Tuesday, September 27, 2011

You Never Know What You Might Find

So today we decided to take a drive up north (on the west side). It is such an amazing road, and it only takes about 20 minutes from the house before you hit real scenic country. Big ocean views, rugged coast line, and today, this (see photo). We rounded a bend in the road, looked over, and went, "What the...?!" So I pulled over to take a closer look. Someone had a successful hunting trip and bagged a rather large boar. There are wild boar on Maui and hunting them is common. I dont know how common it is to put the carcass on a large rock on the side of the road. This is the first time I have witnessed this. We were trying to figure out if it was left there simply to dry out and the hunter would return to claim it, or if it was placed there for shock value to passing tourists. I am kind of leaning towards the latter. Now, I am no expert, but best I could tell this was a very large animal. Large enough that I dont think I would have wanted to cross paths with it while on our hike today.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Surf!

Another phone pic. We just had an incredible south swell here on Maui, and of course I was working for the first couple of days it hit. Then I was party planning for my son's 2nd birthday party (which was a ton of fun, by the way), on the third day of the swell. I finally got out to surf today, which despite the waves being small, was absolutely awesome! No leash. Nobody out. Well, thats a lie. There were two others out, but I had my pick of the waves. Felt SOOOOO good to be in the water! Even though I live on Maui, and can see the ocean from my house, I sometimes get caught up in the day to day and so it is nice to take a time out and go re- familiarize myself with this beautiful ocean that surrounds me.
This picture is of the surf during the big swell (10-12 ft.), and has absolutely nothing to do with me surfing today...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Esmerelda

Took this photo with my phone today. This boat is absolutely beautiful. It belongs to the Chilean Navy, Armada de Chile. Esmerelda, as the boat is named, is currently parked outside Lahaina Harbor. I am not positive on this, but I believe the ship stops off on Maui annually. This ship is massive, probably close to 500 feet. It is a magnificent vessel. I would love to take a tour of this thing...

Monday, August 8, 2011

Joshua Tree


I was just looking through some images I took when my dad and I hiked in Joshua Tree back in April. It was the first time either of us had been to Joshua Tree and we were both quite pleasantly surprised with the park. It turned out to be more beautiful than either of us had imagined, as I hope is demonstrated with the images shown here.
The first photo is of a Joshua tree. I had some images that showed huge groves of these trees, but liked the way this image sort of showcased this unusual specimen.
The second image is of an unknown (at least to me) plant, but I was amazed at how closely it resembles a silversword. Silverswords are found only on Haleakala, here on Maui.
The last image I took with a fish eye lens. I kind of like how it gives a feeling of being at the edge of the world...or maybe the top of the world. I know that any time dad and I are able to get together and hike and share views like this, I definitely feel "on top of the world!"

Monday, July 18, 2011

Surf Photography


Living in Hawaii lends itself pretty easily to surf photography. Or so one would think. On this particular day, I got up before sunrise and headed down to a spot where I have often thought of catching some amazing images framed by the pier you see in one of these photos. Of course on this morning (after 5 days of great swell), the surf had dropped considerably from the previous day. Oh well, it will give me an opportunity to sort of scope out positions from which I would like to shoot the next time we get good waves. It ended up being a decent experience, since I was able to frame some with the old pier and realize that it really would be as cool an image as I imagined. The good thing about the pier shot too, is that it does not require a large lens, since zooming in on the surfers would eliminate the essence of the pier. I have never set out with the intent of being a surf photographer, however, this is a shot that I am going to try as many times as I need to in order to get.
The other photo you see here was a result of wandering around the area, trying to see if there was any other vantage points with potential. I like it (not as much as the pier image) because without the bars in the foreground, this would be very, very boring. The bars add just enough interest to make you pause on the image for a moment. I believe in this instance I could have benefited from a larger lens and the ability to zoom in closer on the surfer however. I could live without the bottom half of this image (the flat water). And if the surf would have been bigger, I am sure this image would be even more intriguing.
As is often heard in the lineup, "You should have seen it yesterday." Perhaps this will teach me a lesson. Do not wait. Go get the shot. Because tomorrow the swell may be gone.

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Return to Paradise

After 2 1/2 years in Orange County, I have made my return to Maui. I think somewhere in the corners of my mind, I always knew I would be back. Sunsets like these are reassurance that it was the right move. There has been some amazing (and kind of bizarre) clouds the last several days (still allowing plenty of sunshine) which have played an instrumental role in the breathtaking sunsets. This photo was taken 2 blocks from my house in Lahaina. A dinner cruise boat is making its way back to Lahaina Harbor while the sky oozes a beautiful eeriness. Gotta love Hawaii!

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Conquer

This image was taken on a hike into the Imperial Sand Dunes with my dad. I love hiking with him, we just don't get to do it nearly enough. I like the way the focal point of this image is my dad, way off atop the dune. The ridge starts at the bottom and helps lead your eye up to him. It was taken early morning, shortly after sunrise. I like the light and it was nice to be out traipsing through the sand all by ourselves. I could have been better prepared however, my Chucks were hardly appropriate footwear. And as I said, my dad and I do not get to hike together often, so I can admit I was slightly out of "hiking shape". My dad on the other hand, never gets out of "hiking shape". Even in the insane winters of Wisconsin, he eagerly rushes outside and snowshoes through the nearby hills. He's a bit of a machine. So I let him trek off ahead to conquer the dunes, while I waited below to get "the shot". Thanks for being a team player, dad.

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

"Say Cheese!"

Love this image! Is it even possible to look at it without grinning? You can feel their joy, their happiness, their excitement. The youthful energy that spills from this photo demonstrates the innocence and spontaneity possessed by children. The unfocused background helps complete the feeling of being in the midst of the crowd and a part of the live event.

Thursday, February 3, 2011

Gooooooooooooal!





It's getting late for me, but I wanted to make a post before calling it quits for the day. I shot a soccer game last Saturday night for a brand new soccer team here in Orange County. The Santa Ana Winds FC had their first event, and it was a good one! Nice crowd on hand. Vocal. You could tell they love their soccer! The Winds have 3 more home games this month, so you gotta go check 'em out. Go to their website www.santaanawindsfc.com for more info. I have a ton of great images from this game, but you will have to wait for another post, cuz its bedtime for me! Good night!