A few hours in Kailua Kona – Part 2

I’d hoped to cover the 90-minute photo session in two posts, but it now looks as if it’ll end up being three posts. The first post (HERE) covered my encounter with the rusted truck relic. 

This post has fifty-eight photographs but many make up the animations that follow and so will only appear in the gallery at the end. For instance, this next photo . . . 

. . . is one of nine photos that make up this animation (click the animation for a version that’s twice the size):

There’s something you might notice. Namely, the difference between the animation and the single photo. 

I made that animation using the unprocessed photos that came from the camera (the D7000 with the 80-400mm lens). 

As usual, you can click on the photos and a larger version will open in a new tab or window. HOWEVER . . . no SmugMug gallery until I post the third part. At that time, I’ll dump all of the photos into a gallery for them who want to see better versions than what WordPress offers up. 

Anyway, I processed the photos after making the animation and I was too lazy to go back and redo the animation. However, I will share all the slides in the gallery below. Meanwhile, here are a few more of the individual photos. 

A few people might take issue with the quality of the photos and the way they are processed. Well, sorry about that. Were I embued with better photographic skills or if I had even the most basic of understanding how to shot high dynamic range backlit subjects, well, then these photos would be a lot better and I would be a famous photographer, probably telling other people how to do what I’m doing.

My excuse is pretty mundane . . . shooting against the light without the possibility to change my position. I’m shooting almost directly West in the late afternoon on a clear and sunny day. Here’s the location (Kamoa Point, in Kailua Kona). 

The yellow line shows the distance and direction from my position to the surfers. 

I did shoot a few videos and readers will note the difference between the D7000 RAW capture and the P900 renderings of the scene. 

The next animation is this guy (again, click for a larger version) . . . 

Here are a few stills from that animation . . . 

Perhaps not quite as graceful, but he was out there hitting the waves. As usual, I suggest changing the setting to the higher resolution and watching these on YouTube proper. 

These waves looked — to my less-than-expert eyes — as somewhat difficult to surf as many people would get up and promptly fall off their boards. Then again, perhaps these surfers weren’t the crème de la crème of surfers. 

. . . the waves did look fast and they broke quickly . . . 

So, I’m standing there, watching the surfers and admiring the scenery (by the way, see how much better the photos are when you don’t shoot against the sun?) . . . 

And I happen to notice something. I mean, you see it too, right?

Turtles have a curious ability . . . 

. . . they fall asleep and to observers appear  . . . well, dead. 

Honest, until it moved at the very end, I was wondering if it was hurt. The other curious thing is their heads move as if connected by a slinky. 

Here are a few shots of it alternating between looking alive and dead. 

Anyway, the turtle offered a decent diversion for when the waves weren’t at their peak. 

I mentioned people having difficulty staying up on the waves . . . but there were a couple of young people who seemed to manage . . . (one note about the above photos

Here’s a little girl that was having no problem at all . . . oh, one comment about these next photos. I messed up outputting them, so they are a bit larger than usual. 

Not having kids, I’m not good with kid’s ages but she looks young . . . and small relative to the waves. Here’s the animation of the above. You can click on it for a larger version but it’s an 8MB file. 

In contrast, here’s an adult . . . 

Here are a few of those frames . . . 

Again, I’m not saying I could have done any better. In fact, I’m certain I would drown and hence why I’m on shore with a camera. 

Before leaving the area, I checked to see how the turtle was doing . . . it looked like it got a few visitors . . . 

Here’s the video of that scene . . . 

You might be wondering what the turtle was doing . . . it’s eating. 

Here’s a longer video of it pulling what I presume is algae from the lava rocks. 

Notice the movement of the neck . . . it just looks odd to me. 

From here, I went to the subject of the first post . . . 

Stopped to shoot some flowers . . . 

And went on to shoot a few more photos and videos of waves, including a few slow-motion videos using the Note 8. 

I’ll feature all those in Part 3 of these ninety minutes in Kona.

Here’s the gallery of the above photos (plus a few more).

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


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6 Responses to A few hours in Kailua Kona – Part 2

  1. LOVE the sea turtle photos and videos! The turtle is like, “Dude, I’m trying to take a bitchin’ nap here!” Ha! Yes, all turtles have a surfer voice in my head!

    The turtle neck is very interesting and fun to watch him move it.
    Wonder if he works for Lyft and gives rides to crabs and other creatures. ???

    I liked seeing the distance you were from the surfers.

    That little girl is an amazing surfer! It’s difficult to tell…but she looks to be as young as 8 or 9 years old.

    HUGS!!! :-)


    • disperser says:

      Thanks, diem3, and I’ve heard them; they do; they do have surfer dudes voices.

      I enjoy writing these posts even if they don’t get many views (half of those likes are from people who don’t read the blog).

      I’ll take your word on the age thing.

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  2. On a serious note; those turtles remind me of the time I was working up north of Western Australia, Carnarvon. This was back in the late 60’s. At that time turtle hunting was a big thriving business there,

    No longer, only the Aborigines are now allowed to go after the turtles, It’s been part of their diet for thousands of years.

    The turtles would put up quite a fight whilst the hunters tried to drag them aboard their boats and if turtle happened to cut a mans arm or leg with it’s flippers, it was impossible to cure the resulting injury, it would become ulcerous and sometime the arm or leg would have to be amputated. The ulcerous injuries were the most revolting looking injuries I’ve ever seen.

    Needless to say I was on the turtles side.


    • disperser says:

      They are protected here as well. I don’t even think natives can hunt them and since they consider them a sign of good fortune, I’m not sure they would want to.

      By the way, I don’t agree with the whole “it’s been part of their diet” argument. We wouldn’t buy that argument from cannibals.

      There are exclusions here based on similar arguments, and they are constantly abused.

      But, what do I know . . . I like scrambled eggs with bacon and jalapenos and mozzarella cheese and I’m sure someone would object to that as well.


      • Perhaps if you lived and tried to survive in the environment where the Aborigines and turtles are you’d understand that they would indeed have hunted and fed on turtles. Up there is some of the harshest country in the world. Not much in the way of food and the numbers of indigenous people were never really large so their take of turtles wouldn’t be that great, Probably a treat for them make a change from eating grubs


      • disperser says:

        I’m not discounting past practices.

        The point is that today we have other options. These allowances are (usually) made for “cultural” reasons and not because of current necessity.

        Or are you saying their only alternative is eating grubs?


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