Saturday, January 31, 2009
Friday, January 30, 2009
After leaving Sunset Beach, I stopped at Shark's Cove. When Leah came to Hawaii for grad school, we stopped here one day and did some snorkeling. It was beautiful. Even without snorkeling, it's beautiful.
On my way home, I had to make one more stop at Laniakea Beach, where I turtle-sit occasionally. There were three turtles on the beach and no monk seals. I stayed just a short while and then headed home for dinner.
My Friday post will come later, as it's only 9:30 am here.
Thursday, January 29, 2009
(compliments of Steve)
"The assignment is....... EYE LEVEL You need to shoot an image (object, room, whatever) at EYE LEVEL from the perspective that you see that image daily. If you are sitting on the couch, standing as you cook, eating dinner at the table, wherever you are doing whatever you routinely do, shoot an image from where your eyes are at that time. With the image, also explain where you are and what you are doing when you "see" this image most days of your life. You can zoom in, out, blur, photoshop, etc., but the camera has to be at your eye level."
All I have for a calendar is my small jewel case calendar which sits on a shelf and leaves no room to write. I also have a pocket calendar which is always in my purse. So in order to remember the things I have to do/want to do, I came up with a Post-It solution. (Gotta love those Post-Its--next best thing to velcro and zip lock baggies.)
I write the events/dates on Post-Its and stick them to the closet door, which happens to be a mirror. I have to look right at the door, and walk past it every time I leave my room, so I figured this would be a good way to keep my "schedule" in front of my face. In my life, if it isn't written down, it usually doesn't exist. This system has been working well so far.
Since I was so close to the beach, I headed over to Magic Island again where the outrigger canoe practice takes place. I took many more shots than this, but it would probably just seem redundant to you, so this is one that is just a little different.
When I crossed the road to get into my car, I noticed this lovely scene. I don't usually park on that side of the road, so it was a fairly new sight to me too.
A friend from church has a son who loves to play ice-hockey. Yes, I really did say ice-hockey. There's a rink called "The Ice Palace" and according to my friend it's the only one of its kind in the entire state. Whoever decided to build an ice rink in Hawaii is probably a very, very rich person right now.
Anyway, Yuji, the son, has been playing since he was 14. It's a military family, so they were on the mainland when he began the sport--he's about 20 now.
We had made plans for me to meet them at their house so I could ride with them to the game. It was about 5 pm (rush hour) when I got in my car for the drive to their place. Good timing on my part--remember what I said about rush hour in Honolulu???? A nightmare!!! At some points, the freeway is 6 lanes wide in each direction (do the math--that's 12 lanes total), and traffic is practically stopped. I guess I'll learn/remember that at some point.
I did manage to make it there in time for dinner--then we bundled up--Yes, ladies and gentlemen, "bundled" up. I wore jeans, sneakers and socks, a long-sleeved shirt AND a sweater, oh. my. gosh. I couldn't believe I was doing that, but my friend assured me that it was absolutely freezing in this place and that I'd better be dressed for the arctic. I even brought a comforter just in case.
The game was fun--not like RPI games where they're out for blood. This is a "no-contact" game. It was my first ever hockey game and I loved it. AND, Yuji scored two goals and his team won. AND I got some fun shots. So altogether it was a pretty darned good day. (of course, I consider almost any day without snow a good day) Yuji is in the white jersey in this first image.
Yuji with his back to camera--I tried hand holding, slow shutter speed and zooming. Oh, I LOVE my SLR!!
Tuesday, January 27, 2009
I'd love to try something like this again with some Island accents. ie. flowers, lei, photos etc.
Monday, January 26, 2009
Then I remembered that I had these borrowed blocks in my car. So out to the car I went, and this is the result. I hated using the flash, but it's dark already, so flash it is. I wanted to make some creative adjustments to the image, but since I'm using a new version of Elements and I don't yet have the instruction manual, and I didn't want to spend all night trying to find the right buttons to push, those adjustments will have to wait.
Sunday, January 25, 2009
We did, however, head to a less crowded spot to take a group shot before we separated. When I crossed the street, this little boy getting a haircut was the first thing I saw. I just couldn't resist.
This beautiful little girl had a handful of those Pop It fire crackers and she was really concentrating on getting just one at a time to throw on the ground.
This is the mayor, (of Honolulu I guess) and the girl standing next to me brought him over so she could have her mother take a photo of them together.
And who could resist these two???
And then here's the group shot we began the afternoon with.
Saturday, January 24, 2009
(9 am Sat)
Then, later in the afternoon I promised Kristine I'd take some photos of an event she was hosting at one of the schools.
We didn't get home until later in the evening and by the time I finally got the images on the computer and changed them to jpegs (it took hours), Kristine had turned off the internet and gone to bed. So no post last night.
Honest and true, I took these on FRIDAY.
That's a turtle in front of the lady with the red shirt.
Then we really had a treat. A monk seal came up to bask. We watched it (couldn't determine gender) come out of the surf and make its way up the beach. Once it reached where it wanted to bask, it was like watching grass grow--no activity at all. So I'm glad I was there when it first came out of the water, which was only about 15 minutes after I arrived--good timing!
PS. There's a slim chance that the same thing might happen today with my post. I'm going to an event this afternoon and I don't know when I'll get home, or if I'll have time to post before the internet gets turned off. I will not, however, be shooting in RAW--that is if I can understand the manual enough to change to jpeg.
Thursday, January 22, 2009
Wednesday, January 21, 2009
When I was just about home, I was looking at my sunglasses wondering what kind of shot I could get with them. Then the lightbulb went on, not that the image is fantastic. But it is kind of cute. He's stylin'.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
This is inauguration day. I'm speechless.
Monday, January 19, 2009
Sunday, January 18, 2009
Half the fun of being on this beach is watching the people take photos of their friends and families. Tour buses often stop here because of the turtles and when they do there's a large group of people descending on the beach. Often the people are Japanese, and that doesn't really have anything to do with anything, except that they're so darned cute. They get so excited about seeing the turtles and then they really get "into" their group shots.
If there are turtles on the sand, they pose with the turtles in the background, making peace signs or shakah signs with their hands, and they just have a blast. It makes me laugh... Here's a group posing and in the next photo, two girls jumping in the air. I bet the "photographer" of that shot got a great image.
Another Honu Guardian and her daughter checking out the surf.
And finally the sunset. Take note of where the sun is setting compared to the little mountain. By the time I leave in April, the sun will be setting about as far to the right of the point as it is to the left right now. Pretty dramatic.