Last summer the U.S. Navy held the RIMPAC Exercises around the Hawaiian Islands. This year we saw an Assault ship operating off of Bellows practicing beach landings the morning I was up on the ridge launching hang gliders. I liked this image because the clouds acted as giant reflectors. Illuminating portions of the bay. In particular, the Assault ship, whose gray body disappeared in the changing light. It seems so small in just this little area.
I’ve used Lightroom since it’s first public beta. Over the years I’ve added different presets, mostly in the Develop Module. (How many B&W presets do I really need!!??) I’ve also incorporated additional editing software. Various iterations of On1 products ,The Nik collection (Efex Pro, Viveza,Dfine Etc.) and recently added Perfect Exposure. I was reminded that I have the NIK Collection ( It’s Freeee. ) after seeing this blog post How to Sharpen Your Photos using Lightroom and Nik Efex by Pete Demarco I had a picture I could practice on. A Mother Duck and ducklings were out feeding in the morning recently. There was some nice early morning light giving them a bit of backlit effect. However, I was not happy with my results. They were just too soft. I’ve got a low end zoom lens so it wasn’t a surprise but it was disappointing. Enter the Output Sharpener. After adjusting the settings per Pete’s recommendation. I got this result:
On the left is the result using Output sharpening. Compared to the right Mom’s feathers are just a little better. Where it’s more noticeable is the chicks fur and the water droplets on their bodies. I outputted this from LR without any additional sharpening. Now I need to practice with the other parts of the Collection!
I always feel a little more elbow room with a panorama. Digital makes it soo much easier to create them. With landscapes it tells a more complete story.
For several hours today we got a good soaking of rain. It even kicked up a notch and pushed out a stream of debris from a nearby storm drain into the canal I live next to.
A sailing regatta around the Island of Oahu took place during the recent Memorial Day weekend.
I happened to be at Makapuu while the boats came around the point.
This interesting sail boat was just about to pass behind Rabbit Island on its way to Kaneohe.
Not on this particular afternoon. This wind came from the west and allowed kite boarders a rare chance to have fun in Maunalua Bay.
This week we had a drive by Hurricane, turned Tropical Storm, finally dying out as a Tropical Depression. The only significant weather phenomenon from it was an easterly surf swell not usually seen here. Most of the time it’s a Trade Wind swell not storm generated. Plus, the direction allowed for surfing in spots that rarely get good action. This shot was taken looking across to Makapuu Lighthouse. The surfer paused, waiting for a good moment to walk the rest of the way on the rocks and into the surf.
On my way out to Makapuu last week I saw how unusually good the surf was at a nearby beach. PHOTO OP! For the next two hours I clicked away and ended up with 1800 images! Almost every wave was ride able and the surfers and boogie boarders were doing their best to catch them. This was the first time I had used my a77M II to capture so many surf shots. It did a great job focusing on the constant movement.
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.