Monday, March 30, 2009
Sunday, March 29, 2009
Saturday, March 28, 2009
Friday, March 27, 2009
During Barack Obama's visit to Honolulu on his campaign run for the presidency, live uplink trucks from the local TV stations set up camp near where the then-Senator's plane would park. TV cameras several yards away fed the trucks, which were beamed to the stations to interrupt local programming to show the arrival of the Hawai‘i-born president. Obama's first stop was a park, a short distance away, where he atended a rally in his honor.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Tuesday, March 24, 2009
A couple of weeks ago we had some heavy rains that soaked O‘ahu. While out shopping one day, I had gone back to the car to retrieve something for Kathy, before I got the item, I got this shot of this motor oil slick floating on the rain water. A car had leaked oil close to where I got this photo, and was being carried along with the flow.
Monday, March 23, 2009
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Today's the day Kathy & I tie the knot! :-)
I wanted to photograph our rings, first just with the wedding invitation (background), but came up with the idea of adding these dachsund-looking chopsticks holders I had. Since we both love dachsunds, I thought this would make a cool photo ... I came up with two versions, and thought this was the better of one. After showing it to her, Kathy thought so too.
Kathy, my wife, this one's for you! I love you! :-)
Friday, March 20, 2009
After the game, several dozen fans wait in the stands of the north end zone for players making their way across the field to the team buses parked in the tunnel. Occasionally, several players will take time to sign autographs for the die hard fans, and they aren't picky who signs their memorabilia. Pittsburgh Steelers and AFC All-star safety Troy Polamalu takes a few minutes to sign autographs before boarding a bus to take the players and coaches back to their hotel.
Polamalu is a fan favorite here in Honolulu, partly because of his Polynesian heritage. Though he was born and raised on the west coast, the graduate of USC, has family ties to Hawai‘i as well; and there are quite a few Steelers fans here too.
We always get stuck in the north end zone tunnel, because the buses are brought down the tunnel, and it's blocked off for everything else. After we break down our video equipment, and roll up our 200 yard cables, there's no place to go, since our golf cart isn't allowed past the barricade ... so what else to do, but wait to watch the players as well, and grab some free food.
There are a few '09 Pro Bowl photos I have left to post, but since I have a special photo planned for tomorrow, I'll post the Pro Bowl shots as the weeks go by.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
NFC All-star and Arizona Cardinals wide receiver Larry Fitzgerald was named the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl MVP. With two touchdown receptions, including the game winner, he finished the game with five receptions for 81 yards, and was awarded a new Cadillac along with the silver trophy.
It was rather award and victory fitting for the Cardinals receiver, who had caught, what appeared to be, the game winning 64-yard touchdown pass in the Super Bowl XLIII. Though it may have been sweeter if it had been the Super Bowl victory instead.
This is also Larry Fitzgerald's second appearance on this photo blog, as he was featured in a photo from last year's Pro Bowl
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Late in the fourth quarter, San Francisco 49ers mascot "Sourdough Sam" added an aloha shirt and hula skirt to his costume, and brought out this sign (above) thanking the fans of Hawai‘i for supporting the NFL Pro Bowl's 30-year run at Aloha Stadium. He paraded around the field with the sign, drawing loud applause from the crowd.
The Pro Bowl will return in 2011 & 2012, but at game time the future of the game at Aloha Stadium was uncertain.
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
We interrupt the Pro Bowl theme week for a special photo ...
In honor of St Patrick's Day, this is my contribution ... the classic Boston Celtics logo I found on a cap in a sporting goods store, in which a clerk let me snap a couple shots.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Like the players, coaches, and mascots, the cheerleaders are selected for a Pro Bowl squad as well. One cheerleader from each team (that has a cheer squad) is picked to make the trip to the Pro Bowl. Like the players and mascots, the girls also make appearances where ever there is a sponsored event.
Today's photo features a cheerleader from the Cincinnati Bengals (right) and Miami Dolphins (left) as fellow videographer Martin waits for his cue to shoot the cheerleaders during a TV timeout in the second half.
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Even team mascots are selected to travel to Honolulu for the Pro Bowl! Among this year's group was Freddie The Falcon from the Atlanta Falcons. In one of the NFL cheerlader performances during a TV time out in the second half, Freddie donned a Falcons cheerleader outfit and wig and danced along side the girls.
