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Vanguard
July 1st, 2008, 06:32 AM
This is hands down my favorite thread on this forum. A hearty thank you to everyone who contributes photographs here!

1stwahine
July 2nd, 2008, 08:08 AM
At the Flicker Meet-up on Sunday, I ventured out and took three pics of DIAMOND HEAD!

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/1stwahine3/lynn1402.jpg

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/1stwahine3/lynn1403-1.jpg

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/1stwahine3/lynn1407.jpg

Auntie Lynn

mel
July 4th, 2008, 04:56 PM
Check out Rabbett's Kailua 4th of July Parade photo slideshow here:

http://tinyurl.com/kailua4th

313 photos of practically the entire parade.

Pomai
July 5th, 2008, 07:55 AM
Nice shots of the Kailua Parade, Mel/Rabbett. That clown dude looks kinda' scary though. lol

Last night I watched the 4th of July fireworks display at Maunalua Bay Beach Park in Hawaii Kai. Here's some shots from that event...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_park.jpg

In front of Roy's...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_roys.jpg

The tents were set up on the grassy area just left of the main entrance...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_street.jpg

More on next post...

Pomai
July 5th, 2008, 08:05 AM
http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_shore.jpg

Check out that squall off shore of Niu Valley...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_squall.jpg

The tenants occupying the tents included Bubbie's Ice Cream, Na' Ono, Hawaii Kai Community Church, Kale's Natural Food, KFC-Hawaii and a Gene Ward...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_tents.jpg

Pomai
July 5th, 2008, 08:11 AM
Entertainment (just before the fireworks) was provided by Henry Kapono...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_kapono.jpg

Doing MC duty was KINE 105's Billy V., and KGMB anchor' Kim Gennaula and Guy Hagi...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_media.jpg

Time to launch...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_fw3.jpg

Pomai
July 5th, 2008, 08:14 AM
The barge that staged the pyrotechnics was quite close to shore, near the Henry J. Kaiser Estate on the shore of Portlock...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_fw2.jpg

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_fw1.jpg

The fireworks display lasted a good 20 minutes and was great. The grand finale went OFF. I hope they do it again next year!

mel
July 5th, 2008, 08:15 AM
Pomai, I did not go to the Kailua parade which means I did not take any photos there. Rabb is an old friend and he always gets a comprehensive shoot of the Kailua 4th of July parade every year since it just travels right next to his house.

On the other hand, I like your photos taken at yesterday's 4th of July thing over in Hawaii Kai.

I shot the fireworks at Ala Moana Center last night from a bad location (had to avoid the glaring parking lot light poles) and yielded only a few good shots (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/2637864709/in/photostream/). Here is one of them:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3045/2638693180_2e4fda1bd2_o.jpg

Pomai
July 5th, 2008, 08:20 AM
Mel, nice! How long did the Ala Moana display last?

mel
July 5th, 2008, 09:03 AM
Lasted about 15 to 18 minutes. I heard the same fireworks company handled Ala Moana and Hawaii Kai.

Pomai
July 5th, 2008, 09:22 AM
Lasted about 15 to 18 minutes. I heard the same fireworks company handled Ala Moana and Hawaii Kai.Whoever that company is, did a fantastic job on the Hawaii Kai display. I'd hire them again.

Some shots at Kuliou'ou beach park at dusk before "the show"...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_kuliou2.jpg

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_kuliouo.jpg

Paperless firecrackers, ground bloom flowers, morning glory sparklers and some fountains...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_arsenal.jpg

Pomai
July 5th, 2008, 10:12 AM
FYI - IndependenceDayatMaunaluaBay.org (http://www.independencedayatmaunaluabay.org/home1/)

A tray of Choux Creme (cream puffs) our Nihongin friend brought for us as omiyage (a gift) yesterday in celebration of July 4th...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_choux3.jpg

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_choux7.jpg
Choux Creme with Rasberry

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/hawaiikai_july4th08_choux10.jpg
Choux Creme covered in Chocolate

Gorgeous.

AbsolutChaos
July 5th, 2008, 01:13 PM
I only had one pic that kinda turned out from the July 3rd Fireworks at Aloha Tower:

http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/AbsolutChaos808/db7e3098.jpg

AbsolutChaos
July 5th, 2008, 01:14 PM
I'd never seen the one in Kailua before until this year.
These guys behind us weren't too excited...
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/AbsolutChaos808/e806f9ef.jpg

But I enjoyed the mellow atmosphere as we waited on the beach:
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/AbsolutChaos808/8c17258c.jpg

It seemed they were having technical difficulties in Kailua. There were huge pauses in between episodes of fireworks. And I don't recall seeing a grand finale either. Here's one less-than-lovely shot anyway, taken from my farther away vantage point:
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/AbsolutChaos808/022d608f.jpg

Leo Lakio
July 5th, 2008, 01:29 PM
These guys behind us weren't too excited...

Everybody say it with me now ...

Awwwwwwwwwwww!

LikaNui
July 5th, 2008, 07:27 PM
I was out on Kaneohe Bay yesterday, so I posted some new photos (including a couple of Bayfest 2008) over in the Hawaii Boating Photos thread.
Got some interesting shots of the Ko`olau mountains from the water too, including these two:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Sandbar%207-4-08/100_0791.jpg

And this one, with H-3:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Sandbar%207-4-08/100_0789.jpg

Remember, those were taken from a couple of miles away. :o

Pua'i Mana'o
July 5th, 2008, 08:17 PM
looks at the sumptious tray of Pomai's goodies and curses his good name.

Pomai yastinkinjerkdoodoofutbaghavedanervetotakepicsofcr eampuffsbutnosharefutbag-BLEEP-....

{{waves fist, scrolls back up to stare again, looks down at 100 calorie pak of fake oreos, scrolls back up, curses Pomai again}}

highresolutionyafricka...

tutusue
July 5th, 2008, 11:21 PM
PM...I was just thinkin' exactly the same thing!

mel
July 7th, 2008, 10:46 PM
Volkswagens!
Caught a bunch of these classic VWs at Kaka'ako Waterfront Park this past Saturday, July 5.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3283/2648317943_5132b5204c_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3210/2648318739_ba12b0cd30_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3200/2648318053_4d2433d9b3_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/sets/72157604080445814/)

More photos at this link (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/sets/72157604080445814/).

Menehune Man
July 8th, 2008, 09:25 AM
Love the Mountains and the Volkswagons!

Yesterday morning at 7:30 of Waimanalo.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3086/2646336679_d77d6405ef.jpg?v=0

And taken from "Sherwood Forest"
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3016/2650681426_3d51929747.jpg?v=0

Sure love Hawaii! :D

1stwahine
July 8th, 2008, 10:04 AM
We spent our Sunday at HOOMALUHIA BOTANICAL GARDEN.
http://www.co.honolulu.hi.us/parks/hbg/hmbg.htm

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/1stwahine3/SpecialMoments.jpg
Special Moments.

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/1stwahine3/FeedMe.jpg
Feed Me.

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/1stwahine3/duck.jpg
Ducky Duck...plez come hea!

Auntie Lynn

asuhoru
July 8th, 2008, 12:35 PM
Sharin one pic from this past Sunday. I was working and took this shot.
I had to share this one. The kids expression is priceless.


Aloha
http://i34.tinypic.com/mor9u.jpg

sarah_elizabeth
July 8th, 2008, 01:04 PM
I love this thread. You guys all take amazing pictures.

MyopicJoe
July 8th, 2008, 10:25 PM
That boy is adorable, Asuhoru :)

Were you kneeling or lying down, to get that shot? What camera, etc. did you use? Did that come from a single shot or a burst of shots? You captured his smile perfectly.

mel
July 9th, 2008, 06:17 AM
Little children generally like firemen. Shows in that photo. Nice one. Here's a couple of garden shots I recently took:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3076/2653244580_6de4e51f75_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3158/2652419113_84f8f8a7e9_o.jpg

More photos at this link. (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/sets/7880/)

mel
July 10th, 2008, 05:15 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3031/2655620653_0199582822_o.jpg
The Flower.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3153/2656448034_bd62f1b2ac_o.jpg
The Moth.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3036/2654620189_d466ebe2b8_o.jpg
The Bird.

More (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/sets/7880/)

asuhoru
July 10th, 2008, 10:54 PM
That boy is adorable, Asuhoru :)

Were you kneeling or lying down, to get that shot? What camera, etc. did you use? Did that come from a single shot or a burst of shots? You captured his smile perfectly.

I was kneeling. Single Shot and got lucky.

I just got a Canon EOS Rebel XSi for Father's Day. TOtal newbie with it but I've been practicin. If need be, pm me i'll give you my flickr info.

Aloha

MyopicJoe
July 10th, 2008, 11:09 PM
I just got a Canon EOS Rebel XSi for Father's Day.

*drool*

you lucky bastage. if I got that for Father's Day, I would look like that boy in your picture! :D

asuhoru
July 11th, 2008, 05:49 PM
http://i34.tinypic.com/2dt3s0o.jpg

Took this one day at Magic Island. Man, it was friggin' HOT.
Anyhoo, heres my daughter on her little safari.

(testing out a new Canon Lens)

hulagirl
July 11th, 2008, 10:43 PM
Little children generally like firemen.

I must be a little child then. A REALLLLY little child.:D

Love this thread- especially love the fireworks since I didn't get to see any this year. (Babies were sick.) But aww, so purty! Thanks for sharing!

1stwahine
July 12th, 2008, 09:49 AM
Mel, those are BEAUTIFUL PICTURES!! :D

Auntie Lynn

Pomai
July 13th, 2008, 07:07 PM
Asuhoru, great shots. Great camera! Funny screen name. lol

Carrying the world on his shoulders, and not caring a bit...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/diamondhead_longboard.jpg
Photo taken today, 7.13.08 at Diamond Head Beach

Cactus graffiti at Diamond Head beach (next to the showers)...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/cactus_love1.jpg

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/cactus_love.jpg

mel
July 13th, 2008, 09:48 PM
One thing I don't like to photograph or publish is grafitti. Publishing graffiti to me only encourages these vermin to create more grafitti. Grafitti is ugly vandalism and illegal.

Pomai
July 14th, 2008, 07:00 AM
One thing I don't like to photograph or publish is grafitti. Publishing graffiti to me only encourages these vermin to create more grafitti. Grafitti is ugly vandalism and illegal.Good point. At least with the cactus, it can naturally "heal" over this.

With that cactus being located next to a popular Diamond Head break, I take it most of these "vermin" are surfers, and not vermin at all. Just using nature as a canvas. It doesn't offend me, at least. Not nearly as much as a spray-painted concrete underpass wall.

Menehune Man
July 15th, 2008, 12:06 PM
Taken yesterday in front of the Waikiki Aquarium Stone Art!
And photoshopped of course...
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3202/2671803295_7404470ee7.jpg

What a Hippie! :D

kanahina
July 15th, 2008, 10:08 PM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/kanahina/P7100058.jpg

Sun setting at Kihei (Maui) last week

acousticlady
July 16th, 2008, 03:06 AM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/kanahina/P7100058.jpg

Sun setting at Kihei (Maui) last week

ohhhhh - from that angle, I can tell exactly where you took this ;)

Likeke
July 16th, 2008, 04:19 AM
Nice one.. I love all the pictures.

I feel little bit homesick (pause for a couple seconds) :(.. ok moving on! :D

asuhoru
July 16th, 2008, 08:48 PM
http://i36.tinypic.com/eg2rkg.jpg

Pano I made last week

Leo Lakio
July 17th, 2008, 06:58 AM
Asuhoru, if you and Mel haven't yet met to talk shop, you should. Mel is an exceptionally good pro photographer, and it's clear from your postings here that you have a good eye. Thanks for sharing.

Pomai
July 17th, 2008, 08:43 AM
Asuhoru (your screen name is just too funny lol), I think I can tell where you "stitched" part of that pano shot. It's just a tad to the right of the last building along the Waikiki coastline (I think that's the Sheraton sticking out). You can tell by the difference in the water's ripple surface. Sometimes I find Canon's PhotoStitch software messes up the horizon, so when that happens, I stitch pano's manually in Photoshop using multiple layers and the eraser tool.

