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UHHHH…football

September 6th, 2010
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Hawaii's Greg Salas reaches for the endzone for what was ruled a touchdown but recalled two plays later during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Sorry, my finger was stuck on the H key…Just kidding.  Anyway, just a recap of last Thursday’s season opener versus USC.  Usually, it takes a game or two to get back into the groove of shooting football, but I’ve found that the time I waste away playing a video game called “Modern Warfare 2″ has helped my photography considerably.  Now before you laugh this off, humor me if you will.  Let me first give you a small background on this video game.

Modern Warfare 2 is a first-person shooter game, meaning your perspective is as if your eyes are actually seeing what’s going on.  You don’t see your character on screen, but instead see your hands and your weapon.  If you run, you bounce up and down accordingly to simulate the reality of being in first-person perspective.  When you raise your weapon to fire, you see the rifle, SMG, or handgun snap up to the center of the screen as you aim down its iron sight, or scope for a sniper rifle.

Now visualize this as in you’re running around and seeing your cameras in hand and viewing the world from that perspective–after all, the game and being a photographer have one thing in common–shooting!   The video game really makes your hand/eye coordination work for the better, and you concentrate more (with the addition of earplugs–a must when shooting at the Stadium).

In this game, there is a technique called “quickscoping,” which is using a sniper rifle, which has a very low rate of fire, but high damage (STAY WITH ME HERE, THIS IS STILL A PHOTO BLOG POST!), and quickly raising it up to aim and before you even set sight in the scope, pop off a shot, and boom, target down. Here’s a video demonstrating the technique on youtube:

Quickscoping

Anyway, with this in mind, I’m able to track players and passes much more quickly and the response time between tracking them with my eye and the camera/shutter is faster, albeit more accurate. But enough about video games, here’s some of my faves from the game. Enjoy!

FIRST HALF:

Another view of the Salas lunge. Touchdown or not?

USC's Rhett Ellison leaps to haul in a touchdown pass in front of Hawaii's George Daily-Lyles during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Nice light, look at that ball!  Too bad I was on the other side!

USC's David Ausberry celebrates a touchdown during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii's Greg Salas cuts between USC defenders Nickell Robey, back, and Michael Morgan during first-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

And on to the second half:

I like the composition of this:

Hawaii's Bryant Moniz is brought down by USC's Jurrell Casey during second-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. USC won 49-36. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

THANK YOU QUICKSCOPING!!

Hawaii's Rodney Bradley soars but can't come up with the pass in the endzone while being pursued by USC's Chris Galippo during second-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. USC won 49-36. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

After Moniz’s hit, he was out of the game and returned to the field in a sweatsuit and a towel over his head.  Rather than photograph him from the front, I thought a nice, clean shot of him with the towel over his head was a more telling image of what had happened:

Hawaii's Bryant Moniz walks with a towel over his head after leaving the game during second-half action of a college football season-opening game between the USC Trojans and the Hawaii Warriors on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2010 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. USC won 49-36. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

There we have it, recap from the game.  Off to more Modern Warfare 2!

adDRESSing the issue

June 21st, 2010
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“May I ask why you chose the picture you did of Alina Ching?  You know that picture was awful and yet still printed it.  I have been photographed hundreds of times and I know just as well as you do that a photographer takes teens if not hundreds of pictures in order to find a good photo to use.  This is the best you could find?  Or did you purposely sabotage a girl’s article by posting a poorly chosen picture?  Great job in taking away from the intent of the article.

Not only should you be ashamed of your choice of photograph, you owe that young girl a public apology.  For obvious reasons!!”

–email from one of many alarmed and spiteful readers–one prominent in the golf world.

First off, let me say this:

I DID NOT choose the photograph of Alina Ching to run in that Tuesday edition of the Honolulu Star-Advertiser.  I DID file the photograph, however, because it was a different, peak-action sports photograph that showcased the power and precision in a swing that only Alina Ching can deliver.

I had photographed Alina Ching a few months ago at Waialae Country Club for the ILH golf tourney, and she’s a nice, well-mannered, and talented kid.  It grieved me to see all of the hateful comments on our website which ultimately came back to the photograph that ran taken by me.  But here is the bottom line:

The photograph is only as alarming or offensive as the viewer makes it to be.  There are no body parts showing.  I was in full view of the players when I pressed the shutter button, so they were aware that I was photographing them.

I am a photojournalist.  Like others in my field, I cover news, and news happens the way it happens.  There’s no sugar-coating, no cushioning the fall, no second chances.

With this in mind, I am firmly going to stand by my decision to file the photograph of Alina Ching teeing off from the 14th teebox.  To give the alarmed readers some perspective, here’s another photograph from the exact same spot, albeit a different golfer.

Max Bonk watches his drive off the tee box on the 14th hole of the first round of the 2010 Manoa Cup on Monday, June 14, 2010 at Oahu Country Club in Nuuanu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Here’s another shot of Alina from a different teebox:

Alina Ching of Punahou hits from the teebox on the 10th hole of the first round of the 2010 Manoa Cup on Monday, June 14, 2010 at Oahu Country Club in Nuuanu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

As you can see, no matter where the shot was taken from, the power of Alina’s swing always made her shirt rise when she extended.

Like I said,

I am a photojournalist.

I shoot what’s in front of me.  No more.  No less.  This has been the long-standing ethic of thousands of other photojournalists around the globe, and a big reason why viewers are still able to see the people, places, things, and events that they see today.

