Archive for October, 2009

SPOOOOKY

October 20th, 2009
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On October 10, I photographed Wet N’ Wild’s haunted attractions–the 3D Creepy Cave, the Freezer, and the Tunnel. I must say, I was spooked outta my pants! It’s amazing how high-tech and dazzling these attractions have become! Made some pretty neat images, and nearly passed out from the strobe lighting in the freezer! It felt like a scene from the movie “Saw,” I was literally trying to find my way outta there, and the actors and actresses really played their parts convincingly.

Nanea Lum, 17, and Blythe Matias, 19, react as they stick closely together making their way through the 3-D Creepy Cave at Wet N' Wild's Festival of Fear on Saturday, October 10, 2009 in Kapolei.  The attractions will be featured along with the park's full offering of waterslides on Fridays and Saturdays until Halloween.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Nanea Lum, 17, and Blythe Matias, 19, react as they stick closely together making their way through the 3-D Creepy Cave at Wet N' Wild's Festival of Fear on Saturday, October 10, 2009 in Kapolei. The attractions will be featured along with the park's full offering of waterslides on Fridays and Saturdays until Halloween. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).


Nanea Lum, 17, front, Blythe Matias, 19, Christa Bender, 18, and Desiree Faavi, 17, stick closely together as they make their way through the 3-D Creepy Cave at Wet N' Wild's Festival of Fear on Saturday, October 10, 2009 in Kapolei.  The attractions will be featured along with the park's full offering of waterslides on Fridays and Saturdays until Halloween.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Nanea Lum, 17, front, Blythe Matias, 19, Christa Bender, 18, and Desiree Faavi, 17, stick closely together as they make their way through the 3-D Creepy Cave at Wet N' Wild's Festival of Fear on Saturday, October 10, 2009 in Kapolei. The attractions will be featured along with the park's full offering of waterslides on Fridays and Saturdays until Halloween. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).


It was creepy indeed, because you never knew if the psychedelic paint and designs on the wall would come out and jump at you. This next photo made me jump. I thought that mask was a decoration and part of the wall, but it all of a sudden hurdled at me at hi-speed!
This masked head just exploded towards me seconds after I shot this photo!

This masked head just exploded towards me seconds after I shot this photo!


Whew!! Okay, I survived. I don’t know what was more unnerving, the ghouls n fiends that occupied that cave or the shrill screams of the girls I was photographing!
On to the Freezer….what a name! I was greeted at the door by a butcher with bloody garbs. Something told me this was going to be a notch up from the last one! I stepped into the Freezer and was instantly greeted by strobe lights at a high rate. Euphoria. Strobes, like the ones at dance clubs, for long periods of time tend to mess with my head and equilibrium. So I closed my eyes as I felt my way through the Freezer, snapping as I encountered other hapless explorers along the way. The one GOOD thing about the strobes is I was able to use ambient and use the house strobes to illuminate my shots. Here’s my favorite frame from inside there.
Bobby Pagdilao, front, Frances Andres, left, and Francisco Arellano are attacked by one of "The Freezer's" creepy occupants at Wet N' Wild's Festival of Fear on Saturday, October 10, 2009 in Kapolei.  The attractions will be featured along with the park's full offering of waterslides on Fridays and Saturdays until Halloween.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).
Finally I had to stop. Those strobes were really doing a number on me. So I crouched for a while with my eyes closed. Eerily, all the screams and noises from guests stopped, and all I heard was the loud haunted music on the P.A. I opened my eyes and saw nothing but pitch black, save for a very bright light in front of me, with a shadow slowly making its way towards me.
This was rather unnerving--as was the methodically slow approach that this creature took to get to my crouched position.

This was rather unnerving--as was the methodically slow approach that this creature took to get to my crouched position.


It was moving very slowly, and all of a sudden, BAM!! In front of me, house strobes at full power again! Using my camera as if it was machine gun (and AS IF that would do anything in a situation like this!), I rattled off frames and came away with this:
I was outta there after seeing this!!!

I was outta there after seeing this!!!