Speaking of Waikiki, here's a vintage photo (a rare original) taken on the beach in front of where Duke's Waikiki currently is, looking towards the Royal Hawaiian Hotel...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/royal_hawaiian_unknownyear.jpg

Just another lazy day of fishing at a Kualoa beach house...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/mokolii_fishing4.23.08.jpg

The lion statue in front of the MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/mgmgrand_vegas_lion.jpg

Leo Lakio
July 17th, 2008, 08:47 AM
Mel is an exceptionally good pro photographer, and it's clear from your postings here that you have a good eye....Oh, and I should add that Pomai is the expert at posting the finest "food porn" on the web!

asuhoru
July 17th, 2008, 10:01 AM
Yeah I didn't have time to fix some of the overlaps on that pano. I never tried the Canon Photostitch program though I have it. I swear by Panorama Factory and Photoshop CS3's Photomerge.

I'll post some that I made the other night that I think you all will enjoy.

Anyhoo, thanks. I love my screen name. This is the only forum that made comments about my screen name. In some of the profiles for my name I'd put Yuara Asuhoru. But I figured thats a bit much so I removed em.

ALoha to you all.

GregLee
July 20th, 2008, 03:37 PM
Thaddeus (young thrush):
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3273/2640105201_ed65f20ac6_b.jpg

Coty
July 22nd, 2008, 10:58 AM
Beautiful pics! The pic of the kid with the fireman is priceless, love it!

escondido100
July 23rd, 2008, 07:01 PM
driving north of kona you will see grafiti made of coral on the dark lava.....unique to say the least.... i dont really like it as it is quite an eyesore......but this one caught my eye......http://lh6.ggpht.com/puravidafiveoh/SIgLu2D2p6I/AAAAAAAAABs/qYTRhiCPl8o/CIMG1655.JPG?imgmax=512

Menehune Man
July 27th, 2008, 12:37 AM
I took a few photos today at the Hawaii State Farm Fair @ Bishop Museum.
This one was my favorite!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3053/2705612647_03a909e903.jpg

After she posed for her Mom & Dad I got her to let me take one.

Pomai
July 27th, 2008, 11:15 AM
Menehune Man, what is that supposed to be, a fish? Looks more like a sperm cell. lol

Here's an artist (from Japan) painting the peak of Diamond Head sticking out, with plumeria trees in the foreground...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/diamondhead_artist.jpg

Nice work!

And here's a couple shots of a Lamborghini Gallardo Superleggera valet-parked last night in front of the Outrigger Waikiki on the Beach...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/waikiki_superleggera.jpg

MSRP: $228,040 The craftsmanship on this beauty is amazing. Better be at that price!

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/waikiki_superleggera2.jpg

I should Photoshop one of those TheCab light domes onto the roof of the 'Ghini. lol

Menehune Man
July 27th, 2008, 07:26 PM
Love the shots of Mokoli'i (China Man's Hat) and the Japanese painter.
Both are real cool!

Here's a photo taken just now, of a shelf in the Living room that I've created. :o
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3067/2708760485_9d52958699.jpg

Aloha!

asuhoru
July 28th, 2008, 12:47 AM
I took a few photos today at the Hawaii State Farm Fair @ Bishop Museum.
This one was my favorite!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3053/2705612647_03a909e903.jpg

After she posed for her Mom & Dad I got her to let me take one.

I was there today with the family. Wasn't as hot today as I thought it'd be, which is a good thing.

http://i33.tinypic.com/2dqk8xc.jpg
My daughter enjoyed the pony ride and the petting zoo. Here's my niece and sister-in-law.


I didn't see the fish toon guy. Bummer. Daughter would have gotten a kick out of that one.
ALoha

Menehune Man
July 28th, 2008, 04:23 PM
This is me!!!
honestly in Asuhoru's photo above. How cool is that!!!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3282/2712648102_0863faef08_o.jpg

I work in the Security force at the Bishop Museum and just happened to be at the main gate when the above photo was taken. HaHa!

Honoruru
July 28th, 2008, 06:55 PM
Hey, Menehune Man, I had a hard time figuring out where you were in that photo, but I downloaded the file and studied it in PhotoShop and figured out where you were. You're the guy behind the horse's a**, just off to the right (in the yellow and red). :p

So funny! And amazing!

kanahina
July 29th, 2008, 09:23 PM
my daughter at the pool the last weekend before school started!

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/kanahina/P7260010.jpg

Jim75
July 31st, 2008, 10:11 PM
Wow! There've been so many great photos. Time for me to start posting again. 1. Wave at Kailua Beach Park 2. Girl with Parasail? at Kailua Beach Park 3. The light at the end of the tunnel (on H3)

http://DiamondWillow.smugmug.com/photos/342994924_6uJNT-L.jpg

http://DiamondWillow.smugmug.com/photos/342994904_MXHM7-L.jpg

http://DiamondWillow.smugmug.com/photos/342994814_cjrC4-L.jpg

tutusue
July 31st, 2008, 10:27 PM
Your shots are always amazing and creative, Jim. What's that peeking thru the wave near the top, left corner in the top photo? Kailua Beach isn't really known for surfing, that I know of! Or should I start humming the intro to "Jaws"? :D

Honoruru
July 31st, 2008, 10:37 PM
Wow, Jim, that first shot of the waves, that's pure sculpture. Beautiful! All the photos on this thread are beautiful.

asuhoru
July 31st, 2008, 11:19 PM
WOW WOW WOW Jim. Amazing!!!

Kungpao
August 1st, 2008, 05:52 AM
Jim75,
Telephoto? or ::gulp:: were you in the water with the wave? lol Great captures!

LikaNui
August 1st, 2008, 07:38 AM
BeeYOOteefull photo of the wave, Jim! Absolutely gorgeous! And I like the tunnel shot too.
This whole thread rocks. We've sure got some excellent photographers here!

Kungpao
August 4th, 2008, 11:24 AM
Technically it's not a pure photo in that PP was obviously involved but I wanted to share anyway:p:D Afterall... I "DID" take all the photos hehe.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3068/2733502012_3f0554c0db.jpg

Menehune Man
August 4th, 2008, 04:20 PM
Here's a photo my friend (Chris-BBWolf+3Pigs) took yesterday.
Twenty of us hiked around the coast of Makapuu from Pele's Chair.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3260/2733476483_d7b4eea645.jpg

See more here at my "Pohaku Maka O Moeau" cache page!
Pohaku Maka O Moeau (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/cache_details.aspx?guid=f7309907-e57e-4f51-a7a2-4bc38f914d48)

What a terrific day we all had!

Menehune Man
August 4th, 2008, 04:23 PM
Here's the gallery page for Pohaku...
PHOTOS! (http://www.geocaching.com/seek/gallery.aspx?guid=f7309907-e57e-4f51-a7a2-4bc38f914d48)

TATTRAT
August 5th, 2008, 05:22 AM
here is some where I am at now, in Old town Fairfax

The old courthouse
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRNewHouseNOVAGarden055.jpg

From our Garden
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRNewHouseNOVAGarden135.jpg

and another wild flower from the garden
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRNewHouseNOVAGarden112.jpg

TATTRAT
August 5th, 2008, 05:51 AM
the dog

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRNewHouseNOVAGarden088.jpg

b&w

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRNewHouseNOVAGarden121.jpg

TATTRAT
August 14th, 2008, 11:47 AM
here are a few more form the garden. Sure has been boring shooting around here...

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRAUGUSTGARDENNEW056.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRAUGUSTGARDENNEW031.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRAUGUSTGARDENNEW020.jpg

TATTRAT
August 14th, 2008, 11:48 AM
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRAUGUSTGARDENNEW059.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRAUGUSTGARDENNEW049.jpg

http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRAUGUSTGARDENNEW037.jpg

Jim75
August 14th, 2008, 07:26 PM
Excellent shots, Tattrat! That little spider's got a great face.

MyopicJoe
August 18th, 2008, 10:19 PM
My dinky point-n-shoot doesn't compare to a $900 DSRL with $1200 glass, so I have to stick with "artsy" photos which play up my camera's strengths.



I pass by this spot at least 4 times a day, never noticing it. One day the sunlight glinted off it just right, and I started taking shots:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3139/2776504985_85d8fcfb6d.jpg?v=0



I didn't notice the richness of this reddish brown when I took the shot. It was a pleasant discovery when I zoomed and cropped the JPEG:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3266/2777361360_01579e737e.jpg?v=0


A bit over exposed, but I love how the shadows "change texture":
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3007/2776505085_93d025e714.jpg?v=0

Jim75
August 19th, 2008, 08:36 PM
Cool pics, MyopicJoe! The first one looks like a spot of hot solder on a piece of raku pottery. What are those first two of?

Jim75
August 19th, 2008, 09:27 PM
I haven't really had time to take a lot of photos just recently, but here's some older ones.
1) Panda at Sandy Eggo Zoo
2) Girl and her dog relaxing in Dam Square, Amsterdam, NL
3) Turtle - This guy was crossing the highway and I stopped and helped him on his way, but he had to agree to a photograph.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/259663468_3mLJu-L.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/102681841_CJj7e-L.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/102682357_xcGzt-L.jpg

MyopicJoe
August 19th, 2008, 09:52 PM
I love your picture of the relaxing woman, Jim. Her red hair, along with her red sweater. Her horizontal shoulders and arms flow with the horizontal stair edges, accentuating the feeling of relaxation; while the triangle formed by her skirt breaks the lines up and keeps them from becoming overwhelming. Her dog has the perfect lazy face.



The first one looks like a spot of hot solder on a piece of raku pottery. What are those first two of?

I see what you mean by hot solder. I didn't think of that.

Both pictures are of a tree, which had one of its branches sawed off. The resin it excreted dried a long time ago, staining the light brown wood with dark browns, purples, and reds. From the right angle it's rather glossy, which picks up some sky blue.

Here's another shot of the scar:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3004/2776503515_ccc7bb0770.jpg?v=0



And here's another mystery photo:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/2777362510_68f793a734.jpg?v=0

asuhoru
August 20th, 2008, 01:43 PM
http://i34.tinypic.com/2mpg3o8.jpg
Plumeria I saw at the Hilton this past weekend.

http://i36.tinypic.com/2cdvknb.jpg
Bird on display at the Hilton. I forget what kind of bird it was.

http://i34.tinypic.com/1he3c.jpg
My kids in their little pool.

MyopicJoe
August 20th, 2008, 01:58 PM
Bird on display at the Hilton. I forget what kind of bird it was.

Your camera captured the green very nicely.


Your little girl has an, "I'm innocent!" look on her face :)

TATTRAT
August 20th, 2008, 04:09 PM
great pics all!

MJ, glass and body don;t mean anything, we just sharing pics! An I LOVE your "artsy"(:p) ones!

Jim75
August 21st, 2008, 09:35 PM
And here's another mystery photo:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3072/2777362510_68f793a734.jpg?v=0
This a great abstract. It looks like some tree trunk and maybe a cage or a heavy wire fence in the background. The foreground looks maybe like some kind of nautical thing. What is it?

Jim75
August 21st, 2008, 10:13 PM
1) I photographed this huge rose in Amsterdam and doctored it up a little.

2) This is St. Chapelle in Paris. It's got kind of a gothic look to it anyway, so I adjusted it in that direction. One of the French Kings had this built to house what he believed was the crown of thorns worn by Christ. I believe it was later determined not to be authentic. Inside you're surrounded almost entirely by stained glass. It's standing room only. There was a woman whose job was to maintain an atmosphere of reverence, I guess, and every so often she would say "SHHHH" really loud. People would quiet right down. Gradually the voices would slowly begin to increase in volume and she would drop the hammer again.

