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 8, 2014
It’s Pau Hana Friday due to Hurricane Iselle passing thru the neighborhood. “ No work til Monday!” Fortunately, just some wind and rain on Oahu. Reviewing photos from previous years, I came across this image I had taken of the outrigger canoes just off the beach. This time I saw the shark fin shadow cast by Kamehame Ridge in this afternoon light. I wonder if that caught my eye at the time without actually seeing it.
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 12, 2013
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.
March 2, 2013
A continuous source of discussion is to ask do you shoot RAW or JPG. Either is a valid option. One can be a better choice in a given situation than the other. Here’s a situation for which I’m glad I shot RAW. This is a panorama I created from a series of photos I took five years ago. At the time I wasn’t thinking of making a panorama. DUH! The cloud formation attracted my attention. In addition the water was calm and reflective. Fortunately, I had my 17-35mm lens on and had worked the scene for several images at the widest angle. By doing so, I inadvertently provided myself with enough images for a panorama five years later. (Which is a good tip to keep in mind in the future!) In addition, I shot in RAW, so I could manipulate the images without worrying about loss of image quality. Remember, RAW contains all the original data recorded by the sensor while JPG throws out data at the time of creation because it compresses the data. What you see here is a high quality JPG image from the Photoshop file created by blending the original RAW shots together to make the panorama. Would this image be perceptively worse if the original images had been JPG’s? Viewing on a computer monitor perhaps not. However, if you wanted to print (Yes, he did use the P word) this and put it on a wall, the higher the quality the better the color gamut and the larger a print you can make.
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.
January 24, 2013
January 16, 2013
I thought I’d post the panorama I created from some photos I took at sunset yesterday. I liked the quality of the light and how it highlighted the tops of the ridges sloping down to the water. This was hand held and each shot was in portrait. Trouble was I rushed one of my shots and it was slightly out of focus. Looking at the final product up close it stood out like a sore thumb! So don’t rush.