Sunday, March 29, 2009

More light writing stuff

Saturday was Earth Day-You're supposed to have turned off the lights and stuff that use electricity from 8:30-9:30. We did that, and my aunty gave us these industrial 12 hour glow sticks so I just played around with my Pentax and the 4 second exposure.

There's really no point to these so they don't make any sense.

I found flashlights.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Light Writing

Another camera technique that's pretty fun. Persistence of vision is the principle that makes the pictures in this entry "work," and the technique that produces these pictures is called light writing. It's like what you see in the Sprint commercials except that the Sprint guys make lots of the pictures and make play them as a stop motion movie.

Too lazy to read those articles? Ok, basically if you look at something, even for a little while, then look away, the signal that was sent to your brain is slow, so you see a sort of after image. That's persistence of vision. Need an example? Check out this Jesus illusion and check out the main site as well for some more optical illusions. They aren't all persistence of vision, but they're all pretty trippy. That's kind of what's going on in the camera when you set it on low aperture and a long shutter speed, like 30 seconds or even bulb.

If you take a picture with low aperture and long shutter speed at night, you'd get a picture that seems like it was taken at daytime, like the four second exposures from the Dupont hike and the time there was the power outage.

Now, get a flashlight, or some other bright source of light, and write or draw a picture while the shutter is open, and you get something like these pictures:

My first attempts at light writing-

I was holding the camera since I set it on bulb, so the background is blurry, and you can't see my hand, but in pictures that other people have made, they are in picture but are blurred, since they move around and the camera sensor is capturing all the light it "sees" while the shutter is open.

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Spring break is finally here

I haven't hiked or actually done anything in a while, and yesterday Jared, Maxx, and I hiked Kuli'ou'ou Ridge to Pu'u O Kona. There aren't any good pics from yesterday because it was socked in up there. Anyways, I already did the hike before and I got pics on a clear day. You can check out the pictures as well as a description of the Kuli'ou'ou to Pu'u O Kona hike here.

Today, Maxx got stuck at home because he had to clean house, so Jared, Winston, and I hiked the Wiliwilinui trail today. You can see the pics and description here.

After two hours, we reached the end of the trail and the sign was there waiting to tell us: "End of Wiliwilinui Ridge Trail." Today was different though...

We continued on past the sign to reach the peak of the next mountain on the right. It was kind of slippery in places, but we survived. You basically walk along the edge of the mountain, so one wrong move would mean a long trip tumbling to the bottom. We also got attacked by all the uluhe ferns on the way to the unnamed peak, so our legs are all scratched up. I found a thimbleberry bush on the way to the unnamed summit, so I ripped out the whole thing and brought it home to plant. The clouds covered the mountain and engulfed us, and blocked the views of Kane'ohe, Olomana, Waimanalo, etc. We reached the unnamed peak and decided to turn around at the top because it just continued on, and we didn't feel like going some more. So back through the uluhe minefield, and we finally made it back to the end of the trail sign. We hung around a little while longer, and a mountain biker came up to the summit. We talked for a little while and then he was on his way. Jared had some kind of cheese-it snack mix that was really good, so the three of us finished the bag 2400 feet up at the summit of Wiliwilinui.

Since it's spring break now, I'm hoping to hike more trails, ones I've done before as well as new ones. We only get one week of break, but then again, we start school later than lots of schools on the island.

Saturday, February 28, 2009

Swamp Romp

I don't have any pics from the swamp romp, and I'm sick so i wanna sleep soon so I'll just put a little about the swamp romp. I could have done better today, but i got sick on Friday, so i was mad at myself. The romp was down at Kaneʻohe Marine Corps Base and we had to get up at around 4:30 today. That's four in the morning. Mits got up at 4, and he was making food. There was eggs, rice, sausages, and some pizza, all part of a balanced breakfast. Good thing Matt let us sleep over if not we would have gotten up earlier.

