Archive for the ‘composition’ Category

Look both ways

November 5th, 2010

This safety mirror in downtown Honolulu intrigued me today.

Children are reflected in a safety mirror on Pauahi Street on Friday, Nov. 5, 2010 in downtown Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

This one time, in band camp…

November 2nd, 2010

The Roosevelt Rough Riders marching band performs during the 35th Annual Oahu Marching Band Festival on Monday, November 1, 2010 at Aloha Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

The photograph I made above was a glass of lemonade made out of the lemons I was thrown last night when I photographed a “battle of the bands” competition between several high school marching bands.

As you are all well aware, I’ve photographed countless football games and events at the Aloha Stadium, but was shocked that after THIRTY minutes of telling the people at the gates (who won’t be named or affiliated out of respect) that I was just there to photograph the kids for the paper, they finally let me in, but would NOT let me on the field.  W.  T.  H…..???!

I had only brought a 70-200 lens as my longest lens, thinking that I’d be on the field no problem to get shots of the kids.  The stadium had been partitioned and closed off, save for the sections nearest to the 50-yard line going all the way up.  Up, huh?  I made my way up to the press box, and saw that the stairs leading up to the nosebleed weren’t chained off…hmmmm

So using my ninja skills, I was able to go all the way up, and the view is quite nice from up there, I must say, and make photographs of the bands doing their shifts and formations.  It actually worked out well!

I tried using the guardrails as a compositional crutch.


I still wanted something DIFFERENT.  I had a few shots I was okay with from up here, including this one,

But when the Roosevelt band did this criss-cross move between their brass players, a lightbulb popped into my head: PANNED!

Canon EOS 1D Mk III, EF 70-200 f2.8 @ 200mm, 1/10 at f16, ISO 800, Fluorescent whitebalance

Something different.  Always what I’m after.  I wanted some lemonade after this ordeal!

Stay tuned for elections!

Jasons in the sky!

November 1st, 2010

Hope everyone had a fabulous Halloween filled with more treats than tricks!  Of all the madness and chivalry that’s on the streets every year for Halloween, my favorite image was actually this one, of window washers wearing Jason hockey masks.  Enjoy!

Window washers from Worldwide Window Washers wear hockey masks to observe Halloween while cleaning the Century Square building on Saturday, Oct. 30, 2010 in downtown Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Fall is here

September 10th, 2010

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).

Windooohhh again!

June 8th, 2010

I was on assignment today at the Blaisdell Concert Hall to cover the press conference for Mayor Mufi Hannemann’s announcement for Broadway shows this fall.  Of course, I shot and covered the news conference, but as I was walking out, I happened upon this pretty cool image.  It’s amazing–sometimes all you need to do is look out the window and voila!  Wild Art!

A skateboarder traveling up Ward Avenue is framed amid the stained glass windows that adorn the Neal Blaisdell Concert Hall on Tuesday, June 8, 2010 in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).