2017 featured many adventure recorded in the photos of the year. Fun to look back and relive the expereince…
A heavy plume of gases trail from the 61G lava flow ocean entry
Christmas lights on the front lanai
St. Augustine Church at Puehuehu, Kohala
ʻOhiʻa in blossom along the Puʻu Oʻo Trail
Sakura or cherry blossoms at the 2017 Waimea Cherry Blossom Festival
A big pot full of pakoda (corn fritters) bubbling away at the Kamuela Hongwanji Mission for the Cherry Blossom Festival.
The Keck telescopes open and working under the dark Mauna Kea skies
The view of IRTF and CFHT from part way up the Keck 2 dome
KCWI being lifted off the trailer at Keck Observatory on the summit of Mauna Kea, Jan 20, 2017
Looking up a ladder on the Keck 2 dome
A low ground fog covers the hollows with Mauna Kea in the background
A wrecked Toyota pickup truck about a mile below Hale Pohaku
A fogbow formed from drifting fog blowing across the Mauna Kea access road. Click on the image to peruse the panorama properly.
A bank of relays that relay commands from the dome radio controller
Power supply indicator lights for the primary mirror active control systems in Keck 1
Various types of hammers await use in the Keck machine shop
The rear of the Keck 2 primary mirror, processed in Prisma
Deep Violet set up under Mauna Kea skies waiting for moonset and full darkness
A solar telescope set up at Pōhakuloa Training Area for Earth Day.
Thermal image of a young guest at AstroDay
The Moon rising directly behind the telescopes on the summit as seen from near Waikoloa
Boarding Alaska flight 850 for the overnight flight to Seattle from Kona
Steam locomotive 4449 under steam at Horsethief Lake near The Dalles in transit to Bend
Tsagaglalal or She-Who-Watches at Horsethief Lake
A Spedis Owl in the rock art collection at Horsethief Lake
The dash and steering wheel of a Ford F-6
The engine on a hay baler offers a view of mechanical paraphernalia
Some harbor seals lounge on an abandoned bit of dock in the Ketchikan harbor.
A humpback whale feeding along Chatham Strait
A trio of humpback whales bubble net feed just outside Warm Springs Bay
A large wharf in Petersburg harbor on a calm summer night
Fireworks over the Petersburg docks on the 4th of July
The north Shelter Cove docks in Criag
The camera set up and shooting a timelapse sequence from Saddle Road
A pile of old hardware gathering rust and spiderwebs
Ruins of an old ranch house
Sunset from Grant’s Spring on the evening after the total solar eclipse 21Aug2017
The Sun as it appeared August 10, 2017 with sunspot AR2670
The 2017 total solar eclipse as photographed from central Oregon
Watching the solar eclipse using proper eye protection
A montage of the 2017 total solar eclipse
Large prominences visible along the edge of the Sun during the 21Aug2017 total solar eclipse
A solar telescope setup to photograph the total solar eclipse 21Aug2017, iPhone photo processed in Prisma
A pineapple begins to bloom
A gold dust day gecko (Phelsuma laticauda) on a pineapple leaf
I have heard it said that the creative filter applications available for phone photography are simply a way to make bad photos look good.
A solar telescope setup to photograph the total solar eclipse 21Aug2017
I would have to say that these filters are a way to make bad photos look worse.
The web is filled with horrible photos of pets, selfies, and dinner plates, often processed through some creative filter application to somehow make the photo look hip or cool. Sorry, a bad photo is still a bad photo. Often it is far worse for the application of the filter. Fancy colors, brush patterns or mosiacs, it does not matter, it is still just bad.
I am not telling you to uninstall the application, quite the opposite! A well composed photo can be a good photo after application of the filter. You can also use the filter to overcome some limitations of phone photography. Technical defects like color, lighting, and noise are often erased when the filter is applied.
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