Archive for December, 2008

Dive

December 20th, 2008
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Sixteen-year-old Trey George practices at Central Oahu Regional Park's Aquatic Complex, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008.  George has returned to the pool only 18 months after having open heart surgery and will compete in the High School State Swimming Competition on the weekend of December 19, 2008.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Sixteen-year-old Trey George practices at Central Oahu Regional Park's Aquatic Complex, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. George has returned to the pool only 18 months after having open heart surgery and will compete in the High School State Swimming Competition on the weekend of December 19, 2008. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

I had the pleasure of photographing a literally heart-warming athlete named Trey George and his story of returning to competitive swimming just under two years after having open heart surgery.  

Swimming is always a very fun sport to photograph in that there are so many different perspectives to do it from.  Above and under water, low angles, high angles–you name it.  

From the journalistic point of view, though, I felt a shot showing the scar on his chest would best tell the story, and his coach told me that he’d be practicing some dives into the pool.  Luckily I had my Pocketwizards and magic arm in my trunk (along with some other stuff, which I will blog about later), and so I fastened a remote rig onto the bottom of the diving board with a wide angle lens and a Canon ST-E2 wireless transmitter to trigger a flash also.  It took just two dives for me to get the shot I wanted.  Here it is:

 

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35 f2.8L at 16 mm, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/250 sec @ f10, ISO 800, Cloudy Whitebalance.  Lit with 1 Canon 580 EX speedlite set to manual at 1/4 power.  Camera triggered with a PocketWizard Plus II Transceiver.

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35 f2.8L at 16 mm, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/250 sec @ f10, ISO 800, Cloudy Whitebalance. Lit with 1 Canon 580 EX speedlite set to manual at 1/4 power. Camera triggered with a PocketWizard Plus II Transceiver.

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I’m Baaaaack!!

December 18th, 2008
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And brought the rain with me from Seattle apparently!  

Been a hectic week, here’s a shot from Aloha Stadium Friday night:

 

Needless to say, the rain soaked through my Aquatech cover!

Needless to say, the rain soaked through my Aquatech cover!

There’s more from this week I’ll share with you.  Hoops, spot news, and a remote shot.  Stay tuned!

Zooming by…

December 1st, 2008
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People check out the Christmas light canopy outside the Kaneohe Police Station during the 2008 Windward City Lights holiday festivities, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 at the corner of Waikaula Street and Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe.  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35 f2.8L, Exposure mode:  Manual, ISO 800, 1/2 second @ f7.1, Auto Whitebalance.  Effect achieved by slowly pulling back on the zoom during exposure, which was handheld.

People check out the Christmas light canopy outside the Kaneohe Police Station during the 2008 Windward City Lights holiday festivities, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 at the corner of Waikaula Street and Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe. Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35 f2.8L, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 800, 1/2 second @ f7.1, Auto Whitebalance. Effect achieved by slowly pulling back on the zoom during exposure, which was handheld.

I photographed the Windward City Lights event on Sunday evening in Kaneohe, and the shot I came up with served as a great metaphor for this past year.  In this slow exposure, the aura of festively colored lights zooming by capture the essence of photography in its simplest form–light writing.  It was a year ago since Richard Walker and I went to New Orleans to cover the Sugar Bowl.  It was a year ago since I told myself “Wow, where did 2007 go?”  So here I am now, asking, “where did you go, 2008?”

That being said, always live for the moment, because moments come and go.  As photographers, moments are frozen in time by our split-second decision to press the button, and we sometimes take those moments for granted.  It may be there visually, but the moment in its entirety is gone forever. FOREVER.  No turning back, no rewind, no regrets.

So as the holiday season comes upon us, keep your eyes, hearts and minds open for those moments. Photographers can capture the moment, but the moment should be enjoyed by everyone.