Featured: 'Snapshots from Hawaii' by kimo

Discussion in 'Open Discussion' started by kimo, Jan 13, 2015.

  1. kimo

    kimo Mu-43 Regular

    98
    Dec 4, 2013
    Colorado
    kimo
    Last November, my love and I visited Maui and the Big Island of Hawaii. It was a great trip filled with fun adventures and breathtaking sights. This weekend I finally had a chance to sort through the photos. I've been using OV3 for the past year but decided to play around in LR5 and learn a few things. Thought I'd post some of the results. Got a little cheeky with the writing. Hope you don't mind. All pics taken with E-M1 with 12-40 f2.8 or E-PM2 with 17 f1.8.

    Aloha.

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    We cross the Great Pacific.

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    Our rented Hale has a sign on the gate.

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    We unwind. The beach lures us in.

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    But instead we put on our boots.

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    And we go for a hike or two.

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    Or maybe three. Actually we walk for miles.

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    Along the way we find hidden waterfalls.

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    And walk below giant trees.

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    We find peace in nature's good graces.

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    And we find unforgiving power in her wildest places.

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    The sea pounds and carves the land.

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    As does time.

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    The trees rise and fall.

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    But we keep on walking.

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    Past beautiful waterfalls.

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    Long, thin, big, and small.

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    We walk where the ancients do. But we don't see the 'aina like they did.

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    Still we keep on walking until the authorities tell us no more.

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    We don't stop.

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    We keep on walking right up to the top.

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    Is this the top of the world?

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    It's not long before we watch the sun fall.

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    We don't see any invisible cows.

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    And soon we are back in the clouds.

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    Where flowers grow thick.

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    And things fall to the ground.

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    And things rise up.

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    Where the cycle goes on.

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    It always repeats.

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    For the rest of time volcanoes will weep.

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    Now for food, it's time to eat.

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    The sunset beckons us to come.

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    That night we watch the rolling waves cheer.

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    And the next morning we check out of our Hale. The words on the door we hold dear.

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    We hustle down to the airport.

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    And the rest just fades away.
     
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  2. mgs

    mgs Mu-43 Rookie

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    Nov 30, 2013
    Bay Area, CA
    Matthew
    Great series so far! I'll be going to the Big Island next month and your pics make me look forward to it more (although I'm not sure if the first post was from Maui or the BI)
     
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  3. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Great stuff! Though I think I'd prefer them (at least some) in colors since I believe the nature in such place would have so many beautiful colors to show. :rolleyes:
     
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  4. Holoholo55

    Holoholo55 Mu-43 All-Pro

    Aug 13, 2014
    Honolulu, HI
    Walter
    Both islands, looks like to me. Haleakala, Kilauea, maybe Kipahulu, Mauna Kea, lunch at the Volcano House, etc. Looks like OP really got around. Love it.
     
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  5. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    Nice images. We are hoping to head there this spring if all goes well. Just curious, did you bring a tripod with you?

    --Ken
     
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  6. JNB

    JNB Mu-43 Regular

    195
    Dec 11, 2014
    Nova Scotia, Canada
    Some really great B&W work in that collection.
     
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  7. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    Invisible Cows!!

    Now post some colour ...
     
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  8. gryphon1911

    gryphon1911 Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 13, 2014
    Central Ohio, USA
    Andrew
    I like them. Good range of subjects, like the B&W.
     
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  9. hazwing

    hazwing Mu-43 All-Pro

    Nov 25, 2012
    Australia
    Great series, I enjoyed the commentary! Hawaii seems like such a colourful and vibrant place... Interesting take of it, going all black and white.
     
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  10. tomO2013

    tomO2013 Mu-43 Top Veteran

    801
    Oct 28, 2013
    Lovely shots. Did you use Lightroom only for this?

    My two favs are 'back in the clouds' and the first shot taken from the airplane!

    well done --Tom.
     
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  11. Ccasey

    Ccasey Mu-43 Regular

    157
    Jul 29, 2011
    Austin, TX
    Chris
    I think this series would make an excellent book. It has the feel of a good children's book - simple words with deep meanings.

    I love the B&W, personally, and laughed at the thought of not seeing invisible cows. (How would you know? :smile:)

    Thanks for sharing your trip with us.
     
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  12. DigitalD

    DigitalD Mu-43 Top Veteran

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    Jan 10, 2014
    Miami
    David
    Beautiful set! I love b&w too. Seeing green lush color is great but this has your own unique outlook and sensibilities. Good stuff.
     
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  13. gonzalobroto

    gonzalobroto Mu-43 Rookie

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    Aug 19, 2014
    Bangkok
    Wonderful set of monochromes, some of them are really exceptional! Well done!
     
