Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Rainbow Falls Photoshoot

Here are a few pictures from the past shoot at Rainbow Falls. Besides getting in the way of tourists,we had a great time!


Thanks for stopping by!

Mai and Kevin


Tuesday, June 5, 2012

We're back!


We had our first senior portrait photoshoot of the summer, and we're looking forward to many more!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Cameralogical Baggage - Incase DSLR Pro Pack Review



I've owned one of Incase's older camera bags, the DSLR sling, for about a year now, and I've found it incredibly useful. It's well made, it makes your gear easily accessible, and looks pretty good while doing it. But it wasn't something I could carry my schoolwork in (unless you count an 8.5x11 folded in half). So when they released the DSLR Pro Pack, pictured here, I was thrilled to take a look.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Snow Day!



 "Oh my gosh, Snow! Drop your sh *t, stop what you're doing! Let's go play!" 
-All university students from Hawaii, or other states who don't experience snow

Seriously, Hawaii kids go crazy for snow. It doesn't matter if it's four in the morning, I woke up to freshmen Hawaii students screaming their heads off while rolling in snow. Since it was freezing outside, I waited the next morning to snap these pictures. You don't need to be from Hawaii to see the beauty. 
Click to enlarge the photos.






Mini snowman I fashioned from twigs and seeds. 

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Staple it Together!

I've never really been much of a videographer, heck I didn't have a dedicated video camera until a few months ago (and it was just for personal use). But one technique that I've always enjoyed is stop animation. In fact, Mai and I made a stop motion film nearly three years ago using my trusty K20D and its intervalometer mode. Now in Mai's temporary absence, I've gone and made another one, although I've taken to anthropomorphizing paper cutouts in this one. It took roughly five days of on-and-off work to make, using mostly stills (and a little video) from my Pentax K5. The video is posted below; click here for the Vimeo page - hope you like it!



When I heard this Jack Johnson song, I laughed at the literal implications of stapling one's life together and thought it might make a good concept for a video. I began with the idea of a paper person stapling things for the good of the world, inventing things like cameraphones and the like. I departed with that idea after working on the zombie slasher part, figuring that it would be better as  an old-fashioned adventure flick. I didn't have much direction, developing ideas as I went. Mai came up with really good ones too, including having Sammie tear the paper person apart. I think I see more stop motion films in my future. . . time permitting of course.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Home Is Where Your Stomach Is

Hello from Oregon!

As Kevin mentioned from the previous blog post, I'm back in Oregon missing home while Kevin gets to eat delicious food and photograph farm animals back in Hawaii. Besides my family and friends, I always miss Hawaii food. I swear while I was back at home I ate a loco moco almost everyday. For those of you who don't know what a loco moco is you are really missing out. It's Hawaii's best comfort food (with gravy!) in my opinion. 

Super loco from Cafe 100. Two eggs, Portuguese sausage, spam, mac salad, ride, slathered with gravy.
Between me and Kevin it's gone  within five minutes.
Sorry for the crap mobile phone picture, but it's usually gone before Kevin can take the camera out.

Redondo hot dog musubi from a farmers market vendor.
Another of my favorite places to pick up something to eat would be Hilo's Farmers Market. There you can find many tropical fruits and local snacks to munch on. My favorite things to get there are cascaron, a Filipino dessert and musubis. 





Sugary fried goodness.
It's Kevin! You hardly see the photographer in
 pictures, but here he is munching on a cascaron



Ah! I'm getting so hungry and homesick writing this post. This semester hasn't even started and I want to go back already. We'll see what Portland has to offer, which I have no doubt it will be delicious too. I'm excited to see the Portland's farmers market start up again this spring. But, nothing can compare to home food that's for sure. 


Thanks for reading!
-mai




Sunday, January 8, 2012

Barnyard Backyard

Mai headed back to Portland today. I have another week in Hilo before I leave, so I figure I'll spend it exploring the island and taking photos. Today I packed up the cameras and took a short trip to Pi'ihonua, an area of pasture and secluded (and not-so-secluded) streams and waterfalls. It's a beautiful area free of modern development.

Grinning Horse
Pentax K5, Voigtlander 58mm f/1.4

Y U No trust me?
Pentax K5, Nikkor 135mm f/2 AI (converted)