June 28, 2015
November 18, 2014
I’ve been using the panorama option with my new a77 M2, and getting good results. Recently, I went out to get sunset shots along the coast of my neighborhood. I got this image. Do you see the interesting effect I unknowingly created? ;-0
September 19, 2014
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!
September 10, 2014
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.
August 21, 2014
Here’s a recent image of a vista I see regularly. It’s the landing zone for the hang gliding pilots. I get to see it under many different conditions from early morning to late afternoon. I tend to prefer wide shots. I find they express my impression of a location better. Here, I wanted to capture the expanse of clouds moving over the land and the rain at Waimanalo Beach.
That doesn’t mean I don’t work the area looking for other possibilities.
August 13, 2014
I recently upgraded to the Sony a77 M II camera. I’m still learning it’s different features and how it works with my lenses. This is a cropped down image with the Tamron 18-200. Passing clouds filled the sky and underneath one of them Sea Stallion helicopters were flying out into the bay and back towards the Marine base.
October 7, 2013
Talk about take it and forget it. I grabbed a series of shots for a panorama of this rain squall over Kaneohe on a July day in 2011.
March 2, 2013
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.
January 13, 2013
While taking the photos for this panorama, a hiker fell about 40 feet on the opposite side of Makapuu Point. I didn’t know that until the HFD showed up to stage the helicopter at the hang gliders LZ nearby. By then the clouds and rain enveloped Makapuu Point and HFD Rescue had to deal with that while picking up the injured hiker.
September 7, 2012
Took a walk around the neighborhood this afternoon. Too much sedentary exercise! I needed to move the rest of my body. It had been a mostly cloudy and muggy day. Knowing at some point I’d see something I could make an image of I brought my camera. The sky contained mostly indistinct clouds but for a short period these clouds formed just above a nearby ridge. Quickly I composed several shots for a panorama. I saw this as a Black and White to bring out the different structures in the clouds. After stitching them together in Photoshop, I ran thru some presets in Lightroom and used on called Dynamic Silver III created by Gavin Seim. A little more tweaking and here you are.