After my surf session at Bowls, I took some time to shoot some digital
pics around the Ala Moana parking lot near Ala Wai Yacht Harbor.
||Shower Time. It was a beautiful day with
light winds and clear skies. Note the ratio of girls to guys in
this picture. The makeup in the lineup (figuratively and
literally) is noticeably on the rise.
||Glassy Aisle. Calm winds made for really
nice reflections. I positioned myself so that the boat in the
foreground headed towards the zenith point. Note the bait fish
(sardines) disturbing the water on the left-hand side.
||Looking Down the Line. The surf looked
much better from shore. The shot is grainy because my digital
camera has very little zoom capability. The girl was actually
talking to another girl, but I thought it would be cleaner with just
one person in the foreground, so I cropped her out..
||Peaceful Paddle. Compare this shot to
#2. A slight increase in winds created a lot more disturbance on
the water surface. This guy was taking advantage of the light
wind to head out to sea.
||Rockpile. The crowd was a lot lighter than
at Bowls, and had some pretty decent walls. As nice as it
looked, the surf was noticeably weaker than an equal size wave on the
North Shore. Spoiled, yeah?
||Crab Net. This kid was combing the rocks
with his dad, looking for something. My guess was that they were
trying to catch black ama'ama crabs. His net looks more like a
mango picker than a fish catcher.
||Diamond Silhouette. With the sun in my
face, this shot lost a lot of color, but gained heavy contrast.
Chiaroscuro-ish I guess. Even though it's urban surfing, having
Diamond Head in the background makes it quite picturesque.
||Eager Trio. Listening to these guys was
pretty fun. They were just jamming about "all kine",
but at the same time happy to get in the water. Stoke--that's
what it's all about!
||Ben and Hoku. My shaper Ben Aipa and his
puppy. Think Ben was checking in with the wife. He's just
coming back from a neck injury and is slowly working himself back into
the lineup. His mother told him that he should read his license
more often--Ben is 60! Still rips, but is riding only 10'+
boards... for now.
||Local Hairstyle. The guy standing had a
thick pidgin accent, a subtle pot-belly and the weirdest
hairstyle. Looked like a mohawk that had tiny ponytails bunched
into little trees. Only in Hawaii.
||Leash Check. Once again, there has
definitely been a big gender swing as more girls hit the lineup.
Ummm... the water color was nice.
||Sharing a Coke. You don't have to surf to
appreciate the beauty of nature. This obvious tourist couple had
a Coke and a smile (or two). Wonder if they wanted to partake in
||Sticker Shock. Actually, this kind of graffiti
is not uncommon around here. Took three different photos, but
chose this one because of the color quality, especially of the
background. Bummer that a piece of gunk was stuck to my camera
lens, blurring the middle area.