Pa’i ki’i Imagery

January 15, 2015

Double Sunrise

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We’ve had Voggy weather the past few days. With air thick enough to cut, it filters the sun to the extent you can capture interesting shots.

 

 

Double Sunrise

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October 12, 2012

Sunrise Vog

This is the time of year when we here in Hawaii mark the change of seasons.  It’s not a frost on the bog or leaves changing color. Instead it’s the change in surf. During the spring and summer the surf comes from the south with the storms moving across the southern latitudes.  During the fall and winter storms move across the Northern Pacific and the North shore of Oahu is the place to be for surf.  I’ve found October tends to be hottest and muggiest time of year because the first storms cut off the trade wind flow.  What wind we get is from the south and hot and includes Vog from the eruption on the Big Island.  Last week was typical but the Vog got particularly intense.  This image is from Point Panic looking towards Ala Moana Beach Park, Waikiki, and Diamond Head.  It was the last gasp of the Vog.  Later in the morning the trades came back and by the end of the day the sky was clear.

 

 

Vog Sunrise

April 7, 2012

Vog and Clouds

This is from April 2008  when days of Kona Trades brought Vog from the volcano activity on the Big Island.  Between the Vog and the overdevelopment of the clouds over Waimanalo the air was thick on this afternoon.

Vog and Clouds

May 16, 2008

Vog is back

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We been living with Kona trades the past few days. Bringing vog back to our neighborhood. Fortunately it hasn’t been as bad as three weeks ago. It does make for sunrise photo ops. Like this view out my back door.

Sunrise Over Hawaii Kai

I’ve been playing with the different features of my Sony A700 to understand its capabilities. I used the D-Range Optimizer for this picture. It’s a feature designed to capture more detail in shadow and high contrast situations.

This is a versatile option. Not only is there a default setting. There’s an Advanced Auto and an Advanced:Level. The level allows you to adjust how strong to make it. Plus there’s a bracketing option. You take one picture and it creates three copies of varying optimization. And there’s no lag. Well there’s nothing more high contrast than a sunrise. Except a sunset.

But for sunrises all I have to do is set my tripod on the lanai and start shooting. I’ve used ND filters, bracketing and Photoshop to tease out decent pics. Of course the biggest problem is reducing/hiding the noise in the shadows without turning the detail into mush. So much for Photoshop (just kidding Adobe).

This is a versatile option. Not only is there a default setting. There’s an Advanced Auto and an Advanced:Level. The level allows you to adjust how strong to make it. Plus there’s a bracketing option. You take one picture and it creates three copies of varying optimization. And there’s no lag.
I can’t say I’ve noticed a big difference between Level 1 and 5. This shot was used with Level 4

Aloha!

April 27, 2008

O Voggy Day

Filed under: Photography — paikiiimagery @ 10:08 am
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One thing we don’t lack in Hawaii is bright light. But there are exceptions. Like when the wind is coming from the south. It’s called Kona winds. Natural air pollution from the Kilauea Volcano brings a condition called Vog to the other Islands in the chain. Such has been the problem several times during April.

Kilauea’s fumes over Hawaii a concern

Here’s how it looked Yesterday on Kamehame Ridge overlooking Waimanalo.
Voggy Day on Oahu

I think the Vog got to my 7D. It’s giving me strange Apertures and Shutter speeds( 500/10,500/18,640/10). I hope it isn’t allergic?!

By the way this is how it usually looks.
Taking Flight

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