Hawaii has always been on our "to do list" and living in New Zealand it's actually not too far away by our standards (roughly nine hours). Yes, when you live in NZ you consider this to be a relatively close destination!!
So, a few months ago my family and I were fortunate enough to spend some time in Oahu.
Of course, we did all the tourist things, Pearl Harbour, North Shore, Waikiki Beach etc and had a great family holiday but if I'm totally honest I was a little underwhelmed by the place itself and with hindsight I personally would probably have enjoyed one of the less developed islands more, live and learn as they say.
A Quick Note about Gear
I've really managed to minimise the amount of gear I travel with these days and on this trip I had just my Leica MP and 50mm Summilux f/1.4 Asph plus a couple of rolls of film. In actual fact I should have titled this post "one and a half rolls in Oahu" because the reality was that one was already half shot.
So, one film camera, a single lens and around 50 exposures consisting of a half used roll of Ektar 100 and fresh roll of Portra 400, not much to go at.
Developing & Scanning.
Digibase C41 Kit - not the pre-mixed one I'd been using previously, this is the kit you have to mix yourself, same end result just a touch cheaper and only slightly more time consuming.
JOBO CPP2 - If I were a more prolific shooter this thing would be saving me a small fortune at NZ developing prices.
Imacon 848 - Still no settled workflow........these are .TIF's scanned at 3200ppi using the Hasselblad Flexcolor software.
Lightroom CC - Easiest way to edit any image regardless of source.
I've kept the family images private so that's eliminated quite a few shots, so this post consists of the remaining shots from those rolls.
The walk along Waikiki Beach towards Diamond Head is pretty good around sunrise, plenty of stuff going on and beautiful light. Whilst I only did this once I did manage to get a few shots I liked on that particular morning.
The two images below were taken around Northshore on an overcast day, not the best light but there's just something about them that I find pleasing.
Hanauma Bay State Park (Below) - This really is a spot of outstanding natural beauty, it also has a rich history, you can read more - HERE.
The park is well managed and visitor numbers are limited daily, that said it was for me, just one more place that's tainted by tourist activity. I realise that's a bit rich when your a tourist yourself but I've grown to resent these tourist hotspots, however beautiful, sigh.
In Waikiki I just happened to stumble upon this mini photoshoot. I established quite quickly that it was some sort of Modelmayhem arrangement so I thought I'd quickly document the moment and in turn exchanged a few words with the photographer. This lead to me momentarily becoming his assistant and holding the light diffuser for him, the sacrifices you make for your art.....
When opportunity knocks your really need to grab it with both hands, that's not a euphemism... So, I managed to grab a couple of shots for myself and posterity! I'd say the first shot below and the image of the two asian guy's are probably my favourites of the bunch.
That's it for Oahu, if anyone has any experience of the other islands I'd really love to hear about them, I still don't feel like I had the true Hawaiian experience.
As ever thanks for taking time to read this.