Day 88 – Helicopter trip and Hanging out with Kauai

Had a last minute helicopter adventure this afternoon. I scored the best seat in the Helicopter, the front right seat. Have tons of great pictures, many will end up being screen savers. I bought the DVD, as well as shot a ton of my own video (thanks to Canon 5DII) but need to edit it, so it may be a few days before I post. After the trip I had a couple hours of daylight left so I just decided to wander around for a while and took as many pictures as I could. It was a great day.

Kauai is really amazing. It and Maui are the two places on earth I really feel like I am in love with them- its the strangest thing, it sort of feels like being in love with a person, but only its a place. Not sure if that sounds weird, but if you have felt it you know what I am talking about. Ive liked a lot of places, but….wow! Im already thinking about all the things Id like to do on my next visit. 🙂

Hanging with Friends on Kauai

Well, if you have been reading whats been going on the last day or two, you can see that I met up with Jessi Ann Mink, her Mom Sherrie and sister Jenna. We drove up to the canyons today and then had some Shave Ice. Strangely, most of the conversation was about business. Jessi Ann was embarassed by yesterday’s kayak picture, so I promised to take a better one today. She thinks her hair looks like a lion or something, and I have to agree with her. It does! So, here is a nice one to balance the karma out. Great pic Jessi Ann!Near the end of the day, I saw we were going to have a little bit of sunlight and offered to take some nice pics of the girls – These images are important because I used a tiny little speed light as the fill, this is very tricky when shooting into sun light (granted it wasnt full power sun light, but without a fill, the girls would just be dark shadows. There is much more going on in these pictures than what meets the eye. If you look carefully, you can even see where the speed lite was in relation to the girls. Ill include several lessons on the 580 Speedlite DVD about this, and what the best settings are.

For the amount of work it takes to set up a portable studio light vs using a small speed light, I am going to have to side with the speed light. These images were processed in about a minute each with Paintballer Pro, which means you can get images like this without having to invest in a portable battery pack or studio lighting equipment (though granted, once you have it set up, it is dang nice).