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David Cook

July 5th, 2012

Hope everyone had a great Independence Day!  I spent mine photographing American Idol musician David Cook for a show he did at Hickam.  Very nice guy and very down to earth!  I shot a gallery for PULSE, but my favorite shots were the moments were he wasn’t rocking on the guitar or singing into the mic.

Genuine moments when an artist is truly engulfed into his craft as a musician.  These are a few of those moments, and my favorites from that night.  Enjoy.

Musician David Cook prepares to take the stage prior to his performance on Wednesday, July 4, 2012 at Hickam AFB in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Cook prepares to take the stage after a quick signal check on his wireless.

Cook enjoys the response from the audience.

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Kakaako at dusk

July 4th, 2012

Stumble upon this ethereal sunset on my day off last week.  Lucky I had my iPhone!!

Dog walking woman, Kakaako


July 4th, 2012

Happy Tuesday evening, everyone!

Thought I’d share my fireworks shot from Aloha Tower just now.  Have a great holiday.

I used the fountain at the end of Fort Street Mall for a reflective perspective on the Aloha Tower fireworks. Shot with a Canon 1D mark IV, 24-70 lens set to 35, angle-finder. 1/2 second at f 9, ISO 2500, manual exposure.


June 25th, 2012

Marine Memorial, Kaneohe MCBH. Taken with iPhone. "Graduated" filter effect from my vehicle's windshield tint.

Hey everyone!

Some if not most of you who use iPhones and other smartphone devices have probably already heard of an application called Instagram.  For the past few months, I’ve been slowly delving into more and more assignments armed not only with my usual work SLR cameras, but a third camera–in the form of an iPhone.  A bunch of other photojournalist colleagues and friends from around the country have also taken to using this fun application.

It’s a different way of seeing when shooting from an iPhone.  Square.  But it certainly has made me start to think more visually and intuitively with a square frame.

In this age of social media, Twitter, Facebook, etc., the iPhone camera has become an increasingly versatile visual journalism tool–and one that connects with your audience almost instantly.

Amidst all of the photographs taken during the Shinnyo-En Lantern Floating, I was able to gain a different perspective from above--not just with my SLR's, but with my iPhone as well.

Triathletes prepare to enter the ocean at dawn.

Waiting for dad to come home.

So look for a variety of posts coming in the future, not only with work from my SLR’s, but from my iPhone as well.

Dream Day at the Office

June 17th, 2012

One of three female scalloped hammerhead sharks take a curious pass at the camera.

Hola friends!

As many of you may know, I’m an AVID fan of sharks.  Last week, I had the pleasure of photographing three beautiful scalloped hammerhead sharks without a cage–something I’ve always wanted to do my whole life!  Just one baby step closer to my ultimate dream–white sharks!  So with housing in hand, a Mark IV and a fisheye, into the water I went!  Special thanks to the staff at Sea Life Park, Josh and the gang at Hawaii Photo Rental, and Cheryl Tsutumi!  Enjoy!

Like the dolphin experience, Sea Life Park now offers guests a chance to be in the water with various species of sharks native to Hawaiian waters.

The sharks were quite wary of me upon my entry into their domain. I actually had to let them get used to me to be able to get them to come close to the camera and me. Keep in mind this is a fisheye, so they REALLY got close on some passes, like this one.

When they finally got a bit more comfortable with me, I was able to get under them for some nice shots of them passing overhead.

Overall, just an amazing experience to be in the water with them!