Category: Travel

Blackwater Falls State Park

I made these in November 2016 using the Fuji X-Pro 2 with the 35mm F2 lens.

I hope to go back this coming June with the X100V camera and/or the X-Pro 3 camera.  I haven’t decided on which lenses for the X Pro 3 yet.  That is one of the reasons I have been looking at these older images.

Sunrise in Egypt

We were eating breakfast on the western shore of the Nile river in Egypt and looking at the sun rise up above the buildings across the Nile on a cold morning in November 2006.

Mexico 2008 Reworks

 I originally made these images when traveling in Mexico in 2008.  I used them to try some different processing using the latest Lightroom Classics software.

The Amazon Region I Love

210110-202634-JEH21I have been fond of the Amazon region for a long time.  Marcia and I first visited Peru and rafted on a short section of the Urubamba  River in 2001.  It is a partially navigable feeder river of the Amazon.  When we were there the Shining Path was somewhat active and there were armed guards on the streets around our hotel in Lima and at the restaurants we ate in.  Our tour director pointed out the head of the Shining Path when he walked down the street in front of the restaurant … same person described by Darcy in her book.  He was staring right at me on the other side of the window as he walked by. 

In 2003 we traveled into the Amazon jungle region in Ecuador.  We spent time traveling the narrow channels within the jungle in a wooden dugout canoe.  We were in the area, not terribly far from where Darcy had owned a kayak tour business further upstream along the whitewater region of the river.  Our tour was downriver in the flat brown water area.  The company we traveled with stopped taking tours there later due to the drug trade, etc.

In 2006 we returned to Peru and cruised on the Amazon River upstream of Iquitos.  Hmmm, when I looked into the boat pilots station I noticed a rifle leaning against the wall in the corner.  I assumed it was for wildlife.  Heat, humidity, bugs and all, it is still a trip that I would like to repeat with a better waterproof camera this time.

Even before traveling in the Amazon region, I liked to read about it, and I still rarely pass up a good book about what others found and did while traveling there.  The book Amazon Woman is one of the better ones and if you are interested I encourage you to read it.  She kayaked it from source to mouth after we had been on the river, and I was surprised at the state of life along the river, even in the areas we had visited.  When she traveled the river in 2013, it was still just as rustic, dangerous, and difficult than when we were there, but then again, we were only in the safer regions. 

I had other thoughts as I read this book.  Long distance hikes, like along the Appalachian Trail, are very different from her 4000 mile kayak trip down the Amazon.  Hikes along the Appalachian Trail are very social where you have many interactions with fellow hikers along the way.  Kayaking down the Amazon is a very lonely trip, even with two fellow travelers.  Her Amazon trip comes closer to being similar to quarantine for the same length of time.  Her loneliness and thoughts are more like some of us have been having as we stayed isolated for the last 10 plus months.

Clarksburg Project

200718-113515-JEH20Marcia and I were in Clarksburg, WVa in Oct 2009 when I used a cheap film camera to make some images of the buildings, streets, etc.

Both Marcia and I were born and raised in Clarksburg and while we were visiting we drove and walked around to see the houses where we were raised along with the schools.

I might scan them, tweak them in Lightroom, and then use them to make a small book of pictures with notes, etc.  Well, maybe one of these days.  They are on my list of things I never seem to get around to.

I had used some of the images in a post years ago, but WordPress changed something along the way, or I changed to a theme that doesn’t support them, and some of the pictures are no longer in the post.

RePrinting old Prints

200707-083418-JEH20I was wondering about how those 27 year old Maui images might look if printed as toned monochrome prints.  I scanned the old 4×6 drugstore color prints and then processed some of them as toned monochrome images.  I then resized and sharpened them for printing as 5×7 prints. 

I had been looking for three suitable images to put in a frame to hang on my wall in front of my computer.  I have lots of color travel images on my walls, but no monochrome ones … until now.

