Welcome to another edition of Photo Friday! This week my photos are from Waikiki Beach but I’m still currently on vacation, which means this post is being posted from Reno, NV – where I graduated from high school and college and lived for 12 years. We actually just got back into town Wednesday evening, after getting up at 3:45 in the morning to catch our plane home. We were only in Hawaii for 6 days, and it wasn’t nearly long enough. I’m ready to go back!
We were actually only at Waikiki for 2 of our 6 nights. The other four nights were spent with a good friend who lives in Kailua. On Saturday night she arrange for us to have a late birthday celebration in Waikiki, which included a party hat, excellent food, and fantastic drinks, which were all complemented by the gorgeous sunset that apparently happens there on a regular basis.
Some folks might say that I was OK with wearing a little kid’s party hat in public because I’m now 40 and care much less about what other people think, but the truth of the matter is that I haven’t cared what people think about my appearance in a really long time. It’s just one of those things. While I’m a bit heavier than the norm, I have always had a pretty healthy body image. I am what I am, and I’m really OK with myself. And besides – that party hat was useful later in the evening 😉
One of the things that my friend Brandy and I did while I was there was hike up to the top of Diamondhead, which is that hill you see in the background. I’ll be bringing you photos from that hike for July’s 10 on 10 post, so stay tuned for that. Actually – there are a while bunch of photos to stayed tuned for because so far during the month of June, I’ve taken approximately 2,500 photos, and I’m not done yet (I’m planning a sunrise photo shoot Friday morning). I kinda love that the full moon was present in this shot!
In the meantime, though, I’m just going to leave these sunset photos right here for you. All of these were taken with my Tokina 11 – 16 mm super wide angle lens. I’m pretty in love with it. I took my kit lens and the zoom, and both of those were pulled out once. Beyond those very specific situations, the WA lens did everything that I wanted and then some. The only thing I am noticing, which was noted in the reviews that I read, is a tendency towards a fish-eye effect on the edges, which is worse when I don’t have the camera level as I’m taking the shot. (You’ll see it a bit in the first photo). There are some gorgeous photos for you in the coming weeks, and I’m excited to share them with you. However, right now I’m tired as I’m sure you understand!
The beach was super crowded in Waikiki, which was super different from our experiences on Kailua and Lanikai beaches. There was no way to keep people out of the sunset shots, which I think is OK. It’s just a part of it.
Speaking of people in your shots, I don’t remember thinking, “Oh there are going to be kids in these pictures” when I was taking them, although I was under the influence of a pineapple martini…and the vodka soaked chunks of pineapple that couldn’t be allowed to go to waste. However, I really kinda love them, particularly the middle one where the little guy is in silhouette. If I were going to go back and re-edit these shots, I’d pull up the shadows and blacks so that they are more of true silhouettes.
I’ve totally enjoyed my vacation, but to be honest, I’ve got a little bit of a pit in my stomach thinking about going through all of these photos! As I’ve unloaded them, I’ve at least labeled them. Perhaps on the flight home to Mississippi and Sweet Husband I’ll begin the process of culling them. How do you handle organizing your photos? And how do you sort through them when you’ve got such a huge volume to handle? Let me know in the comments!
As always, welcome to another edition of the Photo Friday link-up! I’m so excited that you are here with us again this week! I’ve been a bit of a slacker these last few weeks with getting around to all of your posts, but I’m trying to get caught up 😉 In the meantime, y’all are doing an admirable job of supporting each other, and I greatly appreciate that!
Last week our most viewed link came to us from Brooke at Out and About Global, sharing some reflections in rain puddles.
Our final link came to us from Stephanie at In Her Lens, who shared a weekend trip with us. As always, there are all sorts of incredible images added later in the weekend. If you have a moment, go check some of them out!
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