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Jim75
January 19th, 2009, 07:49 PM
Hiked up to Manoa Falls Saturday. There was some kind of runner's event going on and there were lots of people on the trail. The first pic is this natural arch between the trees. While I was setting up, three girls came along and I took their photo with their own camera. I wish I had a copy to show here as they were monkeying around, hanging from the trees, having a good time.

The second pic is looking straight up into the forest canopy.

The third isn't Manoa Falls, of course. But it's more beautiful, I think. Good things do come in small packages.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/458211436_9pGky-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/458211945_w5B3R-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/458211167_sXgAM-XL.jpg

Adri
January 19th, 2009, 07:55 PM
What beautiful pictures, Jim. Especially the last one!

Eric
January 19th, 2009, 08:25 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3386/3211511909_3378ea39e2_b.jpg (http://flickr.com/photos/almostparadise/3211511909/)

This was taken out at Kaʻena Point. It was a lot easier to take a picture of a ʻaʻama shell than it was to try to get a live ʻaʻama to sit still for a portrait. :D

GeckoGeek
January 19th, 2009, 10:30 PM
Hiked up to Manoa Falls Saturday. There was some kind of runner's event going on and there were lots of people on the trail.

HURT 100 (http://www.hurt100trailrace.com/)

Extra junk to keep HT happy.

acousticlady
January 20th, 2009, 10:03 AM
Nice blue/grey sea water. Almost looks like Hawaii.

:D Yeah, I've been told that Maui looks just like Hawaii :D

MyopicJoe
January 20th, 2009, 07:46 PM
:D Yeah, I've been told that Maui looks just like Hawaii :D

LMAO

Nothing gets past me!

xD

integlspwr
January 22nd, 2009, 11:08 PM
http://img177.imageshack.us/img177/6005/rc3dn9.jpg

integlspwr
January 22nd, 2009, 11:10 PM
for Jim75 (http://hawaiithreads.com/member.php?u=9558), i wish i could take my car up manoa fallz for a photoshoot.

Seeking Penance
January 22nd, 2009, 11:25 PM
nice ride integlspwr!!!!!

nice photos jim75 and eric!!!!!

Menehune Man
January 23rd, 2009, 07:44 AM
Decided to see what an S 2000 really was. It's a Honda... cool!
Honda s2000 video (http://automobiles.honda.com/s2000/videos.aspx)

asuhoru
January 24th, 2009, 06:19 PM
OMG Jim-

That Tree Arch pic just made me spit up some Pepsi. AWESOME!!

W O W Z.




Aloha

mel
January 25th, 2009, 04:40 AM
Kung Hee Fat Choy...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3502/3225139352_d91faca46e_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3130/3224282955_fed6c7b2e5_o.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3408/3224257353_e709613c44_o.jpg

Click here for more photos from the Downtown Honolulu Chinese New Year parade (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/sets/72157612963023592/).

Pomai
January 25th, 2009, 07:57 AM
Mel, awesome Kung Hee Fat Choy pics. Love it! I thumbed through all the other shots in your Flickr album. Just great! That S5 gets great shots! Do you know if the festivities in Chinatown carries on today? If so, me and my lady might head on down there.

Jim75, all your stuff is, as always, just amazing as well. The Manoa Falls pics could fit right into backround art for a major fantasy film such as Lord of the Rings.

integlspwr, beautiful S2000. Probably the prettiest production design Honda ever came out with yet. I think that model looks better than the NSX. That shot by Jordan Shiraki is magazine cover material for sure! All it needs is an Import Model standing next to it. Does the carbon fiber hood cut down enough weight to validate the otherwise mismatched look? Unless you like that look I suppose. Still, nice ride.

Everyone's contributions here are just incredible.

This is Maunalua Bay in Hawaii Kai at low tide, where you can actually set up shop IN the bay when it's low, as you see these folks have done...

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

That shot was taken from the shoreline at Kuliou'ou Beach Park. Across the bay you see the foot of Koko Head, a.k.a. Portlock, with "China Walls" (the rocky area) on the very tip.

Another shot from the same park at sunset, with homes along Wailupe Circle beneath it....

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

Then, way over on the west side on the Waianae Coast, you have here our Sleeping and Counting (City & County) Parks & Recreation crew getting some R 'n R themselves...

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

lol!

Nah, but to be fair, it was around lunch time when that shot was taken. Classic!

MyopicJoe
January 25th, 2009, 08:01 AM
You got some nice height on that last pic, Mel. Were you standing on something?

mel
January 25th, 2009, 09:02 AM
Love the sandbar shot you got there Pomai. Kind of a low effort sandbar where you don't need a boat to get to it.

And I guess you also caught our tax dollars hard at work.... oh boy!

Myopic - The height I gained in the last picture results from standing on the rise just outside the fancy office building (can't remember the name) where the Professional Image copy center is located next to Remington College.

Menehune Man
January 25th, 2009, 11:30 AM
Looove this thread!

I did a google image search for Menehune Man and was pleasantly surprised...
http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=Menehune+Man&btnG=Search+Images&gbv=2

sophielynette
January 25th, 2009, 12:05 PM
http://www.tastyisland.net/images/wailupe_sunset.jpg




Just looking at the sun in this picture hurts my eyes! Don't you worry about ruining your camera shooting directly at the sun like that? Or is that some sort of weird superstition I've picked up?



Also, if anyone is looking for a place to develop black and white film, try Rainbow Photo Lab at Keeaumoku. I dropped my film off there Saturday and will be picking it up tomorrow -- could have had it same day if I'd dropped off before 2. They do medium format too.

Pomai
January 25th, 2009, 12:45 PM
Just looking at the sun in this picture hurts my eyes! Don't you worry about ruining your camera shooting directly at the sun like that? Or is that some sort of weird superstition I've picked up? I've never heard of that superstition. Last I checked, the camera needs to be pointed at the sun in order to capture it while it sets. And after repeatedly taking sunset shots for many years, none of my digital cameras' CCD sensors seem to have been ruined by that. It's actually easier now to get those shots since my new camera has an EVF (electronic view finder), so I don't look at the sun directly with my own eyes.

You're right though now that I look at that shot. It's almost like looking at the sun live. Kinda' blinding. Sorry about that.

Some kite surfers and a wind surfer take advantage of gusty winds yesterday at Diamond Head...

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

Commitment to the session...

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

Grabbed this shot of the beautiful and majestic Koolau range while driving down Kamehameha highway in Kaneohe...

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

Kinda' cool to have Koolau Farmers (sign) in the shot. Too bad those cars are in the way a little. Still, I could open that in Adobe Illustrator and make a nice t-shirt design for them out of that shot.

I was surprised to find a second Koolau Farmers location in City Square on Dillingham. They're located smack in the middle between Young's Fish Market on one end and the old Grocery Outlet space on the other end.

tutusue
January 25th, 2009, 01:01 PM
I've never heard of that superstition.[...]
Me either. But I have heard of it as it relates to the lens of the human eye...'cept I don't think it's a superstition!

You're right though now that I look at that shot. It's almost like looking at the sun live. Kinda' blinding. Sorry about that.
Oh, don't apologize for that, Pomai. That's part of the beauty of that shot...it's so realistic.

TATTRAT
January 25th, 2009, 01:03 PM
Magical shots my friends, and not helping with the East Coast, Winter Why The F*%K am I NOT in Hawai'i blues.........

Though it warms my heart, not so much for the fingers and toes...

That Koolau rang shot is AWESOME, Pom! I have tried to explain the water etched mountains of Hawai'i to friends and they don't really "get it" but shots like that is exactly what I am talking about! Simply awesome!

Seeking Penance
January 25th, 2009, 01:05 PM
wow - i really am impressed these are some really nice pics.

aloha!!! :)

Jim75
January 25th, 2009, 02:46 PM
Thanks for the compliments everyone.

Mel, great parade shots. Lots of great color.

Pomai, my favorite is the surfer getting ready to launch in over the top of the shore break.

I went to the Byodo-In Temple in Valley of Temples early this morning. I ended up being there almost 2.5 hours. What a peaceful place. The first two shots are of the whole temple. The third is the temple bell that's hung in it's own little shelter. I love that bell. As you can see, there is a wooden pole suspended from the framework by ropes. I'd say it's about 7" in diameter. You just grab the white rope, draw it back, and let it go to ring the bell.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/461713713_WVB63-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/461745343_2iFpk-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/461713880_f4eiY-XL.jpg

Jim75
January 25th, 2009, 02:55 PM
The roof of the Temple is highly ornamented. The third shot is of the Buddha inside. There was a fellow from Germany taking pics at the same time I was. He offered to let me use his 10mm fisheye lens. You can really see how the interior framework is bowed. Very fun lens.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/461714854_KnHJo-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/461714879_Fggri-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/461714179_uZwqF-XL.jpg

Leo Lakio
January 25th, 2009, 02:58 PM
The AF (from Kane`ohe) says of Jim's Byodo-In shots... "OUT-standing!" (And the grey sky behind the second shot is typical of the area.)

Jim75
January 25th, 2009, 03:01 PM
Finally, there is a huge koi pond that surrounds the Temple on two sides. It is full of the biggest, fattest koi I've ever seen. There are also black swans. They're pretty friendly, or hungry, or both.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/461714815_msH2x-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/461714476_yep8y-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/461714619_BEbaC-XL.jpg

Pomai
January 25th, 2009, 03:58 PM
Jim, what model camera is that again you're using? OMG! Now we're talkin' National Geographic! (emphasize: GRAPHIC!)

MyopicJoe
January 25th, 2009, 05:39 PM
Does the carbon fiber hood cut down enough weight to validate the otherwise mismatched look?

Who cares about the weight. Import Models look sezzy on those black, glossy hoods ;_)

asuhoru
January 25th, 2009, 09:07 PM
For Barb

http://i42.tinypic.com/b7ds1c.jpg
http://www.hawaiithreads.com/%3Ca%20href=%22http://www.flickr.com/photos/robimai/2644429755/%22%20title=%22Jon%20and%20his%20nephew%20by%20asu horu,%20on%20Flickr%22%3E%3Cimg%20src=%22http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/2644429755_15972c1e30_b.jpg%22%20width=%221024%22% 20height=%22683%22%20alt=%22Jon%20and%20his%20neph ew%22%20/%3E%3C/a%3E

Was this the one? :)

Menehune Man
January 25th, 2009, 11:07 PM
I, uh... Wow!
And... um. Cool!

