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