I had enough, I had to feel my way through the chainlink fences towards the exit. They were gaining on me, snarling and thirsty for my blood. I could feel my pulse quickening, and with every step that I took, it seemed they got closer and closer. I could hear the distant sound of sharpened steel cutting flesh, and feared that mine might be next. With desperation, I felt a corner on the chainlink and rounded my way clear of it and….

Okay, back to the real world. Back outside. The big burly dude who had scared the guests at the beginning was outside taking a breather and smiled at me, blood on his face and butchers’ clothes and everything. I SURVIVED! Kudos to Wet N’ Wild, because that was quite a thrill ride.

*For you technical people, all images were made with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III with an EF 16-35 f2.8L, an ST-E2 wireless flash transmitter and a single 580EX speedlite set to manual, 1/64 power. Exposure modes varied from 1/15 sec to a full second, all hand held.

Prep Football POTW quickie

October 20th, 2009
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Sorry about that lag in prep football photo of the week. Here’s two of my faves from the OIA White game between Moanalua and Aiea last Friday. Enjoy!

Moanalua's Xavier Peterson soars over the tackle of Aiea's Kainoa Raguindin during first-half action of an OIA White football game between the Moanalua Menehunes and the Aiea Na Alii on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at Moanalua High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Moanalua's Xavier Peterson soars over the tackle of Aiea's Kainoa Raguindin during first-half action of an OIA White football game between the Moanalua Menehunes and the Aiea Na Alii on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at Moanalua High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Moanalua's Tahje Canyon is brought down by a quartet of Aiea defenders during first-half action of an OIA White football game between the Moanalua Menehunes and the Aiea Na Alii on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at Moanalua High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Moanalua's Tahje Canyon is brought down by a quartet of Aiea defenders during first-half action of an OIA White football game between the Moanalua Menehunes and the Aiea Na Alii on Friday, Oct. 16, 2009 at Moanalua High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Extend

October 11th, 2009
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Hawaii receiver Royce Pollard soars but can't come up with a Bryant Moniz pass while being defended by Fresno State's Moses Harris during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii receiver Royce Pollard soars but can't come up with a Bryant Moniz pass while being defended by Fresno State's Moses Harris during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

I had an exciting, and rain-drenched, first half during last night’s Fresno State/Hawaii game, highlighted by perhaps my favorite UH football frame of the season so far (I know, I know, I have many favorites).  Here’s some more from the first half.  I was able to get outside the box, compositionally, on a few frames:

Fresno State quarterback Ryan Colburn eyes an open receiver during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Fresno State quarterback Ryan Colburn eyes an open receiver during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii's Scott Enos reacts after his field goal attempt is blocked during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  The turnover set up Fresno State's first touchdown of the game, two plays later.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii's Scott Enos reacts after his field goal attempt is blocked during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. The turnover set up Fresno State's first touchdown of the game, two plays later. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Fresno State's Ryan Mathews scores a touchdown during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Fresno State's Ryan Mathews scores a touchdown during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Things seemed to be going in my direction!  I got mighty close to Ryan Mathews on this touchdown drive, and he even seemed to cheese it up for my camera:

Fresno State's Ryan Mathews reacts while prancing into the endzone for a touchdown during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Fresno State's Ryan Mathews reacts while prancing into the endzone for a touchdown during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

OKAY, FIRST HALF:  DONE.  MY T-SHIRT:  SOAKED.  MY GEAR:  SOAKED.

SECOND HALF:

Things still seemed to go my way!  Must be that gum I was chewing on.  Hawaii hadn’t scored, save for a field goal by Enos.  But I was in the right place, at the right time for the first touchdown (Granted, a 42-3 lead, then a touchdown?  Not much of a chance with about a third of the fourth quarter left).  Here’s the sequence:

