A sailing regatta around the Island of Oahu took place during the recent Memorial Day weekend.
I happened to be at Makapuu while the boats came around the point.
This interesting sail boat was just about to pass behind Rabbit Island on its way to Kaneohe.
I’ve been using the Sony a77 M2 for over a month. With many new features compared to the a700, I’m still in the learning mode. Occasionally, I’ve tried the in camera HDR feature. Strictly speaking it isn’t a new feature. My Konica Minolta 7D had a similar option. Yesterday, I was taking pics of my paragliding friends launching from a spot above Makapuu Beach. It was late in the day and the launch was in shadow. I decided to try HDR to see how it balances the shadow side with the brighter side of the scene compared to a RAW image. The shot below is the result.
Here, as in other HDR images I’ve made, the colors are stronger. The greens are more intense than the RAW version. The blues are deeper. Plus, the image is sharper without being over sharpened. Below, is a pic taken in RAW and exported as a JPEG from a moment before. While it did a good job handling the shadows, the colors are muted.(Or more realistic.)
The only adjustments I’ve made to the pics was standard sharpening upon import to Lightroom. I also used a graduated filter in the sky to bring out the clouds.
I haven’t gotten any sequence pictures recently. These tend to be unplanned photo ops and none have come up recently. This also became a panorama in its creation. Two for the price of one!
The light on Kamehame Ridge Sunday was unusual. We had high thin clouds diffusing the sunlight. Yet it was bright enough to create a sparkling effect on the water. Usually the light is too strong and the light reflecting off the water surface is blown out. This image was the best representative of the effect.
I was treated to an impromptu fire dance with Poi Balls. It was near dark and with no tripod at hand I hand held with a long shutter speed to catch the movement of the flame. In Lightroom I desaturated everything but the flame. Then I reduced the clarity for a softer look. To add a little more interest to the photo I also split toned the image.