Thursday, November 29, 2012

12-11-28 University of Hawaii Manoa

Daido Moriyama gave a presentation on his work, at the University of Hawaii Manoa Art Auditorium, in conjunction with the Framing Paradise: Photography and Waikīkī exhibition in the Art Gallery.  The exhibition began October 7 and runs through December 7, 2012.

You can view some of his work here:

Gallery Hours:
Mon - Fri 10:30 - 5:00
Sun 12:00 - 5:00

Saturdays & Holidays

Admission is free
Parking fees may apply

I arrived early, one hour to be sure, so with camera in hand I toured the campus.

"Chain Me Up"

"Just Pushin' It"




Tuesday, November 27, 2012

12-11-27 EOH Kuli'ou'ou Beach Park Sunset

Hooked up with the EOH group, this evening, at Kuli'ou'ou Beach Park in Hawaii Kai.  I wasn't sure at first how things would go because there was no way we were going to see the actual setting sun on the horizon.  Instead we'd have to be satisfied with the colors in the sky and clouds.

High tide was at 3pm so we caught a dropping tide and by 5 it had begun to expose the various sand bars.

We waded out to the nearest island bordering Paiko Lagoon.  I saw this piece of driftwood and spent some time photographing it from various angles.

That's Koko Head in the background.  I may have "pushed" this image a bit too much as the border of the main branch is doubling.

Still on the island this is one of the channels that allow water to go in and out of Paiko Lagoon.

As the tide receded these ripples covered the sand bars.

Sun is beginning to set.

We got some of the high wispy clouds that make for nice sunsets.

The white cloud looks like a huge bird.

The nearly full moon finally popped up in the Koko Head saddle.

A wider view of Hawaii Kai, Koko Head and the moon.

My final shot of the moon from the sand bar.

Saturday, November 24, 2012

Dumb Ways to Die

"Dumb Ways to Die is a public service announcement campaign by Metro Trains in Melbourne, Australia to promote rail safety.  With music by Tangerine Kitty "a video was developed by Pat Baron, animated by Julian Frost and produced by Cinnamon Darvall.  It was uploaded to YouTube on 14 November 2012 and made public two days later.  It used black comedy and featured "a variety of cute characters killing themselves in increasingly idiotic ways" culminating in three characters being killed by trains as a result of unsafe behaviour.  It was viewed 2.7 million times within 48 hours and 4.7 million times within 72 hours.""

The tune is catchy and despite the somewhat macabre theme the video will make you laugh.


Dumb Ways To Die lyrics


Set fire to your hair
Poke a stick at a grizzly bear
Eat medicine that’s out of date
Use your private parts as piranha bait

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to di-i-i-ie, so many dumb ways to die

Get your toast out with a fork
Do your own electrical work
Teach yourself how to fly
Eat a two week old unrefrigerated pie

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to di-i-i-ie, so many dumb ways to die

Invite a psycho-killer inside
Scratch a drug dealer’s brand new ride
Take your helmet off in outer space
Use your clothes dryer as a hiding place

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to di-i-i-ie, so many dumb ways to die

Keep a rattlesnake as pet
Sell both your kidneys on the internet
Eat a tube of superglue
“I wonder what’s this red button do?”

Dumb ways to die, so many dumb ways to die, dumb ways to di-i-i-ie, so many dumb ways to die

Dress up like a moose during hunting season
Disturb a nest of wasps for no good reason
Stand on the edge of a train station platform
Drive around the boom gates at a level crossing
Run across the tracks between the platforms
They may not rhyme but they’re quite possibly

Dumbest ways to die
Dumbest ways to die
Dumbest ways to di-i-i-ie
So many dumb
So many dumb ways to die

"Be safe around trains. A message from Metro."

Friday, November 23, 2012

Transform :: A short film for

This short film was created by Zack Arias to be played during a guest spot he did for a guest blog entry for  It is worth watching because it is so thought provoking.

You can view Zack's work here:


Wednesday, November 21, 2012

12-11-19 IWSSB Waipio Community Shoreline Park Sunset

Brandon and I returned to West Loch Community Shoreline Park to shoot the sunset.  We also took some time to explore other parts of the park that he had not seen before.

Early on the sunset was good with color in the sky that reflected off the water nicely.

"The Blue Hour"

This old destroyed jetty makes for some interesting photography fore ground.

12-11-17 Decompression 2012 Ka Pilina Interactive Arts Society

Richard and I were invited by the Ka Pilina Interactive Arts Society to take pictures at their Decompression 2012 Event held this past Saturday at SOHO.  They had the use of the entire back room with second bar and stage. 

Late in the evening things began to really pick up.  Unfortunately I had parked in a municipal parkinlot that closed at Richard and I had to leave.

Early in the evening things were slow so I took pictures of things that looked interesting to me.

 No, it's not a garage or storage room.  It's a roof shot turned sideways.

"Sign Up"

"Getting Ready"


"Sideways Symbol"

"Mr DJ"

"The Gods"

"Seasons Greetings"

"Hawaii Theater"

"Street Photographer"

"Drummer in Blue"

"Test Shot #1"

"Test Shot #2"

"Test Shot #3"

Mac a twirling.

A happy rollerskater

Our 1st portrait takers

I think I surprised her.

Three friends.

Photo bombing the conga player

Photo bombing the drummer

Photo bombing the trombone player

Twirlers in costume.

I really thought I had her in focus but in reality it was the conga player in two shots...that left me just shaking my head.

Interesting costume.

DJ station was crowded

They were nice to pose.


12-11-12 IWSSB Nimitz Beach Sunset & Milky Way

On Veteran's Day Brandon and I joined Moose, Henry and Juro at Nimitz Beach to photograph the sunset and make yet another attempt at shooting the Milky Way...again no such luck.  This despite the fact that Juro loaned me the use of his 14-28mm f/2.8 Nikkor Lens.  I am still have a very difficult time working with manual focus and getting a reasonably sharp image.  But still, I had fun and was pleased with some of my pictures.

On the Honolulu side of the jetty is a small section of reef, acting as a breakwater, close to shore.  I usually get nice pictures of the water as it runs across the reef and then tumbles back onto the beach.

Hard to tell but that's Brandon on the left and Moose ten Henry on the right.

Moose and Henry conferring. 

Looking out towards Barbers Point.

An airplane, just before banking, for the final approach to Honolulu International Airport.

Looking back to the east.  That's Juro setting up his shot.  Any ideas as to the name of the ? mark star cluster in the upper middle portion of this image?

The light on the left come from a tank that is unloading oil to the refinery at Barbers Point.  There is a platform out there that they hook up to and begin pumping.  I brighter light in the sky is an airplane coming in to Honolulu International Airport.