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Football is here, what a lightning fast off-season!

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August 25th, 2015



Howdy, everyone!
Well, the Cafe is open once again, and what better way to kick it off than football. This weekend's coverage highlight (pun intended) was of the Kailua/Kapolei matchup that was suspended due to lightning storms above the field.  I didn't have a tripod with me, as I didn't have any video shoots lined up in that day's assignments (more on that in another post), so I had to resort to hand held exposures of the lightning show happening above Alex Kane Stadium.

Lightning illuminates the sky over Alex Kane Stadium after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).  Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70 II 2.8 @24mm, manual exposure, 1/2 sec @ f13, 200 ISO.

Lightning illuminates the sky over Alex Kane Stadium after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 24-70 II 2.8 @24mm, manual exposure, 1/2 sec @ f13, 200 ISO.

Kailua High School staff pack up their ticketing kiosk as lightning illuminates the sky after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Kailua High School staff pack up their ticketing kiosk as lightning illuminates the sky after the postponement of a high school football game between the Kapolei Hurricanes and the Kailua Surfriders on Saturday, August 22, 2015 at Kailua High School in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Needless to say, after two days and the game's resumption on Monday night, it was quite a mudbowl.  Slippery, muddy conditions made for quite a bit of fumbles, dropped passes, and flying mud/grass.  This was actually something I haven't seen in a long time, because a lot of the high school fields that once were host to these mudbowls have since replaced their playing surface with natural turf, like Leilehua and Mililani, to name two.

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a pass ahead of Kapolei's Leon Lee (4) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).  Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 400 2.8 IS II, 1/2500 @f2.8, manual exposure, 3200 ISO.

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a pass ahead of Kapolei's Leon Lee (4) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser). Canon 1D Mark IV, EF 400 2.8 IS II, 1/2500 @f2.8, manual exposure, 3200 ISO.

 Kailua's Taylor Tagupa (66) recovers a loose ball fumbled by Kapolei's Ezra Savea (2) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Kailua's Taylor Tagupa (66) recovers a loose ball fumbled by Kapolei's Ezra Savea (2) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

If it was one photo that told the story of the game, it was this one below.  With the game postponed on Saturday and Sunday, both teams were very hungry for the victory.  Coach Darren Hernandez would have celebrated his 100th victory had the Hurricanes won, but alas, it was a fight to the end, and Kailua came out on top despite a valiant fourth quarter revival by the Kapolei offense.  To me, this touchdown catch by Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar, reaching up and over Kapolei defender Jonathan Liana to pull in the score, epitomized the desire to win by both teams...and it's not even September!  Look for more posts coming real soon, especially with our new UH Football and UH Wahine Volleyball special sections coming in the next couple of weeks!

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a touchdown pass ahead of Kapolei's Jonathan Liana (26) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Kailua's Koolauloa Gaspar (1) pulls in a touchdown pass ahead of Kapolei's Jonathan Liana (26) during the first half of an OIA football game between the Kailua Surfriders and the Kapolei Hurricanes on Monday, August 24, 2015 at Alex Kane Stadium in Kailua. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

2013 Retrospective

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January 3rd, 2014



Happy 2014!

Now that 2013 has come and gone, I'd like to share some of my favorite images from this past year.  Some published, while others didn't.  Others had such historical and news significance, while still others were just fleeting moments, gone forever after the few seconds they presented themselves in front of my lens.

So here they are.  I have a little blurb about my thoughts when I made each picture in the captions.  Enjoy!  And live like you mean it.

