New Year’s Eve 2014

It’s only been a couple of weeks since the New Year started. Just long enough for me to notice that I hadn’t posted my New Year’s Eve pics.

The Party of the Year at Kakaako Waterfront Park is the best New Year’s Eve party these days. Here’s some of the highlights from that night. For the full photo set, see my New Year’s Eve 2104 Flickr Album

DragonCon 2014 photos

If you found me through one of my stickers or cards at DragonCon, I’m still working on the photos. I should be done in like a month, or longer if you were in the parade. Or email me with what day and what costume you were wearing and I’ll bump your photos to the top of the queue.

DragonCon photo albums, 2009 – present

DragonCon 2014 - Saturday

DragonCon 2014 - Thursday

DragonCon 2014 - Thursday

DragonCon 2014 - Sunday

DragonCon 2014 - Sunday

Fire Jam photos

Well, I’m back into shooting fire dancers at the weekly Fire Jam at Kakaako Waterfront Park. It’s always a challenge and a bit of a rush to capture fire at its most elegant moments. The thrill of not knowing exactly what kind of photo you’ll get is very rare in the digital age. But that uncertainty exists when dancers spin fire. You see, from the instant when the camera shutter opens until the moment closes, if the fire passes in front of the dancer’s face I won’t have a shot. The fire obscures the dancers face to the point where the dancer is unrecognizable. In fact, if the fire passes in front of the spot where the dancer’s face will be, the shot is ruined. Taking a picture is now not only about anticipating what the dancer will do, but also guessing what path the fire will take. It’s the most technically difficult photography I’ve ever done, but worth the effort when it all comes together.

BTW, I even got a couple of my photos published in Honolulu Magazine.

First Friday – June 2014

First Friday fashion show at the Hawaii Institute of Hair Design. A Disney theme for this month and they went all out on the makeup and costumes as usual, but I kind of like that the villains outnumbered the princesses. 

Here’s the full Flickr album

Ala Moana Lunar Panorama

So the night was too cloudy to get really good lunar eclipse shots, but I managed to get a nice panorama of Magic Island with a clear shot of the eclipse. Oh well, just have to wait for the October eclipse.

Lunar Eclipse panorama

First Friday – April 2014

I went to two fashion shows this past First Friday. The one I usually go to at the Hawaii Institute of Hair Design, where the theme was Adam and Eve. The other show had a Pin Up theme and was at Next Door.

Here’s the full Flickr photo set