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Walking While Eating Noodles
At the Pineapple Wine "Winery"--Maui
I saw this rain sprinkled flower hanging above head on the pathway from the parking lot to the wine tasting room. I watched as others walked trough thinking only of getting to the building. I was too. But I noticed above head the bright pick flower against the large grey sky. I thought to take a quick shot before catching up with my friends.
Mango the Cat
Off of west Maui near Molokini Crater.
Early to bed/Early to rise/Fish all day/Come home with lies.
The coast is undeniably beautiful. The challenge as a photographer is to take that beauty and made an interesting image.
The camera is less of a distraction from enjoying the scenery and instead challenges me to slow down and take a deeper look at the scenery. While my thought process is quite different from someone who is simply enjoying the sunset, I am watching how the clouds are obscuring the setting star, the kind of dramatic flare I can get off off of the lens, and a hundred other thoughts. I find 90% of sunsets to be little more than DIY screen savers. The few that are worthy of being called art are the kind of sunset images that I want to produce.
I shot this at 1/8000 at f/8.0.
My camera has been a good companion on my travels. I know it has made me a better observer. Despite that others think that I am distracted from being present, in fact the camera helps me slow down and observe the environment with more patience and care.
While traveling with friends, I know that they do not see what I see because we are moving to fast to see much.
I caught this image going 50mph down the road. I captured it out of the back of the jeep with a shutter speed at 1/800.
I good landscape should have interesting elements in the foreground, mid ground, and background. I love how the bottom branch (the main branch) points to the surfers in the background.
This is one of my favorite images because I shot it without looking. Coming to the end of our trip from Hana, Jason wanted to enjoy the breeze by sitting on the spare tire. I held the camera out of the window and on the roof. I pointed the camera and got whatever I got.
Under the Tiki
The beautiful brightness in the dark
There are some important steps to get a shot like this. The results are so rewarding because so much is hidden from the naked eye. Among other things, a tripod is necessary, a long exposure, locking up the mirror, and a few other steps. You can read it about here on this blog entry.
The volcanic rock fragments along the southern coast of Maui glimmer in the sun. Some are purple. I didn't collect any, although there were plenty around.
The kind naturalists who I got to kern from as a school boy taught me to leave things as I find them. I kind of wish I took some now.