 ***One of the priveleges of being a photojournalist is being a witness to history in the making.  This frame meant a lot to me because I had photographed retired Justice Steven Levinson, right, before, and I knew the importance of the passing of Senate Bill 01 to him.  I felt like this shot epitomized a victory not just for Justice Levinson, but for the two newlyweds and the LGBT community.  Newlywed couple Renea Stewart, left, and Lisa Veneri walk under a hail of rose petals during their wedding ceremony on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Waikiki.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***One of the priveleges of being a photojournalist is being a witness to history in the making. This frame meant a lot to me because I had photographed retired Justice Steven Levinson, right, before, and I knew the importance of the passing of Senate Bill 01 to him. I felt like this shot epitomized a victory not just for Justice Levinson, but for the two newlyweds and the LGBT community.*** Newlywed couple Renea Stewart, left, and Lisa Veneri walk under a hail of rose petals during their wedding ceremony on Monday, December 2, 2013 at the Hilton Waikiki Beach Hotel in Waikiki. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I chose this frame from the Christopher Deedy trial as it sums up both the intensity, and the seemingly ever-changing stories from witnesses.  This frame was made as witness Adam Gutowski stands in front of the projection screen showing surveillance video from the Kuhio McDonald's.  Judge Karen Ahn had motioned him to stand aside as legal counsel conferred with her.  Gutowski was looking down, and he just happened to look up, and I snapped one frame.   Photographed during the tenth day of the trial of Federal Agent Christopher Deedy on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Circuit Court in downtown Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I chose this frame from the Christopher Deedy trial as it sums up both the intensity, and the seemingly ever-changing stories from witnesses. This frame was made as witness Adam Gutowski stands in front of the projection screen showing surveillance video from the Kuhio McDonald's. Judge Karen Ahn had motioned him to stand aside as legal counsel conferred with her. Gutowski was looking down, and he just happened to look up, and I snapped one frame.***Photographed during the tenth day of the trial of Federal Agent Christopher Deedy on Tuesday, July 23, 2013 at Circuit Court in downtown Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

 

***While working on the Big Island earlier this year for our outer island special section, reporter Mary Vorsino and I met and mingled with so many different and intriguing communities.  This frame was surprising because the story we were covering with this particular subject was new affordable housing.  But when Malia Keli'ikoa took us around to the back of her home, the morning light, and her modest crop of dryland taro lined up just perfectly with the moment she touched the leaves.  It was an ethereal feeling.***Malia Keli'ikoa walks among the dryland kalo that her boyfriend, Brian Lee, Jr. planted outside their home on Friday, March 8, 2013 in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***While working on the Big Island earlier this year for our outer island special section, reporter Mary Vorsino and I met and mingled with so many different and intriguing communities. This frame was surprising because the story we were covering with this particular subject was new affordable housing. But when Malia Keli'ikoa took us around to the back of her home, the morning light, and her modest crop of dryland taro lined up just perfectly with the moment she touched the leaves. It was an ethereal feeling.***Malia Keli'ikoa walks among the dryland kalo that her boyfriend, Brian Lee, Jr. planted outside their home on Friday, March 8, 2013 in Hilo on the Big Island of Hawaii. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***One cannot think of Hawaiian music and hula without thinking of Robert Cazimero.  It was a wonderful experience to have met him while he rehearsed with his halau in February for Merrie Monarch.  He took a break and sat to chat with reporter Nina Wu and I.  It was really early in the morning, and the sun shone through the window and lit his face just as Nina had asked him something that made him smile so naturally.***Kumu hula Robert Cazimero smiles prior to rehearsal with his Halau Na Kamalei on Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Kalihi.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***One cannot think of Hawaiian music and hula without thinking of Robert Cazimero. It was a wonderful experience to have met him while he rehearsed with his halau in February for Merrie Monarch. He took a break and sat to chat with reporter Nina Wu and I. It was really early in the morning, and the sun shone through the window and lit his face just as Nina had asked him something that made him smile so naturally.***Kumu hula Robert Cazimero smiles prior to rehearsal with his Halau Na Kamalei on Sunday, February 24, 2013 in Kalihi. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

 

***I made this image of Kalani's Leo Klink celebrating as a standard jubilation shot after a team wins a state championship.  I had no idea of the gravity of the situation until I was transmitting later that evening.  Klink's mother had collapsed earlier that evening, and an ambulance was on scene, stopping the game.  Klink did not know it was his mother who was on the ambulance, and continued to play his heart out.  He was a integral part of Kalani's victory, pulling several key plays and goals.   I couldn't even begin to fathom the rollercoaster of emotion he had to deal with when he found out about his mother.***  celebrates after winning the 2013 HHSAA Boys Division I soccer championship game between the Punahou Buffanblu and the Kalani Falcons on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Waipio Soccer Complex in Waipahu.  Kalani won in Penalty Kick to become the 2013 State Champions.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I made this image of Kalani's Leo Klink celebrating as a standard jubilation shot after a team wins a state championship. I had no idea of the gravity of the situation until I was transmitting later that evening. Klink's mother had collapsed earlier that evening, and an ambulance was on scene, stopping the game. Klink did not know it was his mother who was put on the ambulance, and continued to play his heart out. He was a integral part of Kalani's victory, pulling several key plays and goals. I couldn't even begin to fathom the rollercoaster of emotion he had to deal with when he found out about his mother and her passing.*** celebrates after winning the 2013 HHSAA Boys Division I soccer championship game between the Punahou Buffanblu and the Kalani Falcons on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at Waipio Soccer Complex in Waipahu. Kalani won in Penalty Kick to become the 2013 State Champions. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

