Monday, February 28, 2011

Hilton Lagoon

Recently, the Hilton Lagoon area underwent extensive renovations. With it now open, it has become a popular shooting location for the new "Hawai‘i Five-0" (big tent in center). The sand bar walkway also is a popular location that photographers use to do Japanese tourist wedding beach photo shoots (right). I shot this while testing a Nikon 16mm fisheye lens.

Sunday, February 27, 2011

New Bloom

This is the first bloom of these "Leopard Prince" orchids I have. 

Saturday, February 26, 2011


During our road trip from San Dimas to Las Vegas, Kat's sister, Melanie, had propped her feet up on the dashboard, after her driving shift was done.

Friday, February 25, 2011

The Artist And His Canvas

Posing for us in the media, world-renown marine artist Wyland leans out the first officer's cockpit window of the Aloha Airlines Boeing 737-700 that was his canvas, "Koholālele". Sadly, this flying "whaling wall" would only last 11 months, as the airline declared bankruptcy and shut down.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Waikīkī Vog

Over the past couple of weeks, southerly winds have brought a thick layer of volcanic haze, or vog, up from the island of Hawai‘i. It has also brought unstable weather and humidity. Pictured above is the vog layer shrouding the east end of Waikīkī and the Kaimuki district of Honolulu (lower half). Tradewinds, that will clear out the vog, aren't expected to return until this weekend.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ocean Sports Tour

A shuttle boat full of Japanese tourists return to He‘eia Kea Boat Harbor after a morning of ocean sports activities on Kāne‘ohe Bay.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Great Aloha Run

Yesterday, the 27th Great Aloha Run was held, that had over 27,000 participants. This was the scene as some of the runners completed the 8-mile run in a little over an hour.

Monday, February 21, 2011


Kat bought a bouquet of these Astramaris to decorate our dining table.

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Quilted Sun

The sun shrouded by cirrocumulus clouds, with the help of a polarizing filter.

Saturday, February 19, 2011

The Lion Statue

Owen and Belyn pose at the feet of one of the crouching lion statues at the entrance to Chinatown as part of their wedding photo shoot.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Say Cheese!

The pilot of this Southwest Airlines Boeing 737 popped out his cockpit window to take a photograph of the ground crew at McCarran International Airport, Las Vegas, NV.

This particular 737 is named "Maryland One", and the fuselage is painted like the state flag of Maryland, where Southwest has a big hub in Baltimore.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Football Toss

In the "Touchdown Zone" at the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl, kids were able to test their skills at agility and accuracy contests. This young Pittsburgh Steelers fan takes his turn at the passing accuracy game.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011


During November trip, we spent a half-day photographing airliners at LAX. A spotting / photo session at LAX is not complete without lunch at the In-N-Out Burger on Sepulveda Boulevard. The restaurant provides a great view of arriving air traffic bound for Runway 24R. Kat & I got our Double-Double combos, and had lunch outside under a sunny sky, and cool weather.

As far as fast food places go, In-N-Out is my favorite burger place in southern California, and their fresh-cut french fries are the best!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Rescue Boat

This rescue boat is part of the Honolulu International Airport's Airport Rescue & Fire Fighter (ARFF) department. It was out on training maneuvers in Ke‘ehi Lagoon when I snapped this photo.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Happy Valentine's Day!

A definite example of true, enduring love. My grandparents were recognized this past Saturday, by the Hawai‘i chapter of World Wide Marriage Encounter as the longest married couple in the 50th State, at 80 years. Among the other states, two other couples (one in Louisiana, and one in West Virginia) have been married 80 years.

Sunday, February 13, 2011

Country Road

This could actually be any country road in Hawai‘i, but it's actually on Maui, as we drove towards the northwestern end of the island.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

2011 Pro Bowl MVP

NFC defensive back DeAngelo Hall (of the Washington Redskins) was named the game's MVP. Hall had an interception, and a fumble recovery for a touchdown, in the 55-41 win over the AFC. He got mobbed by reporters seeking an interview as he called his family down to the field after receiving his post-game award.

Friday, February 11, 2011

NFC Players

The players from the NFC line up during pre-game introductions. Shortly after shooting the close-ups of the NFC players, I sprinted off the field, to get ready for my next shot segment, and managed to squeeze off this photo. The hula dancers from Hālau Hula Olana stage for their performance after the AFC player intros.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Drop Back

AFC quarterback Peyton Manning (of the Indianapolis Colts) drops back to throw a football during pre-game warm-ups.

San Diego Chargers quarterback Phillip Rivers started the game, and Manning came in the second quarter for two offensive series. During his brief appearance in his 11th Pro Bowl, Manning was in for seven plays, went 2/5 in passing for 12 yards, no touchdowns, and one interception (by Atlanta Falcons [NFC] cornerback Brent Grimes).

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Getting On The Same Page

Adam, Kelly, and Michael (front to back), from Big Screen Network co-ordinate the script for the game in our control room. Each action step during the pre-game and halftime festivities, along with the TV timeouts, are scripted with performances and shots for the cameras to take.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Pro Bowl Helmet

Each year, Riddell comes out with game and mini helmets bearing the Pro Bowl logo, and this year is no different. One of the fans along the sideboards had this game helmet with autographs from the players who participated in this year's game.

Monday, February 7, 2011

Rah! Rah! Rah!

The players are not the only ones selected to the Pro Bowl, but so are the cheerleaders. One cheerleader is selected from each team that has a cheerleading squad. The NFC squad dances during ‘Ohana Day. The dance team also included the song "Live It Up" by the Christian hip-hop band Group 1 Crew.

Sunday, February 6, 2011


This month's theme week is the "2011 NFL Pro Bowl". The National Football League's annual all-star game returned to Aloha Stadium after a year hiatus.

In today's photo, Rampage, the mascot for the St. Louis Rams, mingles with a couple of Rams fans at the NFL Pro Bowl ‘Ohana Day.

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Senior Portrait

During our Las Vegas vacation, I shot a senior portrait session for our niece Kisa. Today's photo shows one of her photos that I added some Photoshop treatments to. When we did the photo shoot the temperature was in the mid-30s! 

Friday, February 4, 2011

Hold Short Bar

Similar to a stop line on a road, is this hold short bar on HNL's Taxiway RM. It notes that Runway 26L / 8R is just ahead, and the hold short line keeps taxiing aircraft at a safe distance. I took this as we were awaiting the farewell flight of the last three Hawai‘i Air National Guard F-15C Eagles, being sent off to units on the mainland.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Bored Friend

This girl waited on the rocks fronting "Point Panic", as her friends went bodysurfing. The surfers in the background bobbed in the ocean while they waited for another set of waves to roll in.

Wednesday, February 2, 2011


Poe, the mascot for the AFC's Baltimore Ravens, poses with a Ravens fan while her husband takes their photo during the pre-game festivities of the 2011 NFL Pro Bowl.

"Poe" got his name for the Edgar Allen Poe novel, "The Raven", and the author was from Baltimore, MD.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Rainbow Palms

A rainbow through the some palm trees in Ko ‘Olina. The rain clouds behind the rainbow shroud the hills of Makakilo.