Last summer the U.S. Navy held the RIMPAC Exercises around the Hawaiian Islands. This year we saw an Assault ship operating off of Bellows practicing beach landings the morning I was up on the ridge launching hang gliders. I liked this image because the clouds acted as giant reflectors. Illuminating portions of the bay. In particular, the Assault ship, whose gray body disappeared in the changing light. It seems so small in just this little area.
I didn’t realize it had been so long since my last post. The aging PC I use to process my shots had been giving me fits. It hadn’t kept me from image making but processing them became an adventure. After various efforts to keep it going, I finally decided to replace it by building my own. The new one is up and running smoothly. Here’s a shot from today. A friend of mine was giving a Tandem ride on his paraglider. His passenger is just appearing beneath the wing as they complete an aerial maneuver. In case you’re wondering, they are horizontal.
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!
It’s Pau Hana Friday due to Hurricane Iselle passing thru the neighborhood. “ No work til Monday!” Fortunately, just some wind and rain on Oahu. Reviewing photos from previous years, I came across this image I had taken of the outrigger canoes just off the beach. This time I saw the shark fin shadow cast by Kamehame Ridge in this afternoon light. I wonder if that caught my eye at the time without actually seeing it.
Lightroom makes it very easy to give an image a dizzying number of treatments in color, black and white, sepia, two tone and cross process styles. Even better they can all be virtual. Existing only within Lightroom until you decide to export an image to the preferred file format. Occasionally I’ll play with an image in Lightroom to see if I can find a more eye catching version.
I created a sequence shot of a friend of mine taking off in his hang glider. I’ve made these before but not recently since I’m usually helping them launch.
I had a hard time finding a satisfactory B&W because of the ground clutter in the background. The different styles didn’t separate his body enough from the background. I have a sense of depth in the color version that I couldn’t find in B&W. I’m conscience of a person seeing the image for the first time and being confused about what’s going on. Especially since it’s a sequence photo.
So which do your prefer? Color or Black and White.