This is Instagram Hawaii Spotting: Volume 5. I use Instagram a lot. A LOT. This makes sense since I’m pretty much glued to my iPhone and I love to snap photos. These are a few photos that I Instagrammed during a recent trip to Kauai. Enjoy!
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Hipstamic is a strangely satisfying analog-inspired app for the iPhone. This series of posts aims to place the focus a bit more on the photos rather than the words. In Volume 4, we feature a collection of Hipstamatic photos taken during a recent hike through Papali Uka Ridge and the Forbidden Castle Trail. For a complete write-up of the hike, please check out this post. To check out the rest of this series, click here.
Night photography is something that I only just recently became interested in. And it took a little nudge by Ahnate, who suggested that we spend a Friday night on the east side of the island, in the cold darkness, and try to take pictures of the Milky Way. I didn’t think that it was possible to take photos of the Milky Way without the use of expensive photography equipment and super fancy lenses. I was wrong. And Friday was awesome.
How do you Photograph the Milky Way?
I’m not 100% sure. The best advice that I can give you is to experiment. This first shoot really was my first night photography session experimenting with the Milky Way. I’m no pro photographer, but here are a few of my notes.
- Choose a dark location on a cloud free night. There are a few locations on the island that will give you a pitch dak experience. On this trip, we chose Lanai Lookout. There were still some obvious light sources and more clouds than expected, but for the most part, it worked.
- Shutter Speed. I chose to experiment the entire night only using a 30 second shutter speed. If you keep the shutter open for too long, though, the stars in yours photos might begin to look oblong. Also, because you’ll be using such a long exposure, it’s important that you have a tripod. You’ll also want to use a self-timer or remote shutter button. This is to prevent the shake from pressing down on the shutter button from affecting your photos. Next time, I’ll play around with much longer shutter speeds.
- Aperture. Ahnate suggested here that I drop my aperture down to the lowest possible f-stop. I was using my Canon EF-S 10-22mm, so the lowest f stop that I could drop down to was f/3.5. The idea here is that you want maximum depth of field. By setting your focus to infinity, you’ll then be able to capture those distant stars.
- ISO. This setting can be played around with a lot. I experimented with ISO’s ranging from 12oo to 2000. Ahnate, I believe, bumped his ISO up to 3200. Remember, though, the higher the ISO setting, the more noise that will be present in the image.
- Use Star Chart for the iPhone. With the app, you simply point your iPhone to the sky and it will show you the location of the Milky Way.
- Equipment. For this session, I used my Canon EOS 7D.
Right now, I don’t have much more to add. I’m more than certain that we’ll be doing this again. And I’m more than certain that I’ll have more notes to add next time. Until then, enjoy the photos!
Hipstamic is a strangely satisfying analog-inspired app for the iPhone that I’ve really found a renewed interest in. This series of posts aims to place the focus a bit more on the photos rather than the words. In Volume 3, we feature a collection of Hipstamatic photos taken during a drive through historic Haleiwa town and Waialua.
A strange, but true story: I had set up Hipstamic to shoot with the combination of Buckhosrt H1 Lens + Blanko Freedom 13 Film + Standard Flash, and it had done that for the first seven images. However, when it came to the final image of the old St. Michael’s church ruins, it had switched to a Black & White setting that I had never used or had saved on Hipstamatic. Weird, but true.
For this Hipstamatic shoot, I challenged myself to shoot one shot each for eight different subjects. I gave myself a single try to frame the photo. Here are the eight photos that I ended up with. Here’s your challenge. See if you can identify the eight locations pictured below. Leave your answers in the comments. Good luck!
Hipstamic is a strangely satisfying analog-inspired app for the iPhone that I’ve really found a renewed interest in. This series of posts aims to place the focus a bit more on the photos rather than the words. In Volume 2, we feature a collection of Hipstamatic photos taken on a recent camping trip to Malaekahana State Recreation Area. This was actually our first time camping as a group, and my first time camping in many years. It was outrageously fun.
When Instagram was released in October 2010, I remember downloading it on my iPhone and instantly falling in love. The app looked gorgeous, was easy to use, and the photos I produced could easily be shared with friends. The dominate photo app in this space, around that time, was Hipstamatic. I had downloaded Hipstamatic when it was originally released about 8 months before Instagram. At that time, I found the app to be a bit confusing to use. Although Hipstamatic kickstarted the retro digital photography trend, the app forced you to commit to a set of settings (i.e. lens, flash, film) before taking a shot, whereas Instagram allowed you to apply different filters post shooting. And that skeumorphic design irked me. I ignored Hipstamatic stringent nature and skeumorphic user interface and became a devoted Instagram user.