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  14. kimo

    kimo Mu-43 Regular

    98
    Dec 4, 2013
    Colorado
    kimo
    mgs - nearly all of the posted pics were taken on the Big Island. The volcanic landscapes in some of the pics are from Mauna Kea. Have a nice trip. I am not a Big Island expert by any means but let me know if you have any questions.

    pake - i have to admit: I kinda got a kick out of posting such a vibrant place in black and white. B&W isn't something that I practice much so when I converted the first ORF I was really taken by suprise and the theme stuck for the rest of the day. The lack of color seems to highlight the varied textures of Hawaii. I do have the color version of the pics. Here's one processed with LR:

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    Holoholo55 - yes that was lunch at the Volcano House. A great place to relax some and enjoy a meal. No Haleakala summit area pics - all Mauna Kea.

    Replytoken - yes on the tripod for waterfalls. IBIS is good but unfortunately it's not that good. Have a good trip.

    JNB - thanks. The B&W just kind of happened. And then I kept following the rabbit hole.

    Ulfric - still highly disappointed that I didn't see an invisible cow. I'll post the same pictures in color in a follow-up post sometime soon.

    gryphon1911 - thanks. Hawai'i offers a lot of variety and I was happy to explore it.

    hazwing - thanks, I wasn't sure about the commentary - glad you enjoyed it.

    tomO2013 - Yes LR only. Started with some B&W presets I bought off the internet and then edited to taste. Learned a few things along the way. Airplane windows offer a rare perspective. I like the view from them too.

    Ccasey - what a nice thing to say. Thank you. Like many men, I'm good at channeling my inner child. Just ask my partner. :) Those words just flowed out on Monday night. I did one quick sweep and edit but mostly it's the stream of thoughts that came to mind as I scrolled through the pics. Maybe I still look at things like a child would.

    DigitalD and gonzalobroto - Thank you. I can't wait to see where the next rabbit hole will lead.
     
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  15. kimo

    kimo Mu-43 Regular

    98
    Dec 4, 2013
    Colorado
    kimo
    Ran a quick batch conversion of original ORFs using Olympus Viewer 3. Export settings were WB = As Shot (usually Auto in camera), Picture Mode = Vivid, Gradation = As Shot (set in camera depending on lighting), Sharpness = 1, and Noise Filter = Off. In addition replaced the story captions with place names in case anyone was interested in the photo locations.

    Most of the pics lack "pop" but I can't complain about the Olympus color. What do you guys think?

    Private garden, Keanae, Maui.

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    Over the Pacific.

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    Rented hale near Mountain View, Big Island of Hawaii.

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    Big Beach, Makena State Park, Maui.

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    Mountain View hale, Big Island.

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    Waihee Ridge Trail, Maui.

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    Humuula Trail (aka Mauna Kea Trail), Big Island.

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    Stream beside Pepeekeo Scenic Drive, Big Island.

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    Keanae Arboretum, Maui.

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    Waihee Ridge Trail, Maui.

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    End of Chain of Craters Road, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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    Holei Sea Arch, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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    Puu Loa Petroglyphs, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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    Akaka Falls State Park, Big Island.

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    Humuula Trail (aka Mauna Kea Trail), Big Island.

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    Waiale Falls near Hilo, Big Island

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    Akaka Falls State Park, Big Island.

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    Puu Loa Petroglyphs, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park.

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    Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, Big Island.

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    The summit of Mauna Kea, Big Island.

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    High on Mauna Kea.

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    8.1 meter Gemini Telescope, Mauna Kea

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    High on Mauna Kea.

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    Onizuka Center for International Astronomy, Big Island.

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    Crater Rim Drive, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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    Private garden, Keanae, Maui

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    Keanae Arboretum, Maui.

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    Humuula Trail (aka Mauna Kea Trail), Big Island.

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    Mountain View hale, Big Island

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    Keanae Arboretum, Maui.

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    Halemaumau vent, Kilauea volcano, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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    Uncle George's Lounge, Volcano House, Hawaii Volcanoes National Park

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    High on Mauna Kea.

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    Keanae, Maui.

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    Mountain View hale, Big Island.

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    Hilo Airport.

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  16. Replytoken

    Replytoken Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    May 7, 2012
    Puget Sound
    Ken
    Very motivating! We are finishing our bookings, and I am really looking forward to visiting. The Halemaumau vent is quite amazing, and I am hoping we see similar activity.

    Thanks,

    --Ken
     
  17. Ulfric M Douglas

    Ulfric M Douglas Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Mar 6, 2010
    Northumberland
    Yeay! Colour. Thanks.
     
  18. pake

    pake Mu-43 All-Pro

    Oct 14, 2010
    Finland
    Teemu
    Yes, some of them do really look better in colour. Nice job!
     
  19. sprocket87

    sprocket87 Mu-43 Veteran

    306
    Jun 29, 2011
    Wow, awesome set. I respect your ability to cull your finest shots from what was undoubtedly a much larger pool of shots taken. I just returned from Guatemala with about 1,200 photos and I know I'm never going to be able to filter them down to just a few standouts like you have.

    I actually really like your B&W processing on all of these. Yes, many of the shots are very striking in color, but the consistent theme of B&W processing (and your captions) adds an emotive element I didn't get from the color versions. Well done!