Monday, April 30, 2007

2 Halves

Two halves of the waterfall at the Hawai‘i Convention Center.

Sunday, April 29, 2007

Water Lily

I added radial blur to this shot of a water lily with a honeybee taking off from it.

Saturday, April 28, 2007

Catch Of The Day

The "Maggie Joe" motors into the Kewalo Boat Harbor from a day of deep sea fishing, as the day ends. No fish flags were flying, so they may not have hooked anything. This time of the day was great for slowing down the shutter to get natural motion blurring.

Friday, April 27, 2007

The OC

Taking off from the John Wayne Airport (SNA) in Santa Ana (Orange County), CA is quite a rush. With only 5,700 feet of runway, airliners must get off the ground real quick, and climb out at a steeper angle. The reason for the steep climb out is for noise abatement, because of the residential areas surrounding SNA. In this departure routing, we flew toward the San Bernadino Mountains before making the 180° turn west to head home.

I was aboard an Aloha Airlines 737-7Q8W, N751AL "‘Aukele", when I got this shot several seconds after lifting off of Runway 1L, and shows the climb angle. Framed by the wing's leading edge slats and engine pylon, is the San Diego (I-405) and Newport (CA55) Freeways interchange, as well as the city of Santa Ana.

Thursday, April 26, 2007

Unfurling Leaf

A new leaf begins to unfurl itself in one of my plants on my lanai.

This plant is one of three that is in the same container, and was the centerpiece from last year's high school alumni dinner.

Wednesday, April 25, 2007

Rocks Under Water

This photo is from the water ponds of the Hawai‘i Convention Center. I was on a video shoot, and caught this shot during a break we had while running through rehearsals.

It captures four elements ... sun, wind, earth and water ... all in the same shot. I thought it looked cool, the way the sunlight lit the water and rocks, as the winds kicked up.

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

Blue Ladder

When I originally took this photo, I knew it was going to be a black and white shot. However, throught the magic of Photoshop, I was playing around with some tint effects, and tried adding color to the ladder. Blue looked the best, since it looks the protective wrap some metal products have to prevent scratches.

Monday, April 23, 2007

Little Stars

These little white star-shaped flowers are in bloom all over the place. I've noticed that people put the vines it grows on, on the top of chainlink fences, which is where I found this bunch.

Sunday, April 22, 2007


The Nu‘uanu Stream flows through the Queen Lili‘uokalani Gardens. This photo was taken several yards after the waterfall that's part of the garden. I slowed the shutter down just enough to create the motion blur in the water's flow.

Saturday, April 21, 2007

Palm Trees At Dusk

Pink clouds, behind these coconut trees, fill the sky as the sun has sunk below the horizon, and night begins to fall.

Friday, April 20, 2007

Sparky Silhouette

A couple sits and watches others set off small fireworks. Got this silhouette shot on July 4th, while waiting for the Magic Island fireworks show to start. Kekiinani and I were at the Hilton Hawaiian Village lagoon to get our shots of the main event.

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Sunset Wing

The sun is setting while we are somewhere over the Pacific Ocean headed to Portland, OR. I saw the aura around the sun, and had to get the shot. From where I was sitting, trying to keep the wing out of the shot was impossible, so I thought I'd make the wingtip look like it was eclipsing the sun. About an hour after this shot was taken, we flew into to some thick clouds, and some mild turbulence, before landing in light rain at PDX.

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Ring Pillow

A Japanese tourist couple had this Mickey and Minnie Mouse ring pillow for their wedding ceremony at a chapel right outside of Waikiki.

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Tunnel Vision

Here's a four-second exposure taken while driving through the Interstate H-3's north-bound tunnel. This photo was taken about one-half of the way into the main tunnel.

Monday, April 16, 2007

Weekday Afternoon

What a way to spend a weekday afternoon ... catching a tan while taking a nap and floating in a swimming pool. One of the perks of having a weekday off, she has the pool all to herself.

The one thing that drew me to take the shot was the shadow. I was hoping she would float toward the middle of the pool, but she floated to the side.

Sunday, April 15, 2007

Whip Zoom

Tried my hand at using the radial blur in Photoshop to give a fast zoom out effect from the sun, combined with a slow shutter speed. This one turned out quite well after figuring out the right amount to make it look real.

Saturday, April 14, 2007

Going To The Dogs

I know Golden Retrievers are smart dogs, but this is going a bit far! A seeing-eye dog for driving?!? I guess the dog would bark when the truck got too close to something. Talk about a "Kodak moment" I could not resist!

