Waikiki Street Life

         Touring the streets of Waikiki leaves a street photographer both overwhelmed and searching for simple scenes.  With the shear amount of people walking around it is very challenging to find compositions. Below are just a few of my favorite street images from our recent trip to HONOLULU. All the images were shot on the Fuji X-Pro2 and the stellar 23mm f2. 

Koko Head Stairs ~ A gruelling Reward

        Just a 10 minute drive from busy Waikiki beach is grueling physical challenge with a spectacular reward. Koko Head stairs was originally a set of rail tracks installed by pre world war 2 military personnel on the island of Oahu. Designed to gain a higher and more clear viewpoint of the coast line and thus help protect them against any possible enemy’s. today this hike is climbed by hundreds of people every day, both the fit and unfit alike challenge all 1000 plus steps to get to the top.  Once at the top you are greeted by one of the best views in Oahu. Below are a few images I shot on my Fuji X-Pro2 and the Rokinon 12mm f2. 

Solitary Surf ~ Fujifilm X-Pro 2

               In the misty coastal waves of Vancouver Island you can sometimes find a lone soul navigating the quickly darkening waves.  It’s almost as if all they need to do is feel the rise and fall of the swells in order to pick the right wave. To me there almost nothing more artistically beautiful than a surfer navigating the wild one breaker at a time.  

The Portra Pallet

        Each and every film emulsion is unique, exhibiting characteristics that make them easily distinguishable. Kodak Portra is no exception. One of the characteristics that keeps Portra shooters coming back for more are the bright soft muted tones. Below is an image that displays just that. The image was captured mid day on my Yashica Mat 124G TLR at f8 & 1/250 of a second. 

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Shooting Portra 400 on the Minolta AF2

                Testing out a camera with Portra 400 is expensive and therefor a tad bit risky. At over $10 per roll at most available locations it’s a hard roll to waste. Fortunately though this little beauty worked just fine. I shot it all at about a half stop over exposed and as expected Portra shined. As one of the most forgiving films out there Portra has up to 8 stops of latitude. That makes shooting this stuff a breeze.

                A quick word regarding the Minolta AF. This camera was super simple to use, your only option to manipulate your exposure is to adjust the ISO dial. This little Rangefider camera is also auto focus which some might find to be a great feature. I actually find it a bit boring to shoot with. The shutter sound is wimpy and the over all feel is very Plasticky.  I guess one can’t complain for only $15 bucks. I think I will go back to my compact SLR’s (the Pentax ME and the Canon AE1). What you can’t argue about on this camera is it’s image quality. When it locks it’s focus the results are actually pretty decent. See for yourself below and feel free to reach out and let me know what you think of this Camera and remember whoever you are and wherever you are keep shooting. 

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Totem

             British Columbia is rich with the history of aboriginal people. A culture that in many ways has been lost and forgotten in a world of instant gratification. Coming across this relic in the woods reminds me of the value of handmade art. 

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