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After a job at the Four Seasons Hualalai, we drove from Kona to Volcano to spend a couple of nights…downtime. As we got closer to the park, I noticed a red glow in the sky. The light from Halemaumau was lighting up the clouds. We went to Jagger to check it out and it was well worth it. What a welcome to back to Volcano!

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Today Mary Goodrich of Hawaii Photo Retreat on the Big Island took me to a wonderful spot where the ruins of a Sugar Mill stands. It was built at the mouth of a stream on a beautiful black sand beach. It was such a gorgeous sunny day that I had to use a filters to create a feeling of old and nostalgic.
Through Kat Sloma, I learned of an app called Distressed FX. It’s the best app of this type I’ve found. Here are my first experimentations with the app.

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Goddess in Volcano

Goddess in Volcano

We’ve been so lucky to have spent the holidays in Volcano. We’ve been up here since November and love the cool weather. Even when it rains, it’s beautiful.

Maddy especially loves it here. She can go on walks without a leash and play at the Volcano charter school with her friends – a border collie, two Rhodesian ridgebacks, three Irish setters and a boxer. At home she loves lounging by the wood-burning stove.

Maddy Lounging.

Maddy Lounging.

This year we made our kadomatsu out of bamboo from our yard and Tsugi pine(Japanese cedar) from a nearby tree. It’s our non-traditional version of the Japanese New Year decoration symbolizing longevity and prosperity.

Murphy and our kadomatsu

Murphy and our kadomatsu

Every year on New Year’s Day, I make o-zōni, Japanese soup with mochi (rice cakes). This year, I used the bones from an onaga (the most delicious of fish in Hawaii) to make the stock. Vegetables were juliennned carrots,radishes and sliced mizuna. We didn’t make it to any mochi pounding events, but one of our neighbors brought us some to toast for our soup.

Ozoni 2013

Ozoni 2013

Kris and I went for a walk in Volcanoes National Park along the rim of Kilauea Iki. What a fabulous way to begin the New Year. Happy 2013!!

Composite - Walk in the Park.

Composite – Walk in the Park.

 

 

Today we went on a photo shoot at a black and green sand beach with the Hilo Photo Club led by Robert Frutos, a nature photographer who runs photo tours on the Big Island. It’s a little known spot that requires a high clearance vehicle to access.

When I got there, I was disappointed with the light. The sky was super bright and the lava…well, the lava is dark. No big surprise. Lava is great to photograph when there is a little directional light on it. The beach looked a dirty brown rather than the shades of black and green that one can see at close range. The black and green occur from the mix of lava and olivine. Somehow they separate enough to cause beautiful patterns.

I was using Kris’ 5D Mark II and we discovered that one of the dials was inoperable. We weren’t able to change ISO and shutter speed. I went to the iPhone to see what was possible. On the ride over, I experimented with SlowShutter Cam.
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On the Road to the Sea and on the shoreline, I went back to shooting with my go-to Camera+. Love it for shooting and processing:

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More Slow Shutter Cam:

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Automatic is like shutter priority. Changing freeze frame to save and you can change your exposure.
Manual mode lets you change your exposure.
Light Trail allows you to paint with light
If you want to learn more about exactly how it works here’s a link to the online instructions:
http://www.cogitap.com/slowshutter/instructions.htm