This week we had a drive by Hurricane, turned Tropical Storm, finally dying out as a Tropical Depression. The only significant weather phenomenon from it was an easterly surf swell not usually seen here. Most of the time it’s a Trade Wind swell not storm generated. Plus, the direction allowed for surfing in spots that rarely get good action. This shot was taken looking across to Makapuu Lighthouse. The surfer paused, waiting for a good moment to walk the rest of the way on the rocks and into the surf.
August 8, 2015
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.
February 4, 2013
And Sometimes the Landing Sticks you.
That’s what’s about to happen to my friend as he brings his glider in for a landing. The upper right corner of the photo shows the ridge line which starts at this end of Oahu and runs up the spine of the island called the Koolau Mountains. Just around the corner is the spot on the ridge from which the pilots launch. It’s a great view at 1100 ft above Waimanalo Bay. Naturally, visitors find the thought of flying off the ridge intimidating. The launch is the easiest part. The pilot can choose the best moment to fly off the ridge. Landing is a different situation. Once you commit to land, you’ve got to adjust to the conditions as you find them. In this case, the glider had a little more forward momentum than my friend wanted. The glider is in a nose up stall position but it pulled him off his feet. Unfortunately, the stall is about to bring them both to an abrupt stop. Fortunately, neither was damaged.
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.
July 5, 2012
The hazard of getting shots of white hang glider wings under bright sunlight is the ease of over exposing it. Especially as the wing is in flight and the background changes. In camera raw with Lightroom you can bring it back to some extent. It’s much nicer to nail it in camera! Got it with this one
June 23, 2012
An essential aspect of paragliding is handling your wing during your launch. A good pilot never misses the opportunity to spend a few minutes ground handling the wing.