Six of us make a team so we took two cars, three and three. Ryan's car has the best bass in the world, but his speakers are gonna blow up someday. As we went along the pitch black highway at 5 in the morning, we went up a hill, and on the other side were lots of cars. They all came for the swamp romp too, and it took about half an hour just to get to the parking, which was only about a mile away from the entrance. 5 in the morning and we had the windows down, blasting the music and getting pumped up.

After we parked, we followed the crowd and went to the race area. We had to wait in lines again for a race chip, to record our time, and a number. There were separate lines for each, so we split up. But in no time, we were getting ready to start. I had clif bloks so we all had one each on the way to the start line. Team 308.

We were off. We came upon the first of many mud pits and just went through it, passing as many teams as we could, but everybody had to wait when we came to a 4 foot high wall that was giving others trouble. Our clothes covered in mud and our faces splattered with mud, we were anxious to keep on continuing, but we had to wait for 10 minutes before it was our turn to go over the wall. The wait ruined our time, so we just sped up. The 5.5 mile course was a test of endurance and had many mud and clay pits. The mud didn't taste that bad when you fell in it, but the clay was salty and bitter. The mud and clay were gritty, and lots of people still had some stuck in their teeth after the race was done.

The course went all the way to the beach, and it took us into the water. After more pits full of mud, we finally made it to the home stretch and passed about 4 teams. The rules are that teams finish together, so with linked arms, we sprinted into the finish.

Soaked in mud and clay, we got a shower from army trucks nearby and went to dry off. I don't know where to find our time yet, but I think it was around two hours. We started at around 8 and got back at 10. It was a fun race, and we would all do it again, but everyone is leaving for college so we'll see about that.

RACE RESULTS ARE UP-Ok it's monday and i just found the race results. Check them out. Our team got 70th overall and third in the young mens' division. We did better than i thought and actually took 1 hour 25 minutes. And the 2nd place team was our friend Tyler and his team. They were fast.

UPDATE-3/15-Tyler's team actually came in first, and it turns out we actually got 69th place.

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Kuli'ou'ou Ridge Trail to Pu'u O Kona Hike

Today I wanted to hike, and no one else could go, so I decided to go hike Kuli'ou'ou and go along the ridge to Pu'u O Kona. I could also see if it's possible to hike from the Kuli'ou'ou summit to the Konahuanui summit. The hike is fun and I didn't think it was that hard, but other sites say it is. Pu'u O Kona is the summit the middle of the Kuli'ou'ou ridges, and the trail to it is harder to get up than the Kuli'ou'ou state trail, so I started off at the Kuli'ou'ou trail and just went past the end of the trail mark to Pu'u O Kona. There were a lot of people on the trail today, but only two of them went past the end of the trail mark. The rest went back after they got to the end of the trail mark.

When I got to the end of the Kuli'ou'ou, it was cold and windy up there, and I continued on. The first rope section had no rope anymore because someone moved the rope. The rope was useless where it was, so they did some helpful stuff by moving it to a more useful place, a climbing part along the hike. The rope part with the electric cable had a landslide, so there's a huge crater-like hole that made it a little harder to get up. The dirt around that part of the hike is really loose on dry days like today, so watch out because you can slip when climbing up, and it's a long way down.

After I got up, I found my favorite hiking fruits, thimbleberries. I found about 10 of them so I got to have a little snack along the way. Mits and I turned around at that part before, so I continued on, finding more and more thimbleberries on the way to Pu'u O Kona. The path to Pu'u O Kona can get pretty narrow and have straight drops on the right side, so it's not a good trail for people afraid of heights. Eventually, you come upon a narrow dirt path that has drops on each side, and a landslide had recently narrowed the path even more. Then, there is a steep climb with no rope, and after those, the path is overgrown, but easy. Apparently, there was a rope on the steep climb, but I guess someone took it off, oh well, I made it up anyway. You finally reach Pu'u O Kona after the climbing, and you can see the path continue along the Ko'olau summits or a path that goes back down. The path that goes down is the path that could take you up to Pu'u O Kona, but it's in the middle of Kuli'ou'ou and it's hard to climb, from what I've read.

