The 2013 Kauai Veteran’s Day Parade rolled through downtown Kapa’a this year.
The marching bands, the classic car parades, even a Shriner.
One of the best parts for me is watching people watch the parade.
Not so many big crowds here, so when there is one, it is a blast to be inside it.
I love walking through crowds and taking photos of people doing what they do.
I love the sense of solitude I feel in a crowd accompanied with a freedom of movement. Floating from moment to moment creating pictures. A different interaction than one earned over time with a person.
Once in a while there is that spontaneous connection between me and the a person on the street. Call it a candid portrait or whatever suits you best. It is a part of street photography for me. I had been talking with this man and his family and then went back to taking pictures of the street. When I turned around and started photographing him again, he made eye contact with me and this is the result.
These connections are wonderful gifts.
Sometimes they happen over a life time, sometimes for a few seconds
More of my photos from the parade in this post.
One of the families I photographed this year, the McCaffery family, sent me this photo of their photo collages made to display the pictures from their family portrait session on Kauai on their walls at home and in the office.
It is really important to me that people walk away with a finished piece of art when they hire me to photograph their family.
The great thing about a photo collage is that by using a few photos in relation to one another, the meaning of all the photos is elevated making for a beautiful visual statement.
This is a simple to make photo collage idea that can be created at by variety of printers including my favorite, Color Services.
The guys at Color Services, Glen and Gabe are dedicated craftsmen who produce top notch print products and are two of the nicest people you will ever meet.
Mark Sausen working on his new Classic Three Stringer Longboards at his shaping bay.
These custom shaped surfboards are made for time on the nose.
Andrea Gaytan and her son Kai wakeboard with friends Melissa and Thomas captained by Kenny at Waterski and Surf Co. on the Wailua River on Kauai, Hawaii.
These photos are from a shoot with Leah Sausen and her new board, a 9’0″ high performance longboard shaped by Papa Sau.
Continuing the story with Leah Sausen, here she tests water at Kalihiwai Beach in Kauai. Sausen is a volunteer for the Surfrider Blue Water Task Force, a water quality testing program. These photos were taken for a story about her that will appear in Free Surf Magazine.
The samples from around Kauai are tested for a variety of bacteria and the data is passed on to the County of Kauai and the Hawaii Department of Health.
Leah Sausen surfing Hanalei. Look for more to follow on her work with the Surfrider Foundation.
On an assignment yesterday using a GoPro and this happens, spontaneous combustion.
Or the illusion of it.
A drop of water on the lens backlit turns into a board on fire.
Sometimes the hard thing is to accept the mistakes and then remember them when you want to reproduce it.
Make the mistakes and cultivate the ones that sit well with you.
Photo by Helen Grymaloski
Helen Grymaloski from Ontario, Canada, currently has an exhibit of her photos on display at the Dryden Regional Arts Council March 18 to April 6, 2013.
During her stay, Helen took a photo workshop with me and we spent a couple days photographing the island. We had a blast and you can see more about the workshop in my previous blog posts:
Kauai Photography Workshop Day 1: Mahaulepu Morning
Kauai Photography Workshop Day 2: North Shore
For more information about the exhibit check out this article.