 

***On a lighter note, here is a portrait that I shot of Kalaheo basketball player Josh Ko.  We went through several different poses and setups before I decided to get creative and slow down the shutter for a motion effect.*** Kalaheo's Josh Ko poses for a portrait on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Kalaheo High School in Kaneohe.  For 2013 Boys Player of the Year.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***On a lighter note, here is a portrait that I shot of Kalaheo basketball player Josh Ko. We went through several different poses and setups before I decided to get creative and slow down the shutter for a motion effect.*** Kalaheo's Josh Ko poses for a portrait on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at Kalaheo High School in Kaneohe. For 2013 Boys Player of the Year. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I chose this as one of my favorites because of David Cohen's love for these sea urchins that he and his researchers raise.  I had photographed him holding the urchins, but they were so small, it was really hard to get all the elements harmoniously together in a single frame.  I happened to see Cohen's reflection on one of the pools as I walked across from him while he was talking to reporters and nabbed this frame.*** David Cohen, aquatic invasive species biocontrol specialist for the State Division of Aquatic Resources, is reflected on the water surface as he looks at specimens of the native Hawaiian collector urchin on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Anuenue Fisheries lab and facilities on Sand Island.  Cohen and Blodgett have raised over 100,000 specimens of the "collector urchin," a species native to Hawaiian waters, to help combat invasive seaweed species that smother coral in Kaneohe Bay.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I chose this as one of my favorites because of David Cohen's love for these sea urchins that he and his researchers raise. I had photographed him holding the urchins, but they were so small, it was really hard to get all the elements harmoniously together in a single frame. I happened to see Cohen's reflection on one of the pools as I walked across from him while he was talking to reporters and nabbed this frame.*** David Cohen, aquatic invasive species biocontrol specialist for the State Division of Aquatic Resources, is reflected on the water surface as he looks at specimens of the native Hawaiian collector urchin on Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at the Anuenue Fisheries lab and facilities on Sand Island. Cohen and Blodgett have raised over 100,000 specimens of the "collector urchin," a species native to Hawaiian waters, to help combat invasive seaweed species that smother coral in Kaneohe Bay. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I was on my way to a baseball game at Iolani when I happened upon these square windows on a construction barrier.   I stood there for a good 5 minutes before these elements all lined up.  It was very instgrammable (sic).***A glimpse of a construction site of a new building on the Iolani campus is seen through two windows in a fence on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Iolani School in Moiliili.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I was on my way to a baseball game at Iolani when I happened upon these square windows on a construction barrier. I stood there for a good 5 minutes before these elements all lined up. It was very instgrammable (sic).***A glimpse of a construction site of a new building on the Iolani campus is seen through two windows in a fence on Tuesday, March 19, 2013 at Iolani School in Moiliili. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***The Blue Man Group was perhaps one of the most entertaining shows I've ever had to photograph, with so many stunning visuals.    I chose this from a couple of dozen from the show for its simple and graphic depiction of the show.***The Blue Man Group performs on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***The Blue Man Group was perhaps one of the most entertaining shows I've ever had to photograph, with so many stunning visuals. I chose this from a couple of dozen from the show for its simple and graphic depiction of the show.***The Blue Man Group performs on Tuesday, June 18, 2013 at the Blaisdell Concert Hall in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***Like the Big Island shot, I felt a wonderful energy when I stood under this canopy of native plants to photograph Malcolm Chun.  A ray of sunlight just pierced through some branches, giving me that star effect.*** Malcolm Chun stands under the canopy of native plantlife in his garden on Monday, August 12, 2013 at his residence in Waialae.  Chun, an author of over 19 books on native Hawaiian subjects and plants, has been cultivating and caring for endangered native plant species since the mid 1970s.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***Like the Big Island shot, I felt a wonderful energy when I stood under this canopy of native plants to photograph Malcolm Chun. A ray of sunlight just pierced through some branches, giving me that star effect.*** Malcolm Chun stands under the canopy of native plantlife in his garden on Monday, August 12, 2013 at his residence in Waialae. Chun, an author of over 19 books on native Hawaiian subjects and plants, has been cultivating and caring for endangered native plant species since the mid 1970s. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I shoot A LOT of sports, and I think I've only had the ball indent upon impact just a handful of times in my career.  This is one of them.  With today's cameras shooting upwards of 10 frames a second, I still say it's all about timing...and luck!***Hawaii's Krystal Pascua heads the ball over Portland State's Kelsey Henningsen in the second half of a women's college soccer match between the Portland State Vikings and the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 in Waipahu.  Hawaii lost to the Vikings 2-0.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I shoot A LOT of sports, and I think I've only had the ball indent upon impact just a handful of times in my career. This is one of them. With today's cameras shooting upwards of 10 frames a second, I still say it's all about timing...and luck!