Best of 2008

January 5th, 2009
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Well, the new year is officially in swing, and I thought I’d share my favorites from 2008.  Some you may have seen before, others you might not.  In retrospect, I have to say that I feel very fortunate to be able to continue to make story-telling images, and that my favorites weren’t all sports photographs.  Finding something different is always a challenge, but making a difference with that shot always outweighs the trials and tribulations you may have in the field.  So here they are.  Enjoy, and live like you mean it.

 

A firefighters with the Federal Fire Department walks among what remains of a warehouse at the Camp Catlin military housing area, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008.  Residents in and around the area were being evacuated as smoke from the three-alarm warehouse fire drifts over their homes.  Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Robert Main said the fire started in a warehouse at the golf course at about 12:40 p.m. and was reported under control at about 1:15 p.m.  The warehouse was used for storing golf course equipment and was completely destroyed.  Twelve fire companies, including 55 firefighters, responded to assist federal firefighters.  Honolulu Star-Bulletin photo by Jamm Aquino.

A firefighter with the Federal Fire Department walks among what remains of a warehouse at the Camp Catlin military housing area, Saturday, Sept. 13, 2008. Residents in and around the area were being evacuated as smoke from the three-alarm warehouse fire drifts over their homes. Honolulu Fire Department Capt. Robert Main said the fire started in a warehouse at the golf course at about 12:40 p.m. and was reported under control at about 1:15 p.m. The warehouse was used for storing golf course equipment and was completely destroyed. Twelve fire companies, including 55 firefighters, responded to assist federal firefighters. Honolulu Star-Bulletin photo by Jamm Aquino.

 

A soldier hurries down a corridor during combat training, Monday, August 4, 2008 at the urban warfare training facilities at Schofield Barracks.  About 127 Army National Guard soldiers participated in the training, which included tactical strategies on breeching and clearing rooms and buildings with emphasis on close-quarter combat efficiency.  Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

A soldier hurries down a corridor during combat training, Monday, August 4, 2008 at the urban warfare training facilities at Schofield Barracks. About 127 Army National Guard soldiers participated in the training, which included tactical strategies on breeching and clearing rooms and buildings with emphasis on close-quarter combat efficiency. Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

 

UH Wahine Volleyball player Jamie Houston gets down as the star in "So You Think You Can Dance," for the 2008 UH Wahine Volleyball "TV Guide" special section.  Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

UH Wahine Volleyball player Jamie Houston gets down as the star in "So You Think You Can Dance," for the 2008 UH Wahine Volleyball "TV Guide" special section. Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

Varsity football players of the Aiea Na Alii and the Moanalua Menehune engage in prayer at midfield prior to their game, Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at Aiea High School.  Pre-game prayers such as these are being done more and more frequently to promote sportsmanship and harmony between teams.  Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

Varsity football players of the Aiea Na Alii and the Moanalua Menehune engage in prayer at midfield prior to their game, Friday, Oct. 17, 2008 at Aiea High School. Pre-game prayers such as these are being done more and more frequently to promote sportsmanship and harmony between teams. Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

 

The second of two "shooters" fires at simulated hostages during a staged event simulating a shooter terrorizing a high-school campus, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008 at McKinley High School.  The simulation, which included HPD, HFD, and EMS services, was to evaluate and examine the readiness and efficiency level of rescue task forces during a time when shootings across the nation have become much more common in schools and malls.  Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

The second of two "shooters" fires at simulated hostages during a staged event simulating a shooter terrorizing a high-school campus, Sunday, Feb. 17, 2008 at McKinley High School. The simulation, which included HPD, HFD, and EMS services, was to evaluate and examine the readiness and efficiency level of rescue task forces during a time when shootings across the nation have become much more common in schools and malls. Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

 

Kuhio Park Terrace resident Hazel McMillon is framed in a fire hose door lock as she looks down from the second floor of Tower A at Kuhio Park Terrace, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 in Kalihi.  The fire hose housing contained no hose and instead was littered with cigarette butts and trash.  Lawyers and residents have recently joined forces in hopes of getting the State to recognize repairs and upkeep needed to the facilities.  Some residents suffer from having no hot water, poor ventilation due to insect and pest droppings, as well as having no working fire hoses and alarms.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Kuhio Park Terrace resident Hazel McMillon is framed in a fire hose door lock as she looks down from the second floor of Tower A at Kuhio Park Terrace, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2008 in Kalihi. The fire hose housing contained no hose and instead was littered with cigarette butts and trash. Lawyers and residents have recently joined forces in hopes of getting the State to recognize repairs and upkeep needed to the facilities. Some residents suffer from having no hot water, poor ventilation due to insect and pest droppings, as well as having no working fire hoses and alarms. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

