Archive for the ‘funny stuff’ Category

Dream Day at the Office

June 17th, 2012
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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!

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!

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).

Magnetism

September 26th, 2011
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That’s apparently what happened during the UC Davis/Hawaii game this past Saturday!  After all these years of covering football, there are still some games where you just magically seem to have that rabbit’s foot in your pocket, and everything, and I mean EVERYTHING comes towards your end of the field!  Anyway, here’s some of the highlights from that game–some of which you may have seen in our print edition.

Magnetism!

Now if I could only have this kind of luck EVERY game….

Hawaii's Allen Sampson soars to haul in a touchdown pass ahead of UC Davis' Kevyn Lewis during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Corey Paclebar hauls in a pass in the endzone ahead of UC Davis' Charles Boyett during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. The pass was ruled incomplete and no touchdown was awarded. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Sterling Jackson leaves UC Davis' Kevyn Lewis behind enroute to a touchdown during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Tank Hopkins upends UC Davis' Josh Reese during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

UC Davis quarterback Randy Wright coughs up the ball after a hit from Hawaii's Art Laurel during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii quarterback David Graves soars for the endzone for a touchdown during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii quarterback Bryant Moniz eludes UC Davis defender Bobby Erskine during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the UC Davis Aggies on Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Fall

August 22nd, 2011
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….is here.  Like the monsoons of Southeast Asia.  Like the amuse bouche of a Michelin-starred restaurant.  You feel it, you sense it, then all of a sudden, it’s there.  Football season.  The Fall Sports season.  Refreshing.  Revitalizing.  The time of year to get it in gear, baby!

Kapolei's Kiatrell Zachery can't come up with the pass under pressure from Leilehua's Brennan Jacinto during first-half action of an OIA football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Leilehua Mighty Mules on Friday, August 19, 2011 at Kapolei High School in Kapolei. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

But alas, it’s only been two days into the season, and the zebras are already out in full force on the safari.

Why, hello ref, nice of you to drop in on my touchdown photograph!

Look, I KNOW zebras are graceful animals of the savannah, but I don't...really...want...you...in my FRAME!

I LOVE IT!!