3) This is one of the windows of the mask shop in Venice, Italy that made the masks used in Stanley Kubrick's last film, "Eyes Wide Shut". These are yet to be painted/decorated.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/356655199_9Ejuu-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/356655195_EutHM-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/356655091_mXG4D-XL.jpg

MyopicJoe
August 21st, 2008, 10:24 PM
glass and body don;t mean anything

As long as I'm not submitting my pics for print. Luckily for me, visual standards are lower online. But I shoot for fun, which I believe is your point, Tat :)



This a great abstract. It looks like some tree trunk and maybe a cage or a heavy wire fence in the background. The foreground looks maybe like some kind of nautical thing. What is it?

Hmm, it does look like brass, doesn't it Jim?

The metal is gold-plated copper. It's a printed circuit board (PCB) made from a fiberglass material (FR4), the kind of stuff you find in electronic equipment. It's not the usual green, because it lacks a solder mask. You can scrape off the thin electrical traces (not shown) with your fingernail.

As with most of my shots, this one was pure luck.

I was holding the camera in one hand, which ended up tilted (hence the tree being at an angle). I was holding the board in the other hand, fighting a nasty gust of wind. I was also walking at the time. I took a wild shot.

Even though the picture isn't level, what you'll notice is the edge of board forms an angle with the the tree and metal grating (belonging to the radiator of a central A/C system). The imaginary line which bisects this angle is horizontal. That's my guess as to why this picture works.

Here's the real kicker: this picture is a 1/8th crop of the original JPEG. Most of the shot is meh, except for this little section which caught my eye. I cropped it until the board edge hit the upper right corner perfectly.

I admit I love cropping pictures more than taking them. I love the surprise of finding a picture within a picture. It feels like a treasure hunt. :D



(the downside of course is I lose a lot of resolution, making it unsuitable for print)

MyopicJoe
August 21st, 2008, 10:37 PM
1) I photographed this huge rose in Amsterdam and doctored it up a little.

Heh, "a little". I think playing with an image in Photoshop is a great way to add another dimension of creativity. It's not very different from the tricks film photographers use in a dark room, I would imagine.



2) This is St. Chapelle in Paris. It's got kind of a gothic look to it anyway, so I adjusted it in that direction.

The effect looks like a film negative :)


Thanks for the little stories behind your pics. I think one cool thing about your photography is all the traveling you do, to get the shots. Maybe you should get one of those new fancy schmancy GPS enabled cameras.

Jim75
August 23rd, 2008, 07:42 PM
Here's some from today.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/357690700_Up9u8-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/357690293_E9ish-XL.jpg

Everybody takes this surfboard shot in some form or other.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/357690732_EpLun-XL.jpg

MyopicJoe
August 24th, 2008, 09:01 PM
here is some where I am at now, in Old town Fairfax

The old courthouse

I love the sunset light on the brick building. The blue sky is rather vivid also. Nice contrasts and nice details in that wide angle shot.



3) Turtle - This guy was crossing the highway and I stopped and helped him on his way, but he had to agree to a photograph.

Haha. I hope you got the turtle to sign a release form ;)


I like the picture of the dwarf poinciana flower. The shape of the flower buds reminds me of microscopic plants. Nice translucent light on the two flower shots. I dig the satin sheen on the surf boards.


BTW, the only reason I know the name of the dwarf poinciana flower was because it was pictured in my mom's calendar. I visited my parents today, saw it, and thought, "Hey, Jim took a picture of that kind of flower!"

Jim75
August 24th, 2008, 10:27 PM
Thanks MyopicJoe. One of my coworkers suggested I might like Waimea Valley so I went there today. How cool is that place! I'll post more tomorrow, but the net is dragging and I need to go to bed.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/358608070_xUbzQ-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/358608179_o9QCi-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/358608555_kNdwn-XL.jpg

Jim75
August 25th, 2008, 04:49 AM
More Waimea Valley.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/358608209_mjWj5-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/358608587_vrWyM-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/358608513_Nbsnq-XL.jpg

MyopicJoe
August 25th, 2008, 06:35 AM
I like that tint of lavender. Any of you folk out there, trained in color, got a specific name for that one?

Nice abstract lines and shapes in the second pic, along with translucent sunlight.

Haha that last one looks like a gooey cinnamon roll. The angular lines of the insect's legs makes a nice contrast to the "doughiness" of the flower.



I need to get myself to Waimea Valley ASAP, Jim!

AbsolutChaos
August 25th, 2008, 10:40 PM
Does anybody else find this a bit odd? I saw this during my walk this morning:
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/AbsolutChaos808/Hawaii/3231255c.jpg

Here's my take on this: "Now leasing at Discovery Bay: children! Get yours today! Errr...no thanks."
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/AbsolutChaos808/Hawaii/f4dde4ed.jpg

Or how about, "Snappers Bar/Grill is kid-friendly. Exclusive ledge play area for your kids while you drink. Complimentary beheadings included! (Bar not responsible for falls).
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/AbsolutChaos808/Hawaii/b250bac0.jpg

I am just joking about my captions, just for the record, but the pics are totally real and un-doctored.

MyopicJoe
August 25th, 2008, 11:12 PM
"Now leasing at Discovery Bay: children! Get yours today! Errr...no thanks."

Haha. "I'm not happy with the 8-year old model. Can I exchange it for a toddler and a kindergartener?"



"Snappers Bar/Grill is kid-friendly. Exclusive ledge play area for your kids while you drink. Complimentary beheadings included! (Bar not responsible for falls).

xD


It is a rather goofy display. I guess they had some dolls on their hands and didn't know what to do with them?

TATTRAT
August 26th, 2008, 06:22 AM
Does anybody else find this a bit odd? I saw this during my walk this morning:
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/AbsolutChaos808/Hawaii/3231255c.jpg

Here's my take on this: "Now leasing at Discovery Bay: children! Get yours today! Errr...no thanks."
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/AbsolutChaos808/Hawaii/f4dde4ed.jpg

Or how about, "Snappers Bar/Grill is kid-friendly. Exclusive ledge play area for your kids while you drink. Complimentary beheadings included! (Bar not responsible for falls).
http://i55.photobucket.com/albums/g143/AbsolutChaos808/Hawaii/b250bac0.jpg

I am just joking about my captions, just for the record, but the pics are totally real and un-doctored.


I was soooo bummed when Shanghai Bistro closed! I lived at Disco Bay for a while and when I left the island, Snappers had not even gotten the liquor license...and the owner was a bit gruff and, well, an ass, lol...I hope they do well though.

MyopicJoe
August 27th, 2008, 07:32 AM
These are not my pictures. They belong to Spanish photographer Chema Madoz (http://www.chemamadoz.com/ingles/gallery1.htm). I love the creativity in his surreal pictures.

http://www.chemamadoz.com/ingles/gallery/uralita.jpg

http://www.chemamadoz.com/ingles/gallery/agujaagua.jpg

http://www.chemamadoz.com/ingles/gallery/incendio.jpg

mel
August 31st, 2008, 09:53 AM
A few photos from the Big Island this weekend.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3264/2815114822_392ecb04a2_o.jpg
"Poof" is the name of my sister's cat.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3223/2811750367_b56455dd65_o.jpg
Little baby gecko.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3253/2811750281_0435633549_o.jpg
White flowers in Honokaa.

All photos taken with my Canon S5 iS (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/sets/72157605990436250/) EVF digital camera.

These photos and more are posted at my Flickr site (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/).

TATTRAT
August 31st, 2008, 05:13 PM
Those are great. as always Mel!

LikaNui
August 31st, 2008, 05:56 PM
I love this thread. Thanks to all of you who post all these fantastic photos!!! You folks are amazingly talented.

Jim75
August 31st, 2008, 07:09 PM
A few photos from the Big Island this weekend.Great shots Mel! Especially the gecko shot. It absolutely rules!

I hiked up to Maunawili Falls today. As I was walking back, the line from Joni Mitchell's song "Woodstock" popped into my head - "and we've got to find our way . . . back to the garden". The next words that popped into my head - "I think I found my way back".

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/362990447_HJE9j-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/362993064_EJVYD-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/362991455_MFsWD-XL.jpg

Jim75
August 31st, 2008, 07:24 PM
There were several people at the falls, more as I was leaving. Some were jumping off into the pool. Some from about 15ft. Others from maybe 30ft or more. I asked a local guy how deep it was and he said he didn't know as no-one had ever touched the bottom. They were pretty tolerant of me and my camera. Mahalos to you all for that. I find photographing people kinda tricky (in terms of who minds being in a photo and who doesn't).

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/362992454_qGBtU-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/362992487_WJghr-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/362991839_deGQa-XL.jpg

Jim75
August 31st, 2008, 07:30 PM
More from the trail.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/362993180_xcNtG-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/362993944_EHF6v-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/362993679_gBbFQ-XL.jpg

sophielynette
August 31st, 2008, 07:46 PM
Nice photos Jim. I'm like you in that I'm kind of awkward about taking photos of people, usually I try to do it without them noticing, which possibly brings up some sort of moral dilemmas but I try not to think about it too much.

I haven't been doing much photography since I moved here, which is a real shame, kind of complicated, but I'm trying to get into taking and sharing photos again. Here are a series of panoramics I've been shooting off my lanai.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3151/2810539004_0103b05f78_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3117/2810538636_f7ba044baa_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3147/2810539362_850909b716_o.jpg

Jim75
August 31st, 2008, 08:45 PM
Nice photos Jim. I'm like you in that I'm kind of awkward about taking photos of people, usually I try to do it without them noticing, which possibly brings up some sort of moral dilemmas but I try not to think about it too much.

I haven't been doing much photography since I moved here, which is a real shame, kind of complicated, but I'm trying to get into taking and sharing photos again. Here are a series of panoramics I've been shooting off my lanai.
Beautiful panoramas, Sophielynette.

Yeah, including people in photos is a challenge. These people knew they were going to be in my photos as I wasn't exactly clicking them off from the hip. I was knee deep in the pond with them at points. At the same time, I wasn't comfortable taking shots of them facing me. That felt too instrusive. Shooting toward their backs was just a step less uncomfortable. I like the photos. I don't think they'b be as interesting without the people. It's one of those deals where the people are an important part of the scene. You don't want to be intrusive, but you want some people in the picture.

I was down at Waikiki last weekend and I found that even more difficult. Even if you're trying to capture the whole crowd, somebody's going to be in the center and people react to a camera being pointed in their general direction. I saw a Hawaiian man with a long white beard. I'd like to have taken his picture as he was interesting. I suppose I should have just asked. If anybody has experience with this, tell us about it.

Honoruru
August 31st, 2008, 08:55 PM
Wow! i really like your shots at Maunawili Falls, Jim, especially Post #92. And sophielynette, nice panos. Did you stitch it in PhotoShop? Mel, nice shots, especially the cat and the gecko (except it's not a gecko; it's an anole).

Great shots, everyone! I really like this thread.

sophielynette
August 31st, 2008, 09:23 PM
My camera actually has a built in panoramic function, I don't think I'd have the patience to do them otherwise. It's not an actual panoramic photo, but rather it takes the photo, gives you a semi transparent guide for the next two photos, then stitches them together in camera. I don't always line them up right, but it still looks pretty nice.

MyopicJoe
August 31st, 2008, 09:54 PM
Wow, a whole flood of pictures today. Yay!


Mel:

I took a peek at your flickr site. The colors in your floral shots are wonderfully vivid. Great demonstration of the performance you can squeeze out of a consumer camera. Your pictures remind me to pay more attention to color (I tend to favor lines).

For that gecko shot, did you max out the monster 12x zoom on your camera? Or were you able to sneak up pretty close without spooking the little buggah?


Jim:

I like the second picture with all the wavy tree trunks. Very funky.

Heh, I remember jumping off the rocks at Maunawili Falls. I was too chicken to jump off the spot where the two guys are. I basically picked the lowest ledge, and even then it took me a while to build up my nerve. I didn't exactly jump; more like scooted into the water :p

The water tastes rather sweet (no, I didn't actually drink the water). Does anyone know if taro or something grows upstream? IIRC there's another set of falls farther up? There's also these little shrimp that live in the pool. They nibble on your skin (it seemed).