This is by far my favorite thread!
Thanks for sharing everyone!

snowbird
January 26th, 2009, 09:11 AM
For Barb

http://i42.tinypic.com/b7ds1c.jpg
http://www.hawaiithreads.com/%3Ca%20href=%22http://www.flickr.com/photos/robimai/2644429755/%22%20title=%22Jon%20and%20his%20nephew%20by%20asu horu,%20on%20Flickr%22%3E%3Cimg%20src=%22http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3099/2644429755_15972c1e30_b.jpg%22%20width=%221024%22% 20height=%22683%22%20alt=%22Jon%20and%20his%20neph ew%22%20/%3E%3C/a%3E

Was this the one? :)
YES!!!! Thank you. It never fails to make me smile. I love it so much. Thanks again. SB, barb

Menehune Man
January 26th, 2009, 07:13 PM
Ahhh, takin' a break.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3392/3230966380_0701ce02df_o.jpg

Jim75
January 26th, 2009, 08:20 PM
Pomai, I'm shooting with a Nikon D80.

cynsaligia
January 27th, 2009, 01:08 AM
wow! i need to visit this thread more often. it's a gorgeous distraction from homework!

here's a larger version of my new avatar. i put in my custom order in october last year and waited almost four months for her to be made and travel from england through the panama canal to cali then here. most of you would recognize this was taken up at tantalus. eric's the photographer. i like this pic bcs it seems like she's winking in the sun.

integlspwr
January 28th, 2009, 12:00 AM
nice ride integlspwr!!!!!


Thanks mate!


Decided to see what an S 2000 really was. It's a Honda... cool!
Honda s2000 video (http://automobiles.honda.com/s2000/videos.aspx)

haha yes its a honda. everyone always asks what is it. They think its a BMW? I wish..


integlspwr, beautiful S2000. Probably the prettiest production design Honda ever came out with yet. I think that model looks better than the NSX. That shot by Jordan Shiraki is magazine cover material for sure! All it needs is an Import Model standing next to it. Does the carbon fiber hood cut down enough weight to validate the otherwise mismatched look? Unless you like that look I suppose. Still, nice ride.

import model? haha no thnx. dont want no car show hoe next to my car. The model detracts away from the feature.
Jordan does some shoots for magazines up in the mainland.. the carbon hood actually adds weight to the car. The original hood on the car is aluminum which is very light. one person can carry it with no problem.

I like the mismatched look because it makes the car look more "aggressive" I have to back up the "GRP-HRD" plates some how. I can't be grippin hard and look "pretty"

MyopicJoe
January 29th, 2009, 06:50 AM
gorgeous aerial photos...from a shaky helicoptor...at night (big pics, slow load) http://tinyurl.com/btftzu

GeckoGeek
January 29th, 2009, 07:03 AM
gorgeous aerial photos

Indeed! (Crummy software!)

LikaNui
January 29th, 2009, 12:42 PM
Gorgeous photos, everyone! As usual.
I saw something interesting and unusual today as I was driving on Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe, and had to grab a few quickie snapshots.
As usual it was clear and sunny in Honolulu (had a meeting there this morning) but quite rainy on the windward side, so I'm not sure if the dot in the middle of this first photo is a raindrop or something ethereal:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Cow%201-29-09/100_1682.jpg

Here he is, shot from the other side of Kam Highway, just chillin' and enjoying the view of Kaneohe Bay:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Cow%201-29-09/100_1676.jpg

Zoomed in:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Cow%201-29-09/100_1680.jpg

Couple more to follow...

LikaNui
January 29th, 2009, 12:46 PM
And even zoomier:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Cow%201-29-09/100_1679.jpg

Showing a little more of the Ko`olau ridges:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Cow%201-29-09/100_1681.jpg

And the last shot of my new horny friend:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Cow%201-29-09/100_1684.jpg

Even our four-legged friends know they're lucky to live Hawai`i.
Pau.

asuhoru
January 29th, 2009, 03:20 PM
Pic I took and stitched today of the recruits going over some Rad Decon training at the Honolulu Fire Department Training Center.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3515/3238111570_9e4e4b4d09_b.jpg

Enjoy.

Jim75
January 29th, 2009, 07:20 PM
As usual. I saw something interesting and unusual today as I was driving on Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe, and had to grab a few quickie snapshots.Nice shots, Likanui!


Pic I took and stitched today of the recruits going over some Rad Decon training at the Honolulu Fire Department Training Center.

Enjoy.Cool pic, Asuhoru! What's Rad Decon?

LikaNui
January 29th, 2009, 07:57 PM
Cool pic, Asuhoru! What's Rad Decon? I'll guess that it means Radiation Decontamination.

GeckoGeek
January 29th, 2009, 11:46 PM
Pic I took and stitched today

What do you use to do the stitching? How many photos in that stitch and how much overlap?

asuhoru
January 30th, 2009, 07:44 AM
What do you use to do the stitching? How many photos in that stitch and how much overlap?

Used the software that came with the camera- PhotoStitch. Its real basic and I used just 4 pics for this shot. I highly recommend Panorama Factory. A lot more features and very fast. I just didn't install it yet on this laptop cuz I lazy.

Aloha

GeckoGeek
January 30th, 2009, 11:16 PM
Any idea how it compares to AutoStitch (www.autostitch.net)? I like the price of AS. ;)

asuhoru
January 31st, 2009, 11:44 AM
GeckoGeek- Sorry never used AS.

Heres another Pano I made years ago that I thought I'd share for those away from home.

Aloha

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3485/3235404304_0d077928f0_b.jpg

snowbird
January 31st, 2009, 10:38 PM
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Cow%201-29-09/100_1684.jpg

Even our four-legged friends know they're lucky to live Hawai`i.
Pau.
Thanks so much for sharing those pix.... I am a big fan of bovines. I owned a bull named Lucky just like that decades ago. Couldn't bear to eat him.

All I could think about seeing your photos was "I hope he's not a future 'cheeseburger in paradise." Yes, he IS lucky to live there.

Jim75
January 31st, 2009, 11:17 PM
Heres another Pano I made years ago that I thought I'd share for those away from home.
AlohaAmazing! Is that Turtle Bay Resort?

acousticlady
February 1st, 2009, 04:50 AM
http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Cow%201-29-09/100_1682.jpg

Here he is, shot from the other side of Kam Highway, just chillin' and enjoying the view of Kaneohe Bay:


Love the cow pics. We enjoy hopping in the car and driving around to find interesting pictures. Here's one of cows in the road on Maui, since we're on the subject :p .http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3520/3211710300_54867c56a0.jpg?v=0

LikaNui
February 1st, 2009, 08:10 AM
All I could think about seeing your photos was "I hope he's not a future 'cheeseburger in paradise." Yes, he IS lucky to live there. He's been there for years and years, though usually in a field directly across the highway, by the street going to Senator Fong's Plantation. I'm not sure how he got across the highway, though!


Amazing! Is that Turtle Bay Resort? No, Asohoru's photo was taken at Ko Olina.


Here's one of cows in the road on Maui, since we're on the subject :p Cute!

Jim75
February 1st, 2009, 07:03 PM
No, Asohoru's photo was taken at Ko Olina.That'd make an awesome promotional photo for a website or brochure.

MyopicJoe
February 1st, 2009, 08:48 PM
Heres another Pano I made years ago that I thought I'd share for those away from home.

It's amazing that you were able to shoot the beach while it was empty.

mel
February 2nd, 2009, 01:31 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3488/3245505046_9c06f2b9ca_o.jpg
Cunard Line's Queen Victoria was in town yesterday (Feb. 1, 2009).

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3127/3245198230_02bfbefe4a_o.jpg
P&O Cruises' "Oriana" also sailed into town yesterday (Feb 1, 2009).

More ship photos here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/sets/72157601403838709/

asuhoru
February 2nd, 2009, 07:48 AM
One day I'd like to take the family on one of those cruise ships.

Problem is I get seasick very easily. Even with pills and bits of ginger.

Beautiful pics btw.


Aloha

integlspwr
February 9th, 2009, 04:01 PM
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http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/2549/img0816copycustomiv1.jpg
http://img8.imageshack.us/img8/562/img0801copycustomth8.jpg

integlspwr
February 9th, 2009, 04:02 PM
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/1967/img0798copycustomsl7.jpg
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/9762/img0779copycustomev2.jpg

Menehune Man
February 9th, 2009, 04:19 PM
Cars and Boats! It don't get better than that.

Here's my favorite chair... our lanai. :D
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3472/3268574448_fddba4ddce.jpg

TATTRAT
February 10th, 2009, 01:00 AM
and that would be a fine looking Saint Paulie's Girl too!

snowbird
February 10th, 2009, 03:00 PM
Here's my favorite chair... our lanai. :D
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3472/3268574448_fddba4ddce.jpg
Beautiful! Looks very relaxing. It's nice to see one of my favorite plants, the Spanish Moss, Tillandsia, looking all lush and healthy. :)

Leo Lakio
February 10th, 2009, 04:35 PM
A Seattle sunset (from Shilshole Bay, nw part of town) last Saturday ---

http://i205.photobucket.com/albums/bb89/LoriYosh/DSC09130.jpg

GeckoGeek
February 10th, 2009, 10:10 PM
Here's my favorite chair... our lanai. :D
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3472/3268574448_fddba4ddce.jpg

Nice, but at some level the chair looks like it's facing the wrong orientation. Since it's pointing to the camera, the scene seen when sitting in it is behind the camera. I'm thinking it should be more like the Corona commercial where you get to see what it would be like to sit in that chair.

MyopicJoe
February 10th, 2009, 10:22 PM
A Seattle sunset (from Shilshole Bay, nw part of town) last Saturday ---

I don't recall seeing you post pics here very often, LL. This one is very relaxing. I love the reflection and ripples in the water.

Jim75
February 11th, 2009, 07:00 PM
Nice shots of the ships, Mel. I like the reflection of the yellow smokestack on the ocean.

Great sunset, Leo. Suitable for framing, I'd say.

