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
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.
May 12, 2014
Hang Gliding has been a catch as catch can this year. Most of the time the wind has either been too strong, too light, then add rain. Sunday was light and north . Good enough for a fly by at launch.
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.
April 1, 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.