Posts in Category: Tropical/Beaches

May 13, 2011 – Sunset Surfing, Oahu

Surfing the North Shore at Sunset

Friday, May 13, 2011

In honor of it being the end of the work week, I’m going to take you all back to Hawaii. I’m not a surfer, but this picture (and a couple others that I got that I may post soon) makes me seriously consider taking it up. I mean, holy crap, what a moment. This was taken on the north shore of Oahu, just like the last couple Hawaii shots I’ve posted, so nothing groundbreaking there. Not a bad place though, not a bad place…

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 55-250mm IS lens. 1/200s, f/8.0, ISO 100. Focal length: 250mm.

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May 4, 2011 – Oahu’s North Shore

North Shore, Oahu

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Another one from Hawaii today, again from the North Shore of Oahu. I’m not sure what the name of this beach is (or if it even has a name), but it was along the road a little ways northeast of Sunset Beach. I stopped there to snap a couple pictures when I was on the way to pick up some breakfast. The clouds were rolling through all morning, so this particular shot doesn’t have quite the sunlight I was hoping for (and I had already spent more time than I had intended to here – so I didn’t want to wait another 5-10 minutes for the current cloud to pass me by). Also, it was a bit too early in the morning for the sun to be in quite the right spot.

Wait, back up a second, I should explain myself there. Most of the time, see, you get the best light for pictures either in the early morning or late afternoon. (Heard the phrase “golden hour”?) That’s because around noon and in the early afternoon, the sun just washes everything out, and you get flat colors and uninteresting shadows. Plus you can get a lot of haze and such which further drown out all the color. But, in my experience, that rule doesn’t apply when you’re taking pictures of tropical beaches. In fact, the opposite is often true. See, one of the things that’s so awesome about these places is the beautiful sand and the turquoise water. And, the best way (that I’ve found) to get that turquoise to really glow in your pictures is to have the sun shining right down on it, so that the light bounces off the sandy bottom and diffuses throughout. That, plus a polarizer filter, is how you get this kind of glow. So, the glow was kind of starting to come out here, but it was a bit too early yet for it to really shine (and, as I mentioned, the cloud that was halfway blocking the sun also didn’t help.)

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 1/250s, f/8.0, ISO 200. Focal length: 16mm.

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April 28, 2011 – North Shore Sunset

Sunset, North Shore, Oahu, Hawaii

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Hey everyone. This was supposed to be posted yesterday, but by the time I got around to it, the day was over. So it got pushed back today. This is another picture from my recent trip to Hawaii. I took this from the Turtle Bay Resort, where we were staying. Turtle Bay is on the north shore of Oahu. I hadn’t realized it before we headed out there, but that’s the famous “North Shore” that gets all the huge waves that are legendary among surfers. We saw some decent-size waves, but the REALLY big ones never made an appearance while we were there. What waves we did see though tended to roll in right around sunset, so we had the opportunity to watch some folks surf while sitting at the hotel bar each night. Good times. The landscape around the hotel worked out pretty well, because it sits on a spit of land, so you’d get to watch these waves roll right on by as they were breaking (as opposed to sitting on the beach and watching them break way out to sea.) Thus, I was able to get this picture. It was (obviously) getting dark, so I had to crank up the ISO and underexpose the shot in order to get a reasonable shutter speed, so the colors aren’t as vivid as they would be otherwise. But whatever.

Anyway, enjoy the rest of your day, and I’ll try to get another one posted tomorrow, I promise.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 55-25-mm IS lens. 1/400s, f/8.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 400.

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April 12, 2011 – Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

Kaneohe Bay, Hawaii

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Hello everyone! Here’s another shot from Hawaii. I took this one when we were out on a snorkel tour in Kaneohe Bay. Which, as you can probably guess, is the bay that’s right off of the city of.. umm.. Kaneohe. There’s a neat sandbar out there where the boat took us, where they cooked up some burgers and stuff. The snorkeling wasn’t any good there though, but after lunch they actually took us to a reef where there were actually, you know, things to see. Unfortunately, the weather didn’t quite work out (something about the wet season, rain forest, and blah blah blah), so I wasn’t able to get any crazy turquoise water shots that a sandbar would normally be good for. Oh well, maybe next time. It was pretty odd though, standing on a thin strip of sand that was an inch or two above the water level, taking a picture of the boat that had taken us way out into the bay. Weird.

Those mountains in the background are ridiculously beautiful. Seriously. You have to see them for yourself. I was trying to get a good picture of them the entire time I was in Hawaii (we spent the entire time on Oahu). But, the weather just never worked out, at least not when I was in the area. Again, the whole “wet season” thing. This was on the windward (eastern) coast of Oahu, which is the cloudy/rainy side. (Since the weather rolls in that way, and the moist air turns into clouds and rain as it gets pushed over those mountains.) But, hey, I didn’t pick the dates of our trip, so you can blame my buddy Mark and his new wife Michaela for that.

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tamron 17-50mm f/2.8 lens. 1/200s, f/5.6, ISO 100. Focal length: 23mm.

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April 6, 2011 – Hawaiian Fire Dancer

Hawaiian Fire Dancer

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Hey everyone! As promised (and requested by one reader in particular), here’s another shot from Hawaii (although probably not quite what any of you had in mind.) This is of course a member of the standard set of pictures that just about any tourist in Hawaii will come home with – a slow-shutter shot of one of the fire dancers at the luau. One of the cool (and, to me, really surprising) parts of this shot is that the dancer is only TEN YEARS OLD! According to the announcer, that kid had recently won the world championship in the children’s division for fire dancing, and I’ve got to admit, he was pretty dang good at it. Quite a show. I’m trying to think of something else I can say about it, but nothing’s coming to mind. So, I guess I’ll call that good then!

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Canon 55-250mm IS lens. 1/10s, f/5.0, ISO 400. Focal length: 146mm.

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