Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sunday Early Edition

Sort of on the late side.
Of the Early Edition I mean.
Well I did have to drive over to the Honolulu side of the island this morning and that set me back a bit.
If you know what I mean.
The reason I traveled far and wide is for you, the reader, and I saw something on CL that I decided to pick up:

This is the cheapest of Nikon's 50mm lenses, but it's sort of on the fast side so I wanted to try it out.
The kids are doing well on their portrait projects and I wanted to give them the chance to shoot with a lens with some serious depth of field.
I actually have my eyeballs on the 50mm f1.4, but I gotta save up some bucks for that puppy.
Anyways off I went into the jungles of Waikiki for I was able to score this lens for less than a hunski.
That actually didn't take too long, but I got sidetracked.
First of all, I stopped by the camera place, but they didn't have what I was looking for in stock.
Then on the way home, I wanted to take some pictures to compare the field of view of my two pieces of glass.
So made like a tourist I did and I stopped off at the Pali Lookout, on top of the mountain halfway between Honolulu and Flat Tire Land:

Tourists have to pay to park here.
I get in free.
Cause I live here.
Don't you know.
Up the ramp to a panoramic view of the Windward side of O'ahu:

First, some background.
The lookout is built on what was once the road that led to Kailua, I mean Flat Tire Land.
You had to steer your horse and buggy up the long hill, over the top and back down again.
The modern day highway and tunnels follow that route sort of,  and the original road is still accessible.
Not to autos, but to hikers and adventurers only.
Anyways, usually this place is like in the clouds for it rains here almost everyday, in the mountains I mean and the wind is usually blowing something fierce.
By fierce I mean you have to walk at like a 70 degree angle to make any forward progress and folks who have tried to jump off the cliff have actually been blown back on the rocks below.
Pali by the way, is Hawaiian for cliff.
There was also a famous battle fought here, where Kamehameha the first defeated some chief winning control over O'ahu and finally unified the islands.
Informational thingy:

The area where the lookout is built is pretty much the only place they could have built a road, in the olden days anyways, for it pretty much looks like this on both sides:

Looks impressive, but actually only about 3,000 ft. at the highest point.
I don't usually come up here although I pass by everyday going into town and coming home.
I get here oh, once every five years or so, if I want a picture or if I get some visitors from out of town.
So, how did my new lens do?
More in the Final Edition.

1 comment:

Steve A said...

Your new, to you, lens did jus FINE!