Sophie:

Woohoo! Glad to see you picking up the camera again. I dig the deep blue / purple / pink on the right side of your first pic :)

I really should try panoramics. I wish I still had access to the First Hawaiian Bank building. Great views from the upper floors. I remember the first time I took my wife up the express elevators. At the ground floor the elevator is in this dark well. My wife was leaning against the glass, looking out into darkness, when suddenly we broke into sunlight. I had forgotten to warn her how fast the elevators are and she freaked. It really is dizzying the first few times you ride them.

MyopicJoe
August 31st, 2008, 10:13 PM
Wow, Jim. I noticed in the first pic of post #92, your shutter speed was 1/10th of a second? I don't think I could hold my camera that steady, even with the help of image stabilization. *whistle*

Menehune Man
August 31st, 2008, 10:53 PM
OMG!

I love this thread... the flora and fauna along with the man-made.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3224/2816359175_3a77f80f64.jpg

Me this mornin' at Manoa Falls and beyond!
Looking for "Manoa Falls Plastic Pot" cache. (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3224/2816359175_3a77f80f64.jpg)

MyopicJoe
August 31st, 2008, 10:59 PM
Me this mornin' at Manoa Falls and beyond!

xD

Haha, lol

Jim75
September 1st, 2008, 06:09 AM
Wow, Jim. I noticed in the first pic of post #92, your shutter speed was 1/10th of a second? I don't think I could hold my camera that steady, even with the help of image stabilization. *whistle*I was shooting with a 12x24mm lens (18x36mm in film camera equivalent). At 12mm, the people in the foreground were just a few feet away. You can shoot at 1/15 with no problems. This lens doesn't have image stabilization. I wish it did.

Me this mornin' at Manoa Falls and beyond!
Looking for "Manoa Falls Plastic Pot" cache. (http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3224/2816359175_3a77f80f64.jpg):p

TATTRAT
September 1st, 2008, 06:57 AM
A fly, though I wish I could have got it from the front
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRAugust08168-1.jpg

long fence, and it was too. Along the whole waterfront part in Georgetown
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRAugust08054.jpg

a flower getting ready to open
http://i252.photobucket.com/albums/hh20/jons_got_shots/DSLRAugust08068-1.jpg

sophielynette
September 1st, 2008, 08:59 AM
Oh wow, that fly shot is amazing Tatt. He almost looks pretty and graceful instead of an annoying pesky thing I want to swat. I can't imagine how you got it without him flying away!

And the Long Fence made me chuckle!

cyleet99
September 1st, 2008, 10:29 AM
Tatt, just to let you know, I'm lovin' the zinnia pics. They are great flowers, and your photos are lovely.

Mahalo!

TATTRAT
September 1st, 2008, 11:26 AM
Oh wow, that fly shot is amazing Tatt. He almost looks pretty and graceful instead of an annoying pesky thing I want to swat. I can't imagine how you got it without him flying away!

And the Long Fence made me chuckle!


Honestly, was shocked that I got him too! And then when I uploaded, I was glad to see his colors, made me think differently of a fly, lol.


Tatt, just to let you know, I'm lovin' the zinnia pics. They are great flowers, and your photos are lovely.

Mahalo!

No worries! Now I know what those flowers are called! When we got this house, there were couple packets of wild flower seeds and I just chucked them onto a patch in the corner of our yard and the TOOK OFF! WE have a LOT of flowers now!

LocalMotion
September 2nd, 2008, 10:17 AM
it's been a while since i've posted shots here...

Jim / Tattrat - as usually good stuff there. can't wait to get back to hawaii.

I shoot a lot of weddings on the mainland, and i never really post them outside my blog, etc.... thought i'd start sharing some portraits

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/41562/images/jd6.jpg

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/41562/images/jd4.jpg

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/41562/images/jd2.jpg

MyopicJoe
September 3rd, 2008, 08:18 AM
The second photo looks like it's from a fashion magazine. Something about the buildings in the background, along with the depth of field, makes the couple pop out of the screen.

The beige tint in the third photo makes it look like it's from the 70s.

Was this a married couple, or hired models?

Jim75
September 3rd, 2008, 08:41 AM
Enter the Dragon - I took this first photo yesterday at sunset up near Hale'iwa. Can you see the Dragon in the wave? I've included a second shot with an outline, just in case.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/364815513_gt6Nd-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/364815517_EoYSw-L.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/364816517_3cmqB-XL.jpg

Jim75
September 3rd, 2008, 08:50 AM
More Hale'iwa

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/364816755_t22Hc-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/364816203_AY8rn-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/364815955_BqRWS-XL.jpg

Jim75
September 3rd, 2008, 08:56 AM
More Hale'iwa

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/364815962_iBqjp-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/364815803_RTn5M-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/364815627_Y78Sw-XL.jpg

MyopicJoe
September 3rd, 2008, 09:08 AM
I don't see a dragon, Jim...

I see an ocean of beer! :D

Great use of the sunset light. Looks like liquid amber. I like the photos of the same waves, with differing light.


(I see what you meant, about wide angle lenses being easier to hand hold. Thanks for the info.)

LocalMotion
September 3rd, 2008, 10:07 AM
The second photo looks like it's from a fashion magazine. Something about the buildings in the background, along with the depth of field, makes the couple pop out of the screen.

The beige tint in the third photo makes it look like it's from the 70s.

Was this a married couple, or hired models?

Thanks Joe,

This was a couple that I booked for their wedding. These were from there "engagement" shoot. The wedding was 8-8-08

Yeah i was going for a older polaroid feel on on the tinted one. 70's would be correct!

I play a lot in my digital darkroom.

LocalMotion
September 3rd, 2008, 10:09 AM
http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/364815955_BqRWS-XL.jpg

This one is my favorite from those. You have some great colors in these. Good job. I can see you pics getting better and better...

what are you using these days? LightRoom? Aperture?

tutusue
September 3rd, 2008, 11:00 AM
[...]
Was this a married couple, or hired models?

[...]
This was a couple that I booked for their wedding. These were from there "engagement" shoot. The wedding was 8-8-08[...]
LocalMotion (Brian) shoots incredible engagement and wedding photos...untraditional, edgy, fun. Where were you 44 years ago, Brian? :D Be sure to check out his web site. The URL is in his sig.

MyopicJoe
September 3rd, 2008, 11:19 AM
LocalMotion (Brian) shoots incredible engagement and wedding photos...untraditional, edgy, fun. Where were you 44 years ago, Brian? :D Be sure to check out his web site. The URL is in his sig.

Nice website design. The music goes well with the slide shows. I already showed the link to a friend.

He captures his clients' emotions very well. He makes regular people look good. They all look like models to me.

LocalMotion
September 3rd, 2008, 01:01 PM
LocalMotion (Brian) shoots incredible engagement and wedding photos...untraditional, edgy, fun. Where were you 44 years ago, Brian? Be sure to check out his web site. The URL is in his sig.

You're too kind Sue....


Nice website design. The music goes well with the slide shows. I already showed the link to a friend.

He captures his clients' emotions very well. He makes regular people look good. They all look like models to me.

Thanks so much... i did the design myself. That's what happens when your clients are comfortable with you and you shoot them candidly, instead of trying to "pose" them. All my clients come to be because of my style. I don't do it on purpose it just turns out that way...

here's a couple of my favs from a wedding not too long ago

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/41562/images/06.jpg

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/41562/images/07.jpg

http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/41562/images/12.jpg

TATTRAT
September 3rd, 2008, 04:28 PM
Lovely stuff, all!

jim, you makin me miss up country...with huli huli chicken and shaveice, I can almost smell it!

localmotion, seriously, very nice work. I love the quality you give your shots, and I am a HUGE fan of "candid"work. You seem to catch all the right moments the bride would NOT like, but see, and then LOVE!

MyopicJoe
September 4th, 2008, 08:20 AM
A situation where not having the option to attach a polarizing filter isn't a big deal:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3118/2777359800_abcfe72d65.jpg


I liked how wispy the clouds looked. From the angle of this shot, it looks like they're streaming off the building. Purely accidental:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3121/2776503179_3bd0793a95.jpg?v=0


And finally, the cockroach that got stuck to the car while we were washing it. Note the air bubbles under its wings. My wife wasn't as amused as I was, when I took this shot:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3122/2776502945_e3afe942e5.jpg?v=0

MyopicJoe
September 4th, 2008, 10:55 PM
LOL. Look at the professional photographers crammed together at the National Aquatics Center during the Olympics. Talk about some big guns:

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/images-85/photographers.jpg
(Michael Kappeler/AFP/DDP)


It would be hilarious to see one photographer in the middle using a compact consumer grade camera. Hmm, that might make for an interesting advertisement. Probably has been done.


The picture came from this link:
http://luminous-landscape.com/whatsnew/#266



The most artistic vomit ever (http://www.stern.de/olympia2008/fotostrecken/:Fotostrecke-Die-Bilder-Spiele/634192.html?cp=2).

sophielynette
September 5th, 2008, 07:07 AM
It would be hilarious to see one photographer in the middle using a compact consumer grade camera.



I bet the person who took that photo was using a little Nikon point and shoot ;)

MyopicJoe
September 5th, 2008, 06:47 PM
I bet the person who took that photo was using a little Nikon point and shoot ;)

Heh could be! Youngest brother paying respects to elder brothers?

I wonder what it sounded like, sitting in that section. Must have sounded like this x20!

http://www.dpreview.com/reviews/CanonEOS1DSMarkIII/samples/audio/ducati-cf-jpeg.mp3

Jim75
September 6th, 2008, 08:14 AM
A fly, though I wish I could have got it from the frontGreat macro fly, Tatt! Their little mettalic bodies are beautiful in their own way.



I shoot a lot of weddings on the mainland, and i never really post them outside my blog, etc.... thought i'd start sharing some portraits



http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/41562/images/jd4.jpg

I think this is a really exceptional shot. It looks like Ben Harper and J-Lo.



what are you using these days? LightRoom? Aperture?I open them and do some light, color, and sharpening in Nikon Capture NX. If they need more I use JASC Paint Shop Pro.

I did a comparison between Nikon Capture and Photoshop a while back when a had a trial version of both in my computer. I can't remember if I used NEF files shot in raw or JPG's, but it seemed very clear to me that the Nikon program opened them up considerably sharper. I had read this on the net and I found it to be easily noticeable.

I really don't even know about Aperature or Lightroom. They must be good or you wouldn't have mentioned them. Are they like the standard people are using now?


I liked how wispy the clouds looked. From the angle of this shot, it looks like they're streaming off the building. Purely accidental:Great cloud shot, Joe. The contrast of the angular and the organic works well.

Vanguard
September 6th, 2008, 08:21 AM
This one is my favorite from those. You have some great colors in these. Good job. I can see you pics getting better and better...

what are you using these days? LightRoom? Aperture?

I love that pic too! I'm loving all the photos being shared here, but that was my favorite by far. Great work, Jim!

Jim75
September 6th, 2008, 10:43 PM
Today I was at Sandy's. Gorgeous day. Lots of surf. Lots of surfers. One of the guys came over to talk to me and I told him if I got any good pics I'd post 'em and where they'd be. So here's a bunch.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367307779_Gshui-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367307901_bntVd-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367307824_UZdXk-XL.jpg

Jim75
September 6th, 2008, 10:48 PM
More Sandy's.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367307899_TGfQw-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367308024_FtXdq-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367307599_GtGQU-XL.jpg

Jim75
September 6th, 2008, 10:51 PM
and more

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367308060_NCJqZ-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367308113_CcfKz-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367308103_9iwAc-XL.jpg

Jim75
September 6th, 2008, 10:55 PM
These are the last

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367308095_ZwQGr-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367307990_qsVtK-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/367307672_yYPyq-XL.jpg

Menehune Man
September 6th, 2008, 11:21 PM
Think I just got 'wet'! HaHa!
Really Choice shots! Love the facial expressions.

