Zooming by…

December 1st, 2008
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People check out the Christmas light canopy outside the Kaneohe Police Station during the 2008 Windward City Lights holiday festivities, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 at the corner of Waikaula Street and Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe.  Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35 f2.8L, Exposure mode:  Manual, ISO 800, 1/2 second @ f7.1, Auto Whitebalance.  Effect achieved by slowly pulling back on the zoom during exposure, which was handheld.

People check out the Christmas light canopy outside the Kaneohe Police Station during the 2008 Windward City Lights holiday festivities, Sunday, Nov. 30, 2008 at the corner of Waikaula Street and Kamehameha Highway in Kaneohe. Canon EOS 1D Mark IIN, EF 16-35 f2.8L, Exposure mode: Manual, ISO 800, 1/2 second @ f7.1, Auto Whitebalance. Effect achieved by slowly pulling back on the zoom during exposure, which was handheld.

I photographed the Windward City Lights event on Sunday evening in Kaneohe, and the shot I came up with served as a great metaphor for this past year.  In this slow exposure, the aura of festively colored lights zooming by capture the essence of photography in its simplest form–light writing.  It was a year ago since Richard Walker and I went to New Orleans to cover the Sugar Bowl.  It was a year ago since I told myself “Wow, where did 2007 go?”  So here I am now, asking, “where did you go, 2008?”

That being said, always live for the moment, because moments come and go.  As photographers, moments are frozen in time by our split-second decision to press the button, and we sometimes take those moments for granted.  It may be there visually, but the moment in its entirety is gone forever. FOREVER.  No turning back, no rewind, no regrets.

So as the holiday season comes upon us, keep your eyes, hearts and minds open for those moments. Photographers can capture the moment, but the moment should be enjoyed by everyone.

5 Responses to “Zooming by…”

  1. Pete:

    Wow…I just found this blog…great stuff.

    I was thinking about buying an Canon SLR camera for starters….so this section would be a great help in learning about taking better pics….and how to set your camera’s functions to do that.

    Keep up the great work.

    Pete


  2. jammaquino:

    Thanks for stopping by, Pete! Yes, Canon makes great cameras for people of all skill levels and budgets. I’ll have another post soon, I just got back from vacation.


  3. Kazz:

    This is a great blog! I just found it myself not even ten minutes ago. I’m an avid fan of photography. I’ve got a Digital Rebel XTI that is being worked on because of a broken sub mirror.

    Your pics are not only beautiful but informative as well.

    Mahalo!


  4. james nachtwey:

    too many cliche images

    take more risks


  5. Elke Gronberg:

    Thanks for sharing it for


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