The point of the hike today was to find out if it possible to hike along the Ko'olau summits, and it is, so I'll be returning with Maxx and maybe others to hike to Konahuanui. On Google Earth, I found out the hike would be about 15-20 miles, lots of fun to be had, so next saturday we do the swamp romp, and then in the coming months we'll hike Kuli'ou'ou to Konahuanui.

Since no one else was there, it's all scenery and no people. I got some good pics though.

You could see the other island today. I never saw it before, so today was a pretty clear day. Click for the full size and you can see the island of Moloka'i in the distance.


The Ko'olau summits, with Konahuanui far away at the right.

A nice steep drop

That's Pu'u O Kona in the middle of the picture

Ohi'a Lehua. Pretty.

That dirt part is the narrow and landslide part.

Looking back

This part may not look steep but it was, and there was no rope anymore, which added to the challenge.

Panorama-this one didnt come out too good. i guess i need to go back and get better pics

Saturday, February 7, 2009

Another China Walls day...

...but today we got opihi! They taste like salt, but they have a nice chewy texture. Everyone we called was busy or just out of it so it was me and Royce today. We jumped in at the walls until Royce found an opihi shell and we decided to look for live ones. First, I used the old shell to pry the opihi off the rocks, and those things were stuck pretty good, so it took some effort to get em off. Then, we went back to the car to get something to use to take the opihi off the rocks. I had a metal stick that's originally for hitting the triangle in band, so we used that, and it turned out to be pretty effective in getting those opihi off the rocks.

According to Royce, we got about $25 worth of opihi that day. We got about 15-20 opihi, and they don't get fresher than that, right from the side of the rocks. They were all about an inch wide. It was fun, yet dangerous, because the opihi are on the edge near the water, and the waves were bangin today, so we had to move away before the waves swept us out.

Here some pics, and also another thing we found and pried off the rocks at china walls:

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Tilt Shift

Ever heard of it?
It's a kind of technique along with a special lens for photography and it makes certain pictures seem as if someone took a picture of mini toys or something. Don't get it? Check out the sample pics in the tutorial.

It's pretty cool, but I didn't wanna spend money on a new lens when I found out I could do it with photoshop. Good lenses are at least over $400 so I'd save up for a fisheye instead. The tutorial is here along with the sample pics that the guy made.

I tried that with some of my pics and came up with these. Not as good, but it was worth a try. I guess you need the right angles and distances too.

Saturday, January 31, 2009

Alan Davis

After spending some time at China walls, we decided to hit up Alan davis. Last time, we went to scooter along the path, but it was too packed so we went on the Makapu'u Tom Tom hike. This time, we went down at around 4. The cars were lined up along the pathway, so it was still crowded, but we had parking. Only on the first time I went, I got parking in a stall at the bottom. The rest of the times, I had to park along the pathway. Don't park along the side down at the bottom because you'll get ticketed if a cop comes, and we saw one giving out tickets today when we walked down. The place at the bottom needs to stay clear so cars can turn around.

We take the dirt path that leads down, not the paved hiking path. It was nice and green compared to the brown that we had seen for all of summer. The grass was long, in some parts, but it wasn't irritating; it actually felt good brushing on your legs. After a 5-10 minute walk, you get to the hidden beach known as Alan Davis. Under the shadow of Pele's chair, the beach is usually calm and spear fishers, kids, and everybody else show up to have fun. There's a shore where people can play like at Ala Moana, but most come for the telephone pole sticking out of the rocks. Nobody knows how it got there, and it must have been pretty hard to get it there in the first place.

The pole is about 6 feet above the water, and the water is about 7 feet deep. There are rocks directly under the pole, so you need to jump out. If you don't, you'll hit a rock. If you jump out, you'll definitely hit sand if you touch the bottom. There may or may not be a tire tied to the pole with rope, and today, there wasn't. I guess someone stole it. It makes you think what they're gonna do with it...