***Hawaii's Krystal Pascua heads the ball over Portland State's Kelsey Henningsen in the second half of a women's college soccer match between the Portland State Vikings and the Hawaii Rainbow Wahine on Sunday, Sept. 15, 2013 in Waipahu. Hawaii lost to the Vikings 2-0. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***Decanting a bottle of wine is part of the ambiance of dining out, but decanting a wine AT SUNSET, ON THE BEACH??  'Nuff said.  This shot was special to me because this shot was at our publisher Dennis Francis's personal pick for the 'Ilima Awards.*** Server Robert Casale decants a wine at sunset at Michel's at the Colony Surf on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Waikiki.   (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***Decanting a bottle of wine is part of the ambiance of dining out, but decanting a wine AT SUNSET, ON THE BEACH?? 'Nuff said. This shot was special to me because this shot was at our publisher Dennis Francis's personal pick for the 'Ilima Awards.*** Server Robert Casale decants a wine at sunset at Michel's at the Colony Surf on Monday, Sept. 16, 2013 in Waikiki. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I shot this while on set for the shooting of "Hawaii Five-O."  This particular episode had a flashback to Japanese internment camps during World War II, and I was accompanying a couple of woman who had actually spent time at one of the camps as children.  To me, this frame is probably as close a visualization as being there--the bayonet, the barbed wire, and the irony of the blue sky.*** An American soldier stands outside a barbed wire fence during the filming of an episode of the television series "Hawaii Five-O" on Monday, October 21, 2013 in upper Wahiawa.  This particular episode featured a scene involving a Japanese internment camp from World War II, and the episode airing coincides with the Dec. 7 anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombings.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I shot this while on set for the shooting of "Hawaii Five-O." This particular episode had a flashback to Japanese internment camps during World War II, and I was accompanying a couple of women who had actually spent time at one of the camps as children. To me, this frame is probably as close a visualization as being there--the bayonet, the barbed wire, the feeling of being unable to escape, and the irony of the blue sky.*** An American soldier stands outside a barbed wire fence during the filming of an episode of the television series "Hawaii Five-O" on Monday, October 21, 2013 in upper Wahiawa. This particular episode featured a scene involving a Japanese internment camp from World War II, and the episode airing coincides with the Dec. 7 anniversary of the Pearl Harbor bombings. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I was lucky enough to travel to San Diego in September to photograph Manti Te'o's first game as an NFL player.  Unluckily, though, he had suffered an injury in the pre-season, and so I could only get him on the sidelines.  I shot at a real slow shutter speed to catch his dressed team mates warming up as he stood there.***San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Teo watches his team warm up prior to the start of the first half of an NFL season opening game between the San Diego Chargers and the Houston Texans on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***I was lucky enough to travel to San Diego in September to photograph Manti Te'o's first game as an NFL player. Unluckily, though, he had suffered an injury in the pre-season, and so I could only get him on the sidelines since he wasn't playing or suiting up. I shot at a real slow shutter speed to catch his dressed team mates warming up as he stood there.  Manti or not, it was quite a thrill to shoot a regular season NFL football game.***San Diego Chargers linebacker Manti Teo watches his team warm up prior to the start of the first half of an NFL season opening game between the San Diego Chargers and the Houston Texans on Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 at Qualcomm Stadium in San Diego, California. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***Another sports portrait, but what thrilled me the most about photographing Kamehameha sophomore wrestler Teshya Alo was that she is only beginning to tap her potential as an Olympic hopeful.  Earlier in the year, she traveled to Russia and wrestled the country's third best wrestler in the weight division and hung in there for five minutes.  What a feat!  I think Hawaii will definitely hear and see more of her.***Kamehameha sophomore wrestler Teshya Alo  poses for a portrait on Friday, November 29, 2013 at Kamehameha School in Honolulu.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***Another sports portrait, but what thrilled me the most about photographing Kamehameha sophomore wrestler Teshya Alo was that she is only beginning to tap her potential as an Olympic hopeful. Earlier in the year, she traveled to Russia and wrestled the country's third best wrestler in the weight division and hung in there for five minutes. What a feat! I think Hawaii will definitely hear and see more of her.***Kamehameha sophomore wrestler Teshya Alo poses for a portrait on Friday, November 29, 2013 at Kamehameha School in Honolulu. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***Ah yes, UH Football.  With the dread of a potential 0-12 season, the victory against Army, coupled with the sudden death of one of their players earlier that day, had me wondering what kind of reaction I'd get at the end of the game.  Then I saw the cooler being sneakily hoisted by players, and I knew this would happen.  I got doused as well grabbing this frame, but hey, a win is a win.***Hawaii head coach Norm Chow receives a Gatorade bath from Hawaii tight end Clark Evans (84), left, after the second half of a college football game between the Army Black Knights and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu.  Hawaii won 49-42 to finish the season with their only win.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

