GRAPHIC NORTH SHORE INTERLUDE
PHOTOGRAPHS FROM UP ON TOP OF OAHU, IN THE TOWN OF HALEIWA
HOME OF THE IWA, WORLD CAPITOL OF SURFDOM, LAST STATION OF THE TOURIST'S CROSS
Or Just A Quiet Place To Spend An Afternoon, Exercising Our God-Given Right To Take Pictures
These pictures were taken with a cheap, broken digital camera, and "improved" with GIMP, a free image-processing program. It's amazing how little you can do with tools like these, including me.
The LCD viewscreen on this camera broke that day, somehow. I didn't do nuthin' wrong, HONEST!!! I had to shoot blind on all these shots below, until I replaced the camera. I scammed a new one and put my own hard plastic transparent shield over the LCD screen on the new one. I discovered that, for less than $200 or $300, you don't get a protective shield over the viewscreen on any of the cheaper cameras (just try pressing on them): The liquid crystal display is just sticking out all nekkid & vulnerable to even a jostle, poke or squeeze. You have to pay more to get a properly protected screen.
I also discovered that nobody makes a hard plastic case for any of these little cameras: They're all soft cloth, plastic, neoprene, canvas, rubber, etc. A local surf shop [T&C Surf Designs, Ala Moana] has hard plastic waterproof(?) cases for holding cigarettes, cell-phones, etc. at the beach, made by Witz, of witzprod.com. It fits my camera just right, and closes up tight. I bought a slightly larger canvas belt-holster for it, the kind that you loop you belt through, instead of clipping it on and having it pop off when you're jumping out of a helicopter, rappelling down a cliff, or aggressively shoveling pizza in your fat face. I just tell people it's a colostomy bag, and go right to the front of every line. Who, me? Uh, large pepperoni, extra cheese, I guess. Ooops! Good thing I got that hard case!
So my $120 digital camera now has a ten dollar home-made LCD shield, a $10 case, a $20 holster, plus a $30 AC input car-charger, since FUJI doesn't include or even make one, and a $30 spare battery since theirs always runs down; also an extra $15 memory chip since theirs isn't all that big. So my $120 on-sale Best Buy camera has cost me $225, plus tax, so far, not including printouts, etc. Next time, pay the money, buy the good one. And get the extended warranty/ in-store service contract. Or just forget the whole f*cking thing, already!!! SHEEESH!!!
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