Archive for the ‘wildlife’ Category

Beanbag toss

August 31st, 2009
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Quick post.  I was at the Honolulu Zoo Birthday celebration yesterday for wild art.  You’d expect WILD wild art, being that I was at the zoo, but instead I came away with a very interesting image that I was very happy with.  Children were tossing beanbags into a cardboard hole as a game to win prizes.  I lined up behind the the cardboard and waited for the right elements to be within the circles.

Five-year-old Ryen Adaro watches her beanbag throw enter the hole during the Honolulu Zoo's centennial birthday celebration Sunday, August 30, 2009 on the zoo grounds.  The event, hosted by the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, featured local entertainers as well as games and activities for the whole family.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS at 170mm, Exposure mode:  Manual, 1/125 sec @ f4.5, 200 ISO, daylight whitebalance.

Five-year-old Ryen Adaro watches her beanbag throw enter the hole during the Honolulu Zoo's centennial birthday celebration Sunday, August 30, 2009 on the zoo grounds. The event, hosted by the Kapiolani Medical Center for Women and Children, featured local entertainers as well as games and activities for the whole family. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS at 170mm, Exposure mode: Manual, 1/125 sec @ f4.5, 200 ISO, daylight whitebalance.

Shady

August 18th, 2009
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I was hunting for wild art yesterday afternoon and came upon this neat image.  Unfortunately our page designers didn’t run it, so here it is for all of YOU good people who appreciate fun, wacky, outside the box photography!  Enjoy!

These birds cram into the tiny bit of shade that a street sign provides them in an effort to stay cool on a warm Monday afternoon, August 17, 2009 at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

These birds cram into the tiny bit of shade that a street sign provides them in an effort to stay cool on a warm Monday afternoon, August 17, 2009 at Kakaako Waterfront Park in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Travels

August 10th, 2009
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Hey everyone,

Thanks for constantly checking out my photoblog.  I have been on vacation for the past few weeks and am now back, refreshed and ready for the fall sports season.  Because this blog is for anyone who loves and appreciates photography, I figured I’d post some of my favorites from my travels–maybe some of you can figure out where I went.  Enjoy, and stay tuned for more posts coming soon!

Can you see what that wake belongs to?

Can you see what that wake belongs to?

AND MY FAVORITE PHOTO:

Just lined up

July 7th, 2009
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I photographed the Gearhead event in Kailua this past Sunday–a typical wild art event full of feature photos.  After walking around for about 30 minutes, I felt I had something decent to file.  Just as that thought crossed my mind, an alignment of planets, space-time continuum, perfection, etc. etc. just rained down upon me, and I was able to raise my camera and shoot two frames of a mini Ford Mustang driven by two little girls coming towards a REAL red 1966 Mustang.  To add to the luck, I had been shooting at f22 (don’t ask why) already, so I just raised it, didn’t really meter for it, and fired.  Voila!  Talk about lucky!

Chloe Kopaz, 9, drives Kiana Inouye, 3, in a red mini-Mustang as a real red 1966 Mustang flanks the frame at right during the Pro-Street Gearhead Classic II Sunday, July 5, 2009 in Kailua's Kapaa Quarry.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).  Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS (at 190mm), Exposure mode:  Lucky, errr I mean MANUAL, 1/160 @ f22, ISO 400, daylight whitebalance.

Chloe Kopaz, 9, drives Kiana Inouye, 3, in a red mini-Mustang as a real red 1966 Mustang flanks the frame at right during the Pro-Street Gearhead Classic II Sunday, July 5, 2009 in Kailua's Kapaa Quarry. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin). Canon EOS 1D Mark III, EF 70-200 f2.8L IS (at 190mm), Exposure mode: Lucky, errr I mean MANUAL, 1/160 @ f22, ISO 400, daylight whitebalance.

Escape Artist

November 7th, 2008
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Yesterday, while stopping into the newsroom to file an earlier assignment, I had the pleasure of photographing a clever, cunning little fellow.  Here he is, waving to all of you!

 

 

Hello everyone!  Let me outta here!

Hello everyone! Let me outta here!

There he is, all grand 0.5 inches of him!  Initially, I was photographing this little guy, who we’ll affectionately name Kermit, from the jar he was dwelling in after one of our graphic artists captured him.  But I could not get Kermit to cooperate with the camera…you know how feisty celebrity talent is.  

 

Kermit refuses to show me his good side

Kermit refuses to show me his good side

So, after consulting with various colleagues, I decided to pop open the jar to let him out so I could photograph him in a clear plastic case on the white table.

Bad Idea.

After I released the lid, Kermit proceeded to spring upwards onto my shoulder, and BOING…down towards the ground where the backgrounds and gels were.  I swear I heard his ribbit laughter as I exclaimed “NOOOO!!!!” and dropped on my knees to try and apprehend the fugitive frog.  He jumped into a stack of contest papers and into the dark recesses of the studio’s corner.

After a fruitless search of 10 minutes with a flashlight, I broke the news to our graphic artist, Bryant, who had caught the frog.  Immediately, the WHOLE newsroom started breaking out in laughter.  “What!? He escaped?! BAHAHHAAHA!!!” Even our news editors were laughing at me–I don’t know if it was because of the gravity of the situation, the heavy sweat that I had started to break into, or the fact that something the size of a quarter eluded me so easily.

So with 4 people to assist, including the great Mike Rovner, we set out on froggie search in the corner.  Bryant spotted him first, lurking underneath the bottom shelving where old issues of the paper are stored.  Using the same jar, we cornered and coaxed him into the jar.  It was a sight to be seen, fortunately I have NO photographic evidence of this silly fiasco of 4 men cornering and apprehending a frog the size of a thimble.

WE GOT HIM!

We then emptied Kermit onto the white table and stuck a CD spindle cover over him and a quarter in there as well for scale.  I could now photograph this nemesis frog at my will, but not before talking trash to him about how he couldn’t escape now, and I pwned you, blah blah blah….yes it was that intense.

 

This little guy had some attitude

This little guy had some attitude

 

"Let me OUTTA HERE!!!"

"Let me OUTTA HERE!!!"

 

Trying to pull the "I'm cute" look...not gonna work, there, Kermit!

Trying to pull the "I'm cute" look...not gonna work, there, Kermit!

After photographing him, and all was done, we put Kermit back into his jar.  I had to photograph him from every angle to determine whether or not he was a coqui frog.  After reviewing the images, many were torn over what type of frog Kermit was–a coqui or another similar frog, the greenhouse frog.  I didn’t stay long enough to find out, as I had burned about an hour chasing and photographing this little guy.

 

Yeah, that's right, I'm pointing at YOU!

Yeah, that's right, I'm pointing at YOU!