***Ah yes, UH Football. With the dread of a potential 0-12 season, the victory against Army, coupled with the sudden death of one of their players earlier that day, had me wondering what kind of reaction I'd get at the end of the game. Then I saw the cooler being sneakily hoisted by players, and I knew this would happen. I got doused as well grabbing this frame, but hey, a win is a win.***Hawaii head coach Norm Chow receives a Gatorade bath from Hawaii tight end Clark Evans (84), left, after the second half of a college football game between the Army Black Knights and the Hawaii Rainbow Warriors on Saturday, November 30, 2013 at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu. Hawaii won 49-42 to finish the season with their only win. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fourleggedskater

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October 16th, 2013



I ran into this little guy this past Sunday while covering the Molokai Hoe.

Bali, a Jack Russell/beagle mix, owned by Susie Turner of Honolulu, skates along the beach boardwalk on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki.   (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Bali, a Jack Russell/beagle mix, owned by Susie Turner of Honolulu, skates along the beach boardwalk on Sunday, October 13, 2013 at Duke Kahanamoku Beach in Waikiki. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

It's a good thing my camera was turned on, and on my shoulder--which is why I NEVER use a camera bag when out on assignment.  You never know when something is going to pop up right in front of you!

Oregon State

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September 12th, 2013



Oregon State tight end Caleb Smith (10) is brought down by a swarm of Hawaii defenders led by Hawaii linebacker Julian Gener (28), bottom right, during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Oregon State tight end Caleb Smith (10) is brought down by a swarm of Hawaii defenders led by Hawaii linebacker Julian Gener (28), bottom right, during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Saturday's game against the Oregon State Beavers at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Ore. was quite an interesting one.  In my opinion, the action was lackluster at best, with a lot of injury timeouts and turnovers.  Yet, at halftime, it was a ballgame!  I was excited at the prospect of a possible upset of this Pac-12 team, particularly because they had lost to Eastern Washington the week before.  But alas, the second half just pulled away from under Hawaii's feet.

There were a couple of interesting things about shooting this game in Corvallis.  First, it didn't get dark until almost 8:30pm!  Up until that time, the light was nice and low, although the giant shadow cast by one of the sides of Reser Stadium was a bit challenging during certain plays.

