Maui Wowie

April 11th, 2009
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The Hawaii football team warms up as seen through the bleachers during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

The Hawaii football team warms up as seen through the bleachers during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Greetings from Maui!  I shot today’s Hawaii football scrimmage here at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  It was a fun time, shooting football in the middle of spring.  The stadium definitely had character, and the vibe in the air from the fans who came to support Coach McMackin and the Warriors was a good one–very warm and generous.  I got there about an hour before practice was scheduled to start, and immediately noticed the visual aesthetics of War Memorial–steel bleachers, a two-story pressbox, and uber-friendly staff.  Of course, I’m here to photograph the sports action, but my mind was already beginning to simmer with ideas.  One of them is my lead photo above.  Warmups and drills were the pre-cursor to the actual scrimmage, so I shot a lot with my new angle finder from ground level.  I knew that if there was going to be any rushing touchdowns later on, it’d be a great perspective.  Here’s a shot of drills with the angle finder attached.

 

Running backs coach Brian Smith watches drills during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Running backs coach Brian Smith watches drills during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

 The scrimmage began, and let me tell you, I was kinda rusty!  Amazing what two and a half months of not shooting football can do to your shooting ability!  Thank you, auto-focus!  I was concentrating on quarterbacks, and made this really intense frame of Steele Jantz.

Quarterback Steele Jantz eyes an open receiver during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Quarterback Steele Jantz eyes an open receiver during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

The scrimmage went on, and the hour just flew by so quickly!  I got some fairly decent frames of the action, despite my apparent rustiness. 

SHawaii receiver Royce Pollard reaches for a pass during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii receiver Royce Pollard reaches for a pass during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

 

Hawaii running back Inoke Funaki plows over defender Rykin Enos enroute to a 22-yard touchdown run during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii running back Inoke Funaki plows over defender Rykin Enos enroute to a 22-yard touchdown run during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii DB Kenny Estes makes an interception during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui.  (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Hawaii DB Kenny Estes makes an interception during the Hawaii Warrior football's 2009 spring scrimmage, Saturday, April 11, 2009 at War Memorial Stadium in Wailuku, Maui. (Jamm Aquino/Honolulu Star-Bulletin).

Look for more photos in tomorrow’s edition of both our online edition and our print edition.  Enjoy!  When I get back, I’ll blog about what was in my bag and how I travel, for all the gearheads:)

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4 Responses to “Maui Wowie”

  1. MauiSlugbug:

    Howzit Jamm, I was also at War Memorial Stadium and took a bunch of photos with my Canon D-Reb and 70-300mm f4-5.6 IS lens. My photos aren’t nearly as good as yours, but I was also shooting from the stands. I still had fun, though, because shooting moving objects is much more challenging compared to the scenery and landscape images that I normally shoot.

    I attempted to introduce myself to you during the autograph session, but you looked busy, so I backed away. The one thing that I noticed is how well used your gear looked. That’s the sign of a true professional! Keep up the good work.


  2. jammaquino:

    Hey MauiSlugbug!
    You should’ve said hey! :) I’m never too busy to meet someone who enjoys photography as much as I do. I actually shot from the stands for much of the drills and warm-ups also–I’m a fan of the overhead perspective. Check out my older blog posts from the past Hawaii football season. It was a nice day, overcast, so the details in the players’ faces through the helmets weren’t hidden in shadow by the overhead sun. Thanks for reading my blog, and please stop and introduce yourself next time we run into each other!


  3. tyg:

    two of my favorite things … photography and football! not bad for a girl, huh? :o)

    as usual … some pretty awesome shots up there! i especially like the one of steele jantz. almost looks like a facemask violation.


  4. Cajun:

    great shots Jamm … I can’t wait until football season.


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