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Kauai In Black and White

Thursday, June 19th, 2014

You know how it goes. There are some images that you try and try for. On my last trip to Kauai I finally got two of those. The first is of a net fisherman at dawn. All conditions were right. He was there. I was there. The light was there. And I had the right lens.

The second was of an old abandoned sugar mill with a rising full moon. The only problem was that it was threatening to rain. Still we persevered. And as luck would have it the moon rose under the cloud cover which created an interesting and ominous sky.

When I started to process both images I realized that there was very little color in either. In any case what color there was seemed more a distraction to the image. So I decided to process them both in black and white. Here they are:

Shama

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

Of all the beautiful birds on Kauai my favorite is the Shama, also known as the white-rumped Shama. Originally from Asia this distinctive bird was introduced to Kauai from Malaysia in 1931. It was a caged bird, prized for its fabulous song but in Kauai enough escaped into the wild that it was able to establish itself where it lived in forests.

A few years ago we saw one near our condo for the first time. Typically we would hear it before we saw it. The song is really distinctive and almost magical. But it’s a shy bird and avoids people. On this trip I heard its song several times but never saw it until today.

This morning before dawn I heard it again, looked up and there it was in a tree, with the full moon in the background. It is an elegant bird with a long tail, russet belly, and white feathers on its rump. Sometimes you only see the white when the birds are in flight but with this one you could see the white feathers as it sat singing in the tree.

I don’t know a lot about birds and I’m not a very good wild life photographer but I love that I was able to get this picture.

Sunrise

Sunday, December 30th, 2012

I’ve been watching Kauai sunrises for over 20 years and have never seen one like this.

Old Koloa Sugar Mill

Friday, December 28th, 2012

Sugar production was once an economic driver for the Hawaiian Islands. On Kauai the old Koloa sugar mill still stands as a monument to times past. At other times I have photographed it surrounded by fields of yellow flowers but this time I wanted to capture a different mood, maybe the death of the sugar industry itself on Kauai.

Speaking of Palms – Coco Palms

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

Coco Palms Resort, scene of Elvis Presley’s Blue Hawaii, was once the premier resort on Kauai. In 1992 hurricane Iniki devastated it and it has never been rebuilt. On Christmas Day we decided to have a visit but the hotel itself is fenced off and was only visible from the road. Difficult to get good images. But the resort sits on a coconut grove that was planted in 1896 and still survives, although it is in pretty rough shape. Wanted to make these images look more like a painting that a photograph so took some liberties – with exposure and processing. Here are the results.

A Few More Ways of Looking At A Palm Tree

Wednesday, December 26th, 2012

Last year I started work on a project called 13 Ways of Looking At a Palm Tree. Seems I’m still working. Here are the latest candidates for the final sort.

Kauai – 2012

Sunday, December 23rd, 2012

Some recent views of Kauai.

Aloha From Kauai

Friday, May 4th, 2012

Last week I was in Kauai. Each morning I took a walk and tried to capture something new. Here are a couple from the week.

This next is a picture of ironwood trees that have been shaped by the wind. Their purpose is to serve as a wind barrier and to prevent soil erosion.

On the morning I left we had rain followed by – what else – rainbows. The following was taken with my iphone. No processing.

13 Ways of Looking at a Palm Tree

Thursday, November 10th, 2011

More and more I am moving toward what I think of as dreamscapes, images that contain some mystery or ambiguity. Something that will help the viewer to see the object or scene in a different way. Sometimes that means changing perspective; other times it means using a different technique. So, I set for myself a mini-project: 13 ways of looking at a palm tree. I would love to know which of these images you like; which, not so much. So, without further ado here they are.

Apologies to Georgia O’Keefe

Friday, January 14th, 2011

It has been raining here for the last several days. And, yes, I have taken pictures of the rain, palm trees in the rain, the ocean in the rain, but I’m not sure you want to see them. Today I decided to try shooting the orchids that live here with us. Thought I would share a few with you.

Would love to know what you think or if you have a favorite.