Two years later, I find the cumbersome and inflexible nature of Hipstamatic to be oddly gratifying. In fact, two years later, I no longer view it as being cumbersome or inflexible. Instead, Hipstamatic is arguably much more flexible than its Instagram counterpart. The user interface is skeumorphic, yes, but it’s also minimalistic and simple. More importantly, choosing a lens type, film type, and even flash settings prior to shooting a photo forces me to think about the shot even more before actually shooting a photo. I imagine this is what it used to be like during the analog days when it was normal to think about what kind of film you would be shooting with and not how many SD cards you have in your pocket.
The ease of digital photography makes us all a bit lazy, really. There’s no longer a need to think about a shot before taking it. It’s not unusual for me to snap hundreds of photos on a given hiking trip. Twenty years ago, this would have been unusual. Twenty years ago I’d actually have to think about every shot or else I’d be wasting a shit load of money on film and processing. Twenty years ago you needed to be a bit more focused when shooting a picture.
Hipstamatic, although very digital, brings back the analog qualities of taking a photograph. Hipstamatic forces you think before shooting. I like that and can appreciate that now.
Two years later, I find the cumbersome and inflexible nature of Hipstamatic to be oddly gratifying. In fact, two years later, I no longer view it as being cumbersome or inflexible. Instead, Hipstamatic is arguably much more flexible than its Instagram counterpart. The user interface is skeumorphic, yes, but it’s also minimalistic and simple.
All photos were taken at Hamama Falls by Ahante Lim.
A few weeks ago I posted about Kenji Croman’s awesome Kickstarter Project, Chasing Waves. Well, here’s another Kickstarter project for you to drop some cash on. Trust me, it’ll be worth the 20+ bucks. John Hook and the Analog Sunshine Recorders (ASR), a collective of local Hawaii photographers dedicated to the art of analog (non-digital) photography, plans to travel 3000 miles across America over 18 days to create a 64 page book of roadtrip goodness.
The project goal is to raise $4000, and they easily reached this goal. However, you can still chip in to the cause and earn some goodies for your pledge. For as little as $20 you can score an early edition of the book. Support local. Support the Analog Sunshine Recorders. Check out the Kickstarter project page here.
“Wake Up, We’re Here” will be the first book created by the photo collective the Analog Sunshine Recorders (ASR). Everyone is invited to take the visual journey and follow 8 people with cameras in a single van for 18 days, crossing 3000 miles of the great American Landscape.”
A photographic merry-go-round of 8 people traveling 3,000 miles for 18 days in 1 van to make 1 book.
Hey Exploration: Hawaii readers, I highly suggest that you folks go and check out the Bouldering In Hawaii exhibit that is currently on display at the Manifest in Chinatown. I had the opportunity to check out the opening reception last night and it was awesome. I also got to finally meet David Chatsuthiphan, owner of Unreal Hawaii, and the person behind the Bouldering In Hawaii exhibit. Very nice guy!
The exhibit will be on display at the Manifest until November 17, 2012.
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I recently picked up an iPhone 5. Actually, not recently. I got it on Day 1. Yes, I’m an Apple fanboy and have always been one. So the iPhone 5 ships with the brand new iOS 6. One of the built-in features is Panorama mode as an option in the camera app.
Panorama apps aren’t new to the iPhone. I’ve been using Autostitch since I picked up the first generation iPhone in 2007. However, that app has always been a bit tedious. You have to take multiple photos, then launch the app, then select the photos, and then allow Autostitch to do its magic. Oh, and you must not forget to crop. Panorama mode in iOS makes things much simpler. You simply move your phone in a sweeping motion to the right and the app automatically creates a panorama for you and even crops it. It’s all kinds of awesome.
I’ve had the iPhone 5 for a little over 2 weeks now, however, I never had much of a chance to test Panorama mode. With just one early morning class to teach this past Friday, I decided head to Koko Head Regional Park for some cardio fun on the Koko Crater tramway and to test out Panorama mode on the iPhone 5. Bellow you will find a selection of Panoramas that I took.
I’m a little late to the game on this one, but I thought it was a project that was too good to pass up writing about. His name is Kenji Croman and he’s a professional photographer, based in Hawaii, who specializes in wave photography. Kenji loves to shoot waves. He’s also very ambitious. Kenji recently started a Kickstarter project with the hope of traveling to different countries in South America to photograph the perfect wave.
“My goal is to travel with my wife to South America and photograph some of the worlds most beautiful and untouched waves…Most of the waves in South America that I plan to go to have never been seen because of their remote locations, and they certainly have not been photographed the way I would like to do it. Different beaches have different breaks, and each wave is unique. With my experience and my unique style as an artist, I’m confident I’ll be able to photograph these stunning waves in a creative and picturesque way. I also am eager to print these images on metal print, which holds the vibrant colors and gives the images a distinct and realistic feel. I’m looking forward to the adventure and challenge.”
You can view Kenji’s Kickstarter page here. There’s only a few days left for the project on Kickstarter. Support local. Support Kenji.