Hawaii receiver Greg Salas lunges for the endzone while being stopped by Fresno State's Desia Dunn during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  Salas fumbled the ball, but team mate Jon Medeiros recovered in the endzone for Hawaii's first touchdown.  Fresno State won 42-17.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii receiver Greg Salas lunges for the endzone while being stopped by Fresno State's Desia Dunn during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. Salas fumbled the ball, but team mate Jon Medeiros recovered in the endzone for Hawaii's first touchdown. Fresno State won 42-17. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii receiver Greg Salas lunges for the endzone while being stopped by Fresno State's Desia Dunn during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  Salas fumbled the ball, but team mate Jon Medeiros recovered in the endzone for Hawaii's first touchdown.  Fresno State won 42-17.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii receiver Greg Salas lunges for the endzone while being stopped by Fresno State's Desia Dunn during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. Salas fumbled the ball, but team mate Jon Medeiros recovered in the endzone for Hawaii's first touchdown. Fresno State won 42-17. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

POP!  Ball comes tumbling towards my precarious perch….Uh-oh.  Big guys in pads, coming towards photographer!  But then, out of no where, receiver Jon Medeiros swoops in for Hawaii’s first touchdown:

Hawaii's Jon Medeiros recovers a fumble by team mate Greg Salas in the endzone for Hawaii's first touchdown during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  Fresno State won 42-17.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii's Jon Medeiros recovers a fumble by team mate Greg Salas in the endzone for Hawaii's first touchdown during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Fresno State Bulldogs on Saturday, Oct. 10, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. Fresno State won 42-17. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Well that’s the recap from Jammworld.  Stay tuned for Prep Football POTW later on!

On Safari

October 4th, 2009
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…But the Range Rover won’t start!  This week’s Prep Football Photos of the Week is a humorous, albeit, problem-plagued gallery, but hey, we all need a little humor in our lives, right?  Let’s get started:

Game 1:  Kailua at Castle, Friday, Oct. 2

Castle's Moses Alimoot soars to intercept a pass intended for Kailua's Corey Lau during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Castle Knights and the Kailua Surfriders Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 at Castle High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Castle's Moses Alimoot soars to intercept a pass intended for Kailua's Corey Lau during first-half action of an OIA Football game between the Castle Knights and the Kailua Surfriders Friday, Oct. 2, 2009 at Castle High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

So A few plays into the first quarter, and I was able to grab something decent, above.  “Okay, okay!” I thought in my wonderful inner monologue.  Both teams were passing–good news for me!  Guess what?  After that play, NOTHING came my way, at least in the air.  Rushing-wise, it was good, but I’m shooting for lions, not ZEBRA!

The first of many striped officials, a common species on the flatlands of the gridiron, comes into view.  These species have been known to be standoffish towards photographers, and distance is advised.

The first of many striped officials, a common species on the flatland savannahs of the gridiron, comes into view. These species have been known to be standoffish towards photographers, and distance is advised.

Okay, okay, I can deal with it.  First half, done.  No pass plays went my way until the middle of the second half, but guess what?

A Castle Knight, a swift and efficient predator with its sleek jetblack body and beautiful gold crested head, swoops in on the kill.

A Castle Knight, a swift and efficient predator with its sleek jetblack body and beautiful gold crested head, swoops in on the kill.

Okay.  Game over.  A little frustrated as I head home after the game.  There’s always tomorrow.

TOMORROW

The game:  Kamehameha vs. St. Louis at the Stadium.

Scoreless through the first quarter, I was on edge and anxious to capture the first touchdown, be it Kamehameha or St. Louis.  Camped in the north endzone with Advertiser photographer Andrew Shimabuku, Kamehameha quarterback Tyler Christian Campbell hits a slant pass right in our direction!! Wooohooo!!!

BOOOOOO HOOOOOOO!!!!

BACK

FOCUSED:

St. Louis defenders Marcus Umu, left, and Mika Wong react as Kamehameha's Blaise Cuban hauls in a pass untouched into the endzone for a touchdown during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

St. Louis defenders Marcus Umu, left, and Mika Wong react as Kamehameha's Blaise Cuban hauls in a pass untouched into the endzone for a touchdown during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

My wonderful, perfectly autofocusing Mark III likes to do this.  But, when life gives you lemons, make lemonade!  The frame above was usable in that it showed the St. Louis reaction to the touchdown.  I was able to make this frame milliseconds later in the same burst:

Kamehameha's Blaise Cuban finds the endzone for a touchdown during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Kamehameha's Blaise Cuban finds the endzone for a touchdown during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

The next drive resulted in a St. Louis touchdown, which I was fortunate enough to get also.  6-6.  What a game!  Exciting!

