Hawaii from above

Pa­trick Ca­ma­cho took to the skies to cap­ture spec­tac­u­lar shots of the shores and vol­canic peaks of his is­land home

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Aloha! I’ve lived in Hawaii, on the is­land of Oahu, all of my life. I took up pho­tog­ra­phy about four years ago, when I bought my first Nikon, a D7000, to take pic­tures of my son and his soc­cer and bas­ket­ball teams.

The par­ents of some of the other play­ers on his sports teams re­ally liked the pic­tures I took, and my wife also told me I should do more with my cam­era and build on my pas­sion for pho­tog­ra­phy, be­cause it can be an expensive hobby, as we all know! So I’ve got her to thank for in­spir­ing me to be­come a pro­fes­sional pho­tog­ra­pher.

On­wards and up­wards

Since than I’ve taken week­end pho­tog­ra­phy classes at the Univer­sity of Hawaii to im­prove my skills. I wanted to use my Nikon D7000 to its fullest po­ten­tial, and shoot­ing RAW files and mas­ter­ing Man­ual shoot­ing mode en­abled me to do that. Re­cently I’ve up­graded from the D7000 to the D600, due to the larger sen­sor and higher res­o­lu­tion, and I’m look­ing to up­grade to the D800 by early next year.

Hawaii is such a great place to be a pho­tog­ra­pher be­cause of the beau­ti­ful vis­tas on ev­ery is­land. Peo­ple come to Hawaii be­cause of the im­ages of par­adise they see on tele­vi­sion,

My am­bi­tion now is to pho­to­graph ev­ery Hawai­ian is­land from the air, and to take a photo tour of the vol­cano on the Big Is­land

and I get to see it ev­ery day! Around the is­lands we have amaz­ing vol­ca­noes, spec­tac­u­lar sun­sets, wa­ter­falls, and colour­ful coast­lines with whales and dol­phins in the ocean, to name just a few things.

Chop­per shots

I was ex­cited to test my D600 by pho­tograph­ing the is­land of Oahu from a he­li­copter. I found a com­pany that of­fers flights in he­li­copters that have no side doors on them, and I thought this would be the best way to take aerial shots, as it would pro­vide me with the clean­est im­ages pos­si­ble. I used my Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with a Rock­et­fish po­lar­is­ing fil­ter, and the im­ages I cap­tured were spec­tac­u­lar. My am­bi­tion now is to pho­to­graph ev­ery Hawai­ian is­land from the air, and an­other goal is to take a pho­to­graphic tour of the vol­cano on the Big Is­land of Hawaii – I’ve seen several im­ages of the vol­cano that other pho­tog­ra­phers have taken, and they look in­cred­i­ble.

A fam­ily pas­sion

Pho­tog­ra­phy has be­come con­ta­gious for my fam­ily too. My wife helps me on my shoots, us­ing my D7000, and my nine-year-old son asked us for a Nikon for his Christ­mas gift, so we bought him the D3200; last year he was run­ner-up in a chil­dren’s pho­tog­ra­phy con­test run by Honolulu Zoo, and some of my best pho­tog­ra­phy mem­o­ries are of shoot­ing sun­sets with him.

I re­cently be­came a mem­ber of PPA (Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­phers of Amer­ica) and their Hawaii chap­ter. Through PPA I’m now work­ing to­wards be­com­ing a Cer­ti­fied Pro­fes­sional Pho­tog­ra­pher. I con­tinue find­ing my in­spi­ra­tion from mag­a­zines such as

N-Photo, and I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing my pas­sion for many more years to come.

01 Green jewel Nikon D600, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO200

02 Blue ocean po int Nikon D600, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 1/160 sec, f/6.3, ISO200

03 Green Oas is Nikon D600, Nikon AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, 1/250 sec, f/6.3, ISO200

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