Nothing like sitting on the lanai, MM.

Integlspwr, nice pics of your sports car.

Here's a few from 2 weekends ago at Waimea Valley. It's opened up again.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471679989_KMhe7-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471679592_xCDYc-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471680256_H5Hpo-XL.jpg

Jim75
February 11th, 2009, 07:08 PM
Two more from Waimea Valley and one from Chinatown, inside the center courtyard at Mauna Kea Marketplace.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471680252_VYQnR-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471679547_bN758-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471681221_Zn2D7-XL.jpg

Jim75
February 11th, 2009, 07:20 PM
More from Chinatown. 1 - This carving made me smile, so I took it's picture. 2 - People enjoying a store-front produce market. 3 - These shrimp were next to a bag of those colorful fish, so they must be for keeping as pets?

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471681015_nwGZV-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471680789_82bRF-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471680504_K5vbA-XL.jpg

Leo Lakio
February 11th, 2009, 07:23 PM
I don't recall seeing you post pics here very often, LL.I don't, because I pretty much gave up on photography years ago, when I discovered that the Alpha Female was much better at it than I. (I blame all the formal training I had - I think I try too hard to get the "perfect" shot, and thus miss the joy of just taking 'em.) So, I've convinced her to put some pictures on Photobucket, so I can post from time to time. That photo's hers, I should have noted.

MyopicJoe
February 11th, 2009, 08:35 PM
I don't, because I pretty much gave up on photography years ago, when I discovered that the Alpha Female was much better at it than I. (I blame all the formal training I had - I think I try too hard to get the "perfect" shot, and thus miss the joy of just taking 'em.)

Sorry to hear you got frustrated with photography. I can see what you mean by too much formal training ruining the fun.

Was your experience with film or digital? I know I would never have gotten into photography if it wasn't for digital and all the free "film". It lets you be experimental. Starting with a point-n-shoot helped too, cuz it's easy to carry around and whip out.

Anyways, tell AF it was a nice shot :)

Leo Lakio
February 12th, 2009, 07:03 PM
Was your experience with film or digital?Film. Mostly b+w Tri-X; loaded my own, built a couple darkrooms, did my own work for years. Not frustrated so much as just seeing right off that she had the better "eye."
Anyways, tell AF it was a nice shot :)Did - she thanks you folks for the comments. Hoping to get her to let me post more.

Jim75
February 13th, 2009, 07:44 PM
I was on the Big Island last weekend. I had arranged to rent a house through an owner on VRBO.com. I got a voice-mail right before I got on the plane saying 'sorry, but we had already rented the place to someone else and got our wires crossed'. So when I landed I decided to call the Manago Hotel in Captain Cook and see if they had a room for the weekend. Turned out that I really liked the Manago. Perfect location, very inexpensive, lanai with an expansive view of the ocean, very clean. Fairly Spartan, no TV, no phone, thin walls. If you spend most of your time outside and just need a place to sleep and shower, this is where it's at. I'll stay there again and spend the money I save on a nice art object.

The gecko pics were taken down in South Kona. This noni bush was teaming with geckos.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471681243_pFZr3-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471681017_QpsQX-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471681076_EDG7v-XL.jpg

MyopicJoe
February 13th, 2009, 09:21 PM
Film. Mostly b+w Tri-X; loaded my own, built a couple darkrooms, did my own work for years. Not frustrated so much as just seeing right off that she had the better "eye."

Wow, you were really into it!

Well here's one last swing at a dead horse:

Give digital a try. Take hundreds of break-all-the-rules pictures of anything that catches your eye, so you can create one or two happy accidents. If you can recognize a happy accident, it means you have an "eye". It'll feel good to know that a cool picture (or just a cool corner of a picture) was taken by you. Reverse engineer how you made the shot and try to catch it again.

Two guys who think the "eye" can be learned: Patterson (http://www.amazon.com/Photography-Art-Seeing-Perception-Workshop/dp/1552636143/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234600564&sr=8-1) & Peterson (http://www.amazon.com/Learning-See-Creatively-Composition-Photography/dp/0817441816/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1234600714&sr=1-1)

OK, OK. I'll give it a rest, now :)

GeckoGeek
February 14th, 2009, 12:32 AM
http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471681243_pFZr3-XL.jpg

OK, now I'm really jealous! Is that how the picture came out of the camera or is that a composite? How did you get the color in the neon lights but still get so much of the building?

asuhoru
February 14th, 2009, 09:07 AM
Amazing shots, Jim. Cheers.

Jim75
February 14th, 2009, 02:34 PM
Amazing shots, Jim. Cheers.Thanks, asuhoru.


OK, now I'm really jealous! Is that how the picture came out of the camera or is that a composite? How did you get the color in the neon lights but still get so much of the building?Thanks, GeckoGeek. Here is the original photo, as taken by the camera, with only sharpening added. It was taken at iso 800, handheld, with vibration reduction on. Aperture at 5.6, shutter speed at 1/10 sec, focal length equivalent of 28.5mm on a 35mm camera. In the first pic of this I posted, I had cropped it, tried to pull out a little of the red/orange tint, clarified it, and smoothed out the grain. In looking at the two now, the only processing I really needed to do was sharpen, crop, and clarify. Smoothing it out only reduced the sharpness.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/473558101_DQX8p-XL.jpg

GeckoGeek
February 14th, 2009, 03:10 PM
How was the exposure determined? Auto? Manual?

Jim75
February 14th, 2009, 04:03 PM
How was the exposure determined? Auto? Manual?This was taken on Manual. I shoot most shots on Manual. If I choose auto or shutter or aperture priority, it seems like too many times the camera's efforts to balance the exposure result in part of the photo being overexposed. You can sometimes bring details out of dark areas, but you can never bring details back into an overexposed area. I learned on a Nikon FM2, which is fully manual.

In photos with challenging lighting, it's good to 'bracket' shots. You may already know what this is, but in case you don't . . . Bracketing is taking an index shot of what you think the correct exposure will be and then taking one or more shots with the aperture or shutter speed progressively smaller/faster and one or more with the aperture or shutter speed progressively larger/slower. I burned up a lot of film doing this, but I got a lot of good shots in the process. Shots that would otherwise have been lost. I always felt like if I got a couple of really good shots out of a roll of 36, I was happy. But now with digital, and the ability to preview what you've taken, there's no reason not to take as many as is neccessary to get the exposure right.

GeckoGeek
February 14th, 2009, 06:10 PM
This was taken on Manual. I shoot most shots on Manual.

That's brings up yet more questions: How do you picking your starting point? How do you pick your "bracket" (range and steps)?

I understand the theory, I'm looking to understand how you do it.

cynsaligia
February 14th, 2009, 06:23 PM
http://img9.imageshack.us/img9/1967/img0798copycustomsl7.jpg
http://img23.imageshack.us/img23/9762/img0779copycustomev2.jpgsaw you coming off vineyard heading east bound in the early evening, btw. i think it was tuesday. i was waaaay behind you in traffic. even at that distance, even pics as good as the ones you've been posting here don't do your honda justice.

cynsaligia
February 14th, 2009, 06:25 PM
The gecko pics were taken down in South Kona. This noni bush was teaming with geckos.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471681076_EDG7v-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/471681017_QpsQX-XL.jpg
omg, i love these gecko pics. GEICO should take a hint from these photos. their gecko would look much more appealing with the bits of color this one has.

Jim75
February 15th, 2009, 08:47 PM
That's brings up yet more questions: How do you picking your starting point? How do you pick your "bracket" (range and steps)?

I understand the theory, I'm looking to understand how you do it.A lot depends on what kind of features your camera has and if it's digital.
In my Nikon D80, inside the optical viewfinder, there is a light meter. It can be set to evaluate the light of the whole frame, a smaller section of the frame, or a small focused spot. In the Manago picture, it was set to meter the whole frame. The light meter shows values that range lower than zero, zero, and higher than zero. If the meter is showing on either side of zero, then, depending on which side and how far, you either have too much light or not enough light coming into the camera. However, in a scene where there are extreme exposure values, ie a broad range between the darkest and lightest parts of the scene, the averaging the camera does will frequently overexpose the brightest parts of the scene as a compromise solution. In most 'snapshots', a little overexposure in part of the pic is ok since the pic as a whole acceptably documents the persons vacation shot at the Pali lookout, or whatever. But if you get more picky and want things to be as good as possible, then you start choosing what compromises to make and don't leave them up to the camera. In a pic like the Manago, I start by taking one that the camera says is going to be fairly underexposed. That way the brightest part of the scene will have a better chance of being exposed properly. I could just as easily set the light meter for spot metering and then meter the Neon sign, for example, as a starting point. But it takes a little time to change the metering and if you do that sometimes you'll forget to change it back and then get a surprise result when shooting at a later time. I can usually start pretty close to the right exposure or close enough to hone in pretty quickly in just a couple of shots. I could also adjust exposure compensation to cover the tendency to overexpose, but I prefer to have most of the adjustments set at the default and then make guesses based on experience.

To more specifically answer your question (and assuming you're using a digital camera), let's say you're taking a photo at a starting point with a shutter speed of 1/50 and an aperture of f11. Your camera is telling you this will be a correct exposure. You take it and part of the picture is too bright/overexposed. So, you could take the next one at 1/100, half as much light. If that's too dark, back up to 1/80. Eventually you'll get close enough. For me, it's just educated guessing. With the ability to see what you've got instantly, there's no real need to bracket in specified graduated steps like with a film camera, ie one and two stops over and under. If you're close, make a smaller adjustment. If way off, take a bigger step. Eventually you'll be in the neighborhood. The shortest answer is really just 'trial and error'. Practice and experience helps reduce the number of trials and errors.

Another advantage my DSLR gives me is that one of the choices of how the lcd preview appears is called 'highlight'. When set in that mode, if I take a pic and an area is overexposed, ie completely void of detail, the area that is overexposed will pulsate showing the overexposure. It's very handy as you often can't tell just by looking at the lcd without that function on.

Does your camera have a light meter that displays?

LikaNui
February 17th, 2009, 04:59 PM
Driving back from the north shore yesterday afternoon, I saw these two vehicles parked on the side of Kam Highway near one of the shrimp shacks between Kahuku and Turtle Bay so I pulled over and snapped these from inside my car:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/North%20Shore%202-16-09/100_1764.jpg


http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/North%20Shore%202-16-09/100_1759.jpg

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/North%20Shore%202-16-09/100_1761.jpg

One more of the truck to follow...