Hawaii players jog back to the locker room prior to kickoff.  Note the large shadow that covered a big part of the field at bottom.

Hawaii players jog back to the locker room prior to kickoff. Note the large shadow that covered a big part of the field at bottom.

Another interesting thing was our photo "work room," which was literally across the street from the stadium in the basketball arena complex.  I set up shop next to AP stringer Steve Dykes from Portland, and a former Hawaii resident.  It was quite a trek from the field to the work room, and by the time I was done transmitting from the first half, about 5 minutes had already passed in the third quarter.

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow watches his players warm up prior to a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii head coach Norm Chow watches his players warm up prior to a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

 Hawaii cornerback Ne'Quan Phillips (1) can't stop a touchdown reception by Oregon State receiver Richard Mullaney (8) during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii cornerback Ne'Quan Phillips (1) can't stop a touchdown reception by Oregon State receiver Richard Mullaney (8) during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

 Hawaii receiver Vasquez Haynes (81) can't come up with th pass while under pressure from Oregon State safety Tyrequek Zimmerman (8) during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii receiver Vasquez Haynes (81) can't come up with th pass while under pressure from Oregon State safety Tyrequek Zimmerman (8) during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Oregon State receiver Kevin Cummings (84) soars for a reception between Hawaii defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau (33), left, and Hawaii defensive back Kawika Borden (31) during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  The Beavers won 33-14.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Oregon State receiver Kevin Cummings (84) soars for a reception between Hawaii defensive back John Hardy-Tuliau (33), left, and Hawaii defensive back Kawika Borden (31) during second-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. The Beavers won 33-14. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii tight end Clark Evans (84) reacts after scoring a touchdown during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii tight end Clark Evans (84) reacts after scoring a touchdown during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii running back Steven Lakalaka (4) rushes the ball during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Hawaii running back Steven Lakalaka (4) rushes the ball during first-half action of a college football game between the Hawaii Warriors and the Oregon State Beavers on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at Reser Stadium in Corvallis, Oregon. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

Overall, while I wasn't as satisfied as I wanted to be with my photographs, the opportunity of photographing in yet another college football stadium surrounded by a sea of orange that is Beaver Nation was an unforgettable experience, much like last year's experience at the Colosseum in Los Angeles.  Although my concentration and focus was on the game coverage, I definitely stopped and took the sights, sounds, aromas, and experience in, and enjoyed every bit of it.

Marcus Mariota

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September 9th, 2013



Howdy y'all!

Coming to you from a wet and gloomy Eugene, Oregon, where I photographed Oregon Ducks quarterback, and former St. Louis quarterback Marcus Mariota on Wednesday.  I didn't know what kind of access to expect, or how much time I'd get with him, since head coach Helfrich is adamant about having no media access to practices whatsoever!  I swear, the football complex is surrounded by thick, overlapping groves of cypress trees.  It's like Langley, Va!

A man watches between a thick grove of trees as the Oregon Ducks football team practices.

A man watches between a thick grove of trees as the Oregon Ducks football team practices.

Obscurity aside, the new Hatfield-Dowlin Athletic Complex is just breathtaking in size, execution, and grandeur.  A great backdrop to photograph this year's MVP at the Fiesta Bowl!

The great thing was, after practice and a shower, Marcus spent over an hour with myself and sports writer Ferd Lewis.

 University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota leaves practice on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Athletic Complex on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon.  (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

University of Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota leaves practice on Wednesday, Sept. 4, 2013 at the Hatfield-Dowlin Athletic Complex on the University of Oregon campus in Eugene, Oregon. (Jamm Aquino/The Honolulu Star-Advertiser).

To our amusement, Marcus emerged from the locker room wearing his St. Louis Crusaders football t-shirt!  Since he had some time with us, I shot a variety of portraits of him.

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All in all, what a wonderful visit to U of O with a wonderful and talented young man from Hawaii.

On the equipment/technical side, since I'm traveling, I have to keep my lighting kit pretty minimal.  I used pocketwizards to fire 2 Canon 600Ex strobes, one into an umbrella on some shots.  I have smaller Bogen light stands that I check into my luggage along with the umbrella.