Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Local Farming Presentations at KCC, with Cuisine by Alan Wong

I was honored to be chosen to do both video and photography at this event at Kapiolani Community College. Many local farmers discussed new methods of farming such as aquaponics, with buyers from supermarkets and restaurants in attendance. After the presentations, renowned chef Alan Wong prepared tilapia in four different styles, with the help of KCC culinary students.

The students also prepared some great appetizers and desserts using local ingredients. It's nice to see how local agriculture is growing and diversifying.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

A Wedding at the Filipino Community Center

The Filipino Community Center in Waipahu is a good venue for large weddings. This one was definitely large!  I shot video only; these are all stills taken from video frames.

The ceremony was held in the attractive open-air courtyard. The reception hall is just steps away and is huge! There is also ample parking. The downside from a photographer's point of view is that there aren't any scenic backgrounds for the photos.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

Another Wedding at Three Tables Beach

Three Tables is great for sunsets, but not so good if you want to avoid crowds. The video from the "M43" cameras I use is getting so good that getting your photos right from the video is a viable option. For example, all these pictures are taken directly from the video I shot.

Thursday, February 20, 2014

Likeke Falls

Likeke Falls is easier to get to than any other nice waterfall. This recently-married couple wanted something different from the beach pictures you typically see, so I was happy to take them on the twenty minute hike to this lovely location. 

Monday, February 10, 2014

The Future of Photography

It used to be that video was very low quality when compared to photography. Much lower resolution, way too contrasty and with little dynamic range. It looked okay for moving images, but if you tried to extract a still photo from your footage it looked horrible.

Still taken from interlaced 30 fps video footage.
But video quality has improved by leaps and bounds, to the point where you can pull still photos from video that look quite good, as long as you don't try to make big enlargements. The key is to shoot progressive rather than interlaced footage, and at a high frame rate such as 60 fps. The above still is from interlaced 30 fps footage and it's okay for a small print, but the one below is from 60 fps progressive, and it could make a nice 5x7 print or even larger. I now shoot 60 fps progressive exclusively, so I've started to offer free photos included with my video packages.

Still taken from progressive 60 fps footage

And we are now at the dawn of the affordable 4k video age. Still frames from 4k video are higher resolution (about 8MP) than most digital still photos were just a  few years ago! With this level of quality, people who do both video and photography will have be able to focus almost entirely on video and still get great photographs suitable for making large enlargements. In many cases the photos would even be superior to what a still photographer can get, because with video you can choose that perfect frame capturing a fleeting moment the still camera misses.When I get the new 4K Panasonic GH4 camera coming out later this year, I plan on offering to shoot video even when the customer only wants photography, precisely because of this ability to find the perfect moment.

Still photography will still have its place, of course. For prints bigger than 11x14 size, for example, and for difficult lighting situations where you need to either use flash or do a lot of color correcting and other adjustments. But most of the time, video is all you'll need.

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Portraits at Waialae Beach park

Waialae Beach Park is a nice place to take portraits because of the many different settings and backgrounds in a small area. The main difficulties with this site are the crowds which are often here, and the erosion of the beach. But if you come late in the day the crowds thin out and you can get some nice shots like these.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

A Wedding at Lanikuhonua Beach





Lanikuhonua is a little-known beach tucked away next to the Paradise Cove Luau in Koolina on Oahu's west side. Like all beaches in Hawaii (except in areas owned by the military) it is a public beach. But since the only easy access to it is through the Lanikuhonua property, if you get married here you are likely to have this pretty beach with its lovely calm lagoon all to yourselves. The property grounds are also great for photography. For more info on using the property click here. Or if you are adventurous you could wade over to the beach from Paradise Cove. Awesome sunsets here, with the sunset mirrored in the lagoon. I shot video of this wedding; these are stills from the video.