LikaNui
February 17th, 2009, 05:01 PM
The truck again from a slightly different angle:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/North%20Shore%202-16-09/100_1762.jpg

Sorry now that I didn't take the time to get shots of the two interiors. :o

Jim75
February 17th, 2009, 05:58 PM
Nice shots, Likanui! I especially like that first one.

LikaNui
February 17th, 2009, 06:18 PM
Nice shots, Likanui! I especially like that first one. Thanks, Jim. Those were just quick snapshots, nowhere near the quality of your photos. Those gecko shots were awesome!

mel
February 17th, 2009, 07:27 PM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3330/3285348100_dee11f5bd0_o.jpg

The Queen Mary 2 was in town this past weekend. More photos here (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/sets/72157613884306194/).

I love the previous photos of the green gecko, Manago Hotel in Kona, people at Waimea Falls, hot rods on the side of the road, rice rockets in the parking garage. Keep on shooting everyone! :)

MyopicJoe
February 17th, 2009, 07:57 PM
Hey Jim75, how was the lighting during those gecko shots? I noticed it was noon, but was the light diffused by the canopy?

Shot w/ your 18-200? Do you use Adobe RGB or sRGB? Do you notice much of a difference?

GeckoGeek
February 17th, 2009, 10:34 PM
Does your camera have a light meter that displays?

It displays the exposure it wants to use, so I can use that as a starting point and I know what the "stops" are to go from there. Since I'm not used to doing that, a couple of things that I have trouble with is how close I need to get to the "right" exposure. In my film years I was spoiled by shooting negatives rather then slides, so I didn't need to be as accurate in my exposure.

The other problem is learning how to "read" my LCD display. I doesn't have the range a proper display has, so a picture that is actually fine may not look so good in the camera. I do have a histogram, but the camera lacks a way of telling me what parts of the photo is "blown out". Depending on the scene, it may be completely acceptable to have parts that are total white, but I still need to know that my highlights are good.

integlspwr
February 19th, 2009, 12:22 AM
saw you coming off vineyard heading east bound in the early evening, btw. i think it was tuesday. i was waaaay behind you in traffic. even at that distance, even pics as good as the ones you've been posting here don't do your honda justice.

thanks mate! nxt time u see me, honk....

Plus im trying my best to get the best pics with my Point & Shoot but I'm noticing that i can't get clear enough pics like i want to without a DSLR. I guess time to look into one...

MyopicJoe
February 19th, 2009, 07:15 AM
Plus im trying my best to get the best pics with my Point & Shoot but I'm noticing that i can't get clear enough pics like i want to without a DSLR. I guess time to look into one...

Which Point & Shoot are you using?

Modern P&S's can take pictures rivaling DSLRs (under the right circumstances). Depending one what photo style you're after, you might not need a DSLR. Here's some thing you can try:


1) Shoot during the day.

More light allows you to use a faster shutter speed (to counteract camera shake), a smaller aperture (to give you greater depth of field), and a lower ISO (reduced noise).

Try shooting when it's bright but overcast. The clouds will soften the harsh sunlight. If it's a clear day, then park your car in the shade. Not dark shade, but light shade (some place where light is bouncing off the landscape into the shaded area).


2) Use a tripod, a monopod, or steady your camera/arm/body against a solid object. Camera shake is your enemy.

When shooting a gun, people lose accuracy as they pull the trigger. They unknowingly jerk the gun around at the last moment. The same thing applies to a camera.

If you're hand holding your camera, brace your camera or yourself against something. Your camera's image stabilization feature will help here.

If using a tripod, consider also using the camera's self-timer, so you're not touching the camera/tripod when the photo is taken.


3) If your camera allows for manual control of shutter speed, aperture, etc. and you're comfortable setting them, then great. If not, you can try the different camera modes (sports/action/kids, landscape, etc.) to see if any of them give you better results.



If you do get a DSLR, let us know what you get, so we can live vicariously through your purchase ;_)

TATTRAT
February 19th, 2009, 03:28 PM
In photos with challenging lighting, it's good to 'bracket' shots. You may already know what this is, but in case you don't . . . Bracketing is taking an index shot of what you think the correct exposure will be and then taking one or more shots with the aperture or shutter speed progressively smaller/faster and one or more with the aperture or shutter speed progressively larger/slower. I burned up a lot of film doing this, but I got a lot of good shots in the process. Shots that would otherwise have been lost. I always felt like if I got a couple of really good shots out of a roll of 36, I was happy. But now with digital, and the ability to preview what you've taken, there's no reason not to take as many as is neccessary to get the exposure right.


A good intro to HDR!

Seeking Penance
February 19th, 2009, 07:35 PM
driving back from the north shore yesterday afternoon, i saw these two vehicles parked on the side of kam highway near one of the shrimp shacks between kahuku and turtle bay so i pulled over and snapped these from inside my car:one more of the truck to follow...


nice!!!!!!!!!!

MyopicJoe
February 22nd, 2009, 09:19 PM
First fish my youngest daughter ever caught. 4.5 lbs catfish from Nuuanu Reservoir. She expected a goldfish, not something which could swallow her foot. She wanted to go home after catching this ;_)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3309/3281150542_d4d69d792f.jpg?v=0


Sunset at Sand Island Beach:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3461/3299961018_285fe7a6fd.jpg?v=0


I found a spot where I could make the clouds look like steam coming off the trees:

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3495/3299961490_372ba9c8a8.jpg?v=0

cyleet99
February 26th, 2009, 05:36 PM
MJ--love the catfish! My brother ran from a turtle he caught once...soon as he pulled it onshore he was outta there!

Jim, I echo cyns' words...the gecko pics are just beautiful. (BTW, were you on the side of Kaukonahua yesterday?)

Mel, I love the Queen Mary portrait. She is elegant, eh?

I just enjoy this thread so much. Thanks to all!

sophielynette
February 26th, 2009, 07:06 PM
Nice catch of the clouds, MJ.



I used to do a lot of staged photography like this back in college. I'm trying to get back into it since I'll be starting school again in the fall. Two of my favorite things; rats and pocketwatches.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3570/3305463013_eb7d61aa3e.jpg?v=0

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3519/3306295138_fd49c59169.jpg?v=0

Jim75
March 5th, 2009, 07:44 PM
An old friend I grew up with in South Dakota came to visit for about 9 days. So here are some of the things we saw and did. I've decided to post a number of them. Many are simply documentary shots, but I think they tell the story and I think HT'ers on the mainland might enjoy them. Had to take him up to the North Shore to see the surf spots and sights. On the way back we stopped at Fumis shrimp stand. I had the Coconut Shrimp. Highly recommended. Ono! Next, we swung over to Honolulu and up to the Tantalus overlook.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485472324_fTWAW-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485472398_oXibE-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485472342_KgtjM-XL.jpg

Jim75
March 5th, 2009, 07:51 PM
Then down to Waikiki at sunset. One morning we went to the Waikiki Aquarium.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485472447_QMr7d-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485474573_xEjqM-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485500744_JVuJL-XL.jpg

Jim75
March 5th, 2009, 07:57 PM
More from the Aquarium.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485500597_G9aRR-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485500602_QrDkt-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485500562_pDP7L-XL.jpg

Jim75
March 5th, 2009, 08:02 PM
Another group of Aquarium shots. More tomorrow.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485500689_NwSog-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485500703_U6hi7-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485500637_bLpnC-XL.jpg

tutusue
March 5th, 2009, 09:24 PM
Jim, have you thought about self-publishing a coffee table book of your all time hits? I'd buy it.

TATTRAT
March 6th, 2009, 06:06 AM
God, I get all teary eyed missin' Oahu...

Great work, Jim. As always!

I need to get out and shoot, nothing has really been inspiring though, and I feel like it shows in more of my recent work...

Barry
March 6th, 2009, 07:23 AM
Breathtaking work Jim. Thanks for sharing.

MyopicJoe
March 6th, 2009, 08:27 AM
I need to get out and shoot, nothing has really been inspiring though, and I feel like it shows in more of my recent work...

Yeah, it's tough when you don't feel inspired. Maybe instead of trying to shoot carefully, you can take a bunch of silly shots, and be pleasantly surprised by an accident?


I spent half a day walking up and down Kaimuki taking pictures (while waiting for my car to be serviced). After a lot of sweat and a really sore foot, I'm not terribly happy with my shots.

But I am happy w/ a lot of things which can't be captured in a photo: the things I did to get those shots, which took me out of my comfort zone.

1) While crossing a street I noticed how wide and open it felt (something rare in our crowded island). An hour later I came back to the same street and stood at the intersection like an idiot and feeling self conscious. When the crossing light came on AND there were no cars on that street, I walked to the middle, knelt, and tried to get a few interesting shots.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3325/3332952525_18901f1e20.jpg?v=0


2) I walked around the Chaminade University campus for the first time. Lived near it for a decade, but never had a reason to visit it.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3394/3333788628_a5dcc0fa86.jpg?v=0


3) I saw an man picking rubbish off the curb with of all things, a pair of chopsticks. I had just put my camera away in my bag, and I was feeling self conscious about pulling it out. I walked away, scolding myself for not having my camera out (I was in an area where I didn't want to be seen carrying a camera, but all in all probably not a very dangerous area). Then I scolded myself for not having the guts to just pull my camera out, so I walked back to where the guy was and took some pictures from a distance. Later I approached him to see if he wanted to talk, but he wasn't interested. He was looking at the camera in my hands. Perhaps I should have shouldered it, to look less threatening.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3383/3332953027_3cd7237bb7.jpg?v=0

Jim75
March 6th, 2009, 07:21 PM
Thanks Tutusue, Tat, and Barry. I like the idea of putting together a coffee-table book. There are a lot of photographers in Hawaii that are much better than me, but maybe there's a niche I could fill.

MJ, That first pic is really strong with the turning arrows from a vantage you never really get to see. I suppose the guy is using chop sticks so he doesn't have to touch stuff. Kind of a neighborhood clean-up project maybe.