LocalMotion
September 7th, 2008, 08:23 AM
I did a comparison between Nikon Capture and Photoshop a while back when a had a trial version of both in my computer. I can't remember if I used NEF files shot in raw or JPG's, but it seemed very clear to me that the Nikon program opened them up considerably sharper. I had read this on the net and I found it to be easily noticeable.


Yeah NC will apply a lot more sharpening upfront, but the Nikon files are generally soft out of camera in a way that let's PS add great looking sharpening. I do my sharpening at the end.



I really don't even know about Aperature or Lightroom. They must be good or you wouldn't have mentioned them. Are they like the standard people are using now?



Aperture is for Macs (made by Apple) and LightRoom is from Adobe for both systems. They are full image asset management apps. You catalog all your photos, do RAW conversions, all the regular type of adjustments like exposure, white balace, etc... plus TONS more. Even advanced image editing techniques.

I'd say 90% of the pros use either ones of these. You can do batch adjustments, like setting white balance for one photo and then applying it to a group of other photos. You can really do 95% of your work inside these apps. I don't really pull up photoshop as much anymore, only for special stuff.

If you use a Mac check out the detailed great videos of Aperture here:
http://www.apple.com/aperture/tutorials/

Jim75
September 7th, 2008, 09:18 AM
Think I just got 'wet'! HaHa!
Really Choice shots! Love the facial expressions.Thanks MM. The facial expressions are the best part and totally unexpected until I opened them up in the computer.


I'd say 90% of the pros use either ones of these. You can do batch adjustments, like setting white balance for one photo and then applying it to a group of other photos. You can really do 95% of your work inside these apps. I don't really pull up photoshop as much anymore, only for special stuff.Brian, I've got a Dell/IBM PC. Will lightroom open NEF files? I'm assuming it will as you're shooting Nikon.

tutusue
September 7th, 2008, 10:55 AM
DAYAM, Jim! Great action shots. Have you considered trying to sell them to some of the surfing magazines?

TATTRAT
September 7th, 2008, 02:32 PM
Great shots, Jim!

you sure that is sandys, looked more like Makapu Point.

Jim75
September 7th, 2008, 07:17 PM
DAYAM, Jim! Great action shots. Have you considered trying to sell them to some of the surfing magazines?Thanks Sue. I hadn't really thought about it. I'd kind of imagined there must be lots of people who've taken these kinds of shots.


Great shots, Jim!

you sure that is sandys, looked more like Makapu Point.That's correct, it's not Sandy's. I figured that out today when I went to Sandy's and saw the sign.:p

The surf at Sandy Beach is much larger or at least it was today.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368077269_pMtsh-XL.jpg


This must be a 20 foot wave, huh?

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368077258_PMsLY-XL.jpg

Jim75
September 7th, 2008, 07:21 PM
Couple more from Sandys

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368077615_fjiW8-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368077484_8nXSB-X2.jpg

Jim75
September 7th, 2008, 07:25 PM
And a few from near Sandy Beach

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368078066_8uYi5-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368078786_Xnt7B-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368078761_sVgDo-XL.jpg

Jim75
September 7th, 2008, 07:30 PM
Last ones

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368079044_3qSxn-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368079216_o96Q2-XL.jpg

cyleet99
September 7th, 2008, 07:41 PM
Couple more from Sandys

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368077615_fjiW8-XL.jpg


This one is by far my favorite; "AWESOME!!!" from DS. These were the only pics that pulled him off the NintendoDS. :D

We were at Mokuleia today, but your beach was prettier!!

sophielynette
September 7th, 2008, 09:55 PM
Those photos leave me speechless Jim

TATTRAT
September 8th, 2008, 02:46 AM
Good stuff, Jim!

Sandys is a real neck breaker on days like that, and bigger.

For the rocks shots on the east side, we stood right where you must have been, I have almost the same shots, lol.

LocalMotion
September 8th, 2008, 07:42 AM
And a few from near Sandy Beach

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/368078066_8uYi5-XL.jpg


These are perfect candidates for LAB mode. You should try using LAB color mode in PS to make these pop.

http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=18308

Yeah LightRoom works with all the latest RAW formats including Nikon. You're using the D80 right?

cyleet99
September 8th, 2008, 02:07 PM
I wish I could get these bigger; I think I need schoolin'. Are you using the upload from URL? I'm just using the HT/my computer one.

TATTRAT
September 12th, 2008, 02:46 PM
Finally getting around to exploring DC. Here are a few I thought I would share

AF works at the Pentagon, she gave us a great tour, here is from the Press Room
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3081/2852209408_5292ab8f3d_b.jpg

The White House

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3213/2851379903_057b543a0f_b.jpg

Reflecting at the Vietnam Memorial
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3185/2852233952_8ed8c4c1be_b.jpg

TATTRAT
September 12th, 2008, 02:52 PM
More, from the Capitol Building. This is from a bust, the left side shows Abe with a smirk, and playfulness while the left has a sad look, representing the times before during and after the civil war. He is missing an ear, representing his assassination, and the bust was not finished, representing his unfinished life.http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3012/2852214768_1ff690219e_b.jpg


our stickers for the House Gallery tour
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3194/2852232826_6173dabdc4_b.jpg

A long exposure on the Metro Raihttp://farm4.static.flickr.com/3069/2851375405_77ea87bc02_b.jpg

Ron Whitfield
September 12th, 2008, 06:45 PM
This incredible ship is now at Pier 10, in Honolulu Harbor - www.symaltesefalcon.com/index2.asp (http://www.symaltesefalcon.com/index2.asp)
You must see this 'thing of beauty' in person to appreciate.

Juxtapozed against historic Aloha Tower and Pier's 10 & 11, it's a priceless and timeless pictorial.

Jim75
September 13th, 2008, 12:19 AM
Great shots Tattrat. The light on the whitehouse is excellent.

I went down and strolled around the Aloha Festival earlier tonight. Only took a few shots. Started at iso 800, then went up to the highest the camera is capable of (probably around 3200 or 6400). So, the shots were pretty grainy and have been significantly smoothed.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/371440832_hTEGa-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/371440888_yEWiN-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/371440846_fSy4b-XL.jpg

Jim75
September 13th, 2008, 12:25 AM
3 more

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/371440892_YzXRn-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/371440863_LKd2q-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/371440920_isdQE-XL.jpg

sophielynette
September 13th, 2008, 03:11 AM
Fantastic shots Jim. I especially like the first two you posted.

Amazingly, I live in Waikiki and managed to completely forget about the Aloha festival, although by the look of that crowd it's probably a good thing I didn't go. (I don't do well in crowds.. mosh pits are a different story.)

LikaNui
September 13th, 2008, 07:35 AM
Great shots (as usual), Tatt and Jim!


This incredible ship is now at Pier 10, in Honolulu Harbor - www.symaltesefalcon.com/index2.asp (http://www.symaltesefalcon.com/index2.asp) You must see this 'thing of beauty' in person to appreciate. Juxtapozed against historic Aloha Tower and Pier's 10 & 11, it's a priceless and timeless pictorial. Here she is at Pier 10, where cruise ships usually tie up:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Maltese%20Falcon%209-13-08/MalteseFalconA.jpg

And here she is coming in at Aloha Tower, just turning in to Pier 10:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Maltese%20Falcon%209-13-08/MalteseFalconB-1.jpg

She just came in from Tahiti, and leaves for the west coast on Monday.

Pomai
September 13th, 2008, 08:57 AM
I went down and strolled around the Aloha Festival earlier tonight. Only took a few shots. Started at iso 800, then went up to the highest the camera is capable of (probably around 3200 or 6400).Oh Jim, just 3200 or 6400 ISO, that's all. Sheesh, you deserve a better DSLR than that! lol

As always, you and Tatt continue to publish the most amazing shots yet! I mean, wow, you can even see the sweat beading from the Hula dancer's forehead!

Also dig the angle you took of the formation at China Walls.

And those Sandy Beach bodyboarding shots really should be published in a surf magazine. Or Hawaii lifestyle magazine. Just incredible.

Tatt, diggin' all the U.S. Capitol shots. Very nice.

Likanui, when I first seen the Maltese Falcon docked at Pier 11, I just couldn't get over the design. The relation of those gargantuan masts to the hull is literally and figuratively OVER THE TOP. That yacht makes a statement more than any I've seen yet. Even over so than the recent visit of Microsoft co-founder, Paul Allen's "Octopus" (http://the.honoluluadvertiser.com/article/2008/Feb/08/bz/hawaii802080331.html) when moved to that same pier landing.

tutusue
September 13th, 2008, 10:33 AM
This incredible ship is now at Pier 10, in Honolulu Harbor - www.symaltesefalcon.com/index2.asp (http://www.symaltesefalcon.com/index2.asp)[...]
Aha! So that's who she is!!! I was driving down one of the East Honolulu ridges yesterday morning and saw this ship heading toward Diamond Head. It really caught my eye as I'd never seen anything like it before. Thanks to all of you for the info. Hopefully I'll see her at Pier 10 when I come back into town this week-end.

mel
September 13th, 2008, 03:37 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3020/2853948633_1873d5e368_o.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/2853948633/in/set-72157607274535893/)
Shot photos at the Aloha Festivals Parade today. Here's one of the best looking floats, from Hawaiian Airlines. They obviously have the money to make professional looking "Rose Parade" type of floats. This year's parade was almost canceled due to lack of funding. Check out the use of the old flight attendant uniform patterns in the photo above.

More Photos (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/sets/72157607274535893/) | Blog Link: Aloha Parade (http://macprohawaii.blogspot.com/2008/09/parade-celebrates-aloha.html)

BTW, all of the surf photos on the previous page are just simply awesome. I am not much of a beach type, so the chances of me getting surf photos that good are slim.

Also liked the photos of Washington D.C.

Pomai
September 13th, 2008, 03:42 PM
Mel, (as always) awesome!

I noticed Bishop Estate utilized their property over at the former CompUSA next door to Restaurant Row to work on some of the feature floats for today's parade.

The shirts those folks are wearing in front are similar in pattern and color to the uniform my mother once wore when she worked for Hawaiian Airlines back in the day. Actually, decades. Cool retro!

LikaNui
September 13th, 2008, 06:34 PM
An e-mail from Tom Perkins, owner of Maltese Falcon, includes this:

"We just arrived in Honolulu after a fast passage from Papeete. Unfortunately, we had to motor for a couple of days through the doldrums, so I gave up the plan to break the clipper record. Still, we had a good sail. Falcon will set sail on Sunday or Monday for San Francisco. She'll probably anchor in Drake's Bay to clean up after the passage before coming into the Bay. She'll then sail under the Golden Gate at 2 p.m. on Saturday, September 27."
So he had to cancel an attempt to break an old clipper ship record and "had to motor for a couple of days." Poor t'ing. His twin diesel engines can take him just a hair under 20 knots. Very few sailboats on the entire planet can even hit 10 knots under power.
And here's another shot of her at Pier 10:
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Maltese%20Falcon%209-13-08/MalteseFalconC.jpg

tutusue
September 13th, 2008, 08:50 PM
I expect to see an HT winner (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest/2008-nature)! :)

tutusue
September 13th, 2008, 09:02 PM
[...]
http://dl.getdropbox.com/u/41562/images/07.jpg
[...]
So, Brian...didya shoot this one, too?! :D

MyopicJoe
September 14th, 2008, 03:44 PM
Great beach pics, Jim. The water looks so glassy. I love the shadows and blues in the first pic of post #137.

I like the color of the White House, TAT. The details on Abe's close up are great. Your pic makes me want to reach out and feel the smoothness of the marble.

Thanks for the link to the NGM contest, TutuSue. It'd be awesome if someone from HT won it. So you get an idea of what they're looking for, here's last year's winners (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest/2007-winners). Their stance on image doctoring (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest/manipulation). FAQ (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest/faq) and contest rules (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest/rules).

sophielynette
September 19th, 2008, 12:08 AM
I entered one photo into the contest, I might enter a few more.

