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Photo Gallery: Testing the waters in Hawaii

Hawaii 2010Hawaii, so many beautiful things to see. BUT, I was too busy stuffing my face with local food that I didn’t have much time to take photos. Coming back to the islands has become somewhat routine. I come home, stay at my mom’s house, and gain 20 pounds while I eat my way through island favorite (more on this late). This time around, I wanted to do something different.

Mainly due to the great influence of Chinese culture, I believe the state of Hawaii is the only state in the union to welcome each new year with ridiculous amounts of fireworks/firecrackers. The flares, smoke, and noise are ubiquitous at the stroke on midnight – and we wouldn’t want it any other way. I remember the weather report on New Year’s Eve: Partly cloudy with a chance of showers on the windward side throughout the day, with heavy patches of smoke appearing after midnight. Seriously, if you think dropping a ball in Times Square is exciting, come and stay in Waimanalo for new year celebration.

With that said, I took the opportunity to try firework photography. I’ve never done it before – “How hard can it be?”, I thought. Well, I’d say 2 of about 80 shots turned out well – but you be the judge. For that, I’d like to thank my anonymous neighbor for setting off the beautiful aerial fireworks. Note: aerial fireworks are not exactly legal in Hawaii (unless you have a commercial permit or something), so shhh…

I also tried capturing some high dynamic range (HDR) photographs, but these were hand-held ventures due to my lack of a tripod at the time.

Photo Gallery: GSA 2009

The Geological Society of America (GSA) hosted its annual meeting, this year, in Portland, Oregon. I was lucky enough to take a short afternoon hike around Multnomah Falls before the week-long conference began, and was able to take a couple of photographs. Okay… by a couple, I really meant three.

Oregon 2009

Later on, I got to the hotel room just in time to catch the afterglow, which is the Album’s cover shot (above). I forgot to pack a tripod, so my HDR mission is still incomplete. Perhaps on my next trip: China!