I took a series of portrait shots almost a year ago to create this panorama. They’ve been dormant on my hard drive, waiting for me to rediscover them.
September 10, 2014
September 5, 2014
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.
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.
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.
July 7, 2013
This isn’t a complaint about construction. In this case it refers to what happens when trades are light and the land in central Oahu heats up during the day. Clouds build up and heavy downpours can occur. Hang gliders and paragilders avoid these conditions. Updrafts under these clouds can ruin their day.
April 7, 2012
This is from April 2008 when days of Kona Trades brought Vog from the volcano activity on the Big Island. Between the Vog and the overdevelopment of the clouds over Waimanalo the air was thick on this afternoon.
March 21, 2011
March 11, 2011
For the second time in 13 months Hawaii dodged a Tsunami bullet. Last year it was an earthquake off the coast of Chile. This time a terrible earthquake off Japan made for anxious hours in the Sandwich Isles. Unlike last year, we didn’t come thru completely unscathed. State estimates tsunami damage at $3 million or more but that’s just a scratch compared to Japan’s troubles. This afternoon I got up Kamehame Ridge. As usual the view was beautiful and only someone with a practiced eye would notice the additional Tsunami induced swirl of sand out in Waimanalo Bay.
P.S. For you Magnum PI fans please note the Robin Masters Estate in the lower right hand corner of this pic with the old turtle pond in front.
December 10, 2009
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.