Waimea Dayz

On a free evening I decided to head out to the west side to chase, what I thought, was a potential photo idea at Pakala’s. A long empty stretch of beach outside Waimea. After arriving and shooting some later afternoon light I referenced my app and realized that what I thought was possible was not going to happen. Quick thinking and decided to head down to the Waimea Pier where I had scouted an image a year or two before. While the main show for me was going to be the Milky Way (an image also captured later that evening), the twilight glow on the pier was stunning. I used a wide angle lens and composed the frame to accentuate the lines heading out in to the Pacific. A perfectly serene scene to capture the feeling of the calm that is the west side.

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Waimea Dayz

Viva Hanalei

Well it’s been a bit since I checked in with our faithful blog. This summer was a whirlwind including my 7th Burning Man. Those images have still yet to be posted as life has kept me preoccupied but will be coming later this week!

Most importantly aFeinberg Galleries has expanded and we welcome the newest (re)visit to Hanalei! Taking over for Ola’s who was at the Dolphin building for over 35 years this is an exciting space showcasing many never before seen images, including some that will never be made public online.

Our Grand Opening will be Friday, Jan 18th starting at 3pm. We welcome you to join us and will be offering a special gift with any new Collection made that day!

Look forward to sharing all the new for this new year!

aF

Kilauea Light

Aloha all!

Wanted to share a fun image from a couple weeks ago here on Kaua’i. After photographing the Kilauea Lighthouse last year I have put it in my calendar to remind me each year to visit for this very unique opportunity. For about 30-45 minutes a year they light the main light. Doing so allows for some really unique imagery! You can see last year’s attempt here: This year I wanted a different perspective and went with the classic overlook along the road. What we couldnt have predicted was the blazing sunset to accompany our time hanging with the bird and taking photographs. All in all…another great year for the Kilauea Lighthouse 🙂

Enjoy!

aF

Orange You Glad

“Orange You Glad” (unreleased) © 2018

Been trying to shoot more lately and had a free afternoon a couple days ago so ran out of the house a bit before sunset. Generally these days I carry 2 bags, one camera and one drone. Never know what I want to do so best to have options. I had been eyeing the field near my house (again) and set off on the short drive.

Flying around the light was pretty great. As it was fairly cloudy, the sun would pop in and out creating some awesome dappled scenes. As I captured my field shot (to be shared at a different time) I decided to fly around and see what else was there when the pattern of the orchard caught my attention.

I tried a few different compositions, all playing with the patterns, but this particular exposure caught me. This frame was in between the sun coming from shadow to sun so the across the scene was soft and unique.

The original shot is vertical but also added a square crop as well. Which one do you prefer??

All in all a fun afternoon and more to share later. Thanks!

aF

P.S. Bonus points if you know what kinds of tress they are 😉

Aerial view of an orange grove on the north shore of kauai.
“Orange You Glad”

Mark’s Misnomer

“Mark’s Misnomer I”

Was up in Waimea Canyon a couple of weeks ago to celebrate a birthday. Luckily it landed on a day off and I was able to join in the fun. We hiked around the forest and then I brought them to one of my faovrite spots on Kaua’i for sunset. Getting down to this spot is a bit nerve wracking but worth it every time. I’ve been here on a number of occasionis and each time is incredible. As with my previous adventure here the light was doing some magical things. Before the sun dropped below the mountainside we had incredible beams in front of us.

As for the title…well Mark Twain famously DIDNT call Waimea Canyon the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. But still makes for a good story 😉

Enjoy!
aF

Dramatic beams of light enter Waimea Canyon.
“Mark’s Misnomer I”

Mark Twain famously DIDNT call Waimea Canyon the “Grand Canyon of the Pacific”. But still makes for a good story 😉

Enjoy!
aF

Waimea Pier – Starry Night

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.

Much thanks and enjoy!
aF

Waimea Pier under the Milky Way on Kaua'i
“Peer In To (unreleased)”

Valley Of Fire

“Valley Of Fire” (unreleased) © 2017

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.

Enjoy!

aF

Distant lightning over colorful striated rock in Valley Of Fire, Nevada.
Valley Of Fire (unreleased)

Trees, Fog and Sunrise

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 🙂

Enjoy!

aF

Incredible vibrant sunrise over 2 lone oak trees in fog.
“Woke Oak”

Up up and away!

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!

Off we go!
aF