The Weekend

Saturday

In the morning, Thom came by with his new camera.  He said he wanted my help, but really, he didn’t.  I showed him the button to turn his flash on and off, and I showed him how to make his macro setting work.  I also showed him where to find the index in his camera manual. [rolls eyes]  Mostly he just showed off his camera.

Thom

Thom taking a photograph of me taking a photograph of him.

After Thom left, I made toasted cheese sandwiches for lunch and got ready to go to the Island Wide Handbell Choir Workshop. I was at the workshop from 12:30 to 4:30 and while I was there I learned how to be an even better ding-a-ling.

After the Handbell Workshop, I made a dash to Safeway for yummies, then I went by Amoeba’s office and collected him, and we went to Kuli’ou’ou Beach Park to join Thom and company at their pretty-darn-regular weekend picnic. We had a lovely time talking and eating and laughing. I am pretty certain Thom has some hilarious photos to share.

These photos are of the park, but I actually took them Friday evening when Amoeba and I walked down to the beach and enjoyed the sunset.

Night Flight

Maunalua Bay Sunset

This photo was taken not too long after the sun began to set. The birds are egrets flying in to find their night roosts.

Sunset Over Paiko Lagoon

Sunet Over Paiko Lagoon

This was among the last photos of the evening, as the sun swiftly sank into the sea.  Paiko Lagoon is part of the bird sanctuary adjacent to Maunalua Bay & Kuli’ou’ou Beach Park.

After dark we enjoyed the gentle ocean breeze and a lively group of ukulele players who exhausted every Hawaiian tune ever written and then regaled the park with Christmas carols.   We especially enjoyed the Elvis impersonator.  No pics of them though, the shade they were in hid them from the camera.

Sunday

Tomorrow morning we have to be to church by 9:00 a.m. because of my Sunday School class.  At 10:00 a.m. I have bell choir rehearsal (yes, more) and at 10:30 the worship service begins.  The beginner’s handbell choir (that’s my group) is playing the prelude.  After church, Amoeba has choir practice.

After choir practice we are going to Gigi’s to meet several other local bloggers and have a lovely lunch.  I think it is very generous of Gigi to plan and host this gathering.  We are very much looking forward to the afternoon.

After Gigi’s party we have to return to church because I am speaking at the 5:00 p.m. service.  If you return to this blog at 5:00 p.m. HST, I have set the message to auto-post, so you can read what I am sharing with the congregation.  (Dr. John, I do believe it is God’s message.  It certainly isn’t what I thought I was planning to write about — this is just what emerged from my keyboard after all the study and prayer — and you probably know even better than I that even though I very carefully wrote this out word-for-word, it may not be exactly what emerges from my mouth tomorrow.)

Finally, after church we will come home and put up Punny Monday — which isn’t half as hard as it’s been the last two times — and then I can have a nice long nap!

So now you all know why you’ve not seem much of me today, and won’t see much of me on Sunday!

News

Here is some news you may or may not appreciate:  two new lenses and a very sturdy camera case are making their way toward my home via mail.  I should receive them today or Monday.  I am hoping for today.

If it is today, I will know in a couple of hours.  In the meantime, I’d best clean my house so I can be free to go out picturing.  I am especially very excited to try out the 55-200 mm zoom!

Off to clean!

UPDATE

No cleaning got done!  About 20 minutes after dropping off the mail, the mail truck returned and parked at the end of my driveway.  I rushed out, jumping up and down in excitement, and asked the mailcarrier if she had a package for me!  She did!  She did!  She did!  Woot!  I am off to take pictures!

(If any of you stop by, would you mind doing a bit of cleaning while you’re here?)

I Are in College Again!

I am taking a 5 week photography class at the college titled, Getting to Know Your Camera 1.  Tonight I learned so much stuff, my head is still spining from it all.  I am really excited and I want the sun to come out so I can go try what I learned.

I thought I was going to be the only real novice in the class.  Nope.  Turns out there are 42 other people just like me!  The teacher grouped us by camera model. I sat by a fellow who had a camera just like mine, and he didn’t even know how to take his memory card out and get the photos out of his camera!  I felt much better after hearing that.

The instructor’s teenage daughter, Kai, came to class and was helping as well.  After she checked to make certain my partner and I had figured out how to set our ISO , we started asking her questions, which she happily answered.  Then the instructor asked, “Who knows how to change their shutter speed?”  And my partner and I raised our hands — Kai had just taught us.  Even so, it was nice to be able to be the ones who could help the other people in our group.

I took this photo in class.  This is the media center course catalog & the lens cap from my camera.  The glare marks on the cover were part of the pattern and not caused by my camera.

I took this photo in class. This is the media center course catalog & the lens cap from my camera. The "glare" marks on the cover were part of the pattern and not caused by my camera.

So, my assignment, due by 9 a.m. next Monday: using ISO 200 and shutter speed 125, I am to take photographs which feature 1.) line; 2.) shape; 3.) form 4.) color; and, 5.) texture.  I must take 3 photos of each example at 1.) normal; 2.) normal +1; and 3.) normal -1.  In case you weren’t counting, that 15 pictures: 5 “perfect”, 5 over-exposed; and 5 under-exposed — and I know how to do that!

Stay tuned.