Archive for the ‘composition’ Category

Mayoral debate at KITV

July 12th, 2012
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From left, Honolulu Mayor incumbent Peter Carlisle, mayoral candidates Ben Cayetano, and Kirk Caldwell moments before a televised Honolulu Mayoral debate on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at the KITV studios in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Last night I photographed the three Honolulu mayoral candidates in yet another debate–this time at KITV’s studio.  Their studio had some really nice, clean black tables with very reflective surface–perfect for the series of shots that I’m showcasing here.  With the just the right amount of squatting and getting on my knees, I was able to get the three candidates reflected in the table.

But aside from that, I also got to see my old news editor, and now news director for KITV, Chuck Parker.  He was my news editor when I first started working for the newspaper back in 2005, and it was always a pleasure working for and with him.  Here he is in action before the cameras roll.

KITV news director Chuck Parker, left, walks onto the set with candidates Kirk Caldwell, middle, and Ben Cayetano.

From left, Honolulu mayor incumbent Peter Carlisle, mayoral candidates Ben Cayetano, and Kirk Caldwell listen to KITV news director Chuck Parker, left, and Paula Akana moments before a televised Honolulu Mayoral debate on Wednesday, July 11, 2012 at the KITV studios in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

KITV news director Chuck Parker walks off the set minutes before going live with the Mayoral debate.

Fireworks

July 4th, 2012
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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.

Barack Shadow

November 12th, 2011
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Howdy everyone!

Anyone enjoying APEC yet?  The traffic, the dignitaries, the secret service–oh my!

I had the privilege of photographing the arrival of President Barack Obama and the First Lady last night.  As always, the standard pool rules.  Far.  Secret service sweep.  Far.  Three hours before his arrival.  Far.  Oh did I mention, the press riser is FAR???

So I’m swept and led through by Secret Service–four hours before his arrival.  I’m armed with a 24-70, 70-200, and a 400 2.8.

Air Force One makes a nice landing right in front of us!

I had a pretty nice spot on the riser.  The nice thing about President Obama’s late arrival is that there was plenty of room on our riser!  I guess an 11pm arrival didn’t appeal to a lot of the rest of the press.

The door to Air Force One opens, and out steps First Lady Michelle Obama and the President.  Standard shot.  Neat shadows on the plane from the tarmac lights.

And another stock shot…

BUT!

All of a sudden *Emeril Voice*  BAAM!!

As I was firing off frames, one of the photographer’s flashes from the traveling pool (Air Force One has a traveling pool that gets to ride with him), happens to light my frame.  Voila!  The result?  SHADOW…

President Barack Obama, back, and First Lady Michelle Obama deplane after arriving for APEC 2011 aboard Air Force One on Friday, November 11, 2011 at Hickam Air Force Base in Honolulu. (POOL PHOTO/Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Stay tuned for more APEC stuff!

Urban

October 31st, 2011
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I had an assignment at the Honolulu Airport the other day and walking back to my car, I noticed how the harsh afternoon light played with the shaded awnings.  Came up with this, rather urban and contrasty wild art.

Wild artsy

October 20th, 2011
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A wedding couple from Japan enjoys a cloud of bubbles while on their photo shoot on Monday, Sept. 26, 2011 at Kakaako Waterfront Park. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hey all!

Sorry for the hiatus.  I ran off and got married!  Fitting that I open this new blog post with a shot from before I left.  Anyhow, back in the saddle, and with APEC looming like a shroud overhead, I figured it’d be nice for some good ol’ chiaroscuro for you photo loving peeps!  Enjoy!

A man is rimmed in afternoon sun while running along Kalanianaole Highway on Monday, October 17, 2011 in east Oahu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).