It’s been some time since the last update here aside from the daily photos I’ve been posting. It was a great two weeks in Maui this year, which is really no surprise. As anticipated, I took a large amount of photos, again no surprise, and I’m still in the process of going through and editing/publishing the very best. No surprises there either.
Even without going through all the photos yet, I can already say from a photography perspective, it was a very successful trip. I tried out a few new techniques and expanded my horizons quite a bit further over the previous years, especially with a renewed focus on composition. It gets even better, though, as I’m hoping to determine this week if we’ll be able to return to Maui in September for the first annual Maui Photo Festival and Workshops. More details on that soon.
Sticking with this most recent trip, I hope to have more of my latest photos published out on Flickr in the next week or so, as well as over on my profile at Hawaii Photography. As I finish them, I’ll have updates on the blog here as well.
New Home Page
About two weekends ago, I went ahead and redesigned the home page of the site here to feature the daily photo that I’ve been posting on the blog. While it’s not complete (nothing ever is, really) I think it’s a pretty nice addition to the site and a good way for me to feature a larger range of photos here online. There’s more to it than just throwing up a new photo everyday, and I’ve been meaning to write up some of the behind-the-scenes details behind it on my web development blog. Hopefully I’ll get to that soon as well.
In the meantime, feel free to browse through some of the past photos and let me know your thoughts on how you think it could be improved.
After every trip to Maui, I end up with a giant pair of blinders on from a photographer standpoint. You can’t really blame me because Maui is such an amazing place to shoot, and no matter where you go, there’s something beautiful and intriguing to capture with your camera. While I don’t live there (yet), there are still many other things closer to home that I enjoy shooting, and get to practice with more often.
I thought I’d take a moment to mention two of the larger projects I have upcoming in the next month, aside from a few other smaller things I’m also working with.
Upcoming Project – Blackhawks vs. Sharks, March 25th
Last year, my wife and I were given tickets to the Blackhawks-Sharks matchup at the United Center. While the Hawks ended up losing, the seats were amazing and I was able to get up close thanks to my telephoto lens. This year, when I had to the opportunity to purchase similar seats to the same game, I jumped on it.
Hockey is one of my favorite sports to shoot as a photographer, mainly because I’ve played the game all my life and it is probably the most exciting sport to watch live (yes, there’s obvious bias in that statement). The action is so fast paced and physical, there are tons of great photo ops just waiting to be captured. With these seats, I hope to come home with a handful of shots to share here, and seeing how much I’ve learned and practiced in the last year, I’m really excited about this one.
Upcoming Project – Door County
My wife and I are also planning another trip up to Door County, Wisconsin next month. With Maui being my absolute favorite place to shoot, Door County comes in as a strong second. It will be our third trip up north as Cindy and I continue our visits to different parts of the peninsula at different times of the year. Previous visits included our first trip in September and most recently in December.
December was a great time to shoot even though it was below freezing the entire time, and I was out there at least one day when the wind chills were below zero. Although our trip next month in April will be just a tad bit early for all the spring blossoms and colors to be in full bloom, it still stands to be a good trip for us to do a little more exploring through the state parks and a few lighthouses that were just impossible to do in the winter. Seeing that visits to Door County is much closer and easier to budget than trips to Maui, this is likely the first of a handful trips to the “Door” this year.
Be sure to stay tuned for updates from both projects in the coming weeks, as well as continued daily photos here at the blog.