 

Senator Daniel Inouye looks out at the celebratory crowd at the Hawaii Democratic Party's celebration and reception, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 at the Pearl Ultralounge in Ala Moana Center.  Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

Senator Daniel Inouye looks out at the celebratory crowd at the Hawaii Democratic Party's celebration and reception, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 at the Pearl Ultralounge in Ala Moana Center. Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

 

Sixteen-year-old Trey George dives during swimming practice at Central Oahu Regional Park's Aquatic Complex, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008.  George has returned to the pool only 18 months after having open heart surgery and will compete in the High School State Swimming Competition on the weekend of December 19, 2008.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Sixteen-year-old Trey George dives during swimming practice at Central Oahu Regional Park's Aquatic Complex, Monday, Dec. 15, 2008. George has returned to the pool only 18 months after having open heart surgery and will compete in the High School State Swimming Competition on the weekend of December 19, 2008. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

 

Kapolei resident and Barack Obama supporter Jenna McDonald reacts as the polls officially closed with Obama on top at the Hawaii Democratic Party's celebration and reception, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 at the Pearl Ultralounge in Ala Moana Center.  Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

Kapolei resident and Barack Obama supporter Jenna McDonald reacts as the polls officially closed with Obama on top at the Hawaii Democratic Party's celebration and reception, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2008 at the Pearl Ultralounge in Ala Moana Center. Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

 

UH Wahine Volleyball player Amanda Simmons glosses it up as "America's Top Model," for the 2008 UH Wahine Volleyball "TV Guide" special section.  Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

UH Wahine Volleyball player Amanda Simmons glosses it up as "America's Top Model," for the 2008 UH Wahine Volleyball "TV Guide" special section. Honolulu Star-Bulletin Photo by Jamm Aquino.

9 Responses to “Best of 2008”

  1. kent:

    Jamm, looks like you had an awesome year making images. Thank you for all your hard work with this blog, making images that tell a story, and helping the kaleo photographers…

    mahalo!


  2. pam danielle:

    Your photos made me smile and enjoy feeling as if I were there. Thanks for sharing your gift.!


  3. kent:

    time for an update!


  4. erick:

    Hey Jamm,

    Nice 2008 shots! I was at the Eyes of Hawaii meeting on 01/26/09 you gave a terrific presentation! Everyone loved it. Thanks for coming.

    I have a question for you. One of my friends shoots with glasses, do you have any pointers for people who shoot with glasses.

    Thanks and keep up the good work!

    Erick


  5. `aka`aka:

    Nuff rest!
    Post some and tell us about your shots.

    aloha,
    `aka


  6. james nachtwey:

    hey mr . A

    hmm. time for an update !

    study my images and learn


  7. jammaquino:

    Erick,
    I shoot with glasses as well, and I normally set my diopter all the way negative. Ironically, I’m blind as a bat without my glasses, so I’m real careful about keeping them clean when shooting. Sometimes the camera will be smashed against your face, and it leaves residue marks from your skin on the lens-a pet-peeve of mine. Also, I use scratch-proof lenses on my glasses, because sometimes that viewfinder will just bump you in the face on a bumpy assignment (i.e. a boat ride, etc.). Hope this helps!


  8. james nachtwey:

    the jamie houston image needs a backlight to give the image more depth. your strobe images lack depth. try using a background light to create separation from the background.

    the fake shooter shouldn’t be included. its bullshit ‘staged’ for the media.


  9. jammaquino:

    to “james nachtwey,”
    Please refrain from using any expletives when posting a comment. If I know your work ethic and your beliefs as a photojournalist and professional well enough, I know you wouldn’t be using words such as the aforementioned when leaving your comments and thoughts. Thank you. Glad to see you’re posting from an IP address here in Hawaii.


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