A number of years ago, while traveling back home from a Polihale mission I had stopped over at the Waimea Pier on the west side of Kaua’i. At the time I had only photographed it 1 or 2 times and I generally like to scout and imagine places under different conditions. Doing some calculations I knew I wanted to return at night. Fast forward way longer than I imagined it would take, I had the opprotunity to get out for some photography and headed to a different location. As the sun set over there I realized that I was in the wrong place and remembered the spot I had imagined long ago. Getting there at dusk there were a number of images (another successful pier shot for another time), I was able to make and then waited for the sky to darken enough for the stars and Milky Way to be seen. This spot is extra tricky as it is right at the edge of town so the light polution becomes problematic pretty quickly. As the sky darkened the stars shown through. The camera’s sensitive settings allowing it to pick up the last little bit of twilight glow in the sky giving the scene a surreal look.
Had the pleasure of visiting this incredible location early Sept of 2017 after this year’s Burning Man. Needless to say going to the desert after a hot event might have been a mistake as it was over 100F when this was taken. As we were hiking back to the car there were some storms off in the distance. With the obviously amazing rock in the foreground I was able to capture only one frame with lightning. Between the hot weather and lighting…definitely valley of fire.
As photographers we tend to intake lots of imagery. Being self-taught that is pretty much how I learned over the years. Along this path we come across photographs that tend to stick with us, or at least the idea of a certain scene or conditions. The ‘tree on a hill’ idea is nothing new. But of course I’ve wanted my own version. Well, while on a trip with my partner in March ’17 to the Central Coast of California we had the amazing opportunity to photograph this sunrise. Incredibly this was the property next door from where she grew up. What I couldnt expect was the incredible conditions we were about to experience. As the sky brightened this low ground fog hung around the small rolling hills. Then, all hell broke lose and the sky went nuclear. There are a number of photographs from this morning that are in my back pocket to share along the way but I will say this is a morning that will stay with me forever. Photographs or not 🙂
So for those that follow my social media posts you might have heard the news but a new era of photography is upon me…drone time. It’s been a long time coming and finally made the plunge last month. Finally receiving this amazing piece of technology this past week I had the chance to test it out yesterday. My mind has been racing for a long time with possibilities of compositions and potential images. Now the chance to capture these is here.
To answer the obvious question; yes I will be testing for my Part 109 to be commercially viable. Studying has commenced and look to take the test in Aug or Sept.
This is the first test image I took (after some video of friends) and am pretty surprised already. To capture this I took 6 images; 2 rows of 3, and then was automatically stitched using Lightroom. Going to be a fun adventure!
Funny how ideas happen. These days it’s been more about figuring out how the stars align, sometimes literally. Planned out an evening where I thought the celestial objects would be what I was hoping for. This required sleeping in my car for a couple of hours and then shooting, in what I thought would be the dark. For anyone that has been to Shipwrecks knows there is a large hotel just next to the beach. While my original idea didnt work out (will be going back to try again), I figured I would stick around and hope that the clouds would cooperate. After over an hour of playing cat and mouse I was able to get some shots off that showed the Milky Way blazing overhead. The light from the hotel actually helped illuminate the landscape. Truly amazing what happens while most of us are sleeping 🙂
So, with the recent injury I hadnt gotten out of the house too much at that point. It was a Saturday and my partner asked if I wanted to go for a ride and get some fresh air. Off we went that afternoon to drive around town, looking for our favorite food truck (which wasnt there of course) and then ended up at the lighthouse. As we pulled up there was a sign at the entrance that said ‘free today’ so shoots! Why not! Once there we found out that it was the birthday celebration and that they would be turning on the light around sunset. Woah! (For those that dont know the light is never on anymore but a different beacon that operate). In the 10 years I’ve been on island I’ve never seen this so plans were made to return later with our gear.
