Archive for August, 2009

Beanbag toss

August 31st, 2009
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Quick post.  I was at the Honolulu Zoo Birthday celebration yesterday for wild art.  You’d expect WILD wild art, being that I was at the zoo, but instead I came away with a very interesting image that I was very happy with.  Children were tossing beanbags into a cardboard hole as a game to win prizes.  I lined up behind the the cardboard and waited for the right elements to be within the circles.

Five-year-old Ryen Adaro watches her beanbag throw enter the hole during the Honolulu Zoo's centennial birthday celebration Sunday, August 30, 2009 on the zoo grounds.  The event, hosted by the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, featured local entertainers as well as games and activities for the whole family.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS at 170mm, Exposure mode:  Manual, 1/125 sec @ f4.5, 200 ISO, daylight whitebalance.

Five-year-old Ryen Adaro watches her beanbag throw enter the hole during the Honolulu Zoo's centennial birthday celebration Sunday, August 30, 2009 on the zoo grounds. The event, hosted by the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, featured local entertainers as well as games and activities for the whole family. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS at 170mm, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/125 sec @ f4.5, 200 ISO, daylight whitebalance.

Sometimes the pick isn’t THE pic

August 30th, 2009
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This Friday night, I was assigned to photograph a high school football game between the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Farrington Governors at Roosevelt.  I covered the game as I would normally, with no issues.  Visually, I always try to capture the story of the game, and I supplement that with secondary peak action or peak emotion shots such as celebration/dejection etc.

Today one of our readers had emailed me inquiring why a key touchdown play wasn’t covered or run in today’s coverage of the Farrington/Roosevelt game.  This email made me think, and sure enough, the photo that ran was a very static photo of another running back, with the defenders cropped out–but NOT the running back that made the defining touchdown.  For posterity’s sake, I am including that photo here, because I feel that key moments in a game should be shown regardless of lack of space or a decision made by a page designer under deadline to run another photograph.

Farrington's Scotland Smith breaks downfield on a kick return for a 99-yard touchdown during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Farrington Governors Friday, August 28, 2009 at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Farrington's Scotland Smith breaks downfield on a kick return for a 99-yard touchdown to make it a 20-7 Farrington lead during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Farrington Governors Friday, August 28, 2009 at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium. The Governors held on to win, 20-7. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

A newspaper takes many hands, minds, and eyes to craft.  Every day, the recipe changes.  Every day, not all decisions made are agreeable with everyone.  Determining what photograph tells the story of the game is very difficult and elusive–not just for myself, but to our editors, page designers, and writers.  Often times, I may simply be in the wrong place at the wrong time when something important happens–and I’m just out of luck!  I have to make a different photograph because it didn’t go my way.  It is still early in the season, but in my five years of covering football for the Star-Bulletin, I’ve gotten to know the teams’ players, strategies, coaches, and game plans as the season progresses.  This is very advantageous and helps me to cover football games the way a photojournalist should.  It’s the responsible thing to do because we are storytellers–visual storytellers.

Roosevelt's Tyler Jake Kila can't come up with the pass after a double hit from Farrington's Vaughn Tomas, left, and Seth Ilae during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Farrington Governors Friday, August 28, 2009 at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Roosevelt's Tyler Jake Kila can't come up with the pass after a double hit from Farrington's Vaughn Tomas, left, and Seth Ilae during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Roosevelt Roughriders and the Farrington Governors Friday, August 28, 2009 at Roosevelt's Ticky Vasconcellos Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

INOUYE=I know, yeah

August 25th, 2009
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U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye, left, and Daniel Akaka preside over a standing-room-only crowd during a hearing held by U.S. Senator Dan Inouye Monday, August 24, 2009 at the State Capitol in Honolulu.  The hearing was about the Senate Appropriations Committee's current activities and to find out if and how various elements of government are spending federal stimulus money.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

U.S. Senators Daniel Inouye, left, and Daniel Akaka preside over a standing-room-only crowd during a hearing held by U.S. Senator Dan Inouye Monday, August 24, 2009 at the State Capitol in Honolulu. The hearing was about the Senate Appropriations Committee's current activities and to find out if and how various elements of government are spending federal stimulus money. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Yesterday I was assigned to the meeting held by U.S. Senator Dan Inouye at the State Capitol Building.  As was expected, it was an overflow crowd, and panic immediately started settling in because how was I to make an interesting photograph of people sitting around a table with dozens of people cluttering your background?

When I arrived I saw two chairs in the middle of the conference table and thought to myself “Okay, they must be sitting there.”  I weaseled my way first to the corner, as people were filing into the room.  The Senators arrived and took their seats after greeting people in the front of the rows of chairs.  I then managed to sneak on the ground (Guerilla style!) right behind them, much to the amusement of Senator Akaka’s assistant.

I mounted my fisheye lens to get a shot of the crowd with the two Senators speaking.  The problem was that they were giving me the backs of their heads–great!  I was beginning to seethe in frustration thinking that I may have chosen the wrong spot to be situated.

I held my camera with a 70-200 lens for the longest time, waiting for Mr. Inouye to turn my way.

I held my camera with a 70-200 lens for the longest time, waiting for Mr. Inouye to turn my way.

Finally it happened, and the shot of Mr. Inouye as he turned towards my direction while listening to Gov. Linda Lingle was a keeper.  One ran in today’s edition on page 3, but this version is my favorite.

I also liked the spot because I could get eye-line matches with the speakers.  When Governor Lingle was speaking, it seemed as if she was speaking right at me!

As Gov. Lingle spoke, I saw our competition, along with another photographer, in the crowd across the way, eyeing my spot like hyenas after a kill.  All of sudden, they’re right next to me!  But as it happened, Senator Akaka had to leave, and so did Gov. Lingle.  My news judgment told me that I had gotten the shot from this angle, so I left to the other side of the room.  Uh-uh.  Nope.  The spot I had been at was the one.

I could barely get into the room, let alone see the table.

I could barely get into the room, let alone see the table.

Meanwhile, I look across, and the other photogs have already situated themselves where I was.  Well, the early bird gets the photograph!

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Coach Dave

August 22nd, 2009
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Shot the Wahine Volleyball team’s first scrimmage and made a pretty neat image of Coach Dave.

Rainbow Wahine head coach Dave Shoji watches warm-ups during the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team's first scrimmage of the season Saturday, August 22, 2009 at the Stan Sheriff Center.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Rainbow Wahine head coach Dave Shoji watches warm-ups during the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine volleyball team's first scrimmage of the season Saturday, August 22, 2009 at the Stan Sheriff Center. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Shady

August 18th, 2009
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I was hunting for wild art yesterday afternoon and came upon this neat image.  Unfortunately our page designers didn’t run it, so here it is for all of YOU good people who appreciate fun, wacky, outside the box photography!  Enjoy!

These birds cram into the tiny bit of shade that a street sign provides them in an effort to stay cool on a warm Monday afternoon, August 17, 2009 at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

These birds cram into the tiny bit of shade that a street sign provides them in an effort to stay cool on a warm Monday afternoon, August 17, 2009 at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).