Swimming Through the Grotto

Quick Interview

Here’s an interview I did for the new Art of Photography course that starts soon. I was interviewed by Darlene Hildebrandt and we talk about everything from creativity to Hans Zimmer to the new course!

Daily Photo – Swimming Through the Grotto

The swimming pool at the Aulani (a Disney hotel) on Oahu is pretty incredible. I only saw the place at night, so I’m not sure how it looks during the day. But it looks like it was designed just so that it would look awesome at night!

It’s attached to one of those lazy rivers that bends around this way and that. I do like lazy rivers, but I don’t like all the Disney lifeguards watching me on every bend. What if I want a little lazy-river privacy? Well, I guess there’s no need for that with kids about and such.

Swimming Through the Grotto

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The Downtown Lights From Afar

The Dark Knight Rises Soundtrack from Hans Zimmer!

I was excited when I saw The Dark Knight Rises Soundtrack (iTunes link) was available for pre-order on iTunes. Not much longer now! I’ve got a few special photos set aside to edit while I listen… it will be a great evening!

I was in his studio when he was recording part of it. You would not have believed the electronics and machinery that filled his studio to produce the sounds. It looked like he had filled every space with ENIACs and Big Iron sound-mixing machines to create tones that had never before been produced. Here is an article about one of my trips to his studio before the dark knight rose to take over his “little boudoir” as he calls it. :)

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Daily Photo – The Downtown Lights From Afar

Tom and I drove up to the top of a dormant volcano to look down on Waikiki late one night. It was a rather long day of being out in the rain and muck — and it was still raining when we arrived here. By this time, my D3X was in serious malfunction mode! I could only get Live View to work, and I had to use that to take photos…. not exactly ideal conditions!

The Downtown Lights From Afar

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Win a Sony NEX-7, Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D

Get your free camera for you AND a friend

Sign up over on the New video series – The Art of Photography page!

Thanks to our friends at Adorama, you can win two cameras! Your choices of a Sony NEX-7, Nikon D7000 or Canon 60D! If you sign up for the “Bring a friend” package, then you’re automatically entered to win! :)

Daily Photo – Boat on Oahu Beach

You can drive along the beach for hours and hours in Oahu but miss what is actually there. Often times, there is a row of trees or houses that block the actual beach, but it’s hard to know what is just on the other side!

Luckily, Tom and I walked through some of the fauna and found this scene. It was all set up so perfect — and there I was with my camera (which isn’t THAT much of a surprise).

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Rain in the highland cliffs

Big Announcement Coming…

On Monday! So… check just after our normal posting time, which is around midnight, Central Time. See you soon! :)

Daily Photo – Rain in the highland cliffs

The rain in Hawaii never seemed to stop!

But, the good news was that it kept everything green and glowing with a golden hue in the daytime. There is that kind of “wetness” of a place that is hard to describe. I hope I caught it okay here…

Tom and I walked around this farm for a while before we were approached by people working there. They wanted to figure out what the heck we were doing, but once they saw we were just innocent photographers, they let us go ahead and take photos. That was nice… once people figure out that photographers are mostly harmless, they let us have free reign! :)

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The Forever Coast

Trey’s Variety Hour #40: The Art of Alexia Sinclair

We show her cool iPad app http://alexiasinclair.com/homage and she shows off a ton of her work and tells stories about them.

Link to Vimeo video featured on show: http://vimeo.com/18830702

Daily Photo – The Forever Coast

Oahu looks like such a small island on the map, but the coast seems to go on for ever and ever! We drove around the island in a counter-clockwise manner and popped out of the car from time to time.

To get to this spot in particular, Tom and I had to jump over the guard rail and run out onto a little cliff. It was quite high up, so I didn’t get too close to the edge… but the high perspective helped me to aim down along the coast without needing to show the horizon.

The Forever Coast

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