Last year I made the plunge into the smart phone waters. I got the Nexus 5x with Google fi. I’ve gotten some nice shots with it. This is one of them. Recently, Google updated the OS to 7.1.1. They improved the camera app by adding EV controls among other things. This particular photo was enhanced with ON1 10. I kicked things up a bit more than I usually do and cropped it so the bird is more easily seen.
We’ve had a lot of days the past couple of months with northerly trades bringing in dryer air. Makes for almost cloudless sunsets. Of course having some clouds can add interesting color and shadow to the sunset. Not on this particular occasion.
It’s useful to go back to previous years pictures and take another pass thru what images you’ve kept. In the days after I’ve taken pictures, I’ll get rid of the obviously bad ones. I’ll find the one or two images I definitely want to post here or elsewhere and move on. Now I’m going back again and further culling what I don’t want to save for various reasons. Plus I’ll take a little more time to study what I’ve got left. Here’s an image I cropped down from the wide angle shot I’d originally made. It makes the setting sun, the back side of Diamond Head and the family walking back to the nearby beach more prominent. The family adds a sense of proportion and movement and makes for a more compelling picture.
A few days ago at sunset at Kawaihoa Pt a couple was getting some pictures taken. This can be a dangerous location when the surf is high. The surf had been dropping but still had it’s moments. As they were working the location. The photographer and couple moved down to the lowest shelf where you see the surf breaking. Yes that spot. Fortunately, after the second wave broke right next to them, they moved to higher ground.
Many people come to this part of the coast each day to fish and watch the setting sun and come to no harm. Occasionally, we get knuckleheads who don’t respect the power of the ocean and pay the ultimate price.
Wherever you go to get the shot, don’t take unnecessary risks.
A fun shot from todays sunset. Looking for a different element to work with I found this broken branch left at the high tide mark. I had been working with it and the surf with a slow shutter speed. A little girl walking up the beach took that moment to leap over my branch at a 1/10th of a second!