Anyway, here are some photos I took down at Waikiki Beach last week. The sun was past the horizon so the lighting was really low and they all turned out blurry (just using a point and shoot), but I enjoy the effect.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3289/2869307293_ec366cd6f1_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophielynette/2869307293/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3163/2869307217_021d43b0c8_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophielynette/2869307217/)

LikaNui
September 19th, 2008, 06:43 PM
I drove out to Tropic Aina cafe for lunch today and as I passed Kahana Bay I saw something familiar:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Hokulea%209-19-08/100_1103.jpg


http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Hokulea%209-19-08/100_1098.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Hokulea%209-19-08/100_1112.jpg

Turns out they're doing a special celebration there tomorrow from 9am to 3pm; open to the public.
I'll post some more photos of her in that Hawaii Boating Photos thread shortly.

Kelly0040
September 19th, 2008, 08:42 PM
Here's two of my baby!

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v390/kelly0040/jaxon/Sept14064_edited-1_1024.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v390/kelly0040/jaxon/Sept14033_edited-2_1024.jpg

LikaNui
September 19th, 2008, 08:55 PM
What a cutie!!!!!!!!! Thanks for sharing those, Kelly!

Jim75
September 19th, 2008, 09:05 PM
I entered one photo into the contest, I might enter a few more.

Anyway, here are some photos I took down at Waikiki Beach last week. The sun was past the horizon so the lighting was really low and they all turned out blurry (just using a point and shoot), but I enjoy the effect.
Beautiful light. It really captures that end of the day feeling.


I drove out to Tropic Aina cafe for lunch today and as I passed Kahana Bay I saw something familiar:

Turns out they're doing a special celebration there tomorrow from 9am to 3pm; open to the public.
I'll post some more photos of her in that Hawaii Boating Photos thread shortly.Cool pics Likanui. Where is Kahana Bay?


Here's two of my baby!lol Those blew the lid right off the cute-o-meter! Fat little arms and that big grin.:D They're frame-worthy.

1stwahine
September 19th, 2008, 09:05 PM
Soooo Beautiful Kelly! :D

Mahalo for sharing.

Auntie Lynn

LikaNui
September 20th, 2008, 08:41 AM
Cool pics Likanui. Where is Kahana Bay? You're on the north shore, as I recall, so you're fairly close to it. Kahana Bay is between Kaaawa and Punaluu. You know where Crouching Lion Inn is located? Kahana Bay is right around the corner.
There's a Google map at this link (http://maps.google.com/maps?hl=en&q=Kahana%20Bay&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=il) and you can zoom it in or out.
And here's a photo, with Crouching Lion Inn at the very left edge:

HawaiiMama
September 20th, 2008, 08:41 AM
Here are three posts of some photos from our trip last month. Nothing prize-winning, just some beautiful memories of our perfect time in Paradise!

Maui is first--Black Sand Beach near Hana; the second is of the diver at Black Rock; the third is Haleakala, of course. I had about a hundred more I could post, but these are some faves!:p

HawaiiMama
September 20th, 2008, 08:44 AM
Now here's Kauai...#s 4 & 5 are at the "Bali Hai" beach (help me out on the name of that area--can't recall!), and the other is of a teensy-weensy bird's nest we saw on the hike back from Secret Falls.

HawaiiMama
September 20th, 2008, 08:46 AM
And lastly, Oahu--2 from Waikiki Beach, and the other was from the top of Diamond Head.

MyopicJoe
September 20th, 2008, 09:39 AM
I entered one photo into the contest, I might enter a few more.

Woo hoo! You go girl! Break a lense!



the lighting was really low and they all turned out blurry (just using a point and shoot), but I enjoy the effect.

It looks like a pastel drawing. I dig the swirl of the water near the bottom, and the highlights on the rocks. Love the colors.



Here's two of my baby!

OMG such a mischievous grin! Gorgeous eyes :)

sophielynette
September 20th, 2008, 10:00 AM
Those are some really nice silhouettes HawaiiMama! I really love the first one from Oahu.

MyopicJoe
September 20th, 2008, 10:10 AM
A little keiki enthralled by Andrea Torres' performance at last night's Taste of the Arts Street Festival

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3073/2873575426_c145fce57e.jpg


Moon lit vog:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3159/2865000504_53f18e4e9b.jpg


A Maltese Falcon crew member:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3098/2865000220_ca555fd4a2.jpg

Enamorada
September 21st, 2008, 01:57 PM
Here's two of my baby!
That is the most adorable smile! :D

Jim75
September 24th, 2008, 08:17 PM
Kahana Bay is between Kaaawa and Punaluu. You know where Crouching Lion Inn is located? Thanks Likanui. Now I see that I do know where that is.


Here are three posts of some photos from our trip last month. Great shots HawaiiMama!


A little keiki enthralled by Andrea Torres' performance at last night's Taste of the Arts Street Festival

Moon lit vog:

A Maltese Falcon crew member:
Each one of those is an outstanding, interesting shot MyopicJoe. Excellent points of view.

MyopicJoe
September 29th, 2008, 11:53 PM
Manoa Sunset:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3068/2900855833_4292154926.jpg?v=0


Playground:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3250/2901699634_6505652787.jpg?v=0


Midnight Veggies:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3101/2900855679_2cd7302024.jpg?v=0

Jim75
October 7th, 2008, 08:14 PM
1 - School of fish at Sharks Cove, North Shore, Oahu.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/389341117_g4bxh-XL.jpg

2 - also at Sharks Cove.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/389341277_hhLSk-XL.jpg

I'll put up some more tomorrow. We gotta get this thread rolling again.:)

HawaiiMama
October 10th, 2008, 07:24 AM
I AGREE!! It's been too long...By the way, those fish pix are awesome! :)

I will post more this weekend--will be away tomorrow, but on Sunday I will try to post more. Can't get enough...:D

Jim75
October 12th, 2008, 11:18 PM
Went up to see the surf today. Took these shots on the south end of Sunset Beach.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/392963554_f4GeT-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/392959447_sfUnZ-XL.jpg

Jim75
October 12th, 2008, 11:22 PM
Here's a couple at sunset. The first one is on the north end of Turtle Beach and the second is also Turtle Beach looking Haleiwa direction.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/392963580_X2cfo-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/392963450_YdA4T-XL.jpg

Seeking Penance
October 12th, 2008, 11:36 PM
nice pics jim75!!!!!!

i am in aaww

Seeking Penance
October 12th, 2008, 11:46 PM
nothing spectacular - a pic of the stomping grounds (neighborhood) - corner of pitkin and mother gaston (brownsville - brooklyn, new york) - it is one of my favourites - simply because - the streets was clean and nice back than - now walking down pitkin and mother gaston - you see nothing but drug dealers, pimps and hookers with their hoe strolls on, without a care in the world- (i am still haunted by the image)

TATTRAT
October 13th, 2008, 02:24 AM
Great shots, Jim! making me miss O'ahu SOOOOOOOOOO BAD!

Jim75
October 13th, 2008, 08:41 PM
Thanks Seeking Penance and Tattratt.

Here's a few more surf pics. I walked quite a ways down Sunset Beach toward Haleiwa trying to figure out where Pipeline was. I think all of these were still Sunset. The second one gives a hint at the size of some of the waves. Some were bigger.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/393678129_SBAdV-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/393678109_aqbZ4-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/393678501_dC9Yd-XL.jpg

tutusue
October 13th, 2008, 08:50 PM
Wow, Jim! As a former employee of the (very) old and now extinct Surfing Illustrated magazine, I woulda fought to include your photos. Where were you 45 years ago? :D

LikaNui
October 13th, 2008, 09:10 PM
Nice shots, Jim!
Pipeline is Ehukai Beach Park, directly across the street from the elementary school.

Jim75
October 13th, 2008, 09:23 PM
Sharks Cove a couple weeks ago (pic 1). Sunday it had its own surf (pic 2).

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/393797371_SRiwq-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/393678211_m6bA4-XL.jpg

sophielynette
October 13th, 2008, 09:27 PM
Now see, this is why I never post in here. Really Jim, you're intimidating the amateurs. Seriously, those are some fantastic shots. I really like the colors in the first pic of Sharks Cove.

cyleet99
October 18th, 2008, 08:09 PM
Just beautiful. Thanks, Jim.

Seeking Penance
October 19th, 2008, 12:26 AM
Sharks Cove a couple weeks ago (pic 1). Sunday it had its own surf (pic 2).

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/393678211_m6bA4-XL.jpg

using this as wallpaper - thanks again jim

bloody awesome pics!!!

kanahina
October 21st, 2008, 10:26 PM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/kanahina/IMG_1044.jpg

hungry alligators at Gatorland (Florida)

MyopicJoe
October 21st, 2008, 10:37 PM
Photos from Children & Youth Day:


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2243/2924936822_fb45dd8c1b.jpg?v=0
Hands through hair, a little girl feels her mother's love.


http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2113/2924935960_ed71a7c288.jpg?v=0
Keeping an eye on his son...or me?


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3249/2924992270_7832409eae.jpg?v=0
Keep a movin', the world's a tiltin'

MyopicJoe
October 21st, 2008, 10:39 PM
hungry alligators at Gatorland (Florida)

Aye ya, Kanahina! I don't like how those gators are staring at you. I hope you were using a telephoto and not a wide angle lens!

kanahina
October 21st, 2008, 10:48 PM
Aye ya, Kanahina! I don't like how those gators are staring at you. I hope you were using a telephoto and not a wide angle lens!

actually, my 10 year old son took that pic with his regular canon powershot A530 right after (or before?) he and his sister got to "feed" them by throwing big chunks of raw meat to them!

http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/kanahina/kids_gators.jpg

Seeking Penance
October 21st, 2008, 10:53 PM
hungry alligators at Gatorland (Florida)

freightning pic kanahina...i should copy it and play a trick on my boss...by placing it as a wallpaper on his computer at work.

LOL

that would wake him up first thing in the morning when he comes in...instead of that awful smelling coffee he drinks

cyleet99
October 22nd, 2008, 08:22 AM
MJ, did you have to explain yourself to Papa after that cute pic?

Love the alligators. Reminds me of Brookgreen Gardens back in Myrtle Beach. They have some big 'uns, too.

sophielynette
October 22nd, 2008, 10:33 AM
http://i18.photobucket.com/albums/b127/kanahina/IMG_1044.jpg

hungry alligators at Gatorland (Florida)

So your ten year old shot this? Fantastic. You've got a budding photographer on your hands.

I went to Gatorland a few years back and got some very nice photos, although for the life of me I can't remember what I did with the film. I don't think I had the mind to scan it.

MyopicJoe
October 23rd, 2008, 12:46 PM
actually, my 10 year old son took that pic with his regular canon powershot A530 right after (or before?) he and his sister got to "feed" them by throwing big chunks of raw meat to them!

Your kids are so brave, standing in front of the crocs like that. My girls would be too chicken (me too!), even with the animal keeper standing nearby.



MJ, did you have to explain yourself to Papa after that cute pic?

Heh, luckily no. The father does look a bit scary, doesn't he? He was nice enough, though rather stern and reserved. As far as I could tell, he wasn't upset with me taking pictures of his kid. The father only stepped in when his son wandered over to my tripod and tried to aim my video camera :)

To be honest I'm not that familiar with pacific islander culture and body language, so I can't tell if I crossed a line by taking a picture of his son.

pnayalohaangel
October 23rd, 2008, 12:50 PM
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v324/pnayalohaangel/76937125.jpg

MyopicJoe
October 23rd, 2008, 01:05 PM
I love how the orange contrasts with the hazy blue background in that one, pnayalohaangel :)

Jim75
October 23rd, 2008, 07:59 PM
Excellent Gator pics, Kanahina. Your kids are like little matadors, turning their backs on the bull.:)

MJ, also great shots. I'm pretty sure that when a big guy like that puts one foot behind the other leg and has a stern look on his face, a fresh can of whack-whacks are about to be opened up!:p I like the little boy's posture and expression and how his fingers are extended. He looks so content to be checking things out.

Pnayalohaangel, perfect shot of that plane. Makes me want to take a flight to a neighbor island.

