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What I Know About Hawaii State Film Permitting (As of December 2013)

Dec 16
Taken from the jetty at the far end of Fort DeRussy Beach, so I *think* it counts as "Waikiki Beach (ONLY from beach fronting “Hilton helipad”through Fort DeRussy Beach)" as stated on the Oahu Open & Accessible Sites...

Taken a few days ago from the jetty at the far end of Fort DeRussy Beach, so I *think* it counts as “Waikiki Beach (ONLY from beach fronting “Hilton helipad”through Fort DeRussy Beach)” as stated on the Oahu Open & Accessible Sites…

Disclaimer: What I state here is just my understanding of the situation that has resulted in my current insurance being approved of by the Hawaii State Film Office, as of December 16th, 2013.  However, as I am not affiliated in any official capacity with the State, so I cannot guarantee everything I say is 100% accurate, and the State may change things in the future. Please comment and let me know if I’ve said anything explicitly inaccurate and I will do my best to amend it. 

Okay.

This has taken a while, but I believe I’ve finally got all my ducks in a row with the stressful and confusing requirements implemented by the State of Hawaii for being eligible to receive a film permit, which is required for all commercial photography taking place on State property – including scenic landscapes you intend to sell as art prints.  Don’t get me wrong – there are a lot of things about the legislation that I absolutely do not agree with, but in the interest of professionalism, I’ve been working to get myself into their new online film permit application database, which in itself is a great improvement to the complicated system, and have finally successfully done so after addressing the controversial Automobile Liability requirement that they attempted to implement for the Annual Permit Application a couple of years ago.

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That Awkward “I haven’t posted in a while…” Post

Sep 8

Since I’m about to start blogging again, I figured I should ease into it with a catch-up post!

Some things that happened in the last six months:

In all honestly, besides travel, the first half of the year wasn’t that memorable for me. Sure, there was infrequent work, but I feel like our last months living in Kailua were pretty stagnant for me. The art camp I was participating in was my answer to my “lack of busy” I’d been having, and was great for the first few weeks, but then around June life turned upside down when we were informed we needed to move out of our Kailua apartment due to the owner moving back from the mainland. Suddenly, painting fell by the wayside, and somehow amidst the turmoil of moving, my work increased tenfold – definitely a result of spending more time in town!

And that’s been the gist of my life now – lots of photography work, not enough time to paint, but life is on the upswing, and hopefully I’ll have more to post about. I’m also hoping to do more review/tutorial-type posts, so keep an eye out for those as well.

A blog post by me wouldn’t be complete without excessive photo posting, so here’s a small selection:

HDR shot of the cherry blossom lantern festival at Honmyō-ji in Kumamoto. It was very crowded, so it was hard to get good shots without too many people, but the experience was amazing!

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Commence Age 26!

Jan 15

Today, I turn 26 years old! I have now completed a full quarter-century, which is kind of crazy, but it’s also exciting to see how much more life I still have left to live. I like to celebrate each birthday by saying I survived another year not out of morbid humor, but because I really