without a final crop. I thought it was interesting in this unfinished form.
There is a slight distortion in the lower corners that would be less obvious if I did crop it.