I consider myself to be a relatively creative person. However, I feel that my art is mainly translated through words on a page. Anything else truly artistic comes in secondary to that. This includes photography.
My two brothers are the talented ones when it comes to photography. In fact, a lot of the pictures you see on this blog are from both of them.
My oldest brother Paul invests in great equipment and is patient enough to frame and wait for the perfect shot, even if it means being silent and in awkward positions for extended amounts of time.
So imagine my surprise when my friend James Pham from Fly, Icarus, Fly nominated me in his Capture the Color Photo Contest entry. This came out of the blue. (No pun intended. Okay, who am I kidding...pun intended.) And here I am now, having to dig up some basic evidence to hopefully justify this nomination.
Most of the following pictures I took using my brother's camera, hence the decent quality. Otherwise, I hope you enjoy my 'entries', and don't worry, my own nominations will follow!
This is a scene I passed by every day as a boy. On a recent visit home, this field of bright 'yellow' flora spreading wildly out at the foot of the mountain ridge on the island of Molokai grabbed my attention. I had to stop and take a picture. The top of the mountain is shaped like a mo'o, or giant lizard, and there are legendary stories that tell about how the great monster ended up on that ridge.
Imagine arriving in New York after living abroad for 3+ years and being greeted by friends and family with a banquet of some of your favorite home-cooked comfort food! That's what happened to me this past July. In this case, my mom and brother flew in from Hawaii and, along with my sister, worked hard to put together this traditional Hawaiian-Style luau! Complete with 'red' dishes of beef stew and lomilomi salmon. The pot, serving utensils and tomatoes in the salad help bring out more of that red goodness as well.
The bright 'blue' colander in this photo wasn't even what I was going for when I snapped this shot. I was actually focusing more on the root crop called tarukog that I was about to try for the first time. It reminded me of a familiar root vegetable that I grew up eating, and when I took a bite out of it, it brought me straight home. The blue colander just happened to frame the yellow tarukog perfectly.
An iconic building on the island of Lanai, The Dis n Dat Shop has been around for a few years now. Although the shop is relatively new, the building itself is pretty historical. The new owners gave it the bright 'green' paint job to spruce it up and bring in the light. My aunty Cat works there, polishing the windchimes and keeping the eclectic inventory in order, so if you ever stop in there be sure to say hi to her for me.
Miles and miles of golden sand beach all to ourselves as we combed for shells, stones and seaglass. That is what we discovered at this unnamed stretch of beach on Calicoan Island near the town of Guiuan. Along the beach, right before a jagged outcrop of exposed coral, I happened upon a patch of 'white' shells that immediately grabbed my attention. As I stared downward, a frothy wave rolled in, perfectly framing this sun-dappled shot.
Wanna Get More Into Photography?
So there it is! I hope you enjoyed my entries. If anything, this makes me want to get back into photography more. Thanks, James.
And now it's time for my own personal nominees...
"Capture The Colour" Photo Contest 2013 Information
Anyone with a travel blog can enter, but to keep things going I nominate these five fabulous travel bloggers full of ALOHA from The 808:
I'm JR. I come from a long line of adventurers, some were nomadic explorers of the sea and others wandering cultivators of the earth. Ultimately, this legacy of drifters has deeply affected my view of travel. Read more...