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Jacks n Joe, Dodgers, Arrival

August 31st, 2012
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Howdy!

Busy busy BUSY first day on the ground here in Los Angeles.  Sports columnist Dave Reardon and I started with a nice human interest story about a gentleman with Hawaii roots who owns a restaurant near USC called “Jacks n Joe.”  After hearing the remarkable story of how he went from being a baggage handler at the Hana airport in Maui, to an architect mogul in Beverly Hills, and finally, to serving down-home, comfort food to the likes of Troy Polemalu, Abe Markowitz, and Matt Barkley, I made a nice poignant portrait of him with the only visible item that hints that his establishment, and kuleana, are truly based around Hawaii.

Mark Bednorz holds a surfboard with his late daugher Myckala's name carved by USC football player and Hawaii homegrown Simione Vehikite at Jacks N Joe restaurant on Thursday, August 30, 2012 near the USC campus in Los Angeles. The restaurant is a favorite among many USC football players and serves local Hawaiian style food. Bednorz and his wife, Vianney, built the restaurant from the ground up after the sudden passing of their 12-year-old daughter, Myckala, in 2006. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

After a busy morning chatting with Mark, we were off to Dodger Stadium to go pay local boys Shane Victorino and Brandon League a visit.  Upon arriving at the pass gate, and after getting credentialed, I couldn’t help but feel awe as I walked up to the railing and looked out on one of the great ballparks in our nation.

Dodger Stadium. First look. Shot with my iPhone

After getting situated in the press area, I went down to the field level, where I met with Dodgers team photographer Jon SooHoo.  At this time, the Dodgers were doing warmups and taking batting practice.  Jon advised me that Shane and Brandon were aware that we were here for them, and was very helpful in me being able to grab a quick “fast food” portrait of Brandon League.

Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Brandon League poses for a portrait on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

I used a 24-70 lens, one 580 flash handheld popped with a pocketwizard, and the wrong lens hood.  Yup, that’s right, the WRONG lens hood.  I slapped a 70-200 hood on my 24-70 to achieve the vignette effect.  Aside from a color adjustment in camera RAW, everything here is a practical application!

Unfortunately, in the hustle and bustle of warmups and BP (there were a LOT of media doing interviews and milling about), I wasn’t able to get a portrait of Shane.  But off to the first base photo well I went.  Upon getting there, I noticed that the shooting areas were already taped off and marked with “AP,” “Getty,” “LA Times,” “Daily News,” “Reuters,” and “Dodgers.”   Uh-oh.  No space for the visiting island dude.  Luckily, Jon SooHoo graciously allowed me the Dodgers spot–I would be shooting next to Hans Gutknecht of the LA Daily News, Stephen Dunn of Getty Images, and Mark Terrill of AP–a fun bunch of ace shooters.  So I got situated and waited for the game to begin.  Pregame festivities included a tribute to perhaps the greatest baseball announcer of all time–Vin Scully, and a rainbow over the right field wall.

Dodgers GM Don Mattingly is interviewed by the media prior to the game.

Dodgers GM Don Mattingly is interviewed by the media prior to the game.

Baseball announcer Vin Scully waves to the crowd before a Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

My shooting position in the 1st base well. Gaffers tape saved the day.

So after settling in, I attached my 400 to one of my cameras, and was in the process of screwing it tight into the monopod–but alas–it kept freewheeling.  Thread.  Stripped.  No.  NO!!!  I had to think of something fast.  I wasn’t about to handhold this thing the whole game!  Gaffers tape to the rescue!  See my previous posts on equipment, and you’ll see that I “don’t leave home without it.”  Gaffers tape, that is.

Los Angeles Dodgers' Clayton Kershaw delivers in the top of the first inning of a Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Los Angeles Dodgers' GM Don Mattingly listens to 1st base umpire Tim Timmons after a balk was called on pitcher Clayton Kershaw in the top of the fourth inning of a Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Los Angeles Dodgers' Shane Victorino connects for a single in the bottom of the fourth inning of a Major League Baseball game between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Arizona Diamondbacks on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Since my coverage was weighted towards feature art for our local players, I won’t publish most of that on here until it publishes in the Star-Advertiser, but I did manage to get some great shots from that 1st base well.  You’re so close to the action!  Second base was a tight pan with the 400 2.8.  And, when Dodgers GM Don Mattingly argued a call, it was literally RIGHT in front of us!  You could hear them talking!  So amazing!

Unfortunately, I couldn’t stay the whole game.  The Warriors were due from their flight out to LA at the hotel in Manhattan Beach, and we needed to be there to greet them.

Around 11:15, the buses finally arrived at the Marriott Manhattan Beach.  Coach Norm Chow and the team quickly disembarked and turned in for the night.  After transmitting a couple of shots of the team arriving, I called it a night.  Only a 16-hour day, nothing at all.  But an EXCITING 16-hour day!  Tune in for more soon!

Hawaii football players Kapua Sai, left, and Sean Schroeder walk with their bags as the Hawaii Warrior football team arrives on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at the Marriot Hotel in Manhattan Beach. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii football players George Daily-Lyles, left, and Kamalani Alo walk into the lobby as the Hawaii Warrior football team arrives on Thursday, August 30, 2012 at the Marriot Hotel in Manhattan Beach. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Fun at Hawaii Theatre

November 8th, 2010
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Today I had the privilege of photographing renowned Hawaii comedians Augie T. and Frank DeLima for our Features desk.  Loads of fun on the corner of Pauahi and Bethel Street this morning!

Comedians Augie T., left, and Frank DeLima pose for a portrait on Monday, November 8, 2010 outside the Hawaii Theatre in downtown Honolulu. Augie T. and Frank DeLima are set to take the stage together for the upcoming "Kings of Portuguese Comedy" show on November 12, 2010. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Since I was pressed for time, it was a simple, two speedlite setup with pocketwizards and two small banks.  Voila!

Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35 f2.8L at 19mm, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/200 at f11, ISO 160, Daylight whitebalance.

It was so much fun photographing these two charismatic gentlemen that at the end, I had to get in on the fun in front of the lens also!

Great start to a Monday–with a few laughs and a good time!

Knight

September 25th, 2009
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Sometimes, shooting a location portrait means cluttered backgrounds, gawking parents, jeering students, and the list goes on and on and on.  Basically, setting up for one with any of the above elements means you’ve just turned on the “Hi look at my lightstands and big cameras, everyone!!,” sometimes making the subject a little self-conscious.

This is what happened during my portrait session with Castle High School receiver Shaydon Kehano.  I arrived, and it so happened to be team picture day–read:  ENTIRE JV and VARSITY are on the field with the team photographer.  Clean background?  Fah git aboutit!

I had to think on the fly, and noticed a nice puddle by the track, and the sky had just started to clear from a passing shower–perfect backlight.  The solution?  Cook the subject, and under-expose everything else!!  I had two lights at full power, and got the result I wanted.

Castle receiver Shaydon Kehano poses for a portrait Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 at Castle High School.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 15 mm f2.8, Exposure mode:  Manual, 1/250 @f22, 200 ISO, daylight whitebalance.  Lit with two snooted Nikon SB 28 flashes at full power.

Castle receiver Shaydon Kehano poses for a portrait Friday, Sept. 18, 2009 at Castle High School. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 15 mm f2.8, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/250 @f22, 200 ISO, daylight whitebalance. Lit with two snooted Nikon SB 28 flashes at full power.

The Coach

June 17th, 2009
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I also had the privelege of chatting and meeting KSSK radio personality Larry Price the other day to photograph him for our Centurions tab for UH Football.  The two hours spent with him were amazing–the stories and recollections he had from his days as a player and coach were so interesting that I caught myself just holding my camera because I was just intently listening to his conversation with Dave Reardon.  Here’s my favorite photo of him from that session, which didn’t run unfortunately but I thought I’d share with all of you.  Enjoy!

And, for the record, I’m back in effect! Sorry for the hiatus!

Larry Price, former UH Football player and coach, is reflected on the Clark Shaughnessy Trophy, the only piece of memorabilia he owns from his days as UH Football coach Monday, June 15, 2009 at the KSSK Offices in Iwilei  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Larry Price, former UH Football player and coach, is reflected on the Clark Shaughnessy Trophy, the only piece of memorabilia he owns from his days as UH Football coach Monday, June 15, 2009 at the KSSK Offices in Iwilei (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Fashion on the fly

March 20th, 2009
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This past Monday, I photographed the Project DisFUNKshion fashion at Windward Mall.  As always is the case, I was pressed for time, as I had a baseball game to shoot immediately after in Aiea.  A nice setup, metering of lights, and location scout is always a luxury I seldom ever have, so I compensated by using both ambient and speedlites to shoot my portraits.  The three models, Nalani, Marc, and Mandy, were wonderful to work with and very cooperative.  Here’s three shots to illustrate the variety of approaches when shooting a fashion assignment such as this.

LIT:

 

Mandy McGarry, left, and Nalani Ravelo wear spring fashion by Wet Seal, photographed Monday, March 16, 2009 at Windward Mall, part of the 2009 DisFunkShion show.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 15 f2.8 fisheye, 580EX speedlite x 2, triggered with a Canon ST-E2 wireless transmitter. Exposure mode:  Manual, ISO 50, 1/250 @ f8.0, daylight whitebalance.

Mandy McGarry, left, and Nalani Ravelo wear spring fashion by Wet Seal, photographed Monday, March 16, 2009 at Windward Mall, part of the 2009 DisFunkShion show. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 15 f2.8 fisheye, 580EX speedlite x 2, triggered with a Canon ST-E2 wireless transmitter. Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 50, 1/250 @ f8.0, daylight whitebalance.

AMBIENT:

 

Mandy McGarry wears spring fashion by Hot Topic, photographed Monday, March 16, 2009 at Windward Mall, part of the 2009 DisFunkShion show.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark II, EF 24-70 f2.8L at 50mm, Exposure mode:  Manual, ISO 50, 1/200 @ f2.8, Daylight whitebalance.

Mandy McGarry wears spring fashion by Hot Topic, photographed Monday, March 16, 2009 at Windward Mall, part of the 2009 DisFunkShion show. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark II, EF 24-70 f2.8L at 50mm, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 50, 1/200 @ f2.8, Daylight whitebalance.

MIX OF BOTH:

 

Marc McGarry wears spring fashion by Hot Topic, photographed Monday, March 16, 2009 at Windward Mall, part of the 2009 DisFunkShion show.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35 f2.8L at 16mm, 580EX speedlite triggered with ST-E2, Exposure mode:  Manual, ISO 50, 1/250 @f5.0, Daylight whitebalance.

Marc McGarry wears spring fashion by Hot Topic, photographed Monday, March 16, 2009 at Windward Mall, part of the 2009 DisFunkShion show. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35 f2.8L at 16mm, 580EX speedlite triggered with ST-E2, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 50, 1/250 @f5.0, Daylight whitebalance.

Mixing it up allows the page designers plenty of variety, much like preparing a multi-course meal.  Situationally, shooting in the crowded mall is always a challenge.  Everyone is watching as you work.  Using the lights to isolate the subject eliminates the cluttered mall background.  For a few of the shots, I was looking for an urban look to match the clothing the models were wearing–that was as easy as wandering outside, around the corner, and into the service entrance alley!  After about 50 minutes of solid shooting and 6 different outfit changes, it was off to baseball.