Pa’i ki’i Imagery

August 13, 2012

Which do you prefer?

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.

Brant floats away colorBrant floats away black and white

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. Thumbs up  Thumbs down

December 6, 2010

Run Off

Run Off

April 27, 2010

Taking Off

For the first time in several months we finally had a weekend of good weather for Hang Gliding.  I’ve been going back to hang glider launches I’ve photographed previously looking for candidates for creating a sequence shot.  It’s a technique of shooting a series of images combined into one image to show the subject captured in successive motion. When I took launch shots I hadn’t done it with the intent of creating a sequence image. Here was a chance to do it from scratch.  To take the images you need a tripod and a photo editing program to combine the images.  If you’d like to learn how to create one, the SanDisk Extreme Team has a video describing the process on their Facebook page.

 Taking off

December 10, 2009

I’m Gonna be Famous!

Here’s an Ad layout that Wills Wing is using to promote one of their Hang Gliders.  It’s a picture I took back in April of one of my Hang Gliding friends taking off from the launch platform above Waimanalo.  It’s appearing in the December issue of Hang Gliding and Paragliding magazine.

Dec ad NEW FINAL (4)

April 20, 2009

Watch your step

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Watch your step

A combination of lingering winter weather here in Hawaii and the requirements of my job. Conspired to keep me from posting new pictures in almost month. Here’s a pic from Saturday when the paragliders were out in force. Alex didn’t want to take the time to launch from their usual location. Instead he spread his wing in the parking lot, brought it up and started walking. Don’t try this at home!

June 17, 2008

Where is the Launch pad for paragliders on Makapu

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Saw this as a query on my stats page. The answer is there’s more than one. The limiter is how the wind is blowing. Here’s a fuzzy picture of a PG launching from tomato juice on Fathers day. It’s just above Sea Life Park. Also Makapu’u is spelled with two U’s and a glottal stop.

If you want to see more launches just click over to the paraglider galleries at my smugmug site.

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