Archive for September, 2010

Fall is here

September 10th, 2010
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Well, the arrival of pretty, late afternoon light signifies that fall is finally here.  Downtown Honolulu, with its nooks and alleys between the tall buildings, provides a perfect canvas for wild art.  Here’s one from Nuuanu Avenue.  Get out there and explore that golden hour!

A skateboarder rolls into the late afternoon light on Monday, Sept. 6, 2010 along Nuuanu Avenue in downtown Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

UHHHH…football

September 6th, 2010
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Hawaii's Greg Salas reaches for the endzone for what was ruled a touchdown but recalled two plays later during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Sorry, my finger was stuck on the H key…Just kidding.  Anyway, just a recap of last Thursday’s season opener versus USC.  Usually, it takes a game or two to get back into the groove of shooting football, but I’ve found that the time I waste away playing a video game called “Modern Warfare 2″ has helped my photography considerably.  Now before you laugh this off, humor me if you will.  Let me first give you a small background on this video game.

Modern Warfare 2 is a first-person shooter game, meaning your perspective is as if your eyes are actually seeing what’s going on.  You don’t see your character on screen, but instead see your hands and your weapon.  If you run, you bounce up and down accordingly to simulate the reality of being in first-person perspective.  When you raise your weapon to fire, you see the rifle, SMG, or handgun snap up to the center of the screen as you aim down its iron sight, or scope for a sniper rifle.

Now visualize this as in you’re running around and seeing your cameras in hand and viewing the world from that perspective–after all, the game and being a photographer have one thing in common–shooting!   The video game really makes your hand/eye coordination work for the better, and you concentrate more (with the addition of earplugs–a must when shooting at the Stadium).

In this game, there is a technique called “quickscoping,” which is using a sniper rifle, which has a very low rate of fire, but high damage (STAY WITH ME HERE, THIS IS STILL A PHOTO BLOG POST!), and quickly raising it up to aim and before you even set sight in the scope, pop off a shot, and boom, target down. Here’s a video demonstrating the technique on youtube:

Quickscoping

Anyway, with this in mind, I’m able to track players and passes much more quickly and the response time between tracking them with my eye and the camera/shutter is faster, albeit more accurate. But enough about video games, here’s some of my faves from the game. Enjoy!

FIRST HALF:

Another view of the Salas lunge. Touchdown or not?

USC's Rhett Ellison leaps to haul in a touchdown pass in front of Hawaii's George Daily-Lyles during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Nice light, look at that ball!  Too bad I was on the other side!

USC's David Ausberry celebrates a touchdown during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Greg Salas cuts between USC defenders Nickell Robey, back, and Michael Morgan during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

And on to the second half:

I like the composition of this:

Hawaii's Bryant Moniz is brought down by USC's Jurrell Casey during second-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. USC won 49-36. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

THANK YOU QUICKSCOPING!!

Hawaii's Rodney Bradley soars but can't come up with the pass in the endzone while being pursued by USC's Chris Galippo during second-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. USC won 49-36. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

After Moniz’s hit, he was out of the game and returned to the field in a sweatsuit and a towel over his head.  Rather than photograph him from the front, I thought a nice, clean shot of him with the towel over his head was a more telling image of what had happened:

Hawaii's Bryant Moniz walks with a towel over his head after leaving the game during second-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. USC won 49-36. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

There we have it, recap from the game.  Off to more Modern Warfare 2!