Pa’i ki’i Imagery

June 15, 2015

Up and Over

It’s been awhile since I created a sequence image.  I saw the possibility as he was going into the maneuver. It would’ve been a more complete image, if I’d seen it a little sooner.

 

Up and Over

March 7, 2015

Flying Paparazzi

Here’s a shot from January. One of the paraglider pilots was getting a flying portrait of another.

 

 Working it

September 10, 2014

Rain Behind Olomana

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.

  Rain Behind Olomana

September 5, 2014

HDR

I’ve been using the Sony a77 M2 for over a month.  With many new features compared to the a700, I’m still in the learning mode.  Occasionally, I’ve tried the in camera HDR feature. Strictly speaking it isn’t a new feature. My Konica Minolta 7D had a similar option. Yesterday, I was taking pics of my paragliding friends launching from a spot above Makapuu Beach.  It was late in the day and the launch was in shadow.  I decided to try HDR to see how it balances the shadow side with the brighter side of the scene compared to a RAW image.  The shot below is the result.

 

HDR at Crazy's

 

Here, as in other HDR images I’ve made, the colors are stronger. The greens are more intense than the RAW version. The blues are deeper.  Plus, the image is sharper without being over sharpened.  Below, is a pic taken in RAW and exported as a JPEG from a moment before.  While it did a good job handling the shadows, the colors are muted.(Or more realistic.)

 

HDR at Crazy's raw

 

The only adjustments I’ve made to the pics was standard sharpening upon import to Lightroom.  I also used a graduated filter in the sky to bring out the clouds.

August 21, 2014

Wide or Less Wide

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.

Waimanalo Beach Rain

That doesn’t mean I don’t work the area looking for other possibilities.

 

Waimanalo Beach Rain close up

August 13, 2014

Sea Stallion Under Cloud

 

I recently upgraded to the Sony a77 M II camera.  I’m still learning it’s different features and how it works with my lenses. This is a cropped down image with the Tamron 18-200. Passing clouds filled the sky and underneath one of them Sea Stallion helicopters were flying out into the bay and back towards the Marine base.

 

 

Sea Stallion Under Cloud

August 8, 2014

Shark Shadow

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.

 

Shark Shadow

May 12, 2014

Buzzing By in Black and White

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.

 

Buzzing By in BW

October 7, 2013

Summer Squall

Summer Squall

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

Overdevelopment

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.

Overdevelopment

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