Denver was in and out

It's nice when the weather plays nice.  Aside from that, the Denver Temple was a little smaller than I thought it would be. Of course this isn't a bad thing by any means. But it does prove that pictures can be deceiving.  

The Denver temple is a great mid day shoot. Normally I don't like to shoot in the middle of the day because the harsh light makes it hard to get details in shadows.  But the blue sky had some good complimentary clouds which added some character to an otherwise near impossible shot.  

Temple Road Trip!

The day has come.  I will be travelling the United States visiting, photographing and  documenting all of the LDS Temples.  

I didn't know exactly what to call this portion of my blog, or the name of the trip itself.  Despite my creativity with photos and such, I am not good at naming things.  So I decided to keep it simple and call it the Temple Road Trip.

I'll start officially updating every mile when I am loaded up and on the road.  Okay, not every mile because Kansas would get pretty boring--fast.   Also, I won't be updating anything while I am actually driving because that would be bad.

Until tomorrow...

Nikon D90, you will be missed

Laupāhoehoe Point 

Laupāhoehoe Point 

One of the best semi-professional cameras I have used is the Nikon D90.  At the time, it was my last “prosumer” camera before I bought something like the D3s/x.  While visiting the Big Island of Hawai’i, I managed to break it.  It was shortly after we visited the black sand beach (Waipio Valley) before heading down to Akaka Falls.  I had several places pointed out on Google Maps to see, and take pictures.  Laupāhoehoe Point was one of those places.  It was to be the end as well.

There’s something to be said about listening to your first instincts.  I didn’t and paid the price.  I kept saying to myself, “One more shot, one more shot.”

The D90 is not water resistant.  Some camera bodies like my D40x does well in rain and things like this.  It’s not the case with this.    I was shooting the waves, testing out some different shutter speeds, trying to get the perfect balance of speed and color.  I wouldn’t say I got the perfect shot because there is blur in the splash.  Needless to say it was the last perfect shot.  The wave’s water volume was equivalent to dropping the camera in a bathtub.  I was soaked, it was soaked, the lens was soaked.  Immediately the LCD went out and the power button would not turn off.  I knew something was wrong.  I quickly ejected the memory card in hopes that it didn’t somehow ruin/format/corrupt the files on there–or even send the wrong voltage to it, rendering it impossible to recover.

After drying myself off, I realized it was over.  The only thing I could do is take the battery out, and hope I could dry it out–magically having it work again.  Nope.  It’s a goner.

To add insult to injury, the lens I was using was a Nikkor 10.5 Fisheye.  It is also unusable. Moisture got inside and so the lens now has a nice built in fog feature.  Over time it may be salvageable.  We will see.

P.S. As you can see from the photo above, I was able to get the pictures from the memory card.

UPDATE:  I was able to try a recommended trick that got my camera in working order again!  The flash doesn't work or pop up, but that's okay--I never used it anyway.  The LCD had a really bad moire pattern on it but it has since cleared up as well.   

You're probably thinking I used the bag of rice trick.  This probably would have worked with regular water, but since saltwater is full of--well salt--and other things that tend to conduct electricity, simply wouldn't have worked since the residue is dried and still making the cross connections (shorts).

The procedure I used was to fill large baggy with distilled water, put the camera in the bag and shake it.  I could see the dirt and crud come out of the camera into the water.  After a minute or so of vigorous shaking, I removed it and let it sit for about a week to dry.

That following week I put the battery back in and it turned on!  I did not expect that to work at all.  So my D90 is back to work! :)  Here's a pic I took with it after it got fixed.  (notice I am not afraid to take it into the water.)  Just waiting for the D90 fix version 2.  ;)

Big Island Hawaii

Big Island Hawaii

0 to 13,796 in 1.8 hours

0 ft - sea level

0 ft - sea level

There’s never a dull moment when visiting the islands of Hawai’i.   Oh sure, there are some people who never see the outside of their resort except to arrive and depart.  Those people are odd.  Hawaii has so many things to offer and they won’t see any of it, except some nicely groomed lawns, some perfectly placed coconut trees and a sandy beach with lounge chairs and umbrellas.  It’s nice to relax on the beach–don’t get me wrong–but there’s so much of the islands to explore!

On our last trip to the Big Island, one of the days we spent the morning at Kua Bay (there’s another name for this beach, but that’s what the locals call it.)  This is the lowest elevation one can get before actually submerging themselves below the sea level (which I guess technically we did since we were snorkeling and were able to swim with the sea turtles.)  Back to my train of thought… In a matter of a couple hours we did two interesting things without the use of an airplane or jet: go from 88 degrees to 25 degrees (brrr) and from a negative sea level to 13,796 feet.

Mauna Kea is one of the tallest peaks in the world.  According to Wikipedia, it is ranked 15th. Its elevation is 13,796 ft above sea level.  I’m from Utah and we have tall mountains, but I never got light headed like this when hiking Timpanogos.  It was interesting to say the least.  Whenever I bent over to get in my camera bag and stood back up, I felt very dizzy.  The oxygen is pretty thin up there.  It was cold, and there was snow.  I knew there was snow in Hawaii but I never thought I’d be able to see it first person.  Anyway, the view was spectacular.  You were above the clouds.  We timed it perfectly.

On top of Mauna Kea - 13,796 ft

On top of Mauna Kea - 13,796 ft

We watched the sun set above the cloud cover.  The colors were beaming off Mauna Loa (the other large peak, which is an active volcano).  It was gorgeous. Having shorts and no real coat, my hands were about to freeze off.  I got a couple shots of the sky with the most stars I have ever seen with my naked eyes.

It was hard to pinpoint constellations because there were so many stars in the sky.  Light pollution by stars!  I can definitely see why they have all the observatories up there.  It is a perfect place for that sort of thing.

After some time, I couldn't take any more of the cold.  I didn't have the proper gear to be up there for that long with those temperatures.   I wish I could have stayed longer, but it is what it is, and we had to descend back down the mountain.  That day was very eventful.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for something to do that isn't cliché.  I love the beach and I love photography.  But there’s only so many pictures you can take of the same beach before you have 8 gigabytes of sand photos.