~My Thoughts~

"What's going on in my mind"

10-28-20

"Backup, a Necessary Evil"

Have you ever accidentally or even deleted photos or files on your phone or computer? Have you wished later that you didn't? Or have you ever had your phone or computer crash and lose files and photos? Well, I learned the hard way that as a photographer, you can never take anything for granted, I even deleted an SD card with photos I took abroad, ask any of my buddies about that!! One day you may have your prized photos only to have them lost due to a hard drive failure on your computer.  I don't take any chances with my photo files. When I get home from a photo outing, I immediately transfer any images from my SD Card into a file on one of my external hard drives. Once they are safely in a file, I transfer that same file onto another external hard drive essentially creating two copies. I can then access those photo files from whatever  editing program I may be using. Once I'm done editing, those files are also saved externally. I also have a dedicated cloud storage as a third backup. You can never have too much backup, so if you will lose sleep knowing you might never see your prized images again, make sure you have a back up regimen and stick to it. Even a small portable external drive that you can store your files on is a good investment! 

 

The drives pictured above are: L-R:

OWC Thunderbay 6, 36TB Thunderbolt 3/ OWC Thunderbay 4 12TB Thunderbolt 3/ OWC Mercury Elite Pro 8TB Thunderbolt 2 / On top: G-Technologies 6TB G-Drive Thunderbolt 3, partitioned and dedicated solely for Time Machine Back Up.  Stay backed up my friends and don't lose any sleep!!!

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9-14-20

"Da Braddahs"

Over the years I've met so many wonderful, amazing and talented people. Through all of my years as a young apprentice Heavy Equipment Mechanic through my thirty plus years as a Journeyman in the construction industry and in my later years chasing my love of photography. You just can't forget those folks that make a lasting impression on you, it's like every time you come upon a situation that you've tackled in the past, there's that one person who made an impression that you'll never forget.Through photography, I've made many wonderful friends who've become mentors and confidants, folks you can always fall back on when you're trying to figure something out or when you're in a funk. There's never that competition or "they're better than you" are mentality, just cool, humble, down to earth folks. These guys are accomplished photogs in their own right, put together the years of experience and it'll probably add up to more years than my age...I treasure my friendships with these folks, good friends are hard to find, let alone those who you can trust. After a great sunrise shoot (or not so good in some instances), it's nice to discuss the action and even some lighthearted fun over breakfast and a cup of coffee... Yes, these guys I hold close to my heart and have their backs! I trust them completely! Please stay safe and persevere my friends...

L-R: Yours truly, Reid Fujita, Brandon Kawamura, Eric Malina, Ryan Sakamoto.

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8-25-20

 

“Tools of the Trade”

 

I’ve been asked many times the question of what kind of equipment do I use? Now that’s a hard question. I believe that equipment is a personal thing. It depends on what we are all comfortable with in terms of ease of use, style of photography, what you intend to create, budget, etc. I use a mirrorless system by Sony. I feel Sony is an innovator when it comes to mirrorless technology, sensor design, etc. I also fell in love with the EVF, which stands for Electronic Viewfinder. With an EVF, someone like myself who is visually challenged, have the option of viewing a scene “electronically”. I have a gorgeous view of my composition looking through my viewfinder and I can also make adjustments and visualize them in realtime and on my light meter. Some photographers, however, choose to use an optical viewfinder. They both have their pros and cons, as with an optical viewfinder you can shoot fast action scenes such as sports without losing sight of what you are shooting. With an EVF, you will experience a “blackout” while you are shooing multiple images in-between frames. You won’t lose any shots, but you won’t be able to see the scene as it moves like in an optical viewfinder. I also like the EVF since I have a difficult time seeing my camera’s LCD screen. As for lenses, being mostly a seascape/landscape photographer, I personally like to shoot wide. Sometimes maybe wider than others. A typical lens for me would be my 16-35mm f/2.8 and at times my 18mm f/2.8 I will almost always carry a short telephoto zoom such as a 24-105mm in my bag just in case. I use filters for my photography 90% of the time. I use a 100mm system by Nisi Filters, that includes several Graduated Neutral Density filters as well as a couple of Neutral Density filters. I have been using Nisi Filters for around 5 years now and I am very happy with the results. If you have any questions, feel free to message me and I will try my best to reach out to you! Have fun and be safe out there!

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Photo by Phil H.

7-22-20

 

"Never turn your back on the Ocean!!!"...

