Last year I made the plunge into the smart phone waters. I got the Nexus 5x with Google fi. I’ve gotten some nice shots with it. This is one of them. Recently, Google updated the OS to 7.1.1. They improved the camera app by adding EV controls among other things. This particular photo was enhanced with ON1 10. I kicked things up a bit more than I usually do and cropped it so the bird is more easily seen.
It’s useful to go back to previous years pictures and take another pass thru what images you’ve kept. In the days after I’ve taken pictures, I’ll get rid of the obviously bad ones. I’ll find the one or two images I definitely want to post here or elsewhere and move on. Now I’m going back again and further culling what I don’t want to save for various reasons. Plus I’ll take a little more time to study what I’ve got left. Here’s an image I cropped down from the wide angle shot I’d originally made. It makes the setting sun, the back side of Diamond Head and the family walking back to the nearby beach more prominent. The family adds a sense of proportion and movement and makes for a more compelling picture.
A few days ago at sunset at Kawaihoa Pt a couple was getting some pictures taken. This can be a dangerous location when the surf is high. The surf had been dropping but still had it’s moments. As they were working the location. The photographer and couple moved down to the lowest shelf where you see the surf breaking. Yes that spot. Fortunately, after the second wave broke right next to them, they moved to higher ground.
Many people come to this part of the coast each day to fish and watch the setting sun and come to no harm. Occasionally, we get knuckleheads who don’t respect the power of the ocean and pay the ultimate price.
Wherever you go to get the shot, don’t take unnecessary risks.
A fun shot from todays sunset. Looking for a different element to work with I found this broken branch left at the high tide mark. I had been working with it and the surf with a slow shutter speed. A little girl walking up the beach took that moment to leap over my branch at a 1/10th of a second!
Hoping to get my first sunset of the new year,I was at the bay today. Instead I got some water sport action. Tourists enjoy getting towed around the bay on rubber rafts. Half the fun is whipping it around in such a tight turn the riders can’t stay on.
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.
This isn’t the time for a slip up!