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).
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