Computers & Tech Nerd Stuff


My friend, Brian Powers, who lives in Kona has a plane, takes amazing photos like this one of a humpback whale and its calf. 

One day, he offered to take me up so I could take some photos.  Yeah, right.  He didn’t tell me that he shot from a hole about the size of my fist on the pilot side of the cockpit.  We had to change seats in mid-flight and I tried to get my camera steady enough to shoot through this little opening.  I got nothing.

Please check out his website.  I have no idea how he does it as he goes up by himself most of the time. 

He’s also an excellent writer and should have a blog.  His life is wild.

I’m so excited…one of my prints was accepted in the Dreams Show at the Honolulu International Country Club. 

I took the photograph in Hilo when I was with good friends and fellow photographers:  Kathy Beal, Jim Bazin (too busy selling his beautiful prints to have a site), Ken Carl, and the famous Katie and David Parquet.  Nothing like taking photographs with your art sangha.

If you have time to drop by (and you live on Oahu), the show runs from September 10 – November 5 at the Honolulu International Country Club.  The opening reception is on September 10 from 6 – 9 PM and we’re allowed to invite our friends (if you’re reading this blog, you’re automatically a friend).



Here is something from David Allen’s blog that I enjoyed and wanted to share.  I believe it can be applied to all the arts and certainly to photography.  Editing is a most important step in the creative process, but first you must have something to prune.  It reminds me to keep shooting no matter what.

"It’s all about pruning…

Decompressing from a nonstop day on this cool Ojai evening, pinching the new growth off the ends of a couple of my bonsai, I’m catching the seed of what’s got to be another major theme to understand and hone and, well – prune. Editing is where the action is. Many an author and screenwriter I’ve met confirm this.

So, what’s the life/work equivalent of that germ of creative truth? Creativity is. Can’t help it – anything alive grows. But that growth can take on meta-natural proportion when it is facilitated…by what? Pruning. Take the sentence down to half its words. Cut the dead wood out of your team. Unhook from the non-mission-critical projects.

The first thing is to have something to prune. Then, it’s the ever-graceful dance of taking away that which is growing haphazard to allow the essence of the life form artistry to unfold and come to conscious expression. Or something like that…"

I first met John Paul Caponigro at a Master Photoshop class at UH Pacific New Media.  I’ve taken many Photoshop classes in Hawaii and on the mainland from some of the top Photoshoppers in the country.  His class had a depth about it that went way beyond Photoshop.  I could tell that he was trying to teach a new way of seeing and thinking about images.  That was in 2001.

I have since studied with John Paul at a workshop in Maine for the past four years.  This year I talked him into coming to Hawaii to teach a workshop in Volcano.  He’ll be here for two weeks teaching private workshops to his old students.  One of the amazing things about him is that he is so wise for his age.  While here, he’s going to be celebrating his 40th birthday.  Many of his students are many years his senior, but it just doesn’t matter.

John Paul has the amazing ability to teach and help develop creativity.  His classes are not about photography or Photoshop, although he is clearly capable of teaching both.  He’s written two books on Photoshop. 

He’s going to be giving a public talk at the UHM Architecture Auditorium on June 9 from 7 – 9 PM on Mastering Digital Images.  I suspect he’ll be showing new work and talking about digital images.  In two hours, he’ll barely scratch the surface and what he’s able to teach.

It’s been a wonderful two days exploring alternative photography methods with Franco Salmoiraghi.  Our class was enthusiastic, talented, and fun. 

We shot with Holgas, a plastic camera made in China that takes medium format film.  It’s low tech and fun.  Photographers who use this medium are cultish about it.  Some of the students constructed pin hole cameras and we shot with a few of Franco’s pin hole cameras and other modified cameras.  Photographers are a strange breed.  I include myself in this lot. 

One of the reasons I love photography is because I love photographers.  They are the most passionate people I know when it comes to their craft.  They live and breath it.

Here’s a link to a gallery of images I shot yesterday with my new Holga.  I shot these images on color film and had them scanned.  Using Photoshop, I converted them to black and white images.  My favorite is the lotus diptic.