We went to Pearl Harbor one morning. The 30 minute movie you watch before they take you to the memorial is very moving. It was interesting to see where it all went down, kind of imagining the ships and planes and explosions.

The first pic is the USS Missouri. Second is inside the Arizona Memorial. Third a steam powered torpedo.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485982292_7cCdU-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485982164_NwDvH-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485981945_VnEi3-XL.jpg

Jim75
March 6th, 2009, 08:06 PM
Last Saturday we took the Hawaii Superferry from Honolulu to Kahului, Maui. I've included as the first pic a shot of the ferry from Waikiki to give an idea of size for those who haven't yet seen it. It's a very big boat.

We took off in the dark and as you may recall last weekend was very windy. When we got out into the channel between Oahu and Moloka'i, the sea was a little rough. Being from a landlocked place, I don't have too much frame of reference. But I've been on Ferry's several times in Pugeot Sound and crossing the English Channel and never experienced anything even remotely like this. It was very exciting. The bow of the ship would go up and the wave seemed to pick the whole ship up and eventually you'd be on top of the wave and the weight would shift and the bow would drop down into the trough of the wave. Smack! It'd hit the water. You could hear it and feel it. Getting up to walk around you had to hang on to anything you could reach. Once it kind of launched up and then dropped from under me and I was weightless for a second. It was a blast. After a while it settled down and was pretty easy going.

On Sunday, we came back to the Ferry Terminal and they told us the weather was so bad the Ferry was cancelled. They put us up in the Maui Beach Hotel, which turned out to be a perfectly decent place to stay. They also gave each of us a $25 voucher for food at the Hotel restaraunt.

So Monday we show up again and it's a go. This time we sailed at about 11am. It was bumpy coming out of Maui and then it got rough pretty much like it was coming over. One time the bow went up and when it came down it was very close to having water come over the bow. Not a lot, but take a look and the size of that boat and imagine what it had to be like for that to occur. There were numerous occassions when the boat would get up on top of a wave and then it would pivot a few degrees. I wondered if it was the captain doing a steering manuever or if when the boat was just right on top of the wave it was vulnerable to being pushed by the wind. Likanui, any thoughts on that. It felt like it was pivoting in-place from the center of the boat. Anyway, the aquatic rodeo eventually smoothed out and it was back to Oahu. Big fun!

I've included some pics for inside the boat. The Superferry website doesn't really show you much so some may be interested if you've been thinking of riding it. For $19 extra, each way, you can sit in the luxury lounge up front. The main advantage is you can see what's going on in front of the boat. It was very nice, but the lounges in the back were also very nice and would've been fine. The second pic is the luxury lounge up front. The third is the lounge in the back. There are also sections of seating along the sides. In the center are some shops. On Tuesday, I was at work, sitting at my computer, and a couple of times I could still feel my brain trying to adjust to the motion of the ship.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/485500750_VpaqE-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486445655_ZKhcP-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486437968_3L6Sn-XL.jpg

Jim75
March 6th, 2009, 08:57 PM
Moloka'i was a little hazy on the way over and more so on the way back. It's big and mountainous. Seeing it made me want to go there. The first two shots are on the way over. The third is on the way back.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486441868_j9tWp-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486441733_b6V6y-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486441763_Z8F6J-XL.jpg

Jim75
March 6th, 2009, 09:06 PM
When we got to Maui, we went to Lahaina and then on to Hana. The road to Hana is very beautiful. Dense vegetation and waterfalls. The second pic is a stand of what I'm guessing are eucalyptus trees. The third is what the top of a bamboo forest looks like. Underneath is a thick system of bare bamboo stalks.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486439847_2Skmi-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486439891_BoYQZ-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486440196_3Xtyo-XL.jpg

Jim75
March 6th, 2009, 09:18 PM
Since we had an extra day on Maui, we went back into Lahaina. Wandering around the waterfront, this woman coaxed us to take a rubber raft to see the whales. Since I'm Kama'aina, it was $30 each for two hours, a bargain at twice the price. The crew took us and about 5 others out at 4pm and we saw lots of whales. Cows, calves, Escourts. The first pic is from behind the captain. The second is a single humpback whale's back. The third is the fluke as the whale dives down.
http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486439450_bbDBV-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486439540_Xs7uR-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486439409_nzKdt-XL.jpg

Jim75
March 6th, 2009, 09:28 PM
Three more of the whales. Two together. A juvenile male barrel rolling and giving us the whale shaka. Third is the head of a whale that breached and is falling back into the water. We saw two breach completely out of the water. It happens fast and you don't know where it's going to happen. That's a shot I definitely want to take. I'll have to go back and try again.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486439686_RDW6H-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486439300_trA9s-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486439399_gQN9r-XL.jpg

Jim75
March 6th, 2009, 09:38 PM
Day's end on Maui. A hardship . . . I know. But someone has to experience it.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486439285_e8yN8-XL.jpg

Rounding Diamond head on the way back.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486438132_nWBb5-XL.jpg

Finally, unloading off the Ferry. Hope that wasn't too many pics at one time.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/486445642_QQaWR-XL.jpg

LocalMotion
March 6th, 2009, 09:55 PM
awesome photos jim!

i especially like the detail in the diamond head shot.


Here's one from Waimea Canyon

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

tutusue
March 6th, 2009, 10:14 PM
Hey, Jim...I take it 'mal de mer' is not an issue with you!!!

I think a coffee table book of HT's greatest photos is definitely in order. :)

Barry
March 6th, 2009, 10:15 PM
Absolutely SUPERB Jim, so many memories brought back. Thanks for sharing.

AztecSon
March 6th, 2009, 11:18 PM
Wow! Such incredible photos!

Thank you to all of you for sharing.

Beautiful, beautiful ... I'll have to slowly walk thru them all again

MyopicJoe
March 7th, 2009, 05:57 AM
We went to Pearl Harbor one morning. The 30 minute movie you watch before they take you to the memorial is very moving.

During the movie, while listening to the narrator, I kept thinking, "Damn, she has a sexy, sultry voice. Worth the price of admission!"

;_D

LikaNui
March 7th, 2009, 09:19 AM
Great photos as always, everyone! We've got some really talented shooters here.
Some of you really enjoy shooting ocean waves, so I encourage you to check out North Shore resident Clark Little's website at this link (http://www.clarklittlephotography.com/main/pages/bio).
His most famous recent photo is this one (http://www.clarklittlephotography.com/main/gallery_images?portfolio_offset=24). I hear it's being displayed in the Wyland galleries now.
Click on Clark's website's Gallery section to see thumbnails of several dozen amazing wave photos. (And heads up -- when you click on a thumbnail to enlarge it and then click back, it always takes you to page one for some reason.)
His photos are inspiration for the rest of us. Go shoot 'em, folks!

tutusue
March 7th, 2009, 11:02 AM
I saw a couple of Clark Little's photos featured on a national TV show recently. Might've been the 4th hour of the Today Show but I'm not sure.

Unbelievable wave shots!

snowbird
March 7th, 2009, 03:15 PM
Jim, have you thought about self-publishing a coffee table book of your all time hits? I'd buy it.
DITTO, Tutu! I'd buy it also! Jim, you are sooooooo good. I love your work. It's incredible.

My dad's a photographer... great technical work, but he doesn't have "the eye" like you do.

Many thanks for the hours of enjoyment your photos have given me. I look at them again and again, and always see something new.

cyleet99
March 7th, 2009, 08:17 PM
Another round of thanks for your great work, Jim. I know just where you were; hubby and I stayed on the Kahului side last month, watched the sun on Molokai and saw a little whale activity. We didn't get the chance to boat out to see them; next year.

Don't worry; you never post too many. ;)

Menehune Man
March 8th, 2009, 10:57 PM
WOW! Just incredibly beautiful!
Reiteration... I love this thread.
Mahalos

LikaNui
March 14th, 2009, 08:49 AM
Yesterday there were record-setting waves on the windward coast from Kualoa Point up to Turtle Bay. Where you usually see waves no more than about 3' high, they were 15' to 18'+ yesterday! (And a few in the 25' to 30' range!)
The reef is several hundred yards out along that part of the coast, so the water inside the reef is usually pretty darned flat. But yesterday water and debris washed across Kam Highway in a whole bunch of places, snarling traffic; many of the oceanfront homes had yards full of flotsam and jetsam.
High tide was late in the afternoon, and I drove up the coast to take a look-see. Most impressive was Arch Rock, off of Laie Point. Lots of folks there, and all the locals young and old said they'd never seen anything even close to this.
You may recall a few photos of Arch Rock I posted back in January, like these two (and the ocean was rougher than normal that day!):

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Laie%20Point%201-10-09/100_1611.jpg

And this one also from January; the guy fishing gives some perspective on the height of Arch Rock, which is roughly 30' to 40' high:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Laie%20Point%201-10-09/100_1612.jpg

Compare those two to the following photos taken yesterday afternoon. In this first one, look at the huge wave off the left end, and the spray (it's not clouds) going up 70' or so on the right end:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Laie%20Point%203-13-09/100_1887.jpg

Also note the rock piles on top of Arch Rock (to the left of the arch) in the top two photos, and that they're missing in the third photo. A cop friend told me that several waves had washed completely over the top of Arch Rock!

More to follow...

LikaNui
March 14th, 2009, 09:05 AM
This is the right end of Arch Rock, and again that's all spray(70' to 80' high), not clouds:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Laie%20Point%203-13-09/100_1864.jpg

Here a wave (not spray) is completely washing over the right end of Arch Rock, and you can barely see the top of the arch because of another wave in front of it:


http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Laie%20Point%203-13-09/100_1873.jpg

And one more:

http://i269.photobucket.com/albums/jj72/LikaNui/Laie%20Point%203-13-09/100_1884.jpg

Pau.

.

TATTRAT
March 14th, 2009, 06:15 PM
CAPITOL SIZE 100 FONT


WOW!


Awesome captures, especially for that side! Thanks for sharing! I love the hundreds of little waterfalls off the right side in the last pic!

snowbird
March 15th, 2009, 03:22 PM
Thank you all so much! Your powerful photos make me feel like I am right there, with you in the moment. I never get tired of looking at all of these awesome photos. What a talented photography Ohana we have here... I just can't say enough good things to you all.

