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Beach Patterns, Kona, Hi

Beach Patterns, Kona, Hi

Beach Patterns, Kona, Hi

I made a series of photographs on a beach near the city of Kona in Hawaii, mainly concentrating on the abstract designs that I could find.

What attracted me first to this scene was the bright green sea plants (that’s the best I can describe them as, do let me know if you have a better name). The way their shapes changed with every wave, creating new and exciting patterns against the bright white sands was incredible.

Initially, I tried not getting wet, but that meant that, I would miss a lot of different perspectives, so in I went. Fortunately, the water there in Hawaii is not that cold and it was mildly pleasant to just hang out with my camera glued to my eyes, pointing it down at the sand.

This particular shot was taken right at the boundary of a transition, a phase on the beach where, the wave that just crashed in is receding. Majority of the water flow had already passed, leaving behind a fresh new design made using the sea plants. But right around the edges of this little island, there was a trickle of water that just hung around for a bit more, reflecting the sunlight in various shapes. A little while later all the water would have flown back getting rid of the sparkle that was once there.

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Green Hillside and Clouds, Waimea, Hi

Green Hillside and Clouds, Waimea, Hi

Green Hillside and Clouds, Waimea, Hi

While driving around the Big Island, the weather kept changing every other mile. Sometimes it would rain heavily and then suddenly there would be sunshine with  a rainbow. As always when such things happen, I normally failed to find a turnout to stop the car and take a photograph. Instead I enjoyed every bit of this random weather, not bothering about getting a picture. As I was getting close to the town of Waimea, I found this green hillside with some rain clouds, a row of trees , some sunshine escaping through the clouds and more importantly a turnout!

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Dogwood Tree, Yosemite

Dogwood Tree, Yosemite

Dogwood Tree, Yosemite Canon5DmarkII_Canon70-200@149_F8_1/6s_ISO100

Dogwoods along the trail to Mirror Lake in Yosemite National Park, California.

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Dogwoods and the Merced River, Yosemite

Dogwoods and the Merced River, Yosemite

Dogwoods and the Merced River, Yosemite Canon5DMarkII_Canon70-200@94mm_F11_1/8s_ISO100

Dogwood blooms along the Merced river shoreline.

Highlight warnings or Blinkies as some photographers call it are life savers while photographing Dogwoods. When enabled, this feature tells the photographer if a particular section of the photograph has been overexposed and does not have any details within it. They show up as annoying little red patches blinking as long as you are previwing the image. They are annoying at times and that is a pretty good reason not to anable this feature.

But you see, the naked eye looking at the little 3″ screen for instant feedback, is not that good at identifying overexposure. We see the picture as a whole and not in parts. As a whole the there is a tendency for us to believe that the shadow details and colors ( in this photograph, the green foliage) need to look much more appealing. If we go ahead and compensate our exposure to achieve this goal, then the result will defniteley be an overexposed highlights. This is where the blinkies come into picture.

They help you see individual areas that are lacking in detail. With that information, the photographer can make a concious decision to either leave those blinkies there, knowing fully that the overexposure is not a problem, or compensate the exposure to remove them.

In this photograph, compared to the entire frame, the individual dogwoods are very small and (also very bright compared to the surrounding foliage) hence without the blinkies, its hard to determine if we’ve captured good details in them. Well, you may ask, does it matter if as small section of the frame is overexposed? The answer depends on the presentation method, if we only plan to use it for online posts, then, may be not. But if we do plan to make big prints, then yes, it matters to pay attention to each and every small detail in the frame.

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Spring Bloom, Folsom, CA

Springe Bloom, Folsom, CA Canon5DMarkII-Canon70-200@140-F4-1/125s-ISO100

A bunch of white wild flowers basking in late evening light.

I usually go out for a walk/run in the evening in one of the many bike trails that are around here in Folsom. A particular section of the trail is my favorite. It has such interesting elements, a crazy oak tree, tall grass that grows in the spring, some flowers in spring, a bridge over a little pond, the water in the pond stays only during the winter and early spring months, some birds that take advantage of this water, beautiful grass that grows in the water. So I thought I could spend an evening around here photographing anything that catches my attention.

The above shot is just one of many that I have and will post soon. I saw this bunch of white flowers that were getting a good dose of the late evening low angled light. The landscape surrounding it was interesting as well, there was uneven growth in the grass which created a dynamic play of shadow and light. I hope you enjoy this delicate little intimate detail.

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