Sunday, June 27, 2010

Just another Tequila Sunset...

Well my new Butcher Block counter tops are installed and I've begun the process of applying smelly Poly U to the surface. After 2 coats and not having a sink it was time for me to leave the house and go for take out for dinner. I decided to pack my camera just in case the sunset was going to be spectacular. As I exited the parking lot of the Pinetree cafe I looked at the sky but just didn't feel it so I headed home fearing no sunset shot after 2 brilliant days of clear air and wonderful golden sunsets. As I made the left on Hina Lani I noticed the sun was heading for a thick patch of dark clouds as it headed for the horizon. The horizon was clear and the sun was sending out the best beams of light I've seen for months. I pulled over and opened the hatch of my SUV, opened my camera bag and sat on the bumper waiting for the right moment. I checked my lenses and realized that I left my long lens at home. That meant that I wasn't going to get a nice close in view of the sunset but I had a few tricks up my sleeve so I wasn't too worried.

Since the sun is now setting pretty close to directly over the Kona airport I was pleased to see a plane take of and pass close to where the sun was going down so I snapped a few shots in preparation for the finial count down. I snapped about 50 shots and loved a bunch of them I just wish I'd listened to myself when I was packing up and had brought my longer lens for those long distant photos.

It's another tequila sunrise, this old world still looks the same, another frame.... (Eagles...)

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

Who invented the Blog?


Just when I thought I'd gained an upper hand in this cyber world I decide to try something new. "let's build a blog" I said to myself, adding "how hard could it be?" "and while you're at it add a few widgets for added giggles." Sheeeesh! This blog space is one of the most convoluted environments I've ever worked in. I must be getting old-er. I just may have to find a blogging for dummies book if I can't figure out how to work the widgets properly.

Westcott 301 Photo Basics 40-Inch 5-in-1 Reflector

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Tilt Shift photo


I've been a Photoshop user for years and in fact I use it almost every day. But I am constantly amazed at the things people are able to create using it.  I saw an Allstate Insurance commercial on TV that talked about multiple things that could be in need of insurance. Now everyone knows how much they hate insurance but one thing about the commercial struck me was the way they made the opening scene look like it was a composite of live action and miniature sets. I did a quick search and found a way to recreate that same miniature effect using Photoshop on an image. Here's the a link to the TV commercial - Multiples

Tiltshift picture
It's a pretty tripy effect and the same effect can be created for photos using the techniques in the following tutorial:

"Show us your Lark packs." That's another commercial and maybe the topic for another entry..

Monday, June 14, 2010

My first blog

Well will wonders never cease? I am hoping to use this blog as a way to both communicate and to educate myself and my followers to the world of photography. I have learned quite a bit over the last 2 years but there is still so much I have to learn and together we will explore the tricks and tips that have come to make so many fantastic images possible.