I need a vacation.

To somewhere warm and tropical. It’s getting colder here and I don’t think I’m ready for that, because before we know it, we’ll have a foot of snow on the ground!…Anyway, I’ll just look at old photos I took in Hawaii 3 years ago. 

Hanalei Valley in Hawaii


Waimea Canyon


Another one of Waimea Canyon


the Na Pali coast on Kauai



Kilauea Lighthouse





One of my favorites



Did I even spell that right?

I’ve been looking at our pictures from Kauai in Hawaii (since they are such a contrast from looking out the window here)…and of course, since it’s the weekend and I have extra time to kill, I played around with them on Photoshop. These are fun to do, with all of the colors in them. So much different than the snow pictures I’ve been working on lately! I find that the “Saturated Slide Film Effect” makes them look the best. It gives the colors a deeper look. Here’s some that I did today. I have over 500 pictures from that vacation, so you’ll see more in the future!

Here’s one from the Na Pali coast. The view is from 5000 feet up. Amazing, huh? And this picture doesn’t even do it justice:

Saturated Slide Film Effect

This is the Kilauea Lighthouse:

Saturated Slide Film Effect, Made skies bluer, Small Border

This is a sunrise at the beach at our hotel:

Saturated Slide Film Effect, Made skies bluer, Adjusted saturation

I think they called this Secret Falls. We took kayaks down the Wailua River, then hiked a mile into the jungle. Fun!

Lomo Camera Effect

And something different…someone gave this pedestrian sign a little more character:

Pop Art effect

Think Spring!

Is anyone else tired of snow??  I am! Here’s some pictures of beaches I took on my honeymoon in Hawaii a couple years ago. I decided to work on some of these and take a break from snow pictures! On the first photo, I used the “make blue skies bluer” setting, and I applied it to the whole sky, including the clouds. Never done that before and it gave them a beautiful purple/pink look. The clouds already were pink but this made them pop out more. Love it! I’m surprised at how nice these turned out, since I only used a 6 megapixel point-and-shoot camera.

 It never gets old looking at tropical photos. Enjoy!

I used the "make blue skies bluer" setting