Wai’oli By Moonlight

 
The Wai’oli Hui`ia Church is iconic on Kaua’i.  Standing by itself toward the end of Hanalei on the road it’s one of those places that just begs to be photographed.  And it gets its fair share.  One can usually see people pulled over snapping photos throughout the day.   On this particular Friday night in February 2010 I had spent sunset out at Ke’e Beach (see: Sun’s Retreat) catching a very tranquil end of day.  Clear, calm.  Perfect winter day.  On the way back the itch got a hold of me and I pulled over myself to see what I could do in the full moonlight.
 
One of the difficulties of photographing the church is getting a proper angle on it.  Because of various obstacles this becomes challenging.  Plus now it was night and had to balance all the light sources being throw at me.  Recalling correctly I spent the better part of an hour trying all different options.  On this particular capture I very well might have been standing on the roof of my car across the street.   In the end the mix of moonlight, Church light, star light and street light all combined to make a perfect little scene in Hanalei that night!
 
Enjoy!
aF
 

Waioli Church in Hanalei under moonlight and clear skies
“Wai’oli By Moonlight”

New Project! Help requested.

 
Aloha all!
 
This is something that has been meandering around my mind for quite some time and I believe it’s time to give it a shot.  However, to do so requires a significant amount of assistance from YOU!
 
I will need to start collecting ‘selfies’ of a handful of people (roughly 6 people from various backgrounds), which will be put together for a final project.  How many images?  I’m actually not quite sure but somewhere in the 300-600 range I believe (still figuring out the math).
 
If you are interested in being a part of this please contact me by clicking HERE and putting SELFIE in the subject line and attach…a selfie 🙂
 
Much thanks and looking forward to seeing what we can do together!
 
Aaron

Oceans Abstract at Polihale

“Oceans XVI” (unreleased)
The quality of light this day at Polihale was simply incredible.  Rare storm clouds built out in the distance late morning.  The intense dark clouds acted as an incredible contrast to the illuminated waters closer to shore.  I then abstracted them in the camera and ended up with a couple of good results.  This is one.  Much thanks!
aF
 

Abstract of ocean with turquoise water and dark sky at Polihale State Park
“Oceans XVI” (unreleased)

Mystical Waipo’o

“Mystical Waipo’o” (unreleased)
Coming back down from Koke’e I always look across canyon to see what Waipo’o is doing. Being that it was a misty, rainy day I saw the clouds lifting around the falls and immediately pulled over and ran back up the road. Was able to catch this moment of light and color. Waimea Canyon is always incredible
Thanks!
aF
 

Clouds lift out of the mountains as Waipo'o Falls hangs in the distance.
“Mystical Waipo’o”

It’s Evolution Baby!

 
Ok…couldnt resist taking that Pearl Jam line.  But it’s appropriate.  🙂  Wanted to make a quick blog post and share a little before and after, only separated by about 6 years.  So as we learn as artists (read: humans) our tastes evolve, our skills evolve, even computers evolve.  I know when I first really started shooting seriously that one of my main problems was that I couldnt get the photograph to look how I wanted/experienced.  Fast forward 6 years and a lot has changed.  The last time I touched this photo was probably about that long ago.  Lightroom, which I predominately use, has updated drastically as well as my techniques.  That being said here is an image I took in Nov 2008 at sunrise along the east side of Kaua’i.  There’s actually some I still like in the old edit but the new image, albeit edited fairly quickly, has a more refined feeling to it (at least I believe).  Both are true to the scene however give a different feel to the sunrise.
 
Much thanks and hope you enjoyed this jog down memory lane 😛
aF
 
“A New Day” (unreleased….and probably will be forever)

"A New Day" (2008)
“A New Day” (2008)

"A New Day" (2014)
“A New Day” (2014)

The Future…

 
It’s been pretty difficult to put in to words the amount of emotions and feelings that are all mixing around inside me so without further ado I am over joyed to announce;
aFeinberg Gallery WaileaThis 1,422 sq ft space will not only feature the Hawai’i portfolio but images from all of the travels will start to be released; update New York in Autumn, southern Utah slot canyons, Yosemite….
I am truly humbled to be able to announce this today and thank you all so much for your support and encouragement and so excited to have you along for the ride. More details about the opening will be shared in the coming weeks. Buckle up!
<3
aF

Beyond Venus…Maui Adventures

 
“Beyond Venus” (unreleased)
 
This particular shot was taken after my last post with my photography adventures at sunrise down at the Venus Pools on the East side of Maui.  You can read the full (wet) story here.  As the sun played with the clouds I decided to put on a strong ND filter (basically a black piece of glass to stop light), and do a couple of longer exposures.  One of the problems with using this filter is that once it is on it is near impossible to see the composition as everything goes dark!   Then of course is the guessing of how long the exposure should be and dealing with the bright and dark parts of the image.  Luckily…in this case, I guessed right 🙂  The combination of filtered light and all the colors from the clouds/water/reflection mixing together gave this image a unique feel.
 
Maui offering up some more magic!
 
Thanks!
aF

Long exposure seascape at sunrise with rock stacks in the ocean on Maui.
“Beyond Venus” (unreleased)

Maui, a Sunset and a Parking Lot

“Pau Hana”
 
So after spending a day running errands and exploring I ended up settling on this small park south of Lahaina.  As I got out of the car I knew photographically it would be a bit of a tricky place.  Even though these palms were pretty there was a property just to my side.  However being the most dramatic composition I careful positioned myself just to the side.  By chance the sun was setting in the perfect spot and was able to get a couple of exposures that ended up working well 🙂   Pau Hana in Hawai’i usually refers to the after work beer that most like to partake in and this spot seemed to collect quite a few for just that occasion.  Perfect end to the day.
 
Much thanks!
aF
 

Sunset along the Lahaina coast with palm trees reaching in to the sky
“Pau Hana”