Random Stuff

Just a quick (ha!) post about random stuff. 

Let me begin with a sunset. 

I still don’t think the P900 captures sunsets as well as my D7000. I think at issue is the fact that I’m getting JPGs out of the camera and that means the camera processes the captured image for me. I mean, I tell it to leave most of it alone, but when it comes to rendering colors, it has to do something. I wish it would just give me the RAW file, but that’s neither here or there.

To be honest, high contrast images with strong light sources are difficult for any camera to handle. It’s just that with a RAW capture I have a better chance of rendering something closer to what I see. 

To be sure, it’s not as bad as my first few sunset photos where a strong magenta/red tint ruined the image. At least, these meet the expectation of what a sunset might look like. 

It’s also nice that I could watch the sun actually touch the horizon. Usually, the sun goes behind a band of clouds a few degrees up from the actual horizon. 

As usual, you can click on the individual photos for a larger version but I didn’t bother with a SmugMug gallery. 

This next photo is from a drive we took about a week-and-a-half ago . . . 

Those are the observatories atop Mauna Kea. The P900 certainly has the zoom to “bring them closer” but the rising heat messes up any clarity I might achieve. 

Truthfully, I don’t get much better from my regular rig. I took those photos from the car and I also liked a scene across the road from me . . . 

You can’t see it in the photo, but it was very windy . . . wait, I might have a video laying around somewhere. Ah, here it is . . . 

But, really, I had stopped because of this view. 

Like I said, I’ve gotten better, but this is close to the usual resolution on hot days (nearly every day). 

On the other hand, the wind was blowing such that Maui — specifically, Haleakala — was visible above the clouds. Usually, the Vog-induced haziness and heat and moisture hide Maui from view. The best view I got was while on the old section of Saddle Road.

From where I was, Haleakala is about 70 miles away, or for the metrically inclined, 112,654,080 Millimeters, give or take a few millimeters. I was leaning into the wind, so it might be a few millimeters closer. 

Trying to zoom in still get you the breakdown in quality due to atmospheric conditions, but at least it’s visible. I can count on one hand the times we’ve been able to see it, but then, it’s not like we’re always driving around. 

But when we do drive around, I’m always on the lookout for the goat on the hill against the sky. 

Did you notice the other goats? Me neither. It’s only after I processed the photos that I realized I was looking at a small herd.

On that same day, we went to the Waikoloa Shops, a small mall that has a local eatery with fish-n-chips that we like. They had some display boots set up and also entertainment for the tourists. 

That’s a tourist partaking in a quick hula tutorial . . . if only I had video . . . 

You can hear the explanation for the hand movements, namely depiction of trees and waves and mountains. 

The mall has interesting decorations . . . 

I’ve seen one owl while driving around (on Saddle road) and would like to photograph an actual bird in the wild. One of the many birds that so far have eluded digital capture. 

There are also murals depicting Hawaiʻian life prior to the coming of the white devils. 

Somewhere, I have the whole series of these murals . . . I’ll have to dig them up or recapture them. For now, I only snapped two murals. This next one has three (or four, I’m not sure) generations of Hawaiʻian women. I think it’s three . . . but it could be four.

I think the artist is pretty good considering the medium and the simplicity of the drawings. I say that because of the amount of life and character they put in the depiction of the faces, and especially the eyes.

It’s these kinds of depictions that want to make me draw. These seem like simple lines with a bit of shading and yet convey a complexity of information. I mean, I look at that, and I think I could draw something like that. Except, mine comes out as some sort of drunken ghouls convention . . . which, you know, could also be interesting to some.  

And that’s it for the photos . . . but I have a few more videos. 

That’s a bird picking at one of them fruits/seeds that look like popcorn balls. As usual, it was breezy, so the image jumps a bit. 

I take these movies to practice handholding the camera.  Here’s one of a gecko on the pool deck below us (we’re on the third floor).

Notice how difficult it is to hold the camera steady when zoomed at the maximum. The balance of weight makes it difficult to control and thus maintain the object in the frame. Still, not bad. 

Here’s one more video of my favorite sponge. You heard right. We don’t replace these that often because they last a long time, and I finally got to film one (camera on a tripod).

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21 Responses to Random Stuff

  1. mvschulze says:

    I am beginning to worry about you! I’m beginning to worry about me! Sitting here watching a sponge expand from nearly half way around the world! M 😬


  2. oneowner says:

    While I agree with you that RAW is a much better format for editing, I’ve had quite a bit of luck editing jpgs in Lightroom. For quite a while I set my camera to shoot RAW and jpg simultaneously. The jpgs edited very nicely in LR and I was surprised by the amount of information that the files contained. That’s not to say that the 900 jpgs are the same as the 610’s but I think they still have a good editable range within the files to make them useable.
    Now I’m hungry for fish and chips.


    • disperser says:

      Oh, I manage fine with the JPGs, but there are compositions where it’s limiting. For instance, sunset aside, the photos with the goat are not quite correct in color and saturation, but playing with them got me results I didn’t like.

      I suppose I could have put more time into it, but that’s the problem. I don’t think I would have had to with RAW. Still, it’s only a bother for me. people looking at the photos don’t know what they are supposed to look like.

      As for Fish-n-Chips . . . this is what we had (the fish is Ono).


  3. Perhaps you should use a Sanyo S1275 like me.


    • disperser says:

      I thought you just grabbed photos from the Internet.


      • Not all the time, just most of it :)


      • disperser says:

        A quick primer on using photos from the Internet. Generally, one should give credit or at least mention where the photo comes from. Many photos are licensed with what is referred to as a Creative Commons license, but it’s still a license, and one of the provision is giving credit to the owner of the photo.

        For instance, Wikipedia has photos in many of their posts and you are granted the license to use the photos PROVIDED you give credit to the source, usually a photographer who made the photo availabe under a CC license. You might see this mentioned when photos from Wikipedia are used (they reference Wikipedia Commons).

        Same goes for any content freely available on the Web . . . use of any material, if not prohibited, is granted only with the provision that you give attribution to the source.

        Most people don’t care, don’t worry about it, and see it as their right to steal whatever they want with impunity from them who put in the effort to produce something.

        You know . . . like socialists.


  4. Great random post!
    Spectacular photos, Emilio!
    Fun vids!
    I really enjoyed Mr. Gecko!
    And the sponge action was cool!
    HUGS!!! :-)


  5. Eddy Winko says:

    I think that sponge should have a thick layer of butter spread on it and served with the fish and chips, which I’m pleased to see served in newspaper, something that I believed to be the preserve of the British Chippy.


  6. Perhaps you should have finished with the sunset?


  7. renxkyoko says:

    The girl dancing in the video ( the Hawaiian Looking girl )……. I’m almost 100% her ethnicity is Filipino.


    • disperser says:

      Likely. There aren’t many full-blooded Hawaiʻian and they have different facial and body characteristics. Wait, are you talking about the lady with the silver shoes or the one with the green dress? Yes, I kid.


  8. AnnMarie says:

    The Hawaiian dancer is grace in motion, so beautiful to watch. But now that I think of it, graceful can also describe the murals, especially the generations of women. I like Maui in the distance and the colorful sunsets look delicious. And, last but not least, sponge “Bob” was . . . how can I say it . . . ah, yes . . . instructive, but . . . how much water does one soak up?


    • disperser says:

      I never measured. It’s an artificial sponge, so not as much as a natural one. You can get an idea based on how much is in the bowl versus how much you end up with when I briefly lift the sponge from the water.


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