I should change my name to fanbird. thanks.

MyopicJoe
March 15th, 2009, 03:59 PM
Way cool comparison shots, LikaNui. Glad you were out there to catch those freaky waves.

Menehune Man
March 15th, 2009, 09:33 PM
Ohhh. Love it!

All I have to offer is my "Command Center"
It's funny how the blur looks just like I see it. HaHa!
That's a t-shirt thumbtacked to the back of the desktop...
hiding the wires hanging behind it.

AlohaKine
March 16th, 2009, 12:01 PM
There's talk of banning Opihi picking this year. It would appear that this Opihi I obtained sure was doing ok. Note the quarter next to this monster for size. :)

tutusue
March 16th, 2009, 02:27 PM
[...]Note the quarter next to this monster for size. :)
Good grief, that opihi is the size of a small abalone. Does it taste as good sauteed in a little garlic butter?

Jim75
March 16th, 2009, 06:52 PM
Awesome pics Likanui! The ocean was really rockin' that day.

GeckoGeek
March 16th, 2009, 09:05 PM
You guys have set a high bar here. Once in awhile I'll get something ...

http://www.hawaiithreads.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=1644&stc=1&d=1237273465

cyleet99
March 17th, 2009, 10:38 AM
Love it, GG! Beautiful colors and great composition!

Jim75
March 17th, 2009, 07:15 PM
I agree. The colors and the lines made by the leaves makes a visually stimulating image.

Jim75
March 17th, 2009, 09:19 PM
Was on the Big Island again last weekend. First shot is from the far right-hand side of Kahalu'u Beach Park. The second is a breaching Humpy. I went down to South Point and right as I pulled up there was this big splash just off the sea cliffs. I got out and this whale breached about five more times. Each time it'd go back under and swim a ways before breaching again. This was the best shot I got. Third is from a few hundred feet from South Point looking toward Mauna Loa.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/493845114_w4NrM-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/493845160_BRkyB-XL.jpg

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/493845243_Hpkxo-XL.jpg

Jim75
March 17th, 2009, 09:28 PM
One more for tonight. My flight got delayed two hours, so I set up my tripod and took this photo of a jet. I'd rather have included the other half, but there were some obstructions. Next time.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/493845194_6wAzD-XL.jpg

mel
March 18th, 2009, 06:04 AM
One more for tonight. My flight got delayed two hours, so I set up my tripod and took this photo of a jet. I'd rather have included the other half, but there were some obstructions. Next time.

I like aviation photos and this is a nice one of what looks like a US Air jet... though I am not so sure. Looks like Hawaiian Airlines has the ground handling for this. Kona airport?

Beautiful photo as well as the earlier ones with the whale and sunset.

Jim75
March 18th, 2009, 07:12 AM
Thanks Mel. Yes, this was at Keahole Airport in Kona. When I got back to Honolulu I was in the Interisland parking structure and I saw a small jet being moved by one of those pushing vehicles. The headlights were lighting up the under side of the plane. From above, it would have made a good photo if it had been sitting still.

MyopicJoe
March 18th, 2009, 07:23 AM
All I have to offer is my "Command Center"

My dream is to have my own den some day. A little oasis from the family. Digital surround sound and no toys on the floor!



It would appear that this Opihi I obtained sure was doing ok.

Holy cow, what a beast. Great idea to put the quarter in there, as a reference.



Once in awhile I'll get something ...

Haha, nice inquisitive expression on that little gecko.



so I set up my tripod and took this photo of a jet.

From that streak of light, it looks like you had an exposure of a few seconds. Yay for tripods. Which brand/model did you use? Something ultra compact?

Jim75
March 18th, 2009, 07:57 AM
From that streak of light, it looks like you had an exposure of a few seconds. Yay for tripods. Which brand/model did you use? Something ultra compact?I wish it was more compact. The trade-off is that fully extended on level ground, it'll hold the camera way above my ability to look into the view finder. The legs are Manfrotto 055XPROB and the head is a Giotto MH 5001.

GeckoGeek
March 18th, 2009, 08:20 AM
Nice shots as always Jim. It might be my laptop display, but I notice that some shots seem unnaturally saturated - like the one 3rd one of the bay.

HawaiiMama
March 18th, 2009, 01:31 PM
WOW, I can't say enough about all the photos posted here in the last few days...makes my little collection look paltry! But I love 'em just the same! You guys are awesome photographers...

I couldn't get over Arch Rock--WOW!That is so fantastic! :) Keep posting, everyone!!

LikaNui
March 18th, 2009, 02:32 PM
I'm surprised at the number of raves about the Arch Rock shots. They're just simple snapshots. I'm nowhere near the skill level of many of the others here! Thanks for the kind words, though. :)

Jim75
March 22nd, 2009, 06:27 PM
Nice shots as always Jim. It might be my laptop display, but I notice that some shots seem unnaturally saturated - like the one 3rd one of the bay.Yeah, I sometimes over-saturate. Part of it is just that I like highly saturated colors. Greater emotional impact. I'll push them just as far as I can. There's a point you can cross into too much color. The south point pick is one of them. I had done a lot of processing trying to get it right. Due to the challenging light of the scene, it would have been a good candidate for the Photomatix treatment I'll describe below. I was in a hurry that night so I posted it anyway. Another factor is that smugmug seems to reduce the saturation and/or contrast just a little bit in their processing when you upload. As a result what looks nicely saturated and contrasty in my editing program then looks slightly washed out on smugmug, so I pump them up pretty good before I upload to smugmug. Finally, as you mentioned, differences in monitors and how they are set to display makes a big difference. Plus, with LCD monitors, if you are looking directly perpendicular at the surface of the monitor it will be more contrasty and saturated than if you are looking at the monitor from an angle above center.

Here's a pic from Kahalu'u taken the same night as the one with the palms I posted just recently. I made it by doing a psuedo high dynamic range process using a trial version of Photomatix. I took the original in raw/NEF format and then brightened it up and darkened at about +/-2 stop intervals and saved five different versions as .tiff files. Then I ran them into Photomatix for tone mapping. Photomatix combines the information and lets you, to a certain degree, select how it will contribute to the final picture. What you can't see from this pic is that without this process the picture would have either been so dark in the foreground you couldn't see the girls or rocks or the sky would have to have been completely blown out. I could've toned the color down on this one, but I like the emotion the colors bring out.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/496964586_SvGKw-XL.jpg

GeckoGeek
March 22nd, 2009, 07:11 PM
Yeah, I sometimes over-saturate. Part of it is just that I like highly saturated colors. Greater emotional impact. I'll push them just as far as I can. There's a point you can cross into too much color.

I agree - it's just that one went too far.



Another factor is that smugmug seems to reduce the saturation and/or contrast just a little bit in their processing when you upload.


Well that sucks! Maybe I should cross smugmug off my list to consider. I'm fine with compressing my own photos to what's needed, but I'm not happy about anyone doing it for me.



Photomatix

Ohhhhhhhh, I think that's the answer to some of the challenges I've had. Thanks! :) Love that shot!

tutusue
March 22nd, 2009, 07:49 PM
I agree - it's just that one went too far.[...]
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! ;)

MyopicJoe
March 22nd, 2009, 10:06 PM
They're just simple snapshots. I'm nowhere near the skill level of many of the others here!

There's value to being there and taking the shots no one else does. The before and after shots make for a dramatic contrast.

GeckoGeek
March 22nd, 2009, 10:27 PM
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder! ;)

Depends on what you're going for. When overdone, it takes on a plastic or CGI feel. Seemed out of place for that shot. But as I disclaimed, it depends on the monitor too.

Jim75
March 23rd, 2009, 08:40 PM
Here's one of Kailua from about half way up to the pillbox on the first of December.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/497828014_FoVhJ-XL.jpg

LikaNui
March 23rd, 2009, 08:53 PM
Awesome, Jim! Simply awesome!!!

Vanguard
March 24th, 2009, 01:59 AM
Let us know when you make the coffee table book, Jim. I'll buy a couple. :cool:

AlohaKine
March 24th, 2009, 05:23 PM
Good grief, that opihi is the size of a small abalone. Does it taste as good sauteed in a little garlic butter?

I'll have to try that. I'm substandard at cooking. I used it along with others as a pizza topping.

tutusue
March 24th, 2009, 08:14 PM
Let us know when you make the coffee table book, Jim. I'll buy a couple. :cool:
I'm counting on the book being ready in time for Christmas 2009 gift giving! :D

I'll have to try that. I'm substandard at cooking. I used it along with others as a pizza topping.
Opihi as a pizza topping? Really? How do you prepare the opihi for this unusual (to me) use?

Leo Lakio
March 25th, 2009, 07:07 AM
I'll have to try that. I'm substandard at cooking. I used it along with others as a pizza topping.

Opihi as a pizza topping? Really? How do you prepare the opihi for this unusual (to me) use?

Smoked, knowing the poster... :D

sophielynette
March 28th, 2009, 06:43 PM
Jim, you always have the most amazing photos. Brilliant colors. It makes me reluctant to even post in here, but here are a few from my recent trip to Japan.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3476/3389480201_6ea5c3a135_o.jpg
(http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophielynette/3389480201/)
According to the placard, this memorial houses the original flame that was collected from some wreckage in the bombing of Hiroshima. What I'd originally taken for leis (I've been in Hawaii too long) are actually strings of paper cranes.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3600/3390291402_0f167978c2_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophielynette/3390291402)
I was there in time to see the sakura blooming. It was funny to see people clustered around the blooms with cameras in hand.


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3426/3390288488_4c291d6fbf_o.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophielynette/3390288488/)
This was at the Meguro Parasitological Museum, which was really interesting, if a bit disgusting. Unfortunately(?) all of the information was in Japanese.

cyleet99
March 29th, 2009, 08:13 AM
Sophie--I love your pics! DS wants to know if that is the Sadako Memorial; he just finished the book in school.

I bet there are a lot of photographers in Washington DC doing the same with the cherry blossoms there.

