A few more pictures from the trip to Oahu earlier this year; this time some slightly abstract snaps of a few buildings in Honolulu.
As well as being roll 22 and 24 of my 36, this is also a review on another new to me camera; the Mamiya 35 Executive.
I am not really sure why I bought this as I have several other 35mm rangefinders two of which are very good and my ‘favourite’ brand. But Mamiya is also a trusted brand for me and when browsing recently to find a replacement for my soon-to-be-dead Mamiya C330, I stumbled across this. It wasn’t cheap so I can’t use that to justify my purchase.
I didn’t actually know that Mamiya made 35mm rangefinders and so seeing this, I was intrigued. Continue reading “Mamiya 35 Executive”
I recently went on a trip to Oahu, Hawaii and we visited the memorial at Pearl Harbor. Not being an American I wasn’t really sure what to expect; other than a few general facts here and there I didn’t really know very much about it; I am guessing if I had been raised here, much more of that history would have been ingrained in me.
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”
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(?)
Next week: Broken