Samsung Note 8 Photos — May 2018, Part 1

For them not interested in reading, you can go directly to the SmugMug Gallery HERE.  

For a slideshow click HERE. When you click the link, it will open in a new window and you have two options:
1) Manually scroll through the photos by clicking the “<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos.
2) There’s a PLAY/PAUSE button at the bottom-left of the screen with the transition set at about 5 seconds. Note: clicking the PLAY arrow will run a full-screen slideshow. You can then still use the”<” and “>” symbols to the left or right of the photos as this will pause the slideshow.

If you want the full experience, keep reading

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I mentioned a few times that I snap anywhere from 250 to 400 photos a month just with my phone. A few are “utilitarian” photos; prices of stuff, things I want to document for future reference like a note or instructions for something or other. 

However, the majority are photos I take for my library of photos of places and things. I end up using many of the photos but not all. Most end up being for my enjoyment alone. Some might be used as inspiration for drawings or for testing processing options. 

This and a few more posts like it will document 1/5 of the photos I snapped in May (2018, in case you’re reading this post years from now). Why? Eh, I snapped the photos and I hate to see them languish. Also, this keeps me from being productive in other ways. 

First up, five photos from Lapahahi State Historical Park on the North Kohala Coast of The Big Island. If interested in more HERE is a post I did about the place. 

On this particular day, it was cloudy and windy. 

The phone does a decent job of taking photos but it doesn’t (obviously) have the resolution of a regular DSLR. Most people don’t go to SmugMug, but if you are one of those, be aware the resolution falls short of the D7000’s resolution. 

Still, if you want to see this panorama in greater detail, you would need to go to SmugMug since I’m no longer uploading the photos here. 

Oh, what the heck . . . click HERE to open up the full-size version (8MB, 10,000×2000 pixels).

This next shot is the canoe landing zone. I’m told the rocks (worn coral) made it easier to pull the heavy canoes out of the water and well ashore, away from tides and waves.

Not that anyone cares, but all the photos were post-processed using DxO Nik Collection and Lightroom. 

To be sure, the Note 8 takes great photos that look great on the screen of the phone. They would look great here as well but I’m a tinkerer when it comes to photos.

These next shot is me looking up . . . 

. . . and then following oneowner‘s example . . . 

Next up, the Punaluʻu Bakery, the Southernmost bakery in the USA. 

That’s just the sign . . . next time I’m there, I’ll snap a few photos of their offerings. 

That’s the sign for the Punaluʻu Beach Park . . . restroom. I normally show the whole building but in this case, I cropped the lower portion. Why? Because you could see the feet of the people on the other side of the wall . . . and it looked weird. 

The park is famous for its black sand . . . 

The place is also known for the endangered green sea turtles that come to rest there . . . 

In that particular instance, during the time we were there a total of eleven turtles came out of the water to sleep on the sand. I video of some of them crawling out . . . which I’ll eventually share, I suppose. 

Next up, we have the City of Refuge or Puʻuhouna o Hōnaunau NP . . . 

To be clear, that’s one of the lava rocks found within the park. That’s not rare per se as the whole island is made up of lava rock. 

On the day we were there, one of the native artists was making stuff using nothing more than tools available to Hawaiʻians a couple of hundred years ago. I really should visit a museum and document some of the weapons they used to make. Peaceful islanders my as . . . er . . . my hat. 

Next up, a photo from one of our excursions to the Island Fish & Chips at the Waikoloa King Shops.

This next flower gave me a bit of the runaround as I tried to identify it. I had hoped one of my readers would come forth with the name but instead I had to rely on that evil entity . . . Google. Specifically, Google Lens

After spending a few days (not 24/7 but when I had a few minutes here and there) scanning thousands of photos of red and/or pink flowers, I finally installed the Google Lens app, pointed it at the photo below and . . . 

. . . found out in under a second that it’s a Plumed cockscomb

Damn you, Google, for being so useful! . . . and evil . . . but useful!

Here are a few more photos of this elusive (but not for Google) flower.

Here’s another flower . . . Google Lens identifies it as a Begonia . . . 

What?! No. You failed me, Google. Major fail. 

Here’s an interesting story . . . I identified the flower from THIS link, of all things. It’s an Ixora Maui Orange.

Here’s an excerpt:

Ixora is a genus from the family Rubiaceae and is a common tropical plant and is found the world over. The Malay name of this flower is Jarum Jarum and names in other languages include rangan, kheme, ponna, chann tanea, techi, pan,. Common English names are West Indian Jasmine, Jungle flame, Jungle geranium.

Anyway, I have a few more things before I call it quit for Part 1 of the May 2018 photos. 

The above photo and the following three photos are all decorative touches from the place of friends here on the island. 

What? . . . yes, yes, we made friends. It’s Melisa; she’s too likable and friendly. Blame her. 

Last but not least, another wall decoration. A Koa carving of a Makau Fish Hook.

I think I’ll have three more of these posts to cover the 80+ photos I culled from the 400+ photos I snapped in May. As you can see, I’m always on the lookout for photo opportunities. And, yes, I still average 200-300 photos a month . . . June and July were light months as both came in just shy of 300 photos each. Again, that’s just counting the phone photos. 

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


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