 

I've preached this many times to others, but sometimes it's yourself that you need to preach to. This photo was taken by my friend, Phil at Lanai Lookout several years ago on a very windy, rough morning. The sea was turbulent and angry, waves were bashing against the steep cliffs and it is hard to gauge from this photo just how high the waves were from my vantage point! Had I seen this myself, maybe I wouldn't have climbed up there. I guess we, as seascape photographers, will have a story or two to tell of close calls or maybe even outright lessons from the ocean. Well, my lesson came a couple of weeks ago. At an East O'ahu spot during a period of moderate size surf and a slowly rising tide, I positioned myself along an outcropping of rocks and watched as waves broke outside the reef and made their way towards the shore, splitting into many small flows. The finished photo can be seen in my "Seascapes" folder titled "Split Shot" As I was composing a shot and not paying attention to my surroundings, a larger set broke and when the high-water reached me, somehow I lost my back footing. As we all who shoot in the surf zone know, once you lose your footing, you're doomed. In an instant I was grabbing onto my tripod when the force of my falling body caused one of the legs to collapse. Next thing I knew, I was on my back, my backpack breaking the fall!! My first reaction was to save the camera and lens, so from a lying position I held the camera by the legs of the tripod with all my might above the rushing water!! I don't know if you could say in this case that all's well that ends well, but I did save the camera and walked away with a very valuable lesson and a few scrapes, plus a newfound respect for the ocean... Stay safe my friends!

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5-18-20

Wow! Where has all the time gone??!!

 

I hope you are all doing well and staying safe during this unprecedented time in the world. I am trying my best to stay safe and to adhere to the stay at home rules the our government has mandated. I haven't, however, been out to shoot in over two months! It's quite challenging to be cooped up at home after not missing a Saturday sunrise shoot in years! During my time at home I have used the time to catch up on some editing as well as cleaning up some of my equipment and to rebuild my tripods. I also have been spending a lot of time tending to my orchid collection. Some of you may know that I am an avid orchid enthusiast. It's been a strange season for orchids too-in my opinion- as far as the time cycle for orchids go. A very wet and rainy late winter/early spring may have caused some species to get their internal time clocks thrown off! Oh well, 2020 will go down as a year we will never soon forget, that's for sure! I hope to be back shooting very soon, I also hope to add some new images on the website, so be looking out for them! Stay safe my friends and God Bless...

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1-15-2020

Happy New Year everyone!

 

 As we start the new year and decade, I'd like to reflect back on an incident that happened to me recently. As we all know, a little courtesy goes a long way in photography. With the ocean and shoreline as big and vast as it is, it shouldn't be too hard to find a spot to setup and photograph whatever it may be that you want to capture. Well, over the years I've encountered some pretty arrogant, mean spirited and selfish folks. People who will walk right in front of you while you're photographing a sunrise with no regard whatsoever to your presence, people who will blatantly tell you that they hope you are skilled in Photoshop so you can edit them out from your images because they are going to do a photoshoot, etc. Well, I encountered the most rude, unapologetic one of them all while on a wide swath of beach, in my "personal space". Mind you that my shooting partner and I will arrive when it is still dark as to secure a spot to photograph from, these folks simply don't care one bit. Maybe they feel entitled or perhaps they call themselves pros, I don't know. If I'm scouting out a spot and some other photographer is there before me, I will say good morning and move on. My god, it's not that hard to find another composition. But in the rare instance that I may want to shoot something because I probably won't encounter that scene ever again, I will politely ask if I can setup close by out of their shot and out of their "personal space". It's just plain old common sense and courtesy. If everyone practices a little courtesy, there won't be any problems out there. Oh, and one of the photographers who commented about us being proficient at "photoshopping" them out of our images? Well, I saw the person's photos and they were far from professional. Wanna see professional? I have a bunch of fellow photogs who are the most courteous, nicest, coolest people and their images are phenomenal!!! So let's all be nice out there folks! :)

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November 1, 2019

Kia Ora!!!

This past June, I had the opportunity to travel to New Zealand with a couple of my photography buddies. Since New Zealand is in the Southern Hemisphere, it was the beginning of their winter season. We left Honolulu on a sunny and humid afternoon bound for Auckland. Nine short hours later, we landed in the land of the Kiwi. I have to give props to New Zealand for their protection of the environment, before we weary travelers were allowed to deplane, the authorities there fumigated the aircraft with a green friendly insect spray to make sure any foreign insects that hitchhiked to NZ were eliminated. 

