A quick opinion poll: monochrome or black and white

This is a quick poll to get a feel for where readers fall when it comes to Monochrome versus Black and White. I’ve mentioned before that I contribute to Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness.

I typically consider monochrome as meaning B&W . . . but — obviously — the literal meaning doesn’t limit one to think only in shades of gray. 

This photo is my submission for next week Monochrome Madness 4-32 (fourth year, 32nd week). 

Just to change the pace, I’m doing a few weeks of Still Life (my interpretation of it). However, in the course of preparing a few files for the run, I’ve been confronted by a dilemma. Well, dilemma is a bit strong. 

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Orphans in Black and White

Note: this ended up longer than I thought it would be. If you have a life, skip this post. If you just want to see the photos, there’s a gallery at the bottom of the post.

I take a lot of photos. People might not know a lot about me or, perhaps, they know too much about me (lies, and exaggerations, mostly) but one thing they ought to know is that I snap a lot of photos. The interesting thing about it is that I’m not serious about it. Or, maybe, about as serious as I am about my writing.  Meaning, not all that serious.

In writing, I’ve come to that realization by being exposed to actual writers and aspiring authors — actual writers; writers who not me — who immerse themselves in their craft of choice. But, beyond that, they immerse themselves in the writing culture; they frequent writing sites, attend writing conferences, regularly converse with other writers, collaborate, and make plans to meet other writers. 

I write. Sometimes, it’s even fiction. That’s mostly all I do. I’ve yet to attend a conference. 

In photography, I came to that same realization by following other photographers; photographers who promote their work, run a photography business, have public showings, enter competitions, and work assiduously to promote themselves and their work. For example, photographers like Julie Powell and Leanne Cole

That’s a lot of work and comparing them to what I do is like comparing corporations building resorts along the beach to a kid building sand castles on said beach. In case it’s not clear, the kid is a metaphor for what I do. I don’t run workshops, I don’t schedule shoots, I don’t hire models. I point the camera at something, often with no particular plan for a final product. 

What further drove the point home is an article Leanne wrote for DPS (Digital Photography School).

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Up in the Air

Leanne Cole’s Monochrome Madness — a weekly offering of monochrome images submitted by multiple photographers — has a theme for the first week of each month. For the first Thursday of December (MM 4-31), it’s “Up in the Air.” 

Note: because of the time differential, Monochrome Madness comes out on Wednesday here on in the US. If you plan to contribute — and I urge you to — makes sure you send your contribution no later than Tuesday.

This merits serious consideration since for the past few months the contributions have been outstanding. I mean, they’ve always had a high-quality index but, lately, the submissions have been especially interesting. Mind you, it’s not a competition, and you don’t win anything. It’s just an opportunity to showcase your work at a site that gets a lot of views. Still, I’ve been guilty of occasionally sending something in at the last minute without giving it much thought. Now, I give it some thought.

Anyway, the above shot came to mind . . . I mean, the Moon often seem as if it’s up in the air. That particular shot is from THIS post that shows the moon setting on . . . er . . . behind Pikes Peak. 

But, I think that doesn’t show much imagination and I thus embarked on a long journey to find an appropriate candidate. 

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Visiting Kapaʻau – Big Island Kohala District

Whenever we visited the Big Island, no trip was complete without a visit to Kapaʻau. It’s a town in the Kohala district of the Big Island

We still like driving up there and on the 24th we took a drive specifically to get to the Keokea Beach Park.  Why, you ask? Well, as a North-facing shoreline it gets pretty good waves and I was having wave-withdrawals. The actual waves from the park will merit their own post, complete with photos and videos (of course). This post is about stuff on the way there.  

So, set some time aside, grab a snack, and settle in because I have about 90 photos, links to stuff, and words. I won’t show all the photos in the post, but the originals are in THIS SmugMug Gallery, plus there’s a gallery at the end of the post with all the photos. As usual, you can click on any photo for a larger version to open in a new tab or window.

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A November Sunday Walk – video edition

When I published the Photo Version of this walk, I had considered posting a few of the associated videos along with the photos . . . but I didn’t. I now share those videos along with the following warning. 

This post has only videos. Boring videos made even more boring by the fact they’re slow-motion videos. In this age of quick gratification, you’re not going to find it here. 

