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    Awesome pics Likanui! The ocean was really rockin' that day.

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    You guys have set a high bar here. Once in awhile I'll get something ...

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    Love it, GG! Beautiful colors and great composition!

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    I agree. The colors and the lines made by the leaves makes a visually stimulating image.

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    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.






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    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim75 View Post
    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.
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    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Menehune Man View Post
    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!


    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaKine View Post
    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.


    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoGeek View Post
    Once in awhile I'll get something ...
    Haha, nice inquisitive expression on that little gecko.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jim75 View Post
    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MyopicJoe View Post
    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.

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    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.

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    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!!

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    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoGeek View Post
    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.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim75 View Post
    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.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jim75 View Post
    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.


    Quote Originally Posted by Jim75 View Post
    Photomatix
    Ohhhhhhhh, I think that's the answer to some of the challenges I've had. Thanks! Love that shot!

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeckoGeek View Post
    I agree - it's just that one went too far.[...]
    Beauty is in the eye of the beholder!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui View Post
    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.
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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    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.

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    Here's one of Kailua from about half way up to the pillbox on the first of December.


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    Awesome, Jim! Simply awesome!!!
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    Let us know when you make the coffee table book, Jim. I'll buy a couple.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    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.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vanguard View Post
    Let us know when you make the coffee table book, Jim. I'll buy a couple.
    I'm counting on the book being ready in time for Christmas 2009 gift giving!
    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaKine View Post
    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?

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    Quote Originally Posted by AlohaKine View Post
    I'll have to try that. I'm substandard at cooking. I used it along with others as a pizza topping.
    Quote Originally Posted by tutusue View Post
    Opihi as a pizza topping? Really? How do you prepare the opihi for this unusual (to me) use?
    Smoked, knowing the poster...

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    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.




    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.



    I was there in time to see the sakura blooming. It was funny to see people clustered around the blooms with cameras in hand.



    This was at the Meguro Parasitological Museum, which was really interesting, if a bit disgusting. Unfortunately(?) all of the information was in Japanese.

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