Posts Tagged: Oahu

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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April 1, 2011 – Makapu’u Beach, O’ahu

Makapu'u Beach, Hawaii

Friday, April 1, 2011

Hey look, I’m back! And this is where I went! That’s right, I was in Hawaii, and it was awesome. Specifically, I was on the island of O’ahu for a week. I spent a few nights in Waikiki, then a few nights on the north shore. This picture though is from neither of those. You’re looking at Makapu’u Beach and the Kalanianaole Highway, at the southeastern tip of the island. Most of the beaches around there are just absurdly beautiful, which in some ways I found pretty surprising after spending the first couple days in Honolulu. I mean, don’t get me wrong, Honolulu’s not bad, it’s a fine place to spend some beach time, but it doesn’t have this gorgeous white sand and turquoise water that a lot of other spots on the island do. (Not to mention the cliffs and mountains and all that.) Great stuff.

So anyway, I’m back now, and it’s April, a brand new month. So hopefully I’ll start posting again with at least some sort of regularity. Time will tell if that actually happens though.

In other news, if you were hoping to get your hands on a print or two, this is your chance! I’ll sell you a print of any picture you see on the blog, and 100% of the proceeds will go to a good cause: to help offset the medical expenses incurred by the sister of a friend of mine who was recently diagnosed with stage IV stomach cancer. I haven’t thought too much about what price to charge, but let’s say somewhere around $20 for a 12 x 18 inch print, or $35 for 20 x 30 inches. (That’s approximately 30 x 46 cm, and 51 x 76 cm, for you metric types.) I’ll even ship it for free! (Well, I’ll ship to the US for free. If you’re international, I’ll have to check what it’ll cost me before I commit to that. 😉 ) If you’re interested, leave a comment here or shoot me an email! ( dave (at) ) (Alternatively, I could send your proceeds to the Red Cross for Earthquake relief – your choice.)

Notes: Canon EOS Rebel T1i, Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8 lens. 1/320s, f/7.1, ISO 200. Focal length: 11mm.

UPDATE: In response to the first comment below, here is the original, unedited image straight off the camera (well, shrunk down to web-size, but you know what I mean):

As you can see, I did some tweaking to the brightness/contrast, and I added a bit of sharpening too. I used the editing functionality from Picasa to make those changes (which is what I use for 99% of my photo editing – the other 1% is when I use Picnik to straighten something, because Picasa’s straighten feature results in a lower-quality image.) If you wanted to know more specifics about what I did (or how), please ask!

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