And, that’s just one video . . . here come the others.

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Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park

This is a bit late but . . . eleven months ago, I visited the Kaloko-Honokōhau National Historic Park. Here’s the weird thing . . . I have fewer photos than I remember taking. I am sure — sure, I tell you — that I snapped photos of the shallow lagoon where people go and swim and snorkel in waters protected by a rock barrier. If we ever do go swimming while here, that place ranks high on our list of possible immersion sites. 

Be that as it may, let me share what photos I do have. 

This looks HUGE . . . but it’s only three or four inches tall and sits atop a natural fence by the visitor center to the park (something else I neglected to photograph). I was on my own for about an hour and a half while Melisa was at an appointment. 

Braving the heat — and lugging my 15+ pounds of pre-P900 photo equipment — I stepped onto the unpaved Ala Mauka Makai path to the Ala Kahakai path leading to the beach and the Aiopio Fish Trap. Little did I know that I could have parked at the marina and taken the much shorter Kiʻi Pohaku path and saved me about a half mile of walking in the hot sun amid black lava fields. Here’s the walking I did for these shots. 

At the far end of my walk, I got a message that Melisa was getting done early, so I had to double-time it back the way I came. By the time I got back to the car, I was drenched. I should have checked the map ahead of time. 

At least for a short while — near the shore — there was some cover.

Also, a number of dead tree trunks — something that always captures my attention. 

I clearly saw the goat face, but some might miss it. 

I even saw a flower; yes, only one . . . but I took two photos of it. The other is in the gallery at the end. 

Now, the identification has this flower being of the Guava plant . . . but the leaves don’t look the same, so I don’t know what to make of it. 

Edited To Add: my thanks to WandaFaye for the correct identification of the above as a passion flower

Once I got to the shore, I got lucky . . . 

That is a Brant goose. While not rare here, they are uncommon, so I consider myself lucky to have seen it. 

But, I was actually here for these . . . 

Yes, turtles, but not just any turtles . . . 

Honu is a big part of Hawaiʻian culture. Depictions of the turtle can be found all around the islands and go back all the way to petroglyphs carved onto lava. It’s typically depicted something like this . . . 

Obviously, not always in those colors. 

I’ll add a few more shots from the series, but the rest will be in the gallery. 

I always have the polarizer filter with me . . . and seldom remember to use it. It would have been useful for the underwater shots. 

It would also have removed some of the shine from the shell so as to better see the pattern. 

Anyway, that was it for my visit to the park. I’ve been meaning to go back there, but you know how time-consuming resting can be. One of these days . . . 

For new readers, all of the photos are linked to larger versions (1280 pxls for the longest dimension); click on a photo and the larger version will open in a new window or tab. The originals can be seen in SmugMug HERE.

Here’s the gallery of the above photos.

That’s it. This post has ended . . . except for the stuff below.

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A Costco Thanksgiving Meal

I mentioned in the previous post (or maybe not — I’m too lazy to check) that we were planning a Costco Thanksgiving Meal. People might wonder what that’s like. 

Well, Bob, it was good. 

So, what did we have? Well, the bowls are from Costco. The little white bowl with the dressing we brought with us as well as the silverware (the oil is from Costco). The lettuce, peppers, and cherry tomatoes are from Costco. The green beans are from Costco and we added walnuts that are — you guessed it — from Costco. The red stuff is ketchup slathered over what was a very good meatloaf (the food, not the singer) . . . from Costco. And, yes, that included the mashed potatoes, also very good, probably because they are made with a decent helping of butter. The extra butter that came with them was removed from the top and used to flavor the green beans. 

I’m not kidding; all that was very good . . . and topped off with a generous portion of Tuxedo cake . . . from Costco. 

And, in fine Thanksgiving tradition, we have plenty of leftovers. 

. . . tomorrow, back to the gym . . .

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If you wish to know more, please read below.

About awards: Blogger Awards
About “likes”:   Of “Likes”, Subscriptions, and Stuff

Note: to those who may click on “like”, or rate the post; if you do not hear from me, know that I am sincerely appreciative, and I thank you for noticing what I do.

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Finally, if you interpret anything on this blog as me asking or wanting pity, sympathy, or complaining about my life, or asking for help and advice, know you’re  likely missing my subtle mix of irony, sarcasm, and humor.

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