Maui Shack

When Gus and I started dating an eon ago, our first vacation together was to Maui, Hawaii. At that time, a long – long time ago, digital cameras had not been invented. So, you know how ancient that was. In learning to use this Nikon FG camera I was self taught and I loved it. It was somehow easy for me to just adjust the aperture and timing knowing what was going to be achieved. Instead of looking back at the image you saw what was happening through the lens and adjusted accordingly. Later that camera was stolen from our luggage while on the way to a trip to Tahiti. I didn’t get to take a single camera shot of that trip. After that I started using the Minolta DiMage but greatly missed the Nikon FG. I do need learn to use the manual settings again.

Upon returning home it was with at least 20 rolls of film in hand. I still have the negatives from that trip but the one for the Maui Shack was lost. This picture is a picture of a picture since I had the negative enlarged at print. Still, for some reason I loved it so much that after learning how to use Photoshop I went about recreating it to hang in the bathroom along with The Chocolate Factory.


Original Scan from 8×10 image

The scan has been manipulated with Photoshop;  the colors enriched, enlarged to fit a 20″x24″ frame along with whatever other tricks in Photoshop I could find to make for a more dramatic finish.  Photo-painting can be a lot of fun and gives you a vast amount of creative liberty.

Maui Shack After Photoshop

Maui Shack After Photoshop

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Categories: Buildings, Hawaii, Photography


Lets talk about the two sides of me. I am a Gemini just so you know. The first side of me is the cooking and entertaining part. This is a major part of my life and I wouldn't be fulfilled without it. Of course, we all have to eat, but the main part of cooking for me is entertaining and sharing fun and flavorful foods with great friends. Dinner parties, happy hours and well, most anything to do with food is where I begin to enjoy. My other side, the artsy side is a craving for art, painting and photography. Maybe this is my Gemini left side of the brain?? Since starting to write a Blog I've picked back up what hubby calls my big ass camera and started carting it around again. He’s always afraid I will ask him to carry it. I keep thinking that when I retire (?#&*!!!) that I will have time to read all the photography books in my library and become a superb photographer. Wishful thinking.


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5 Comments on “Maui Shack”

  1. November 11, 2013 at 10:06 am #

    My Minolta 35mm was stolen too, in a house burglary while we were at work. The insurance replaced it with a Sony digital, but I missed that little 35mm. This is a great shot, by the way.


    • November 11, 2013 at 2:13 pm #

      I know how you feel about missing the 35mm. I was heart broken when my camera was taken. I had tamed that camera and it felt like it was an extension of my mind when using it. I’ve still not gotten that same feeling from a digital but should maybe just put it on manual and start learning again., I’m now using a Nikon D60 but would like to go the next step up to see if my work gets better.


      • November 11, 2013 at 3:09 pm #

        I’d LOVE to be able to take such great photos, or at least to make what I’ve taken greater using my Photoshop. I’ve done quite a bit of fiddlin’ on the proof (couldn’t resist, sorry), but nothin’ to write home about. 😆


  2. November 11, 2013 at 9:42 am #

    Beautiful image!


    • November 11, 2013 at 9:43 am #

      Thanks! and thanks for stopping by.


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