Normally the grounds are closed at 4pm and people shuffled away. The area is a National Bird & Wildlife refuge so it’s near impossible to get a good sunset photograph from up close. As the sun got lower and the bird returned home it was definitely a special experience. The view of the north shore was incredible (an image to be shared later) and then of course the main event. Now, in my mind, the light would have been what it used to be when used originally, and this was not the case. However as the light faded and the lighthouse did it’s thing it certainly was a special moment. As we waited for the cart to assist back down the path (was over crutches for the moment) it allowed for one last chance to push the button before we were escorted out. Good thing I got that one last shot 🙂
Sitting here at 2am. Looking for the proper words. Some of which have been coming to me over the last few days while in the car (you know where all of our good thinking occurs), or while day-dreaming or while in the hospital last night dealing with a severe hamstring injury. Bits and pieces of these thoughts flicker by as I finally sit to write. But not from Maui where I am supposed to be, but from my place on Kaua’i, awaiting an MRI on Friday to determine the severity of said injury. The trip to Maui was to be one of transition. And because I know some amazing people this transition is occurring…but without me. Which makes it extra surreal. The cliché phrase has been running through my mind for days now…”you miss 100% of the shots you dont take”. Of course when you do swing/shoot it doesn’t mean a home run every time. In fact…sometimes we strike out. Had enough of the sports analogies yet? 🙂
As of today, 5/2/2017, aFeinberg Gallery Wailea has closed its doors. When we (I dont like using ‘I’ in these cases because this endeavour for a long time now has been more about the people I work with than me alone), embarked on this journey it was the great unknown. My first Gallery off of Kaua’i and my 4th in about 4 years. Along the way there were speed bumps for sure, but analyzing them in real time are they tests of the character to push through or warning signs to pull back? Of course there is only one way to find out! I’ve been tested many times on Kaua’i and the cycle continues…however!
Have no fear my fine feathered aFein Fans but this is just a pivot! Once recollected there are plans to venture out into the wilderness. Offers of Gallery space on Oahu and California (even Texas) come up regularly. The grand experiment will continue! And along the way…we have some EXCITING NEW WORK TO SHARE!
In fact…we’re having a RELEASE PARTY on Saturday, June 10th at the Poipu location. Unveiling 5 new works including a triptych and quadriptych! We’ve launched our brand new medium, LUCHAE in the last couple of months and are receiving incredible feedback (you’ll have to visit us in person to see what the hype is about!). And more surprises up the sleeve for sure.
This is not the end, just another beginning and I look forward to the continuing adventure. 7 years ago this all started selling prints on the sidewalk out of the back of my car. Now, with the Galleries, over 1000 Collectors from ALL over the world and individual pieces fetching 5 figures I can honestly say we’re just getting started 🙂 Let alone “Beyond Here Lies Eternity” winning Photo Of The Year for Popular Photography a couple months ago!
Join us June 10th in Poipu if you can and thank you all for the continued support!
Much love and Aloha,
Well…that was fun. Had a last minute private workshop client last Friday 3/31 and just so happened to coincide with a massive 25-30′ WNW swell. While waves that size are common in the winter, a swell of that size this time of year is relatively rarer. What this means is that the sun is in a completely different part of the sky than usual toward sunset. Knowing this we went down to a favorite spot but decided that it wasnt safe to go any farther so hung out on the rocks and shot a bunch of impact and abstracts. Being that the sun is far enough north the late afternoon light doesnt get blocked by Mt. Makana. This is what I was excited for. This particular capture was just after I pulled out my longer lens and looked up to see this monstrosity stand up headed toward the rocks. With the strong back-lighting I fired a few shots in hope of capturing the elusive beast…The Kraken.
Recently I had the pleasure of photographing along the Central Coast of CA. While in CA a lot I hadnt been to this part of the state yet. Just so happened the trip coincided with the full moon so naturally my mind starts to line up ideas that could be possible. While we had been at the dunes earlier in the week the decision was to come back for sunset on our last night. Full moon rise right around sunset. While sunset was great (see previous post) the light was about to get crazy. There is a very small window of time, where the fading twilight starts to balance the brightness of the moon. It is in this brief window that I am now completely enraptured by. Nothing compares to the uniqueness of the colors that become possible. In the end I believe I was able to just take 3 photos before the light wasnt quite the same. This image I have two versions of, one cropped to make an interesting panorama. I am including both for your viewing. Which do you prefer??