Archives for March 2009

DLWS Hawaii Day 1

We kicked DLWS off Sunday night by meeting a great group of enthusiastic photographers eager to learn and have an excellent time photographing in Hawaii. Moose, Kevin, Joe and I all gave our presentations and I have to say that the energy of the group was contagious driving us to give it our best.

Monday morning came with an overcast sky and a light mist falling on us…perfect weather for our first location shoot at Opaeka Falls.


After an afternoon spent in the classroom teaching digital darkroom workflow an finishing images we headed back out for our evening shoot. Once again the photo gods were smiling giving us the weather we needed for our evening shoot at Spouting Horn. With the sun out and the tide coming in, Spouting Horn gave us quite a show. I went for a different perspective and was rewarded with a rainbow as one of the participants set her camera down for a minute to simply sit and enjoy the moment.


As the sun began to set in the west, the clouds lit up with a hint of color and the crashing waves gave us a beautiful ending to day one.



Tomorrow is another day and I can’t wait to see what our locations and the photo gods have in store for us.

Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 70-300mm VR (first, second and fourth images), AF-S 14-24mm on Lexar Digital Media

Hawaii Scouting Day

We spent the day scouting out the best locations for DLWS and did we ever find some gems…




We are excited to share what we have found with our DLWS participants and you too through our blogs. Stay tuned for some great adventures.
Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm on Lexar Digital Media

A Hawaiian Luau

As if we hadn’t cashed in enough fun chips earlier by floating the Flumes, Moose and Sharon had another treat planned for us. We went to a Hawaiian Luau where we enjoyed a delicious meal and great entertainment as we watched different dances from the many cultures that came to Hawaii making it the blend of wonderful people that it is today.




My favorite part of the show was the fire dancer…



With the very low light, I had to bump my ISO to 1600 and I have to say, the D3X delivered with a pretty darn clean file.
Images captured with Nikon D3X, AF-S 24-70mm on Lexar Digital Media.

Floating The Flume…

The DLWS Staff took the day off and played. Moose and Sharon had a wild and crazy adventure planned for us.


We went to an old sugar cane plantation and floated the irrigation ditches. While that may sound a little weird, it was a blast! We got in big inner tubes (cheerios) and floated down the ditches laughing through tunnels laughing, bouncing off each other and the tunnel walls laughing, over drop offs where we got drenched laughing. We laughed non-stop the entire time.


As we made the final approach it began to rain…big Hawaiian rain drops. We were already wet so we simply laughed some more.


Thanks, Moose & Sharon, for the great time and for the laughs.