September, 2010 Archives

Helicopter on Lihue

Jack Harter Hughes 500 Lands At Lihue Airport

We decided to take a helicopter tour of Kauai, and, after reading the frank assessments in The Ultimate Kauai Guidebook, we opted for Jack Harter. We also went for the four passenger, open-door bird. Our pilot was Marty, and the trip, fabulous! This really is the way to see Na Pali.

Today’s photo was taken as the helicopters were returning from the trip prior to ours; I was shooting with a Panasonic (it’s on trial). The photo was not cropped. Because we were in an open-door bird, I could not use the iPhone camera; cameras had to be on a strap around your neck or wrist. So I left the iPhone behind. I sat in the front, sandwiched between the pilot and Mike. Loved the instrument cluster!

  • Place: Honolulu Airport
  • Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-ZS6
  • Manipulation: Camera Bag, border

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365 Project : Day 38

  • September 28th, 2010
  • Posted in Hawaii, Travel
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Honolulu - Beagle Brigade

Honolulu - USDA Beagle Brigade

As I was exploring the gardens at the Honolulu airport, two dogs with women in tow dashed past me on the stairs. Later, I ran into them at their “work station” — testing packages as travelers entered the US/International terminal. I asked the women about the program. The dogs are supposed to sniff out fresh fruit or even dirt. The discussion reminded me of questioning about having visited a farm when traveling to/from New Zealand.

In this encounter, the woman had fresh sandwiches in her bag, but they seemed to pass inspection.

  • Place: Honolulu Airport
  • Camera: iPhone4
  • Manipulation: Photoshop, Crop; Camera Bag, border

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365 Project : Day 37

  • September 27th, 2010
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From The Back

Walking across campus Saturday afternoon after MCDM orientation, Drew and I spotted this post-wedding staging on The Quad. As we approached, I could hear the photographer coaching the group. I sneaked in as close as I dared, as I didn’t want to mess up his shot by showing up in the background. This really called for a telephoto lens.

The final photo was seriously washed out; the gorgeous crystalline blue sky was almost white. The iPhone’s HDR was confused by that streak of sunlight on the other side of the gathering. So I did the only thing I could think of: a really tight crop! If I had it to do over, I might experiment with ColorSplash to see if I could focus attention on the shoes.

The couple got lucky with the weather: it was 76 degrees when I got home to Lynnwood!

(People! I’ve had back-to-back shots of people!)

  • Place: University of Washington Campus, Seattle
  • Camera: iPhone4
  • Manipulation:Photoshop, Crop/Tone; CameraBag: Crop/Border

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365 Project : Day 36