I went to Phoenix for Thanksgiving and we were invited out to see bull riding; which is kinda what an ignorant person like me would refer to as Rodeo.
This was a somewhat casual/for-fun event and it happens every Friday night at the Buffalo Chip Saloon
I didn’t know quite what to expect and definitely didn’t dress appropriately for the cold evening in November, but is was a fun event for sure and worth a visit. I would advise getting to your seats early if you want a decent view; it is extremely popular and busy.
Of course I took a camera; my trust Pen-F Digital and managed to capture this picture of a young boy with (I think) his Grandfather
This will (I think) be the last of my posts of the Kauai trip.
We couldn’t be in Hawaii with all our friends without taking them to a Luau. And the one we found most recommended was with the ‘Smith family‘. They have a large estate and so there are a few options that can be a part of your package as well as the Luau itself; we went for the whole thing that included a boat ride to Fern Grotto, time to explore the extensive gardens, dinner and the luau show.
The event started with the boat ride which is a large floating platform holding something like 100 people. The captain gives a talk through of the sights along the way which to me at least sounded very random and odd in places and I think amused him more than some of us (or maybe that is my British-ness); you could tell he’d been telling the same stories for a long time, anyway it was a fun ride with beautiful landscapes.
The boat takes you to a landing stage where after a short walk through jungle-like scenery you find yourself at the grotto. It is very picturesque with a small stream of water tumbling over a cliff with a small cave at the bottom. Unfortunately because of the other 100 people its a little crowded and you aren’t allowed too close which is understandable. Interesting white birds (long-tails?) flew around overhead and a small Hawaiian band played, it was very nice. Continue reading “The Smith Family Garden Luau”→
This is another post from my recent trip to Kauai, Hawaii.
One thing that we promised ourselves when we were planning this trip as a wedding present to ourselves was a helicopter flight around the island. There are quite a few operators doing this but we chose Jack Harter; firstly they offered the longest flight time (only by about 5 or 10 minutes but enough) second they offered doors-off flights and lastly well with a name like Jack Harter you’ve got to just go with it 🙂
On our trip earlier this month to Kaua’i, we visited the small town of Hanapepe. The town sits on the southern side of the island between Lihue and Waimea and is easily missed if you aren’t looking for it.
It’s a small one street type of town that could easily fit into some Western style movie. The old dilapidated buildings are great for us photographers and I enjoyed walking around taking shots. However that dilapidation although interesting is surely not healthy(?)
A couple of years ago I embarked on a journey with the intent to document the small collection of cameras I had, as more or less a personal project. As I progressed the collection grew and the end of the process rather than getting closer seemed to extend into the distance. In the last few months I have reached a point where I don’t feel I have to complete this exercise and I have reduced my collection down to the ones I want to keep and use and am slowly selling off those that don’t meet my criteria of Voigtländer or beautiful or useful.
So I now have before me (and upon me) a struggle to change the way I shoot and write. For me “struggle” appears to be the right word. I seem to have slipped into a process of shooting purely to test the particular camera I was using and less so looking for really good images that I would be proud of. That is not to say that I didn’t take good pictures I am quite happy with a lot that I have taken over the last year or so. It is just now that I am back to taking photos for their own sake I feel like I have forgotten somewhat where I left off.
So for many reasons the July hunt for Blue was a bit of a wash out, actually wash is probably not the right word more the opposite as a primary issue was that it was so hot here getting out to shoot was uncomfortable.
As I was thinking of switching the colours slightly anyway (monocrome is not a colour) I decided to extend blue into August.
As it was I didn’t fair much better in August but here is my selection for your enjoyment.
I got this only a week or so ago thanks to Jim Grey’s thinning of the herd. I couldn’t wait to try it out and took it to Hermosa Beach last weekend with a roll of Kodak ColorPlus film (which I have no recollection of buying).
This is the second of my recent acquisitions which together make me feel I can stop looking as I have exactly the core camera set I want to use (well almost). I already posted about the Prominent this is another from Voigtländer (of course) and it is a Twin Lens Reflex.
This has everything you could ever want from a TLR in a well designed package.
I got this and another couple of cameras recently and, for the first time in a long time, I feel like “That’s it I am done buying, it’s not going to get any better than this.”
I have had the Prominent on my list of desirable cameras for some time but prices have always been above what I was willing to pay. Now I know that apparently, reasonably priced Prominents are like buses; you wait ages and two turn up at the same time. Continue reading “Cameras: Voigtländer Prominent”→