Looks like you had a pretty "crabby" day in the last pic! :D

Jim75
March 29th, 2009, 07:32 PM
here are a few from my recent trip to Japan.Great shots, Sophielynette! Post more and tell us about Japan. The folded bird leis are amazing and the crab cabinet is interesting too. I've been at the Kona airport a lot lately and they have a recorded message in Japanese. It goes on and then at a certain point she says "Fats Domino" and continues from there. It makes me smile every time. :p

Jim75
March 29th, 2009, 08:02 PM
The first two of these are taken on the beach just to the left of the research/fishing pier past Waimanalo one night after work this week. The first is a high-dynamic-range treatment via Photomatix. It's over-the-top because I'm just learning how to do this process. Still, it makes for an interesting photo. The third was just a grab shot from the top of the parking garage at Ala Moana Shopping Center last night.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/501751459_ySky8-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/501751286_UxHCs-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/501751411_pJQ6T-XL.jpg

tutusue
March 29th, 2009, 08:08 PM
The first two of these are taken on the beach just to the left of the research/fishing pier past Waimanalo one night after work this week. The first is a high-dynamic-range treatment via Photomatix. It's over-the-top because I'm just learning how to do this process. Still, it makes for an interesting photo.
Love 'em. So artsy.

The third was just a grab shot from the top of the parking garage at Ala Moana Shopping Center last night.[...]
The recently torched Buti Groove looks none the worse for wear! Probably looks quite different in daylight, tho'.

GeckoGeek
March 30th, 2009, 12:15 AM
The first is a high-dynamic-range treatment via Photomatix. It's over-the-top because I'm just learning how to do this process. Still, it makes for an interesting photo.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/501751459_ySky8-XL.jpg



Yes, very interesting. Looks kind of like a photo-realistic painting.

sophielynette
March 30th, 2009, 12:07 PM
I really love the effect of the slow shutter speed on the waves, Jim. The retouched one reminds me of something you'd see on the cover of a fantasy novel.

Cyleet-- I can't remember the name of the memorial, all I know is that I found it in Ueno Park in Tokyo.

I've posted a lot more photos on my blog (http://sophielynette.wordpress.com/) and I plan on doing something of a writeup on my trip there as soon as I can get back into a writing groove. But here are a few more photos, all taken with my iPhone.


These two were taken at the Jindai-Ji temple in Mitaka. My friends and I went there after we visited the Ghibli museum (which was amazing, but doesn't allow photos.)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3574/3375198842_cca223b978.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophielynette/3375198842/)

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3575/3374383117_acaf53bc42.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophielynette/3374383117)


These lanterns were outside the Senso-ji temple in Asakusa. There's an entire complex of streets lined with shops and food vendors. My hostel was not far from there and I ended up visiting on numerous occasions.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3585/3370366020_0b127d183c.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/sophielynette/3370366020/)

Jim75
March 30th, 2009, 06:29 PM
Excellent pics, SophieLynette! Great compositions. I particularly like the one of the paper lanterns. You're iPhone takes great photos. I'm guessing the ribbons on the fencing are prayer ties. You see things like that in photos from Nepal and Tibet, too. The Lakota Sioux in the Black Hills of South Dakota also offer prayer ties and tobacco ties on tree branches at sacred sites.

mel
March 31st, 2009, 06:11 AM
Haven't been to this thread in a few days and am always impressed with the new photos I see. I particularly like the "grab shot" from Ala Moana Shopping Center's parking garage. Nicely done Jim.

Of course I was at the FHB Auto Show this past weekend.

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3436/3401240237_7be8a7589c_o.jpg

I have an entire set on the AutoShow posted at Flickr (http://www.flickr.com/photos/macprohawaii/sets/72157616026055525/). I am still working on posting more photos to the set, so do check back for more photos this week. There were plenty of nice new and classic rides at the auto show.

GeckoGeek
March 31st, 2009, 07:54 AM
Nice, Mel. Looks like something from a Sci-Fi movie.

cyleet99
March 31st, 2009, 10:20 AM
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3436/3401240237_7be8a7589c_o.jpg



It's a Pink Darth Vader!!:p

Jim75
March 31st, 2009, 05:33 PM
It's a Pink Darth Vader!!:pWe all saw it in a similar way. I saw a smiling alien.

tutusue
March 31st, 2009, 06:27 PM
We all saw it in a similar way. I saw a smiling alien.
<sigh> I saw it as a memory from my youth! :o

Jim75
March 31st, 2009, 09:20 PM
Here's one of Kailua-Kona from a little North of Holualoa on the Big Island.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/503247814_8eKcw-XL.jpg

Jim75
April 1st, 2009, 07:18 PM
I've posted a lot more photos on my blog (http://sophielynette.wordpress.com/) and I plan on doing something of a writeup on my trip there as soon as I can get back into a writing groove. I went to your blog and looked at your photos. Lots of great, interesting shots. My favorite is the one of the cat sitting in front of the mirror facing our right. Great expression. I'll go back and read when I have some reading energy, maybe this weekend.

TATTRAT
April 2nd, 2009, 05:14 PM
Well, been a long time sine I have contributed here, but I have not been shooting lately...here are some from a reception tonight for a Global Warming committee : food content

3 Mushroom Tart w/ Brandied Candied Onion
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3574/3407710383_cb55839d2c_b.jpg

Smoked Salmon w/ Chevre Mousse, and Chive all on Asiago Frico
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3565/3407709811_dfe4a03c01_b.jpg

Thai Chicken with Toasted Peanuts and Yogurt all in Mini Hydro-Bibb Cup
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3613/3407708919_746ebbb777_b.jpg

TATTRAT
April 2nd, 2009, 05:17 PM
And from around the office...

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3563/3408518406_eea13bd226_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3558/3408518904_1ce69b18f4_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3357/3407773407_7da90f18af_b.jpg

Jim75
April 2nd, 2009, 07:36 PM
Awesome pics, Tat! Those incredible edibles look . . . INCREDIBLE! Are those things you prepared? I'm curious about the 3 mushroom tart. Is that sweet like a dessert? Also, is mini-hydro-bib a tiny lettuce?

TATTRAT
April 3rd, 2009, 04:39 AM
Awesome pics, Tat! Those incredible edibles look . . . INCREDIBLE! Are those things you prepared? I'm curious about the 3 mushroom tart. Is that sweet like a dessert? Also, is mini-hydro-bib a tiny lettuce?

I made all of 'em, it's what I do for my day job. The mushroom tart was a good mix of sweet and savory, the earthy mushroom duxelle went great with the candied onions that were caramelized first, then deglazed with brandy and simmered until it was au sec. Very flavorful little bites. All of the above were about the size of a quarter.

TATTRAT
April 3rd, 2009, 04:40 AM
that is funny, I just saw the "this photo unavailable"...here it is/was

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3357/3407773407_2a1efb82f2_b.jpg

GeckoGeek
April 3rd, 2009, 07:40 AM
Why do I get the feeling that someone just bought a macro lens? :D

Good job. I like the elevator. An interesting take on a ordinary object.

The color balance on the food seems off. Probably the lighting. Really detracts. I've found using the camera's custom white balance really helps when dealing with "off" lighting. I can't get as close in post processing.

TATTRAT
April 3rd, 2009, 09:05 AM
Why do I get the feeling that someone just bought a macro lens? :D

Good job. I like the elevator. An interesting take on a ordinary object.

The color balance on the food seems off. Probably the lighting. Really detracts. I've found using the camera's custom white balance really helps when dealing with "off" lighting. I can't get as close in post processing.


lol, nah, had the lens for quite some time, actually got it on Oahu...just never farted around with it really.

I was having issues with bouncing a flash in a florescent kitchen, I will see if I can clean 'em up a bit.

acousticlady
April 3rd, 2009, 04:32 PM
You guys take some beautiful pictures! Here are a few I took while walking the dog.

This one was inspired by myopic joe........


http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3626/3410929156_633767b55e_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jill-george/3410929156/)


And this is the first sign of spring...........

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3310/3410120101_f6aa0a38f1_m.jpg (http://www.flickr.com/photos/jill-george/3410120101/)

How do you get the pictures bigger?

cyleet99
April 3rd, 2009, 09:43 PM
I was having issues with bouncing a flash in a florescent kitchen, I will see if I can clean 'em up a bit.

Hey Tat! Those pics look scrumptious to me! I don't see any problem with the color, but I'm not a pro.

And I'm hungry, too! :D

LikaNui
April 4th, 2009, 10:29 AM
The first two of these are taken on the beach just to the left of the research/fishing pier past Waimanalo one night after work this week.
http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/501751459_ySky8-XL.jpg


That's a popular spot for tourist snorkeling and diving tours. And there's a terrific secret beach very close by, between the research pier at Sea Life Park and the very first homes as you head into Waimanalo.
When you pass the pier heading north, and before the homes (and just a couple of hundred yards from where you took that photo), you'll see bushes alongside the road and the ocean beyond them. From a car it looks like there's no beach, but park on the side and climb down through the bushes. The wide sandy beach is about the size of a football field, and is deserted almost all the time. I've found four glass fishing floats there, and also some boogie boards that had drifted there from Makapuu. Go at low tide and see the tidepools at either end of the secret beach.

And as always, I'm loving ALL the photos in this thread!

Jim75
April 4th, 2009, 10:16 PM
Thanks Likanui! I'll definitely have to check that out.

I went looking for a place to shoot some evening shots of Honolulu. Ended up on Roundtop Drive. These are kind of similar, but each is a little different.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/505630359_gqAug-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/505626901_dseLC-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/505627047_Xquoh-XL.jpg

Jim75
April 4th, 2009, 10:20 PM
3 more. While I was shooting, the sky turned this rose color over Ewa.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/505629232_Wy8Z7-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/505626787_iXDD2-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/505627536_4e7g4-XL.jpg

Jim75
April 4th, 2009, 10:32 PM
One more for good measure. Anybody know what street this is in the center?

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/505637039_n49an-XL.jpg

Vanguard
April 5th, 2009, 01:22 AM
One more for good measure. Anybody know what street this is in the center?

McCully Street?

Excellent work, as usual!

mel
April 5th, 2009, 02:55 AM
Love all the beautiful night shots from Tantalus.

TATTRAT
April 5th, 2009, 04:38 AM
McCully x2

I can see discovery Bay!

Barry
April 5th, 2009, 04:59 AM
I would say it is McCulley taken from near Lime Street. Even if I am mistaken, I'd like to say that your photographs are superb.