That's all there is to Alan Davis. Everything else should be self explanatory when you get out there. It's just another beach, except not as well known. The waves are calm so everyone can enjoy the water. After getting used to Alan Davis, you can upgrade to China Walls, or Spitting Caves.

Return to China Walls

After hiking and lunch, Mits left to go get a haircut and we called up Winston to go China Walls with us. If you wanna know more about china walls, you can read about it here. There's just pics in this entry.

Olomana: Return of the Hikers

Where to today? Back to conquer all of Olomana of course. The first time Mits and I went, we got lost, and you can read about the adventure here. Jared, Mits and I returned to do all three peaks today, and we asked Winston, but he was busy until 3. I got Mits and we met Jared at the spot where we park. We made our way across the bridge and past the guard shack.

Up the road and to the trail entrance we went, and we made sure to take the path with the fallen tree on it. It was kinda muddy today because of the rain that had come during the week, so it was slippery, and on top of that, Jared forgot his running shoes at school. He used his vans and he made it through all three peaks. So back through the hike, with all the steep climbing, and we made it to the top of the first peak in about half an hour. We got pictures of the scenery, and Jared took some pictures to give to teachers for graduation. Onto the next peak...
The descent from the first peak is easy, and you climb down just to climb back up to the second peak, the shortest of the three. There aren't any good views from the second peak; most or even all of the good views can be seen from the first peak alone. But we didn't just come for the view, we came to hike and/or climb all three peaks of Olomana. Mitsuo was going through the trail quickly today. While we stopped for pictures, he just blazed on, so we arrived at the second peak, where he was waiting, and we continued on. The climb down from the second peak is something else...

The second peak is pretty steep almost near vertical, and without the ropes provided, you would have a hard time getting down. The dirt and rocks on the ground are loose, and will easily make you slip, so make sure that you are within reach of the rope if you do slip.

Now after going down that steep hill, you need to go back up the third peak. It's all just easy kine rock climbing, and there are ropes if you wanna use them. The path from the second to the third peak has all the cool stuff. There's a point where you need to scale the side of a rock wall, and you have a rope to help. When you make it to the other side, there's a rock with a hole in it that makes for a cool photo opp. Then, there's a more dangerous photo opp that I got into, or in this case below. There's a hole in the rocks on the side of the mountain. Someone can climb down and a friend can take a picture looking through the hole. The ground under the hole is pretty slippery and is a long way down if you loose your footing, so don't do it if you don't think you can. It was just something we thought of.

Finally we go to the top of the third peak, and guess what, others who make it to the third peak will know you made it there too. There's a medicine bottle with lots of ribbons tied to the branch it's hanging from, probably to get peoples' attention. And in the bottle are pieces of paper to write your names and date on it, as well as any other comments you wanna add. We added our names after checking out the drop on the other side of the third peak.

If you wanna go descend from the third peak bring some rope. There's a 7 foot high drop to get down, and there's only an electrical wire with about 2 or 3 feet of it hanging on the drop to help you. Mits climbed down on the side, but he scratched himself pretty bad. There were scratches everywhere so climbing down at all isn't really a good idea unless you're well equipped. Mits said that there's another drop more on, and the trail there is overgrown, so it would be pretty hard to go down that way, not to mention how you're gonna get back. If you go all the way to the bottom after descending the third peak, you'll be far away from anything, even the golf course, so you'll probably be wandering around for a while.

Anyways, Olomana was a good hike with a good workout, since it's steep. We started at 9:30 and got back to the cars at 2:30, and probably would have finished earlier if we weren't taking lots of pictures. But, I got good pictures, so it was worth it.

There's Mits going down the first peak

Looking back up the first peak

Going down the second peak

Looking up while going down on the second peak

The rock with the hole in it

Climbing up the third peak...

Made it to the top of the third peak

The drop on the third peak descent

The hole in the ground

Back up the second peak



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