LikaNui
October 24th, 2008, 08:33 PM
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Roadside%20Boats/100_1455.jpg

cyleet99
October 25th, 2008, 09:15 PM
Very beautiful, Lika! What pretty greens!

cyleet99
October 25th, 2008, 09:18 PM
here's a cool pic from tahoe area.

1stwahine
October 28th, 2008, 11:51 AM
I was in line at the register. Turned and saw the most cutest thing...
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/1stwahine3/nun.jpg
a Catholic Nun looking at a Devil's Costume! :p

Happy Holloween!!!

Seeking Penance
October 28th, 2008, 12:49 PM
I was in line at the register. Turned and saw the most cutest thing...
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/1stwahine3/nun.jpg
a Catholic Nun looking at a Devil's Costume! :p

Happy Holloween!!!

aaawww......i run when i see a nun...this is where the penance part comes in

i am haunted by my elementary years at the local private catholic school i attended back home

*shivers*

*seeks penance* :o

TATTRAT
November 1st, 2008, 03:53 PM
The Full moon from a week or so ago..http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3188/2992901154_e154ac10e0_o.jpg



http://www.flickr.com/photos/tattrat/2992901154/sizes/o/

MyopicJoe
November 1st, 2008, 09:30 PM
The Full moon from a week or so ago..

Wow, nice sharpness/details. I like how the the crater shadows make the moon look rough.


What lens did you use, Tat?

MyopicJoe
November 1st, 2008, 09:39 PM
Looks like 17,514 photos were submitted to NatGeo's photo contest. G'luck to every HT'er who entered! :)

You can vote for pictures here (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest/silverlight/seeall.html) on a 1-10 scale. After you rank a picture, you are shown the average score it received.

You can see all the pictures here (http://ngm.nationalgeographic.com/photo-contest/silverlight/seeall.html), but you'll need to install a MicroSoft plugin.

TATTRAT
November 2nd, 2008, 05:20 AM
Wow, nice sharpness/details. I like how the the crater shadows make the moon look rough.


What lens did you use, Tat?

I shot that with my 135-400, at 400 F3 and I think it was a 8 second exposure.

1stwahine
November 3rd, 2008, 06:31 AM
http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/1stwahine3/sunset2.jpg

http://i263.photobucket.com/albums/ii121/1stwahine3/sunsetkaenapoint1.jpg
Sunset at Kaena Point.;)

Love and ALOHA,

Auntie Lynn

mel
November 3rd, 2008, 09:53 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3193/3001522447_e0e2b2e8d3_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/3001522447/)
Featured on tonight's Channel 9 KGMB News weather report with Guy Hagi.

dick
November 4th, 2008, 01:37 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3193/3001522447_e0e2b2e8d3_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/3001522447/)
Featured on tonight's Channel 9 KGMB News weather report with Guy Hagi.

I've always wondered if they pay for those photos, and what the rate is.

mel
November 4th, 2008, 06:10 AM
I've always wondered if they pay for those photos, and what the rate is.

Zero! :eek:

Keep your day job Dick. :)

AlohaKine
November 5th, 2008, 05:59 PM
A little gold, a little food, and a shoe guy you can trust. A day of shopping in Dubai.

cyleet99
November 5th, 2008, 06:26 PM
AK, the photos remind me of the markets in Dhaharan during Desert Shield. Lotsa shiny gold and FOOD galore!

Oh, and ladies in abaya wear. Including me.

cyleet99
November 5th, 2008, 06:50 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3286/3007507116_de72bd61d8_m.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3240/3006670807_00c3232838.jpg?v=0

Why is one small and the other big?

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/3006672037_8b0aa99f31.jpg?v=0

Hmmm. Better, but still working on it.

Okay. I'm officially dangerous; I figured out flickr.

AlohaKine
November 5th, 2008, 08:26 PM
Why is one small and the other big?


Hmmm. Better, but still working on it.

Okay. I'm officially dangerous; I figured out flickr.

I'm not sure how the size happens either. Bigger is better. Where's the coastal pict. from?

cyleet99
November 5th, 2008, 08:55 PM
Oregon. Beautiful!!!

AlohaKine
November 5th, 2008, 08:57 PM
Holding out for the Big Sale. :) ( Malaysia )

Jim75
November 6th, 2008, 04:06 AM
Great pics, all. Tattrat, there's enough detail in that moonshot that you can actually see a 7-11.:p

These ancient stone hoodoos (makai from the Crouching Lion Inn) are said to have been constructed several centuries ago by the Menehunes. In the second photo you can see the sacred, petrified chocolate chip cookie perched at the top of one mound.

On a serioius note, a week ago I attended a program on Hawaiian Cultural Issues and Dr. Crabbe of the Wainae Coast Comprehensive Health Care Center took us to the Kane'aki Heiau up Makaha Valley. He offered a Hawaiian song/chant announcing our presence, setting the vibration, and asking for blessings. It was absolutely still except for the singing of birds. It's deep in a lush valley with the mountains rising sharply above. Not being able to understand the words allowed one to just think about their sound and imagine all the people who had stood in reverence before. It was a very cool experience and gave you a really clear sense of place. I can't think of a better way to say it than 'it was a very Hawaiian moment'. I can't imagine any thinking person who would not have been moved.


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/403238631_PRoeJ-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/403239518_yUzyS-XL.jpg

tutusue
November 6th, 2008, 11:23 AM
[...]
On a serioius note, a week ago I attended a program on Hawaiian Cultural Issues and Dr. Crabbe of the Wainae Coast Comprehensive Health Care Center took us to the Kane'aki Heiau up Makaha Valley. He offered a Hawaiian song/chant announcing our presence, setting the vibration, and asking for blessings. It was absolutely still except for the singing of birds. It's deep in a lush valley with the mountains rising sharply above. Not being able to understand the words allowed one to just think about their sound and imagine all the people who had stood in reverence before. It was a very cool experience and gave you a really clear sense of place. I can't think of a better way to say it than 'it was a very Hawaiian moment'. I can't imagine any thinking person who would not have been moved.[...]
I live at the mouth of that valley and use the WCCHC facilities. Is the program you mention above available to the public or is it just for professionals within the medical community? I couldn't find a reference to it on the Center's web site. Please PM me if you have any info as it sounds so interesting. Mahalo.

MyopicJoe
November 6th, 2008, 05:19 PM
Featured on tonight's Channel 9 KGMB News weather report with Guy Hagi.

Congrats, Mel! The dark silhouettes contrast nicely with the intense colors.

You know, with the placement of the boy's elbows, kinda looks like he's peeing ;)



Holding out for the Big Sale. :) ( Malaysia )

Haha, way to stick it to urban development.



In the second photo you can see the sacred, petrified chocolate chip cookie perched at the top of one mound.

Heh heh. Since you were there, what kind of beer did the Menehunes drink?

I like the textures on the foreground rocks, in the second picture. The wet patches and maybe some sea salt?

mel
November 6th, 2008, 06:21 PM
You know, with the placement of the boy's elbows, kinda looks like he's peeing ;)

Never thought about that until now. :D

Thanks for the comment on the pic.... As usual everyone's photos in this section are wonderful and interesting. Keep em coming.

Pomai
November 6th, 2008, 09:28 PM
As usual, absolutely fantastic photography here!!! Mel, Jim, Dick, Cyleet..everyone! Just awesome.

I captured a couple MEGA-ZOOM shots this afternoon of the Sea-Based X-Band Radar (http://archives.starbulletin.com/2007/07/01/news/story07.html) (SBX) Missile Defense Platform off Diamond Head...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/rocky_radar_surfer.jpg
Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBS) Missile Defense Platform off Diamond Head this afternoon.

Making the composition more interesting, I included surfers who were far, FAR nearer to shore catching some afternoon sets. I'd say the SBS was at least 5 miles off shore from my vantage point at sea level.

Another shot...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/rocky_radar_surfer2.jpg
Sea-Based X-Band Radar (SBS) Missile Defense Platform off Diamond Head. 11/06/08.

No, these aren't "Photoshopped" (except for a few color adjustments). 100% true to life.

This, using my Sony ultra-zoom DSC-H5, pushing its limit, using up all its 12x optical zoom, plus digital (24x total) capability. If only I had a DSLR, this shot would be so much less noisy, more vivid and crisp. Still, I got the shot!

Taking advantage of having an ultra-zoom lens, I was also able to get good detail of Rocky's face this afternoon, as she took her beauty nap (while respecting her space) nearby where I took the last two shots...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/rocky_11.6.jpg
Rocky (a NOAA-tracked endandered Hawaiian Monk Seal) @ Diamond Head Beach this afternoon

SusieMisajon
November 6th, 2008, 09:51 PM
WTF is that?! Is it permanent? Couldn't it have been placed in a less obvious place? How much did it cost?

Pomai
November 6th, 2008, 10:00 PM
Susie, all your questions are answered (well, at least what's not classified) here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-based_X-band_Radar).

SusieMisajon
November 6th, 2008, 10:31 PM
Susie, all your questions are answered (well, at least what's not classified) here (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sea-based_X-band_Radar).

Wow. No wonder the least little 'Boo!' scares you guys.

What scares me is that it's run by civilian contractors.

MyopicJoe
November 7th, 2008, 07:14 AM
I love your shot of the SBS, Pomai. All my shots of it are boring stuck-in-Pearl-Harbor ones. I like how you focused on the surfers, with the SBS far in the background.



Still, I got the shot!

Exactly! You can't take the shot if: 1) you're not there, 2) you don't have a camera with you.

Compact point-n-shoot cameras are great. A wide range of focal lengths in a small package, without the hassle of changing lenses (28mm-560mm on the Canon SX10). You can also get decent up close macro shots. If your camera can do at least 1 frame per second of continuous shooting (by holding down the button), you can capture many candid moments. My daughter's face goes through 3 different emotions within 5 seconds. When she starts talking, I just hold down the button.



If only I had a DSLR, this shot would be so much less noisy, more vivid and crisp.

Even if you have a DSLR, a PnS makes a great scouting camera. See something mildly interesting during a lunch break stroll? Take a shot. Take a bunch. Experiment with different focal lengths and compositions (the angle you take the shot, which objects you decide to include in the picture, and their location relative to each other). When you get home, most of the pictures will be so-so, but some will be really cool. Later you can go back with your DSLR and try to recapture the scene (hopefully).

But yeah, a DSLR with a decent lense is nice. It's easy to get caught up in the bleeding edge hype, but you can get very good results with an entry level DSLR and affordable lenses. The performnce is more than enough for pictures displayed over the Internet.

MyopicJoe
November 7th, 2008, 07:19 AM
What scares me is that it's run by civilian contractors.

Government workers can be just as incompetent as civilian ones (if that's your concern). In either case, quality still depends on adequate funding and leadership.

The military can be real anal and force civilian contractors to comply with a lot of regulations. I heard at one civilian facility, all vistors must be accompanied by military personnel who carry a flashing red strobe (think police lights), to warn everyone to hide sensitive material.

AlohaKine
November 7th, 2008, 02:57 PM
WTF is that?! Is it permanent? Couldn't it have been placed in a less obvious place? How much did it cost?

I read X-band is a $900 million dollar project.

MyopicJoe
November 8th, 2008, 06:33 AM
using up all its 12x optical zoom, plus digital (24x total) capability.

Another technique you can try is to skip the digital zoom in the camera and do it on the computer instead, via Cropping (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cropping). The advantage of this is you can compose the final image exactly how you like it. Want the SBS in the top left corner? Sure. Change your mind and want it in the top right? No problem. Want two versions of the same photo? Why not?

The disadvantage is it takes a little more time. If you prefer to take the shot, live with what you get, and be done with it, then cropping might not be the thing for you. You could save it for the occasional shot, instead of using it all the time.

But for me, I enjoy cropping more than taking the photo itself. You can totally change the feel of a photo by how you crop it. You'll notice charming little details you were unaware of at first. It's like unearthing buried treasure.

All photo software allow you to crop, even the free stuff you can download or the ones which come with your computer. It doesn't require an expensive computer to do. It's also fairly quick; you can spend as much or as little time cropping as you want.