As an added bonus, I've decided to extend the Pro Bowl theme week to a second week, because of the amount of photos I took, and it was rather difficult to pare it down to seven photos.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
From 1968-1971, NBC Sunday Night Football announcer Al Michaels was the voice of the Hawai‘i Islanders, a Pacific Coast League AAA baseball team. As a young baseball fan, I listened to Michaels and Ken Wilson call Islanders home games on the radio, even while at the games at the long-gone Honolulu Stadium. Michaels was in town to call the 2009 Pro Bowl with Chris Collinsworth.
The 2009 NFL Pro Bowl was a homecoming of sorts for Al Michaels, though it would have been much more special if had been the "Termite Palace". One photo op that I had wanted for the Pro Bowl was to get a photo with Al Michaels, and I did. I got this photo with him as he walked across the Ma kai sidelines of the field, before the pre-game festivities began. It was an honor to meet one of my favorite sports announcers.
Al Michaels is also known for calling the 1980 Winter Olympics Ice Hockey tournament at Lake Placid, NY, in which Team USA defeated the Soviet Union 4-3, in the "Miracle On Ice" game, which led to the USA's gold medal victory against Sweden. That too, was a game to remember, the movie "Miracle" was great in re-creating that historic event.
Folks 45 and over in Honolulu will remember Al Michaels calling the Islanders games on KGU Radio.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
ESPN correspondent Rachel Nichols records her report in a corner of the north end zone after the Ohana Day festivities. Her videographer (left) is on the camera platform that NBC will use on game day. Because of her diminutive size, and camera postion, Nichols' segment director had her stand on the equipment box to get the blue logo drape as a backdrop.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
The fans get to particpate in Ohana Day festivities as well. Adults and children get to try their football skills in kicking, passing, and running competitions, plus trivia contests, between the AFC and NFC practice sessions.
These two jersey-clad fans representing the San Diego Chargers (left) and Green Bay Packers (right) participate in an NFL trivia challenge. Fellow cameraoperator Mozette gets the two-shot of the participants (see screen in the background), while local radio personality Billy V asks the questions. Two cheerleaders stand next to the participants, San Francisco 49ers (right)
Monday, March 9, 2009
On game day, Kathy had dropped me off outside of Aloha Stadium, and had to walk a short distance into the stadium. By the time I began my walk across a walkbridge over Kamehemeha Highway (around 7:45am), the parking lot at the stadium was almost full with fans firing up their grills, and smoke billowed throughout the parking lot.
Today's photo was taken from the walkbridge of the tailgaters that arrived for the 7am opening of the parking lot to claim their prized stalls to begin their pre-game feast.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
This month's theme week is based on the 2009 NFL Pro Bowl. Definitely, my favorite game to shoot for the past five seasons as part of Aloha Stadium's JumboTron crew. It's the biggest football event held in Hawai‘i, which has been a sell-out since the first Pro Bowl in 1979 (I had attended that game as a fan).
With the 2009 game being the last of a current contract with the State of Hawai‘i, the NFL had decided that next year's edition would be played in Miami, FL, a week prior to the Super Bowl. It seemed that the NFL Pro Bowl would be a thing of the past. Though recently finalized, the Pro Bowl will return to Aloha Stadium for the 2011 & 2012 seasons.
Today's photo was taken at the end of the 2009 Pro Bowl Ohana Day. It was a Pro Bowl logo helmet belonging to a fan trying to collect autographs from players at the end of their practice sessions.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Raindrops land in a pond fronting the Hilton Hawaiian Village's Kalia Tower, causing the ripples on the surface. I was on a local wedding video shoot, and one of the bridesmaids had to return to the couple's room to retrieve a forgotten item of the bride. While waiting, it began drizzling, and gave me an opportunity to grab this shot.
Friday, March 6, 2009
This Japan Airlines Boeing 747-446 is being loaded up for its return leg to Japan, most likely Narita. It's one of several daily flights from the "Land Of The Rising Sun". During holiday seasons and the Honolulu Marathon, JAL will add a few extra flights to accomodate the influx of Japanese tourists to Hawai‘i.
I got today's photo during a photo shot at HNL for a magazine article.
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
In Japan, today is Hinamatsuri (or Girl's Day), and it's celebrated here in Hawai‘i (and in other Japanese communities) as well.
I got these Girl'sDay bookmarks from a Japanese tourist couple after videotaping their wedding on Girl's Day several years ago.
Happy Girl's Day!
By the way, today's photo is also the 800th post for this blog.
Monday, March 2, 2009
Sunday, March 1, 2009
This kingfisher stares into one of the fish ponds at the Hilton Hawaiian Village. Seems like splashes of the waterfall does not distract it from its intent to get lunch. When I saw it, I thought it was a very odd-looking bird, and the first time I'd seen a kingfisher.