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Discover Hawaii Tours 2:17am, 29 June 2011
Reveal the tips, secrets, funny stories and awesome adventures behind your favorite photo you took in Hawaii!
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Discover Hawaii Tours 7 years ago
PS Most photographers will probably never have a "best photo"...there's just too many to love!
TomBenedict PRO 7 years ago
Hahahaha! I'm glad you said that! I've been wozzling over how to reply to this thread for a couple of weeks. I don't really have a best photo. I hope my best is still to come. But I do have some I'm partial to.
TomBenedict PRO 7 years ago
Years ago I was helping a friend do some photography in Texas. At one point he lowered himself into a freezing cold rushing stream, then had me hand him tripod, camera, etc. He must have been chest-deep in water by the time he had things where he wanted them. As he tripped the shutter, through chattering teeth he said, "This had better be worth it!"

I've had that same feeling doing photography on the Big Island. Years ago I was using a 4x5 camera to photograph the lava flow. I don't have a long lens for my 4x5 gear, so I had to get... um... uncomfortably close. I melted the foot off of one of my tripod legs and had a good set of blisters by the time I exposed the last sheet of film. "This had better be worth it!" Yeah.

More recently I started doing kite aerial photography, where the camera is suspended from a kite line. It's a lot less random than it sounds, and the success of the technique depends on having super stable kites that basically become tripods in the sky. But without some form of video feedback, the actual aiming and composition is done by feel rather than by seeing what the camera sees. So there's a fair bit of chance involved.

Because kites don't fly straight up, in order to get the camera in position I often wind up standing off to one side, sometimes in a really non-intuitive spot. I've been up to my waist in surf, up over my head in cut grass (wish I was kidding), and on more than one occasion I've been at the edge of a cliff with a kite trying to pull me off. "This had better be worth it!" is now a running refrain almost every time I go out.

It's been worth it. I wouldn't trade it for anything.
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Discover Hawaii Tours 7 years ago
hilarious and great stories! same here...wondered why no one responded and figured "best photo" was too limiting!
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