I guess I should mention one thing. When you use digital zoom in your camera, it does two things: it crops (which throws away pixels) and then it enlarges (it creates pretend pixels to get your picture file back up to 3072 x 2304).

I don't bother with enlarging, because most computers and websites will do it for you when you view the picture. If you want to do the enlarging permanently, it could also be done in software. The advantage is the quality can be better than what your camera produces (though it all depends on the quality of the software you use).



Taking advantage of having an ultra-zoom lens, I was also able to get good detail of Rocky's face this afternoon, as she took her beauty napI love the detail/texture in Rocky's face. And I thought I had a scruffy face! ;)

Pomai
November 8th, 2008, 07:41 AM
Another technique you can try is to skip the digital zoom in the camera and do it on the computerSpeaking of which, I discovered the 12x Optical zoom (plus digital) feature also makes this camera capable of serving as a monocular (single lens version of binoculars).

Take the SBX image for example: took the shot, then when previewing the image via the camera's LCD (or EVF viewfinder), used the zoom-in to further zoom in on the shot. This is where using the highest resolution setting (7 megapixels in this camera's case) came in handy. Doing this, I could see details of the distant subject (SBX) that would otherwise no-way be seen by the naked eye.

Of course, then importing and seeing the shot on the computer screen could see much more detail.

As far as using (pixel-squeezing) digital zoom (vs. lens-based optical), I'm not an advocate of it, but hey, when you're desperate for the (in this case VERY distant) shot, I'll take whatever I can squeeze out of it! No way Photoshop (or any other applications) could have compensated (got that relative detail) by just cropping in on it.

Speaking of pixels, what do you think about shooting in RAW (http://digital-photography-school.com/blog/raw-vs-jpeg/) format (vs. compressed/pre-processed JPG)?

Personally I don't have the (post-processing) time or hard drive space to deal with that when I get a (prosumer or DSLR) camera that offers the RAW option.

AlohaKine
November 8th, 2008, 08:06 AM
This is Hong Kong in 2000. Note the light rail track size and the rollers to prevent it from a derailment. People take this thing not day to day but for the view from victoria peak.

AlohaKine
November 8th, 2008, 08:14 AM
And this is where its going. Victoria Peak - What a view.

D'Alani
November 8th, 2008, 08:32 AM
Do they still have that tram that takes you up to Victoria Peak? Back in the 60's-early 70's there was a tram that hung on a wire that took people up to the peak. It was pretty hairy riding in that thing.

AlohaKine
November 8th, 2008, 08:56 AM
It is all rail now. Some parts are geared that stop the tram from slipping backwards. There are gear teeth in the middle of the rails.

MyopicJoe
November 8th, 2008, 09:54 PM
And this is where its going. Victoria Peak - What a view.

Nice shot, AlohaKine. That one building looks likes a big ol' Lite Brite.



Speaking of which, I discovered the 12x Optical zoom (plus digital) feature also makes this camera capable of serving as a monocular (single lens version of binoculars).

Oh I never thought of that, Pomai. You definitely would need the digital zoom in that situation.

I guess another situation where you'd want digital zoom is if you're trying to time your shot for a specific moment, like when the surfer's face is turned towards you. Without the digital zoom, you might not see it happen on the LCD screen.



No way Photoshop (or any other applications) could have compensated (got that relative detail) by just cropping in on it.

When it comes to digital processing, a desktop computer will always out perform a camera, so the question is whether we really need that extra quality. For average consumers like ourselves, probably not.

Going back to the first part of my statement, a camera's built-in, battery-powered processor can't compete with a desktop's quad-core, 200 watt, processor. Also, the camera has to cut corners, so it can update your LCD screen at 30 fps (or whatever it is). A computer program could take "hours" to do the enlargement, if you really wanted the quality.

I hear Alien Skin's "Blow Up" plug-in for Photoshop sets the bar for photo enlarging. It's probably overkill, unless you're a professional.



Speaking of pixels, what do you think about shooting in RAW format (vs. compressed/pre-processed JPG)?

There are many professional photographers who earn a living shooting just JPG. They're too busy to deal with a RAW workflow, and they're happy with the results they get out of their camera.

RAW basically gives you a safety net, so you can correct for bad exposure or poor color balance. As some people say, if you shoot it right the first time, you don't need RAW.

On the other hand, flash-cards/hard-drives quickly get larger and cheaper; so do computers. An 8GB speed class 6 SDHC card costs just $20 on Amazon. $114 can get you a 1TB hard drive. Hardware will soon become a non-issue (depending on your budget, I suppose). The one issue which will remain is the extra work and time it takes to process your RAW files, but it's possible to automate most of the work.

From an artistic point of view, RAW does give you more elbow room to experiment.


For myself, I tend to shoot JPG by default. Especially when photographing children, where I machine gun my camera. If there's a lot going on, I can easily put 2,000 JPGs on a card (most of them are crap, though ;) ). My camera can shoot at full rate for about 50 JPG's, before it slows down. Only 4 with RAW.

Now if it's a special event, where I'd hate myself if I ruined a good shot, like say a wedding, I'll go with RAW. It's amazing how much detail you can pull out of the shadows. It's like going back in time and turning on the flash when you forgot to use it. I also use RAW for shots where I spent a lot of effort setting it up (if I remember to switch to RAW, that is :p )

I tell my software to auto correct all the RAW files. My monitor isn't color calibrated, and I don't always trust my eyes. I'll browse through the results, and if I really want to hand tweak one, I'll spend the time on it.

MyopicJoe
November 8th, 2008, 10:20 PM
Sunsets in Manoa.

These are Photoshop'ed. Even though the sun was setting, the sky was still bright, so it drowned out the colors (like a faint rainbow). What I did was darken the sky but left the colors, thereby increasing the contrast.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3027/3014558383_5f6eed26a5.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3184/3014558347_a03b5a315e.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3028/3015392880_b4d9c9899c.jpg?v=0

Pomai
November 9th, 2008, 05:09 AM
Now if it's a special event, where I'd hate myself if I ruined a good shot, like say a wedding, I'll go with RAW.Good Lord. Now there's a nightmare come true! Wedding Photographers have got to be one of the most underappreciated professionals out there. Ack!

Great tips! I read all you said.

Those sunset shots in Manoa are stunning! They almost have the texture of Koa wood. See it? I'd frame them and put it on the wall. Really nice.

Contributing more photos here are some of the better shots I took this past Halloween night at The Shack Waikiki, starting with a "Thrilling" Michael Jackson impersonator...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/shack_thriller.jpg

A Portuguese Man O' War...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/shack_portuguese_mow.jpg

A Nun that needs all the blessings she can get...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/shack_nun.jpg

Pomai
November 9th, 2008, 05:16 AM
Continuing with a few more from The Shack Waikiki this past Halloween night, here's an Oscarette...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/shack_oscar_girl.jpg

She almost looks like an Alien. lol A beautiful one, indeed!

This is classic...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/shack_palin.jpg

The person behind the mask is a dude, who cut out the eyes and mouth area, making it look rather creepy, yet funny all at the same time. lol

GNR's Slash...

http://www.tastyisland.net/images/shack_slash.jpg

MyopicJoe
November 9th, 2008, 09:57 PM
Good Lord. Now there's a nightmare come true! Wedding Photographers have got to be one of the most underappreciated professionals out there.

No kidding. I'd stress out too much being the main photographer at a wedding. I rather let the professionals take the timeless shots of the bride and groom, while I photograph the guests having fun (I'd probably have more fun myself!).



They almost have the texture of Koa wood. See it?

You know, now that you mention it, the light does look like Koa wood. That's an interesting way of seeing it. Thanks for the description!



A Portuguese Man O' War...

Heh, he's my favorite. I guess that's one good thing about Halloween: everyone is less camera shy. They want to be noticed, they can hide behind a costume, and I'm sure the booze helps ;)


Do any of you folks regularly take pictures of strangers? I'm not comfortable doing that, but I suppose it's a skill which can be practiced. A handy talent, for those who do it naturally.

Though sometimes a camera makes it easier to strike up a conversation with a stranger, especially when you're not taking their portrait, but rather shooting an activity they are engrossed in.

sophielynette
November 9th, 2008, 10:45 PM
Do any of you folks regularly take pictures of strangers? I'm not comfortable doing that, but I suppose it's a skill which can be practiced. A handy talent, for those who do it naturally.

Though sometimes a camera makes it easier to strike up a conversation with a stranger, especially when you're not taking their portrait, but rather shooting an activity they are engrossed in.


I did an internship for a magazine and had to photograph strangers a bit. Once I settled into the job I didn't really feel subconscious, because I knew it was my job, what I was supposed to be doing. But if I'm just taking photos for myself I'm a lot more subtle about photographing other people, because I somehow feel like it's not something I'm supposed to be doing.

MyopicJoe
November 9th, 2008, 11:52 PM
I did an internship for a magazine

That's pretty cool.

Yeah, I think it'd be easier if I had an "official" reason to take pictures of people. Maybe I should sign up for a photography class, so I can tell strangers that I'm a student on assignment ;)

It was easy to take pictures of people on Youth Day, because of the carnival atmosphere. I suppose it's similar to Halloween.



I somehow feel like it's not something I'm supposed to be doing.

I know what you mean. In a way, we're kind of like thieves; stealing moments of other people's lives. I guess the way to even it up is to offer to send them their pictures for their own use?

Kelly0040
November 10th, 2008, 01:02 PM
Here's a way to take photos of strangers w/o them knowing hehe (watch the video): http://photojojo.com/store/awesomeness/candid-photography-spy-lens/

MyopicJoe
November 10th, 2008, 08:51 PM
Here's a way to take photos of strangers w/o them knowing hehe (watch the video)

Heh, that's a nifty invention, Kelly. Photographers are always checking out each other's gear. I bet this "lens" would get a few stares...and you can take a picture of them staring!

Kelly0040
November 11th, 2008, 07:06 AM
This awesomeness was in my sink yesterday morning. I like how the flash makes my sink look really white and clean! :D
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v390/kelly0040/awesomeness.jpg

MyopicJoe
November 11th, 2008, 07:22 AM
This awesomeness was in my sink yesterday morning. I like how the flash makes my sink look really white and clean!

Haha yeah, the flash does have a nice whiteout effect. I like the shades of brown on the roach. Maybe the next time I see an attractive brunette, I'll tell her, "Your hair, it's a gorgeous shade of cockroach brown..."

legal_secretary_in_mtl
November 11th, 2008, 08:01 AM
This may not be much compared to others but those were taken up north at Le Chantecler resort, about 1 hr drive from Montreal. This is the lake where you can swim in during summertime. The stairwell goes down to the front of the lobby and the other picture is one ski slope... no snow yet but when there is, its beautiful !!!

TATTRAT
November 11th, 2008, 09:15 AM
haven't really contributed like I used too, but here are some recent ones from a festival I shot


Bad Panda
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3246/2991950055_a07eea708b_b.jpg




"Artsy Fartsy" B&W Filmy type Drums
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3141/2992790064_238514dc62_b.jpg

WE NEED MORE COW BELL!!!
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3034/2992788362_713185ec58_b.jpg

Mike_Lowery
November 11th, 2008, 09:43 AM
Took this last summer from the balcony of a room at the Miramar in Waikiki. Pool reminded me of bratwurst, which led me to eat at Denny's, just downstairs.

LocalMotion
November 11th, 2008, 03:05 PM
I thought this was so cool. Shot these Nov 3rd outside a Waimanalo elementary school

http://dl-client.getdropbox.com/u/41562/school/0001.jpg

http://dl-client.getdropbox.com/u/41562/school/0002.jpg

http://dl-client.getdropbox.com/u/41562/school/0003.jpg

LocalMotion
November 11th, 2008, 03:05 PM
cont....


http://dl-client.getdropbox.com/u/41562/school/0004.jpg

http://dl-client.getdropbox.com/u/41562/school/0005.jpg

http://dl-client.getdropbox.com/u/41562/school/0006.jpg