Jacks n Joe, Dodgers, Arrival

August 31st, 2012
By jammaquino

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).

4 Responses to “Jacks n Joe, Dodgers, Arrival”

  1. DDSPHON:

    Like I said earlier, I’m going with the 47 point spread or plus 47 points for USC already. How many people from Hawai’i will be supporting UH football and Shane Victorino? “Who cares?”


  2. DDSPHON:

    I think they’ll use Joey Iosefa at 6-0 for Hawai’i and Mike Edwards to run the whole game. It will be hard for these two Running backs for UH football to offset the already 47 points plus spread given to USC before the game at 1:30 pm HT. They’ll need help from the Wide receivers to complement the run in order for Hawai’i to win. I think with consistent running game of Joey Iosefa, Hawai’i may be effective in the passing game from their QB at 6-3 feet-inches tall. Otherwise 47 points or more for USC still stands.


  3. DDSPHON:

    One more note on the 1:30pm HT 9/1/2012 game at USC for Hawai’i, On defense, I think they’ll need help from every one of their players, including Beau Yap for Hawai’i. His father Boyd Yap played for the OIA 1979 championships for the Kailua trojans at Aloha Stadium. I think it will be hard struggle from players like Beau Yap & others to make this game a close game. I look forward to seeing Joey Iosefa to run big in this game. I believe it may be closer than they have this spread.


  4. DDSPHON:

    Like I said earlier, UH football key players on offense will be Joey Iosefa and Mike Edwards on the running back positions. Defensively for UH to tackle the big USC offense, they will need players like Beau Yap, his father played for the Kailua seariders of the OIA 1979 State Football Championship at Aloha Stadium. It will take players like Beau to come up big on defense game in and game out this year for UH to have a winning season. USC has a 47 point favorite before 9/1/2012 1:30pm HT game at USC.


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