While working on these images I remembered the last time I saw someone on one of our trips taking pictures with a 35mm Nikon interchangeable lens film camera.  It was in Hawaii on another trip.

Maui, HI in 1993

We went to Maui in 1993 and stayed at the Paki Maui, our first and only time to that island.  We both used small Olympus 35mm film cameras from which the pictures were developed and printed at a drugstore and all we have are the 4×6 prints which aren’t very sharp.  While Marcia was cleaning out the last of our older prints I decided to scan a few of the prints to see what I could recover as digital images.  We had a large number of prints but I only scanned some to get a flavor of the trip.

Maui was mainly a crowded tourist destination and we don’t like crowds so we avoided most of the crowded tourist spots.  To do that, we rented a small 4WD vehicle and drove where we weren’t supposed to go by circling the island.  As you can see in the pictures we succeeded to avoid the crowded areas.

We also took a helicopter ride over and around parts of Moloka’i Island.  That is where we made the pictures of the waterfalls, etc.  We also drove up to the Haleakala Crater where at an elevation of over 10,000 feet it was windy and cold.  If you haven’t experienced it, open a can of coke and drink it at that elevation.  I know, the things I remember.  We also walked out of the tourist area into the Iao Valley where we crossed paths with a few girls from Russia hiking.

We did venture into Lahaina to dine and walk around once.  It was there that we first experienced eating in a building with windows with no glass or screens and competing with the birds flying around.

Maui has changed a lot since then … at least from what I can find about visiting there on the web.  I’m glad we went when we did.

Today Feels Cold

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While it feels cold and is windy today, we didn’t get any snow.  This snow scene is from Feb. 2010.  It was our backyard in the house we owned before we moved to Homewood.  I have been revisiting a lot of older images, especially those made with older Pentax cameras that I have owned.  This image was a color jpeg from a Pentax K2000 camera that I have reworked into the above B&W.  This was our view from inside our house looking out the kitchen window.

Pentax in Hawaii

Due to the lack of new pictures, I have been revisiting older ones.  I took these in 2011 with a Pentax K-5 II and the 18-55mm lens.  I wanted to see how they looked after reprocessing the raw files using the latest version of LR.  One reason I am redoing the files and looking at them closer is to help me decide what, if any, additional lenses I might wish to have for my current Pentax KP camera.

So far, I’m sticking to my preference to not get a longer, heavier zoom lens.  One reason is the image quality of those light enough and cheap enough aren’t very good.  If I continue to think only in terms of the limited lenses, the only one left of interest to me would be the 21mm, and it would come in handy if I ever get back to the streets or traveling.  I am still not sure about getting another 18-55mm WR zoom lens, but there are times it would be handy as a cheap walkabout lens in bad weather or times like when our next flood occurs.  Looking at the above pictures tells me it would be good enough, at least when the lighting is bright.  I might order an inexpensive used one and compare the IQ to the Limited 20-40mm WR lens.

Note that all of these pictures were taken on the big island.  I noticed the “reference” to Hanover in a small general store.  We were visiting the island right before they had an Iron Man event and there were a lot of cyclists getting use to the climate, roads, etc.  The big island is a lot drier and newer, thus the lava flows, than our favorite island which is Kauai.

Hawaii in Different Light

I haven’t been going out anywhere to make pictures lately, and doubt that I will around other people until after the flu and virus seasons are over.  In order to keep thinking about photography, I had been thinking about whether or not I want to get an additional lens for the Pentax KP, when I remembered the last time I traveled with a Pentax DSLR.  It was when we were in Hawaii right before we moved here to Homewood in 2011.

I decided to reload the pictures into LR and reprocess them as I checked out what focal lengths I used on that trip to Hawaii.  I only had the Pentax 18-55mm kit lens with me and I doubted that the images would be very good, but I found them to be better than I remembered.  While reprocessing them I also decided to see how they would work with my latest B&W style.  You can see the results above.  I like them, especially since they show Hawaii in a totally different light than most people think of when thinking about Hawaii.