Archive for February, 2009

Civil

February 25th, 2009
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This past Sunday, I covered the Civil Union fiasco at the State Capitol.  A LOT of people, a LOT of red, so I figured I’d show you two of my faves from that assignment–one in color, and one in black and white.  Of course, for the newspaper, we always have to look for color, but as an individual visual journalist, I always like to look for both.  I liken it to the days when I was shooting film–one camera was loaded with color negative film, the other, Tri-X b/w.  It keeps assignments fresh when keeping this philosophy in mind.

COLOR:

 

I thought it was interesting that the portable toilets were also a noticeable RED like the hundreds of people who came out to support the rally against HB 444.

I thought it was interesting that the portable toilets were also a noticeable RED like the hundreds of people who came out to support the rally against HB 444.

B/W:

Protesters cast shadows on the pavement along Beretania Street during a rally, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at the State Capitol in protest of House Bill 444 against civil unions in Hawaii.  The grit of black and white on a high-contrast image like this adds to the impact.  With so many highlights and RED in many of my images from this assignment, I thought this was a fresh alternative. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Protesters cast shadows on the pavement along Beretania Street during a rally, Sunday, Feb. 22, 2009 at the State Capitol in protest of House Bill 444 against civil unions in Hawaii. The grit of black and white on a high-contrast image like this adds to the impact. With so many highlights and RED in many of my images from this assignment, I thought this was a fresh alternative. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

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Lighting a sports portrait

February 22nd, 2009
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Sometimes–actually, let me rephrase that–OFTEN times, we have to make a portrait of someone with the following set of challenges:

-the subject is short on time

-I’m short on time

-the meeting place usually has little to no conduciveness to creative backgrounds or scenery

-the meeting place is a poorly lit gymnasium

-the subject has other things on their mind than providing you with a good photograph

-the meeting place is a poorly lit gymnasium

and lastly

-the meeting place is a poorly lit gymnasium

For all of my sports portraits, I almost always use strobes to light my subject.  It provides depth, dramatic contrast, and total control over the vision I have in my head.  By strobes, I mean just the regular flashes that you can attach to the camera…

..the TRICK is getting those flashes OFF camera.  For this portrait of Kaimuki pointguard David Taulung, I used just two Nikon SB-28 flashes fired with Pocket Wizard slaves to make him pop.

 

Using strobes off camera and even shooting INTO the camera provides for interesting effect and dramatic lighting, especially when juxtaposed with a peak action subject.  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 24-70 2.8L at 50mm, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 100, 1/250 @f7.1, 2-Nikon SB-28 flashes, far one set to 1/4 power, close one set to 1/2 power with an umbrella, fired with Pocket Wizards

Using strobes off camera and even shooting INTO the camera provides for interesting effect and dramatic lighting, especially when juxtaposed with a peak action subject. Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 24-70 2.8L at 50mm, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 100, 1/250 @f7.1, 2-Nikon SB-28 flashes, far one set to 1/4 power, close one set to 1/2 power with an umbrella, fired with Pocket Wizards

Big ship, little bike

February 16th, 2009
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A mini motorcycle adds a sense of ironic scale to the Queen Mary 2 in the background, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 at Sand Island Park.  The Queen Mary 2, one of the largest cruiseliners in existence, made a stop in Honolulu as part of her voyage around the world.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

A mini motorcycle adds a sense of ironic scale to the Queen Mary 2 in the background, Sunday, Feb. 15, 2009 at Sand Island Park. The Queen Mary 2, one of the largest cruiseliners in existence, made a stop in Honolulu as part of her voyage around the world. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

I had been assigned to shoot the Queen Mary 2 cruise ship yesterday, and I thought it’d be a good angle to shoot from Sand Island.  But what I came across was even more amusing–a pocket bike, was just parked on a concrete block, and the owner of the bike was fishing off the breakwater.  Hmm, huge ship, little bike–in one frame–how fun!

Boys Soccer

February 15th, 2009
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Spent Valentine’s Day shooting 5 hours of soccer, and was it exciting!  The first game, the Division II Championship between Kapaa and Hawaii Prep Academy, had some decent action, but my favorite frame from that game came afterwards–another testament that not all sports photographs have to be of peak action.  Emotion is equally if not more important.

 

Kapaa boys head coach Kevin Cram is doused with water by his players after winning the HHSAA Boys Division II State Soccer Championship game against Hawaii Prep Academy, 3-1, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35f2.8 at 16mm, Manual exposure, ISO 1600, 1/250 @f4.5, 4200K whitebalance.

Kapaa boys head coach Kevin Cram is doused with water by his players after winning the HHSAA Boys Division II State Soccer Championship game against Hawaii Prep Academy, 3-1, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35f2.8 at 16mm, Manual exposure, ISO 1600, 1/250 @f4.5, 4200K whitebalance.

Sometimes getting doused along with the coach gets you interesting waterspots on the lens that add to make a more picturesque photo.  That’s what happened above.  So on to the second game, the Division I game between Iolani and Mililani.  Again, I shot a lot of the game from above, as I mentioned in a previous post.  It also made me turn into a popsicle by the end of the night! 

