August 31, 2014
May 7, 2011
Just outside the Assagio’s at the Ala Moana Shopping in Honolulu is a 12 foot tall water sculpture. I took pics of it a few months back but didn’t think too highly of what I got. The picture bottom left was the best of the lot. Images like this are candidates for Lightroom presets. Presets range from a simple Black and White to a very funky looking infrared treatment. I’ve posted numerous images on the blog utilizing presets. Creating a preset is just a matter of changing the different settings in the Develop Module and then saving a group of settings you like. Then click on that preset and your image will instantly change to reflect those settings. If you like it, print it or export it to your photo sharing site, and whatever changes you make have no effect on the original image.
Here I am with an “EH” photo looking for inspiration in a preset and I stop at the Point Curve Presets. These are presets which manipulate the Tone Curve.
This one makes the curve look like an “M” as you can see here. Presets are not set in stone. You can play with it if the initial look isn’t what you wanted. Which is what I did here. Moving the Dark slider back and forth, I liked the different results but didn’t think the individual images were as interesting as the kaleidoscopic result I created from moving the slider back and forth! How to recreate that effect? An animated GIF file!!! The first step is to create a series of virtual images with incremental changes to the image. In this case, I moved the dark slider over ten points at a time starting from –100 ending at +100 resulting in 22 different virtual images. To create the GIF, I had Lightroom export the images into separate layers in Photoshop with the “Edit in” command.
In Photoshop I select all the layers then open the animation palette by choosing “Window” from the menu bar and selecting “Animation“. With the animation palette open, ( it’s a long strip at the bottom of the window) I needed to convert each layer to it’s own frame in the animation palette. With all the layers selected, I clicked the flyout menu in the upper right hand corner of the animation palette and choose “Make frames from layers”. The animation palette will be populated by frames of each image. Then I needed to choose how long each image will display in the GIF with the frame delay option. For this, I picked .05 sec. Finally, I saved it with “ Save for Web and Devices (.gif under this option)” in the File menu.
There is one caveat to this. Make sure you reduce the images to a manageable size!!! Assuming you’re working with images from a DSLR as I was, you can’t work with the original size in Photoshop. Especially since I had 22 versions of the image. Photoshop will choke and die when you save for the web. I could have used a smaller number of images but I liked the effect with 22. I exported the different versions as JPEG’s resizing on the long edge at 1024 and a quality setting of 25. Then I Imported those images back into Lightroom and used them to create the GIF in Photoshop.
From a plain Jane to a Kaleidoscope of Color! (click on the image to see it change)
January 31, 2011
January 30, 2011
January 10, 2011
Saturday night I attended the Narcissus Queen Pageant at Hawaii Theatre Center close by Chinatown in Honolulu. It’s a beautiful old restored theater. To quote from the website
Proclaimed as the "Pride of the Pacific," the beautiful Hawaii Theatre, built by the Consolidated Amusement Company, opened its doors September 6, 1922 in downtown Honolulu. The Hawaii Theatre operated as a showplace for vaudeville, plays, musicals and silent films until it fell into disrepair and the land lease was abandoned by Consolidated in 1984.
In 1986, the Hawaii Theatre Center, a 501(c)3 nonprofit corporation was formed to save the Hawaii Theatre from the wrecking ball and in May 1996, the Hawaii Theatre reopened its doors as a 1400-seat, multi-purpose, state-of-the art performance center.
The Hawaii Theatre was recognized as the ‘Outstanding Historic Theatre in America’ in 2005 by the League of Historic American Theatres and, in 2006, was awarded an Honor Award by the National Trust for Historic Preservation.
Listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, the Hawaii Theatre is available for all of Hawaii to enjoy.
Portions of the pageant didn’t allow for flash photography and I had to use a high ISO, slow shutter speed, and a wide open aperture. My 24-105 lens is okay but it’s what I used with my Minolta Maxxum 7 film camera. With the smaller size sensor on the a700 at max zoom the images get soft. Plus I don’t want to push the ISO too high because noise detracts from the image.
Here’s an image during the talent phase taken from the balcony. I used spot metering 1/60sec at f4.5
August 1, 2009
June 26, 2009
I see it’s been a very rainy and cold spring so far on the Mainland this year. Especially the East Coast. It isn’t very often the grounds crew at the U.S. Open figure so prominently in water removal! Just in case you’re getting tired of that weather here’s what it looks like in Waikiki this summer.
March 24, 2009
In a post last December I have a picture of a participant in the Honolulu Marathon from a recent year. He’s wearing a goose tutu. Look for yourself if you don’t believe me.
It never occurred to me I’d see the same outfit again. I was wrong.
Maybe they are part of a not so secret society.
February 14, 2009
Driving around the eastern end of Oahu gives you a lot of great spots to view the coast of Oahu and across the Molokai Channel to Molokai and West Maui. This time of the year the lookouts are filled with people hoping to see whales cavorting in the local waters. You might see a small geyser of water spraying into the air as a whale exhales through its’ blowhole. When the surf is kicking up you can see a geological blowhole in action at the Blowhole lookout. I took this photo recently from nearby Sandy Beach.