When I filmed the winter sunset video, I thought the footage came out pretty nice. But because there was hardly any wind, the sky looked pretty static. The normal trade winds usually blow the clouds fast enough so that you can see them moving with the naked eye quite easily. Since this was not the case in the sunset video, I decided to make a video playing back the final 8-10 minutes of the sunset in 20 seconds. Unfortunately, I didn’t have many clips that were long enough to be watchable at 30x speed. Next time, I will go out and film something with the intend of playing it back at a highly accelerated speed. Pali Lookout might be a good candidate (always extremely windy). Anyways, here’s the super fast sunset video.
It’s probably pretty apparent by now that I like sunsets. I also like sunrises, btw. While filming this sunset, I noticed that most of the beach-goers pretty much stopped talking and just stared out over the waves at the setting sun. It was almost like they were in a trance. A group of Japanese tourists sat together and ate musubis (rice balls) very slowly, almost as if they were tasting the sunset with each and every bite. It’s hard to explain but I could see it in their eyes that they had some sort of spiritual connection to what they were witnessing. Either that or they were just tired. Or stoned. There was also a guy who stood and never flinched even when a woman in an aggressive bikini walked right in front of him. That was impressive. She probably felt rejected. Anyways, none of that is shown in this video. The video is simply meant to make you feel like you are sitting at the beach on a warm tropical evening taking in the sights and sounds of a perfect ending to a typical day in paradise.
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One of our favorite early morning hangouts is Sunset Beach on the famous North Shore of Oahu. It’s a far drive (by Hawaii standards, anyway) of about 40 miles from Honolulu but the reward is having the beach mostly to oneself. It’s hard to beat sipping good coffee on a beautiful morning on the beach. Even better (or worse, depending on how you look at it), I still get 3 bars on my mobile phone so I don’t miss any important emails from the office.
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We know the weather is getting cold as winter approaches. For better or worse, the average temperature in Hawaii only varies 4-8 degrees F between summer and winter. While that means we don’t get the beautiful seasonal changes of higher latitudes, it also means that we have beach weather all year round. Surfers take advantage of this fact by surfing all year, at all hours of the day.
While filming the sunrise and sunset videos on the North Shore, I got some footage of surfers doing their thing before and after the work day. Fortunately, I got video of surfers performing for a water camera man. I don’t know if it was for a photo shoot or just for fun, but there were a lot of them. And when watching the surfers as the sun went down, I couldn’t help but think if there’s any better way to end a day in Paradise.