I was on a video shoot at Sandy Beach, when I saw this Golden Retriever hanging out the window, while its masters were watching the surf. The poor dog looks bored, and has the expresssion ... "I got out of the house for this?"

Friday, April 13, 2007

Friday Night Fireworks

The Hilton Hawaiian Village has a weekly fireworks show on Friday nights after sundown. I got this photo from Magic Island in Ala Moana Park. I was also trying to get the airliners as they passed by, but with a 4-second exposure I didn't get much movement.

Thursday, April 12, 2007


I took this photo during the last year's 40 days of rain we had on O‘ahu. I thought the shutter speed was too slow, but I did manage to catch the splash of the raindrops as it hit the puddle.

Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Rare Bird

In a one second exposure, N9796N of Kamaka Air, sits at the opening of their hangar during a party celebrating the 49th anniversary of the breaking of the sound barrier by General Chuck Yeager (USAF-Ret). This 60-year old plus Super DC-3 is one of eight airworthy airframes in existence (out of 100 converted to the Super DC-3), and is truly a rarebird.

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Giant Kalo Leaf

This stainless steel and dichroic glass sculpture of kalo leaves fronts the University of Hawai‘i's School of Medicine in Kaka‘ako.

Dichroic glass has two color sides, blue and orange. When light passes through the blue surface , as seen above, the light turns orange; and when light passes through the orange side, the light becomes blue. This type of glass is also used on some video production lights, when lights are used outdoors.

Monday, April 9, 2007

Cows Come Home

These cows make their way back to the herd in front of this wind-bent tree.

Sunday, April 8, 2007

Happy Easter!

"But the angel answered and said to the women, “Do not be afraid, for I know that you seek Jesus who was crucified. He is not here for He is risen, as He said.”"

Matthew 28:6 (NKJV)

This Lily has become synonymous with Easter. I had the "perfect photo" for today's entry, but missed a second opportunity to get the shot I wanted. Oh well ... The main thing is we recognize and celebrate Christ's resurrection.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Easter Egg Hunt

Every year, Hope968 puts on an Easter Egg Hunt at Kuhio School on the Saturday before Easter Sunday.

This was from last year's hunt with one of the "golden eggs" in the bunch.

Friday, April 6, 2007

Good Friday

"And when Jesus had cried out in a loud voice, He said, “Father, into Your hands I commit My spirit.” Having said this, He breathed His last.

"So when the centurion saw what had happened, he glorified God, saying, “Certainly this was a righteous Man!”"

Luke 23:46-47

"And being found in appearance of man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father."

Philippians 2:8-11 (NKJV)

Thursday, April 5, 2007

The Last Supper

"And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, blessed and broke it, and gave it to the disciples and said, “Take, eat; this is My body.“

Then He took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you. For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for the remission of sins“"

Matthew 26:26-28 (NKJV)

Today's photo is from Kirk & Merilyn's Communion during their wedding ceremony.

Wednesday, April 4, 2007

Morning Sun Reflection

The sun rises above Le‘ahi (Diamond Head) and a very calm Ke‘ehi Lagoon. I was there to photograph a Boeing 737 airliner before it was to continue on its delivery flight to China. On my way out, I saw how calm the lagoon was, that I had to stop and get some shots of the sun reflecting off the mirror-like surface. I was amazed how calm the waters were when there was no wind that morning.

Tuesday, April 3, 2007

Monochrome Fern

For the 100th photo of this blog, I chose this simple black and white photo of a fern. I thought this shot looked best in black and white, plus you can see the fibers along the spine of the fern.

Monday, April 2, 2007

Three's A Crowd

Three doves sit on a mooring rope of the Falls Of Clyde at Honolulu Harbor. The two doves facing right were calmly resting on the rope, when they were joined by the dove facing left.

Try this one ... three doves sitting on a rope, one decides to fly away, how many are left?

Sunday, April 1, 2007

New Breed Of Plumeria

Horticulturalists and botanists have teamed up to develop a more colorful type of plumeria in which the the center of the flower can vary in color as seen here in a photo taken at a nursery somewhere in Hawai‘i. The ubiquitous flowers can now be genetically altered to produce a white flower with colors other than the typical yellow (Plumeria Alba). The team will also be working with other plumeria species to alter the colors of the yellow and pink varieties. Named the Plumeria Fotoshoppus, this new breed of plumeria will be available in small quantities from select nurseries.


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