I got this shot as I was entering a restaurant located on the dock in Oahu, Hawaii. I was quite glad that I had brought the camera along, even to dinner. I was in fact rarely with out my cameras, lenses and tripod. While some may think the camera gets in the way of the fun, I tend to think the camera IS the fun and thus often was wearing a large hiking backpack loaded down. My wife being the true sport she is often was wearing a second backpack so that there was room for snacks, water and dry shoes as well.
As I reviewed the images I had taken on my 2010 Hawaii trip I realized the I had relatively few sunset photographs, compared to how many I feel as though I should have created.
There were many truly spectacular locations and opportunities to have created more of these, but honestly in reflection by the time sunset came I was generally too tired and too busy.
I would often spend the entire day driving, walking and hiking trails, towns, mountains anywhere that seemed appealing. Often by evening I was whipped and busy loading the images onto my hard drive. While loading the images may not seem like daunting task, it was.
I had borrowed a friends old laptop (big thanks to Kim Lennox) and brought an external drive to store the images on, mostly good planning. The problem lies in my execution, I did not try out my storage system until I was in Hawaii – that’s a little late for truley GOOD planning.
I realized that my drive was formatted for a P.C. and I had an Apple laptop which wanted to reformat my drive before using it. My hard drive was already loaded with images so I did not want to reformat. Luckily my supportive wife pointed out that there was an Apple store on Oahu and the helpful geniuses were able to show me a drive that would work for both the Apple and P.C., after reformatting – a couple (hundred) bucks more and now I’m in the game.
Unfortunately the laptop was older and only connected to my drive was via USB 1. For those not gasping in disgust you need to know that loading the 2-8 Gb memory cards via USB 1 was a very slow process requiring me to be hanging around the condo for most of the entire evening to swap out memory cards as they loaded – as it turns out having a Mai Tai (or two) on the balcony isn’t really such bad way to spend a few hours :). At least it was slow enough that I could start a 8 GB card, go off to dinner and come back just in time to find it finishing and start the process with the next card.