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Imperfection Perfected with Hawaiian Color Dreams

Monday, October 3rd, 2011

More often than not things never quite go as planned.  I might have the most perfect idea in my cranium, but when it comes to try to bring from the synapse realm to the physical realm there is something missing in the process.  The same can be said of creating a photographic image.  I may have the best of intentions to create an image that is clean and sharply focused; however, I end up with soft edges and blur.  Does this mean that our vision is not complete?  Or should we learn to embrace the process that imperfection can bring a glimpse of perfection?

I am leaning more towards the second view point these days.  If I set up in my head an exact image of what I want I am missing the process.  I am missing the valuable steps that take an idea, that sudden impulse, and be able to bring it to completion.  These two images today are both not as I intended to end up with.  I wanted them to be sharp macro images that illuminate the beautiful intricacies of the flowers.  What I ended up with were blurs of shapes and colors.

As I was looking at the images for a second time, in post, they became expressions of color.  That is how their imperfection spoke to me.  Not what is wrong with the images  but what is right with the images.  I first viewed them as rejects.  I saw everything that they were not.  They weren’t sharp.  They weren’t  well focused.  If i hadn’t of given them a second going over I would have missed the beauty that they had become.  They became perfected through their imperfection.  Their first perceived negative points became their strengths.

The colors became my longing for the Big Island of Hawaii.  Those days nearly three years ago were we played under deep blue skies and watched the flora fill our vision.  The colors of Hawaii here in the semi countryside of Chiba Prefecture, spoke to me.  I was only able to enjoy this expression because I transformed my imperfection into a perfection.  At least a perfection for the moment.

Holding Steady Wind

Hawaiian Dream in Chiba

Gecko Joined Us for Coffee

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009

On this extremely warm autumn day in Tokyo, my mind drifts back to the lovely morning we spent on the patio sipping coffee in Captain Cook on the Big Island.  This little guy and his family were running around on the open patio at The Coffee Shack.  Great breakfast there by the way.Gecko, Captain Cook, Hawaii

It Pours Sunshine in my Heart

Wednesday, October 7th, 2009

The typhoon of the decade is suppose to be headed to Tokyo, and will hit late tonight early Thursday morning.  Wet, sopping wet, is the wet that has persisted for the past 3 days, soon to be 4 days.  I have been forced to put on a jacket to keep warm.  Summer now seems like a faded distant memory.  Although I know in my heart its not that faded, and its not that distant.

I know most you probably had enough of me raving on and on about the Hawaiian islands, but I cant help myself.  It just felt right, without any of the sticky mess that is a modern metropolis like tokyo.  So it is here that I leave you with this . . .

It Pours Sunshine in My Heart

Dreaming of Blue Skies

Edge of Sky and Sea

Signs of Hawaii

Sunday, October 4th, 2009

The first film roll came back from my local friendly photo shop.  The roll is from the Olmpus Pen EE S, half frame camera.  My Ricoh died on my once we got to Oahu, so It was like the old days, using a simple point and shoot to capture the environs that surround myself with.  Most of these were taken in the little north shore town of Haleiwa.  Home of surfers, laid backs, and all around chill people.

Look and See.

Grass Skirt of Haleiwa

Right to Beach

Red White and See

Cafe Haleiwa

Barber 5550, Honolulu

Reflection on Hilo, Big Island Hawaii

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Hilo is more of a city than the southern area of Kona on the Big Island.  We unfortunately did not have much time to chill here, so we are going to make a trip back someday.  We had just enough time to hit the main street that faced the ocean, and grab some Hawaiian style Bento’s (Japanese inspired Lunch Boxes).

There is an interesting Hilo story, but thats for another blog.

Me and Hawaiian Shirt, Hilo Big Island Hawaii

Empty Store Front, Hilo Big Island Hawaii

I Left My Heart on the Big Island

Tuesday, September 29th, 2009

I was impressed as I drove on route 19 on the Big Island in Hawaii.  Driving past the ancient black lava beds I was struck by white graffiti that covered the the black lava on both sides of the highway.  With messages of love or Happy 60th Birthday Grandpa, I had to take a closer look to see how it was done.  The writers gathered white sun bleached coral and used that to contrast the black rocks.

While chilling at the locals beach Isaac Hale Beach Park, I found some white coral and left a little homage to those messages along route 19.

My heart will drift in and out with the waves…

m2c at Issac Hale Beach, Big Island Hawaii

I think this is the reason for the slow uploading of images.

Every time I look at my images, I get homesick for a land that quickly became home.

Kayaking Kealakekua Bay Hawaii

Saturday, September 26th, 2009

Dreaming of those blue waves, and orange cliffs as we paddled across the Kealakekua Bay.  

The water so cool, the sky so clear, our minds opened and became refreshed.

Kayaking Across the Bay

Three Layer Landscape

Ocean, Sky, it’s all Blue to Me

Thursday, September 24th, 2009

As the Autumn Equinox has passed, the days will grow shorter, as the nights grow longer and colder, my dreams drift back to the warm enveloping waters of Hawaii.  As we swam in the emerald seas, watching the horizon bob in and out of vision, the blues entered into our souls.

The blue skies, melting into the minty blue seas, or is it the other way around, as the seas, evaporate inot the richly hued skies.

Blue, Blue, Blue

The Sky Under the Waves

Bubbles Delight

Sky into Sea

Sunsets on the Big island

Sunday, September 20th, 2009

The time that we spent on the Big Island was breathtaking in its simple and complex beauty.  I was reminded how much i missed watching the sky drop from the skies in my native Florida.  Each night we stared off into the distant horizon and watched the liquid fireball meld into that horizontal line.

 

Coming from my current urban home of Tokyo, a spark of nature was ignited in my soul.  That need to be out in the natural un-urban world.  Jump in the salty oceans, climb down a rocky path, feel the misty air, all of these soothe and energize the soul.

 

Go out any find your own Sunsets on the Big Island, where ever they shall be.

Weedy Sunset

Multi Tree Sunset

Two Tree Sunset

Soulful Sunset

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