Yes, this is a postcard shot but, even if I say so myself, it’s rather better than some of the postcards I saw yesterday after our visit to Akaka Falls State Park near Hilo here on the Big Island of Hawaii. For some reason, the postcard manufacturers seem to have decided that pasting glitter over the waterfall makes the image more attractive. I guess it’s purely a commercial gimic allowing them to charge $1 for a card that would otherwise sell for 25 cents but I’m afraid it doesn’t work for me.
Getting back to the picture, though, this is a completely typical shot of this wonderful 300 foot waterfall but I wanted to share it since the place is so magical. There are two falls in the park, the view of the other, smaller one being rather completely obscured by vegetation. The park contains a circular walkway passing through some excellent jungle complete with Tarzan-style vines, huge trees an all manner of large-leafed green stuff. It’s pretty excellent for kids and parents alike.
As far as processing is concerned, I used Snapseed and Filterstorm on this shot. Looking at the iPad-processed images, I’m not particularly happy with the sharpness but I suspect there is something in the workflow that is compressing them rather aggressively and causing this since they look fine in whichever tool I use to process them. Does anyone have any suggestions on which link in the chain could be at fault? My suspicion is that the WordPress app, which I’m using to edit posts, is probably to blame but I could be wrong.
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