After spending the night in Auckland, it was off to Queenstown on the South Island the next morning. Upon arriving there an hour and a half later, and a breathtaking flight it was, we got our rental car and proceeded on the long and winding journey to Wanaka. When we arrived in Wanaka in the late afternoon, it was off to photograph the famous Wanaka Tree, This had been on my bucket list for awhile and it was a dream come true to be able to just witness it in real life! This was by far the highlight of the trip for me. The next day it was on to Twizel which would be our home base for the next two days. It was cold!!! We had planned accordingly and it surely paid off in terms of comfort! The main focus of this leg of the trip was Mount Cook. A beautiful snowy peak rising majestically above the clouds. From here we would enjoy the area and also have the chance to photograph the areas around Lake Pukaki, a blue lake that stretches for a long distance. It was a wonderful experience to visit NZ, I hope to return again another time. Beautiful unspoiled landscapes, friendly people, clean air, what else could one ask for?? Visit if you can and respect the culture and land. Stay warm, my friends...

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October 6, 2019

Konnichiwa!!

People sometimes ask me what photography experience stands out in my mind when I think of all the many experiences I've been blessed to have. I think the one that stands out the most, with the best memories, has got to be my trip to Hokkaido, Japan. My good friend and shooting partner, Ryan Sakamoto and I traveled to Tokyo to meet up with photographer Martin Bailey for his Winter Workshop to be held in Northern Hokkaido. After meeting up with the group, we all left promptly Monday morning for Asahikawa. Once we were there, we changed into our cold weather gear and it was twelve days of continuous shooting in some of the most gorgeous snow covered landscape that I could have ever imagined! I met so many nice folks from all over the world who were all very respectable in their photography and it was very humbling to be able to shoot next to them. Martin is a class act and he is very approachable and knowledgable photographing Hokkaido in the winter. He is also a wealth of knowledge and it's like having a coach right next to you the whole time! All I can say is, the time went by too fast and I am already looking to go back someday. If you get a chance, look him up and tell him I sent you his way!  Stay warm, my friends!

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Photo By: Reid Fujita

September 23, 2019

Getting Wet...

Well, I always think to myself, how badly do I want a shot or to what lengths am I willing to go to just to get a shot that I really want? Well, when the stars align and everything else that goes with it are in agreement, I am very willing to "take the plunge" so to speak. Who knows how long we may have to wait again until everything in the equation  is perfect. That being said, most of the time it will come down to how wet one is willing to get for the sake of pressing the trigger when a set of waves are rolling in on a high tide... Oh brother! Well, I have been, {as well as other seascape photogs} drenched doing so as well as trying rather comically to shield our tools of the trade from Mother Nature's fury! Most of the time it is worth the misery, but sometimes it will go belly up... all for the love of photography- oh, and in my case, the mood... My shooting partner Reid Fujita happened to be behind me and snapped this photo... Stay dry my friends...

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September 17, 2019

 

To Photoshop or Not to Photoshop...

I hear this a lot. Don't you love hearing it? People even joke about it. Photoshop is a very sophisticated program, it takes years to master it, and I'm pretty confident that nobody really knows every single thing that it is capable of or designed to do. I don't even think the engineers themselves know about every nook and cranny that is living in that program. I, for one, am still struggling along, trying my best to learn the very basic of operations this program is capable of unleashing! To make matters worse, there are tons of tutorials out there to guide you on your merry way, but in order to be able to follow along on the tutorial, you gotta know at least the very basics about it! Photoshop and it's little sibling, Lightroom, are in yours truly's opinion, a necessary evil for us photographers. I wish it was as simple as taking a couple of shots and spitting it out of the camera directly onto one's favorite social media platform, but it just isn't so. Hey, but how's the person who "Photoshop-ed" that great white shark in the shore break about to devour a guy standing on the beach, gotta give him/her some credit, a whole bunch of people believed it. That person is good. So be careful how loosely you use the term "Photoshop", my friends...

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Photo By: Kenway Kua

September 10, 2019

Decisions...

 

There sometimes comes a time when you have to make a decision whether to take a chance or not to take a chance. One day several years ago, I decided to take a chance. The surf was unrelenting that morning with a high tide and it was pounding against the cliffs. I climbed up onto a high outcropping and as I was photographing the sea below, my fellow photographer Kenway Kua captured this silhouette of me up there against the rising sun. I'm not trying to advise taking a chance just to get the shot, but we must always respect the ocean and it's immense power. Never turn your back on it, it can change in an instant and I've had my fair share of being in the "wet" zone. Have fun, but be aware of your surroundings and be safe, my friends...  

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 ©2019 Dave K Furumizo

Oahu, Hawaii 

dkfphotoworks1@gmail.com

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