TATTRAT
April 5th, 2009, 02:54 PM
When I get back to Oahu Jim, I would love the chance to go shooting with you! Your work is always so pleasurable and makes me feel like I am there again.

AlohaKine
April 5th, 2009, 08:38 PM
Love the great city picts Jim. Bravo.

MyopicJoe
April 5th, 2009, 09:20 PM
When I get back to Oahu Jim, I would love the chance to go shooting with you! Your work is always so pleasurable and makes me feel like I am there again.

Yeah, Jim should lead a HT photo walk!

hint-hint-nudge-nudge-wink-wink

;_)

tutusue
April 5th, 2009, 09:28 PM
McCully x2

I can see discovery Bay!
x3!!!
I knew I shoulda closed my drapes!

I would say it is McCulley taken from near Lime Street. Even if I am mistaken, I'd like to say that your photographs are superb.
Well, Lime St. is kinda near Kapiolani and Jim was up on Tantalus! Sounds like you need to make a refresher visit pretty soon, Barry. Don't forget your recipes! :D

Incredible shots, Jim. Thanks for sharing.

MyopicJoe
April 5th, 2009, 09:41 PM
A variety of cultural groups performed at this past Friday's Live on the Lawn event. One of the groups was a Native American tribe called the Metis People of the Pacific Islands.

At first I just shyly took pictures from the edges. When their chief noticed me, he offered me his business card and asked if I would share my photos with him. This gave me courage to move in for some up close and personal shots.



Principal Chief: Don Provance
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3549/3417495186_a1b2ed3ca1.jpg?v=0



The audience participates in a friendship circle dance.
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3633/3416684323_00cd19c394.jpg?v=0
(Does anyone recognize the guy in shades? I keep thinking he's a local entertainer)



Through out the entire performance, the drummers maintained a stern warrior spirit. When they were done, they all broke out in smiles and laughter. The best part was watching them shake each other's hands. You could sense the respect they had for each other:
http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3637/3416690063_64ed5401d8.jpg?v=0

MyopicJoe
April 5th, 2009, 09:47 PM
Oh, here's the link to my photo set the above pictures are from:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/myopicjoe/sets/72157616412396562/

scrivener
April 5th, 2009, 10:11 PM
Jim75, may I ask what the exposures are on those evening Tantalus shots? I've been playing with long exposures on my point-and-shoot (still can't afford a DSLR) and really like what you've done with these.

TATTRAT
April 6th, 2009, 05:20 AM
The D.C. Annual Cherry Blossom festival is happening as we speak(type) and the blooms are out in full effect....as well as a million and six people, dang it was crowded...

Here are a couple I snapped

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3642/3415802757_1079b9f8fa_b.jpg

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3392/3415803915_4d45238f01_b.jpg

and on an unrelated note, a light pole, I like the windows on the building behind it

http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3592/3415804733_084b02deb6_b.jpg

cyleet99
April 6th, 2009, 08:19 AM
Tatt, your cherry blossom shots outshine the pics that are featured on the Yahoo photo site. ;)

TATTRAT
April 6th, 2009, 08:39 AM
wow, thanks hun!

Jim75
April 6th, 2009, 10:29 PM
Thanks for all the comments everyone.


At first I just shyly took pictures from the edges. When their chief noticed me, he offered me his business card and asked if I would share my photos with him. This gave me courage to move in for some up close and personal shots.Great shots, MJ. That shot of the Chief is excellent! Top notch. He'll say "Yep, that's my bad self".


Jim75, may I ask what the exposures are on those evening Tantalus shots? I've been playing with long exposures on my point-and-shoot (still can't afford a DSLR) and really like what you've done with these.Scrivener, if you go to this link in my Smugmug account http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/gallery/2007812_7ZkzJ#505629232_Wy8Z7 there will be a bunch of thumbnails and a larger photo on the right. If you move your cursor over the big photo, over to the right side of the photo, a little vertical rectangle pop-up should appear. In the pop-up there is an icon that says something to the effect of 'photo Info'. If you click that, the exif data will show up, showing iso, shutter speed, aperture, etc.


The D.C. Annual Cherry Blossom festival is happening as we speak(type) and the blooms are out in full effect....as well as a million and six people, dang it was crowded...
All of those pics are winners, especially the cherry blossoms with the monuments as background. Exceptional!

Get yourself back here and we'll not only go on a photo shoot, we'll get an HT get-together organized to celebrate your return.:D

LikaNui
April 9th, 2009, 03:09 PM
I posted something in the Hawaii Television section just now, but some of you photography fans may not view that thread, so in brief:
Go to http://www.scenichawaii.com/ and view the videos online. One of my favorites is on the main menu. Click Aerial Videos and then click Maui, and about a minute or two into the video watch what appears to be the "seven sacred pools" starting on the Hana Highway, which actually runs for miles and miles and has dozens of pools and waterfalls.
But check out all the videos, as time permits. The photography is spectacular and gives the rest of us ideas about where and what to shoot.

snowbird
April 12th, 2009, 11:24 PM
I posted something in the Hawaii Television section just now, but some of you photography fans may not view that thread, so in brief:
Go to http://www.scenichawaii.com/ and view the videos online.

Super link, Lika! Thanks a bunch. I plan to spend some more time checking it out. Incredible HD video photography. And I guess I should pay more attention to the TV thread. Again, wonderful site.

Jim75
April 13th, 2009, 08:48 PM
Some Big Island Pics from the weekend. First is Carl the Cat. Carl lives at the Coffee farm I stayed at near Captain Cook. His owner said his name is Coconut, but he thinks he looks more like a Carl. Next two are sunset pics at Old Airport Beach, Kailua-Kona.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/512273519_sP9c3-XL.jpg



http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/512273927_NNPta-XL.jpg


http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/512273806_VeiNq-XL.jpg

Jim75
April 13th, 2009, 08:56 PM
These were taken on the journey to the mysterious Cloud Forest above Kailua-Kona. You drive up Koloko from Mamalahoa to about 5000 ft elevation. At 5000 ft it was clear as a bell and you were above the clouds, but down below you were in the clouds.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/512273823_wpM4R-XL.jpg



http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/512273893_4omeA-XL.jpg



http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/512273602_HbWRb-XL.jpg

Jim75
April 13th, 2009, 09:00 PM
Finally, two bells together and a view of Haleakala from the plane.

http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/512273443_esCCa-XL.jpg



http://diamondwillow.smugmug.com/photos/512273667_obpbE-XL.jpg

Menehune Man
April 16th, 2009, 06:36 PM
I took this shot today aboard "MIHA" for the first voyage with me as Captain!
Part of the State required inspection for a slip or mooring at Keehi Small Boat Harbor is to make a run out the channel to the last buoy and back. Then going down the checklist of safety equipment, etc. I passed with flying colors of course. And it was a beautiful day!
http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/69891231@N00/3449492348/sizes/m/

I'll start another thread to rant about DOBOR (Dept. of Boating and Ocean Recreation) sometime. HaHa!

Menehune Man
April 16th, 2009, 06:39 PM
Have no idea why photo didn't appear? Trying again...
http://m.flickr.com/#/photos/69891231@N00/3449492348/sizes/l/

Menehune Man
April 16th, 2009, 06:53 PM
I'm starting to really dislike Flickr. :mad: Why'd they change everything!

snowbird
April 16th, 2009, 08:10 PM
I'm starting to really dislike Flickr. :mad: Why'd they change everything!
There's that face we know and love.... Congrats!!! Have a blast.

Jim75
April 16th, 2009, 09:28 PM
I took this shot today aboard "MIHA" for the first voyage with me as Captain!
Part of the State required inspection for a slip or mooring at Keehi Small Boat Harbor is to make a run out the channel to the last buoy and back. Then going down the checklist of safety equipment, etc. I passed with flying colors of course. And it was a beautiful day!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBnBNZO3VSc :)

Menehune Man
April 17th, 2009, 08:39 PM
Spent a quick moment at Doris Duke's ocean pool (Shangri-La) today.
If you haven't been... or it's been awhile... go.
http://img.geocaching.com/cache/log/25228429-87c1-4412-933e-ccf2ad7319ac.jpg

LocalMotion
April 17th, 2009, 10:01 PM
Spent a quick moment at Doris Duke's ocean pool (Shangri-La) today.
If you haven't been... or it's been awhile... go.


How do you get there?

Can you check out the house without paying for a tour?

Menehune Man
April 18th, 2009, 10:20 AM
1)How do you get there?

2)Can you check out the house without paying for a tour?

1) Find Kulamanu Street on the backside of Diamond Head.
Park along it as near Kulamanu Place as you can.
Walk down to the beach, then along the wall to the left and around the point.
Come ready for a swim and have an adventure!

2) No, I don't believe so.

LikaNui
April 18th, 2009, 10:32 AM
Nice photos as always, folks!
Jim -- those Big Island shots of yours were awesome as always. We've come to expect no less from you!
MM -- nice to see you out enjoying MIHA. You must've been under power, since it looks like there was zero wind that day.
I also enjoyed the photo of Doris Duke's "pool" which I'm sure you know was originally built as a marina, not a pool. The small breakwater on the left in your photo was supposed to help reduce waves and swells, but it didn't work very well. But it makes it fun to dive in, waiting for the higher swells. It also looks like it was close to high tide when you took that shot.

Menehune Man
April 18th, 2009, 10:54 AM
1)MM -- nice to see you out enjoying MIHA. You must've been under power, since it looks like there was zero wind that day.

2)I also enjoyed the photo of Doris Duke's "pool" which I'm sure you know was originally built as a marina, not a pool. The small breakwater on the left in your photo was supposed to help reduce waves and swells, but it didn't work very well. But it makes it fun to dive in, waiting for the higher swells. It also looks like it was close to high tide when you took that shot.

1) Yeah, she's only a power boat at this time. No mast yet. HaHa!
Have a new Honda 5hp outboard and an electric trolling motor as back-up.
It'll take a while to make MIHA sail again. Mostly money.

2) Yep! All true.

anapuni808
April 18th, 2009, 11:32 AM
Isn't there also a surf spot there called "Cromwells"?

LocalMotion - pay for the tour. It's worth it! Contact Honolulu Academy of Art for tickets. or go to Shangri-La website.