 

This series of frames shows how much I use the motordrive.  I rarely squeeze full automatic, and am very selective about shooting, despite being "digital" and not "wasting film."  My philosophy is, the more shots on the card, the more you have to edit, and with this particular game running well past 9:30 pm--uh-uh. No way.  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8, manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ f2.8, 4200K whitebalance.

This series of frames shows how much I use the motordrive. I rarely squeeze full automatic, and am very selective about shooting, despite being "digital" and not "wasting film." My philosophy is, the more shots on the card, the more you have to edit, and with this particular game running well past 9:30 pm--uh-uh. No way. Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8, manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ f2.8, 4200K whitebalance.

I had even better luck than the day before from up in the stands, and came away with this cool frame.

 

Mililani goal keeper Preston Miyashiro blocks a goal attempt by Iolani's Jordon Lee during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu.  Iolani won 5-2.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ 2.8, 4200K Whitebalance.

Mililani goal keeper Preston Miyashiro blocks a goal attempt by Iolani's Jordon Lee during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu. Iolani won 5-2. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ 2.8, 4200K Whitebalance.

Because of the tightness of the focal length, I was just panning with Iolani’s Jordon Lee, and then out of no where, Mililani’s Preston Miyashiro jumps into the frame to grab the ball!  Talk about surprise!  If you notice, the goal keeper is slightly blurred, even at 1/800 of a second.

I then moved down to field level as the time was winding down to get ready for jube and to capture some different action.

 

Mililani's Duke Batungbacal, left, and Iolani's Reid Sakamoto go for the header during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu.  Iolani won 5-2.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ 2.8, 4200K Whitebalance.

Mililani's Duke Batungbacal, left, and Iolani's Reid Sakamoto go for the header during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu. Iolani won 5-2. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/800 @ 2.8, 4200K Whitebalance.

 

Mililani's Corey Nakagawa, top, and Iolani's Trevor Farm collide during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu.  Iolani won 5-2.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/1000 @ f2.8, 4200K whitebalance.

Mililani's Corey Nakagawa, top, and Iolani's Trevor Farm collide during second-half action of the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu. Iolani won 5-2. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8, Manual exposure, ISO 2500, 1/1000 @ f2.8, 4200K whitebalance.

It had become apparent that Iolani’s Nick Goo was the spotlight of the game, having scored two key goals, so as the game clock wound down, I tracked him with the 400 mm lens and came up with a different jube photo.

 

Iolani's Nick Goo raises a finger in celebration after winning the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu.  Iolani won 5-2.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Iolani's Nick Goo raises a finger in celebration after winning the HHSAA Boys Division I State Soccer Championship game between the Iolani Raiders and the Mililani Trojans, Saturday, Feb. 14, 2009 at Waipio Peninsula Soccer Park in Waipahu. Iolani won 5-2. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Using long telephoto lenses like the 400 and even 300 mm wide open lends for some spectacular blur effect with subjects in the fore or background.  That’s what I did for the frame above, since Iolani’s color is red, I thought it’d be a nice, different approach, and a way to tell Goo’s story of the game.

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Vantage Point

February 13th, 2009
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When shooting field sports such as football and soccer, being on the field level isn’t always the best angle, and by saying “best,” it’s purely subjective.  I’m always looking for something different, and shooting from the high angle up in the stands, as many of you have read in my previous post from UH football can remember, provided me with some interesting stuff from the Boys State Soccer Semi’s today.  All of these frames were shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and a 400f2.8 set to 400 ISO, daylight whitebalance, manual exposure, 1/2000 @ f2.8.

 

Kapolei's Adrian Yunson, top, heads the ball over Iolani's Jordon Lee during the HHSAA Boys State Soccer Semifinal game between the Iolani Raiders and the Kapolei Hurricanes, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Waipahu.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Kapolei's Adrian Yunson, top, heads the ball over Iolani's Jordon Lee during the HHSAA Boys State Soccer Semifinal game between the Iolani Raiders and the Kapolei Hurricanes, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Waipahu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

 

Iolani goalkeeper Chris Otani leaps to thwart a Kapolei attack during the HHSAA Boys State Soccer Semifinal game between the Iolani Raiders and the Kapolei Hurricanes, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Waipahu.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Iolani goalkeeper Chris Otani leaps to thwart a Kapolei attack during the HHSAA Boys State Soccer Semifinal game between the Iolani Raiders and the Kapolei Hurricanes, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Waipahu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Being higher up also enabled me to capture both jubilation and dejection in a single frame:

 

Iolani's Keith Lum (2) is congratulated by team mates after his goal as Kapolei's Micah Uehara, right, walks dejected during the HHSAA Boys State Soccer Semifinal game between the Iolani Raiders and the Kapolei Hurricanes, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Waipahu.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Iolani's Keith Lum (2) is congratulated by team mates after his goal as Kapolei's Micah Uehara, right, walks dejected during the HHSAA Boys State Soccer Semifinal game between the Iolani Raiders and the Kapolei Hurricanes, Friday, Feb. 13, 2009 at the Waipio Peninsula Soccer Complex in Waipahu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Tomorrow, more soccer!

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