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In The Footsteps Of My Father

Jun 15

This is an image post I’ve been wanting to do for a couple of months now, and Father’s Day is the perfect reason to finally get it done! This past April, my dad and I took Ed on his first family overnight trip into Haleakala Crater, which has been a family tradition since before I was born. Even though my dad retired from the National Park Service in 2009, he still spends a lot of his time up on Haleakala leading volunteer service trips, and this was the first one I had been able to make in a few years.

My dad’s a pretty awesome guy, and my brother and I have been super lucky to have him as our father. He’s always been a truly hard worker, and I surely would not be where I am today without his support. I inherited my adventurousness from him, as well as a love for nature and landscape photography, so I’m always happy to spend this kind of time with him.  Sometimes I get a little scolded for not keeping up while hiking, but this time I intentionally was hanging back to photograph my dad walking through the amazing mountain where he’s spent most of his life working to preserve and protect the land.

Please Note: We are off-trail for some of these images, but that is because we were doing an official volunteer weed-pulling service trip, and needed to check specific locations for the weed we were targeting. Never walk off-trail in Haleakala National Park unless you have explicit permission to do so – it can be extremely damaging to the environment.

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Chinatown Girl

Jan 13

 

Happy 2014 everyone! I’ve started off my year with work, work, and more work – constant assignments and editing – but somehow managed to fit in a shoot with Wilhelmina model Allison Chu, stylist/designer Summer Shiigi of Summer Style Hawaii, and amazing international makeup artist Risa Hoshino. I’ve been wanting to work with Summer, so when I asked if she wanted to style a shoot for me, she came up with the concept of a slightly vintage style shot on location in our grungy, modern Chinatown of Honolulu. However, just before the shoot was coming together, I received my Kickstarted Petzval lens from Lomography, and I knew I had to use it for this shoot.

The Petzval is a lens first invented in 1840, and is known for its sharp center-focus along with the swirly bokeh effect it gives the background. The aperture is changed by manually inserting different sized aperture plates, and it’s manually focused, but with its new 21st century revamp, it’s now made to fit on either Canon or Nikon DSLRs.

This entire shoot was shot with natural light and the Petzval lens on my 5D Mark II, wide open at f2.2. Hope you enjoy it!

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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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You shoot…

Aug 27

Don’t mind me, just working on updating the blog theme…:) Featured image is my favorite shot from this year’s Pow Wow Hawaii.