St. Louis' Duke Bukoski hauls in a pass for a touchdown over Kamehameha's Shayden Terukina to tie the game at 6 during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

St. Louis' Duke Bukoski hauls in a pass for a touchdown over Kamehameha's Shayden Terukina to tie the game at 6 during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Then, JUST when I thought, again in my wonderful inner monologue, “Exciting!”  the ZEBRAS came out in force…The Serengeti got NOTHING on this!

A striped official throws the autofocus off of my camera.

A striped official throws the autofocus off of my camera.

Zebras are agile creatures of the savannah...agile enough to be in this frame.

Zebras are agile creatures of the savanna...agile enough to be in this frame.

....and this frame.

....and this frame.

....and THIS frame....

....and THIS frame....

Okay, okay, so the zebra part of the safari is over.  I did manage to get something different, and no I’m not talking about any Thompson’s gazelle or hyena.

Kamehameha's Kekoopono Weisbarth-Tafaoimalo, without a helmet at right, helps team mate Brandan Marfil (11) in stopping St. Louis' Vonn Feao during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Kamehameha's Kekoopono Weisbarth-Tafaoimalo, without a helmet at right, helps team mate Brandan Marfil (11) in stopping St. Louis' Vonn Feao during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Which brings us to the final part of the Jamm Safari tour, my favorite frame of the night.  After all, this is Prep Football Photos of the Week.

Kamehameha quarterback Tyler Christian Campbell dashes to avoid a tackle from St. Louis' Isaac Ava during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Kamehameha quarterback Tyler Christian Campbell dashes to avoid a tackle from St. Louis' Isaac Ava during first-half action of an ILH Football game between the St. Louis Crusaders and the Kamehameha Warriors Saturday, Oct. 3, 2009 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Thanks for choosing Jamm’s Safari Tour:  THE premiere ride for your gridiron savanna experience!

Prep Football POTW

October 1st, 2009
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I had mentioned via Twitter that I was going to start a “photos of the week” gallery on my blog for prep football.  Well, here it is folks, since the lack of space warrants only one photograph can run in our print edition.
The game:  Leilehua vs. Waianae at Waianae, 9/25/09

Leilehua's Elijah Barro hauls in a pass while being defended by Waianae's Eldridge Kuiee during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mighty Mules Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Waianae High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Leilehua's Elijah Barro hauls in a pass while being defended by Waianae's Eldridge Kuiee during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mighty Mules Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Waianae High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Leilehua's Carlos Marshall leaps for yardage on a rush during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mighty Mules Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Waianae High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Leilehua's Carlos Marshall leaps for yardage on a rush during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mighty Mules Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Waianae High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Waianae's Keone Napierala-Rose is hit by Leilehua's Austin Schmidt during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mighty Mules Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Waianae High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Waianae's Keone Napierala-Rose is hit by Leilehua's Austin Schmidt during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mighty Mules Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Waianae High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Waianae quarterback Puletua Wilson tries to shake a gaggle of Leilehua defenders during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mighty Mules Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Waianae High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Waianae quarterback Puletua Wilson tries to shake a gaggle of Leilehua defenders during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mighty Mules Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Waianae High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Waianae quarterback Puletua Wilson pitches the ball to Keone Napierala-Rose during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mighty Mules Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Waianae High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Waianae quarterback Puletua Wilson pitches the ball to Keone Napierala-Rose during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Waianae Seariders and the Leilehua Mighty Mules Friday, Sept. 25, 2009 at Waianae High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

All images shot with a Canon EOS 1D Mark III and EF 400 f2.8L IS, exposure mode:  Manual, 1/640@f2.8, ISO 3200, 4200K whitebalance.

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