|Blue Moon: Antelope Island, Salt Lake, Utah.|
Happy Blue Moon!
Seeing as how I only post to this blog once in a blue moon, I feel it's fitting that August is a blue moon month. To celebrate the celestial occasion, I am offering 50% off all of print purchases through the end of the month. Just go to my printshop and at checkout enter the code: BlueMoon.I feel, in a way, as though I should apologize for the infrequent blog posts... but conversely, I don't want to just blog for blog's sake. My goal with this blog is to provide useful photo tips, inspiring and/or humorous anecdotes, and to share my images. I became a much better photographer because of the myriad bits of free information provided by other photographers (such as David Ziser, Trey Ratcliff, Scott Kelby, etc.), and I, too, want to share with others what I have come to understand through experienced practice and application.
That being said... what a time I've had over the past few months! I performed in Opera Las Vegas' production of Don Giovanni as the Commendatore with Metropolitan Opera Musical Director Greg Buchalter, Metropolitan Opera Stage Director Jonathon Loy, and Met singers Philip Horst (Leporello), Jeff Mattsey (Don Giovanni), Amy Shoremount-Obra (Donna Anna), Luana DeVol (Donna Elvira), and Mark Thomsen (Don Ottavio). I performed with the Palm Springs Opera Guild's outreach project, where I was able to sing for hundreds of elementary and middle school children each day for two weeks. I passed all of my master's courses at UNLV with flying colors. And on my birthday I sang a well-attended recital followed by a very successful art show. Most recently I spent a month in Hawaii singing with the Hawaii Performing Arts Festival on the Big Island, where I performed as Sarastro in Die Zauberflöte, in addition to singing in concerts and cantatas. I just got back to the mainland a couple of days ago, and brought back about 200GB of images just waiting to be processed!
Part 1: Travel
My rule when I fly is to never check my camera. However, when I flew to Hawaii I had so much luggage (my computer, music scores, performance clothes, hiking clothes, portable portrait studio, guitar...), I had to make the hard choice to check my camera in lieu of carrying on my music scores and guitar. Well, Murphey's Law prevailed, and my flight was delayed leaving Las Vegas, which put me into LA at the moment my connecting flight left for Kona. I had to take a different flight to Honolulu, where I was put up for the night, and then fly from Honolulu to Kona the next morning. When I arrived in Kona, my bags did not! Worse, when the customer service agent re-booked my flight out of LA, they took my baggage claim stickers, so there was no way for the people in Kona to track my bags and let me know when they would arrive!
|The Observed: Mauna Kea, Hawaii. For this image |
I didn't even need my shutter-release cable. Just
30-seconds at f2.8 ISO 800.
|Rainbow Falls: Hilo, Hawaii. It was rainy and|
windy, so I had to be patient and protect my
camera to get a sharp image.
So, I arrived in Hilo around 1:00, pulled into the empty parking lot, walked the twenty-or-so steps to the falls lookout, and accompanied by a few curious ferrel cats I captured the falls. It took a few tries to balance the light of the sky with the falls, and I eventually ended up "painting" the falls with my headlamp.
My original plan was to find somewhere nearby to camp until dawn, at which point I would then photograph the waterfall with its morning rainbow, but it was raining so hard that I decided, instead, to head down to Volcano National Park to get some night photos of Kilawea.
|Halema'uma'u Crater: Volcano National Park, Hawaii.|
|Observatories at Mauna Kea use lasers to target distant stars during twilight.|
|Pu'u O'o lava flow on the Big Island of Hawaii.|