O.O.F.

February 21st, 2010
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OUT

OF

FOCUS

I just shot the Hawaii Rainbow baseball team’s come-from-behind victory over 10th ranked Oregon State, and the jubo that followed was ruined–thanks to my ubiquitous and ever-reliable Mark III.

The Hawaii Rainbows mob team mate Collin Bennett, top, OUT OF FOCUS, after Bennett's game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning of a college baseball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Hawaii Rainbows Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at Les Murakami Stadium.  Hawaii came from behind in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 5-4.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

The Hawaii Rainbows mob team mate Collin Bennett, top, OUT OF FOCUS, after Bennett's game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning of a college baseball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Hawaii Rainbows Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at Les Murakami Stadium. Hawaii came from behind in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 5-4. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

I’ve been a loyal Canon guy since 2002, when the first 1D series camera came out, and have shot with all the successive models that have come out.  I’m just so disappointed yet again with the lack-lustre performance of this camera.  There’s is absolutely no excuse why this shot just isn’t in focus.  Luckily I was able to redeem myself with this shot:

 Team mates mob Hawaii's Collin Bennett, second from left, after Bennett's game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning of a college baseball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Hawaii Rainbows Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at Les Murakami Stadium.  Hawaii came from behind in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 5-4.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Team mates mob Hawaii's Collin Bennett, second from left, after Bennett's game-winning RBI in the bottom of the ninth inning of a college baseball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Hawaii Rainbows Sunday, Feb. 21, 2010 at Les Murakami Stadium. Hawaii came from behind in the bottom of the ninth inning to win 5-4. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Personally, I thought the other shot was a better moment, as it was more defining–ironic as it’s just O.O.F.–

Out

Of

Focus.

*SIGH*

Girls Hoops Jube

February 20th, 2010
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Whoa, two posts in one day?  YES!

Last night, I photographed a nailbiting game between Konawaena and Lahainaluna in the HHSAA Girls Basketball championships at Blaisdell Arena.  Of course, afterward there’s the jubey shot, and it’s always a toss up because you’ll never know what to expect–where the players will turn, how they will react, where they will huddle, etc. and on and on.  Last night, I was lucky enough to position myself in the right spot, even ahead of television and the competing newspaper.  Called it a hunch, but I played bumper cars with elated jumping players and coaches to align myself for the celebratory shot.

 The Lahainaluna Lady Lunas celebrate after winning the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena.  Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-15f2.8 at 16mm, Exposure mode:  Manual, 1/400 @ f4.5, ISO 1600, 4100K whitebalance.

The Lahainaluna Lady Lunas celebrate after winning the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena. Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). There's the competition up top, as well as TV at top right--but I'm where I should be! Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35f2.8 at 16mm, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/400 @ f4.5, ISO 1600, 4100K whitebalance.

Another take on it:

The Lahainaluna Lady Lunas celebrate after winning the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena.  Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

The Lahainaluna Lady Lunas celebrate after winning the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena. Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

After the trophy and medal presentations to both teams, I noticed that the ceremonial cutting of the net by the winning team happened to line up with the scoreboard, so I went for a different look, and different type of jubey:

Lahainaluna's Maiki Viela, top, waves the net to her team mates after the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena.  Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Lahainaluna's Maiki Viela, top, waves the net to her team mates after the 2010 HHSAA Girls Division I State Championship basketball game between the Konawaena Wildcats and the Lahainaluna Lady Lunas on Friday, Feb. 19, 2010 at Blaisdell Arena. Lahainaluna came from behind to win, 47-45. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

I shot several frames of Viela cutting the net, both horizontal and vertical, but compositionally, it wasn’t working for me.  I canted (tilted) the frame slightly, and was able to get the team looking up at Viela as she swung the net around triumphantly, with the score in the background–a very storytelling image of a come-from-behind win.  I’m very glad that our sports department went with it!

Baseball’s here!

February 20th, 2010
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And so is a new post!!

Howdy, Y’all!  With winter came time for a hibernation on the blog….of course I’m just kidding!  But on a serious note, I got to shoot the second day of Rainbow Baseball today from a unique angle–the television riser, thanks to my friend, UH sports photographer extraordinaire Jay Metzger.

Hawaii's Kolten Wong rockets a shot into center for a single in the bottom of the sixth inning of a college baseball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Hawaii Rainbows Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Les Murakami Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii's Kolten Wong rockets a shot into center for a single in the bottom of the sixth inning of a college baseball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Hawaii Rainbows Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Les Murakami Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400f2.8L with 1.4x converter, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/2500 @ f8.0, ISO 800, Daylight whitebalance.

And here’s a nice shot I haven’t nailed in a long time.  Beginner’s luck, perhaps, since it’s my first ball game in almost a year!

Hawaii thirdbaseman Pi'ikea Kitamura makes a diving stop in the top of the seventh inning of a college baseball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Hawaii Rainbows Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Les Murakami Stadium.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8L, Exposure mode:  Manual, 1/5000 @f2.8, ISO 200, Daylight whitebalance

Hawaii thirdbaseman Pi'ikea Kitamura makes a diving stop in the top of the seventh inning of a college baseball game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Hawaii Rainbows Saturday, Feb. 20, 2010 at Les Murakami Stadium. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 400 f2.8L, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/5000 @f2.8, ISO 200, Daylight whitebalance