Pa’i ki’i Imagery

October 28, 2010

Sunrise Punch

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Sunrise Punch

April 6, 2010

When’s a Panorama not a Panorama

When it’s square after your crop it down.  This one is made up of 15 photos to encompass the cloud formations over Kanehoe.


Square Panorama

January 18, 2010

At the beach

Shadows of Hnag Gliders moving across Makapuu Beach

August 10, 2009

Black and White Sunrise

Snappy B&W

March 6, 2009

Blurred Surfer

Blurred Surfer

I made the leap to a DSLR in 2005 with the Konica Minolta Maxxum 7D.  The photo ops that pushed the limits of my 7D and lens combination were lowlight with alot of movement.  I took a bunch of pictures that I knew weren’t great but they had potential if I knew how to work with them.   Surfing subjects within an hour of sunset were a challenge.  I could push the ISO up to 1600 but I wasn’t happy with those results.  The highest I would go was ISO 800 with my 28-200 Sigma at full zoom.  With the lens as wide as it would go the best shutter speeds I could get were 45th or 60th of a sec. After my initial post processing I set those pics aside to wait for a better day.  Today is the day for one of them.  With recent upgrades in both hardware and software plus additional skill with the software (Lightroom and Photoshop), I’m revisiting those early efforts.   What ya think?

March 4, 2009

Vertical Panorama

I’ve been doing more panorama’s recently with CS2.  They came out pretty well.  I just upgraded to CS4 and doing pano’s is even easier and faster than CS2.  The obvious format is Landscape but turn your camera (literally) to Portrait orientation.  Take a series of vertical images and then use your panorama stitching program to blend them together.  This is a blend of four portrait oriented pictures looking out my back door.  Terrible view isn’t it? While landscapes are typical subjects of this process, it should work equally well if you take a picture of a large group of people.  Come to think of it I wonder if it would work with a Macro subject?  Hmmmm.  


Vertical Pano

This is right out of the oven without a final crop.  I thought it was interesting in this unfinished form.

There is a slight distortion in the lower corners that would be less obvious if I did crop it.

December 15, 2008

What a way to spend your Honeymoon

I mentioned in my last post the Japanese are great participators. This year I saw several couples dressed as wedding couples. I guess if you can finish a marathon together you can stick together thru just about anything. Plus it’s one long trash your wedding dress opportunity.
This years marathon started off in rain. Fortunately it stopped after an hour or so. By the time the bulk of the runners came thru my Hawaii Kai neighborhood the skies cleared and gave us a few hours of sunny weather.
I got into a conversation with one of the event photographers. These are the guys you see clicking away as the runners go by. Fred told me he can snap upwards of eight thousand pictures for an event. My poor digitus secundus! Can you imagine the work it requires to view all those pics times the number of photographers. Just thinking about keying in the bib numbers gives me carpal tunnel. They must use a heavy duty Digital Asset Management program for the process.

Thousands overcome obstacles to finish 2008 Hawaii marathon | | The Honolulu Advertiser.

Honeymoon Marathon

September 12, 2008

Luau in low light

If you ever visit Hawaii, take an evening and enjoy a luau. It’s a pleasant way to get a quick introduction into cultural icons of Hawaii and Polynesia.

Earlier this week I attended the Paradise Cove Luau – Hawaii’s Best Luau. It’s next to the Ko Olina Resort on the Waianae side of Oahu. I can’t speak to it being the best since the only other Luau I’ve gone to is at the Hale Koa. The food and entertainment was good but it doesn’t have the additional activities of Paradise Cove.

One entertainment item Luau’s have in common is the fire-knife dancer. It’s a challenging subject for low light photos. I shot this hand held at ISO 3200 at 1/25 sec and f/ 7.1 with my AF 28-300 3.5-6.3 IF Sigma lens.

Fire-Kife Dancer

Fire-Kife Dancer

This image caught my eye because if you look closely just below the dancer you can see others working on their low light photography too.

September 7, 2008

Hand Held

Here’s a cropped shot I took yesterday. I’m standing on the ridge above Waimanalo at about 1100 ft. One of the outrigger canoe clubs was practicing out on the bay. They are about a mile from me.

This was with my BIG lens 🙂 an AF Tokina 80-400 1/320 at f/9.0 ISO 200 on my Sony a700. I could’ve gone for a higher shutter speed but I think the larger aperture reduces the sharpness in the higher humidity and distance. Plus the bright light reflecting off white surfaces adds to the diffusion. I didn’t use a polarizer because it reduces the f-stop. Plus I find the filter further reduces the image sharpness at full zoom. I forgot to mention the trades are blowing in my face at about 15 mph.

By the way, this image was processed and outputted with Lightroom.

Outrigger crews working out

Outrigger crews working out

September 4, 2008

Lucky you live…

There are several expressions you’ll hear in Hawaii. Lucky you live in Hawaii is repeated when we see people struggling in hip deep snow in the midwest or sliding down an icy street in the southwest. Plus we’ve been fortunate not to get pummeled by hurricanes like the Gulf Coast and eastern seaboard. Sitting above Makapuu Lookout waiting for my hang gliding friends to fly by I considered myself lucky indeed


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