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DLWS…Far and Away….

Mar 18

In Seminars & Workshops, Travels at 9:04pm

Just being in Hawaii with DLWS brought up in my head the kind of cool places the Moose man tows us along to.

Vermont in the fall….

Yellowstone in January….

Really big rocks…..

Eastern coastline…..

Western coastline…

And now, the islands….

Definitely cool. I’ve been shooting a lot of stuff that don’t talk to me. That’s rough, cause I’m kinda chatty, and it’s hard for me to get into that serene, “become the forest,” kinda mood. Moose is trying to teach me, though, and teaching is one of the many things he’s good at.

So goodbye Hawaii….heading for the mainland. Actually happy about that. Nice to get back to someplace where they number their streets. I mean it’s tough asking where Kalihalimannawanna St. is. “Oh, I see, I take a left on Makalakaleka Avenue, bear right on Nakepunawallamaka Blvd. and then at the T intersection…”

Man, if you’re a non-islander, it’s a challenge.

Anyway, it was a great trip. DLWS rocked. Moose and I shot together in a pool. Yep, me and the Mooster in our bathing suits in the pool, whole class watching us. I tell ya, put us both in there and it was definitely high tide. Water sloshing over the sides, and me and Moose out there like a coupla channel buoys. Shit. I think he brought a D3X out there with him. Pretty ballsy, but then again, I think it’s Mike Corrado’s camera. Don’t tell Mikey!

High speed sync,  one SB 900, 8000th at about f2.0, 200mmf2 lens. I tell ya, that lens is the sharpest telephoto lens I’ve ever used. It’s opened new doors for me with my dance photography.

Got a chance to update Where Is Laurie’s Hair?

In the pool!

She used Drew’s hair gel cause she said her hair wasn’t behaving. Hadn’t been to the salon in a while, which really surprised me, cause usually the top of her head is as meticulously tended to as a Japanese garden. She’s just been traveling alot, doing her own workshops, and hadn’t gotten in to the hair guy to do the blond tips she usually sports. The staff was really disappointed, cause we’re all in agreement that Laurie’s got really great tips. Hmmm. Did that come out right?

Moving along, here’s the crazy kids who make all this happen, my dear friends Moose and Sharon…..

Nice light, nice folks…..

Speaking of folks, I saw something on Kauai that really stuck with me. We were at the blowhole (no, not the U. S. Senate) but the Spouting Horn, right on the shoreline, where onrushing wave action sluices through rock formations and spouts 20 or 30 feet in the air. They have a fenced off observation point and i was up there, just doing my usual lazy ass thing. Spouting water! Cool. There it goes again. Where do we eat?

An elderly couple shuffled up the path, and I mean shuffled. These folks were ancient. Had probably been together 60 or so years. He had a cane, she used a walker. They were both stooped and bent–a pair of walking S curves. They got up to to the fence and looked out, enjoying the day and the late light.

Next thing I know, the gentleman moved away from the fence and held up a cell phone camera, beckoning his wife to look his way. She turned, positively beaming. She had one of those sun hats on, the kind you tie around your neck with a big, old fashioned ribbon. She was beautiful. He shot a couple of those “my honey at the shore” shots. They came together for a brief hug. Then they shuffled off.

I didn’t shoot. It was their moment, not mine. Two things ran through my head as I smiled both inwardly and outwardly. First was how much I missed Annie.

Second came to me as I watched them make their way, very slowly, in the sunset light. They were so frail the sun could have been shining right through them. And they were gone. And soon, they really will be gone, most likely. But they were here. Duly noted with a cell phone camera, an instrument much younger than they are. That snap might have been circulated already to dozens of grand kids and great grand kids, and might be saved, you know, forever. That last trip grandma and grandpa took to the islands. Remember that picture when she looked so pretty? By the shore?

Our pictures are our footprints. It’s the best way to tell people we were here.

70 Responses to “DLWS…Far and Away….”

Marc Lanciaux says:

on March 20, 2009 at 11:49 am

Just got my copy of ‘Hot Shoe Diaries!!!’

One word – AWESOME!

Was on the Amazon pre-order list since August. Worth the wait! This is gonna be a book I’ll read about a thousand times, and get something new out of it each time.


Carol Watkins says:

on March 20, 2009 at 12:27 pm

Your words are as wonderful as you photography. Can’t wait for my copy of
your book to get here. Thanks Joe.


Chris Keels says:

on March 20, 2009 at 3:48 pm

thank you sharing this.
I have thought this before and even may have said it, your quite a writer.

Mark Griffith says:

on March 20, 2009 at 5:55 pm

So well written (as always).. Love the quote at the end. Its one of the reasons I’ve enjoyed taking photos of folks at work

Perry Mason (not kidding) says:

on March 21, 2009 at 1:43 pm

Your writing, especially the last line, gave me goosebumps…I think that’s the way the Universe speaks to us…perhaps through you Joe

jakob says:

on March 21, 2009 at 3:38 pm

Joe you are such a great storyteller!!!! I love your sense of humor!

Bill says:

on March 21, 2009 at 5:10 pm

What I wanna know Joe is which grain motivates you when you write: Scotch, Vodka or Bourbon ? You can’t be that funny naturally. And if you are, you would wear me out in a short period of time. He ! He ! Just kidding !
Hope to run into you at Derby again this year.

Gene says:

on March 22, 2009 at 1:36 am

Pictures are worth more than a thousand words! wow…

joshi daniel says:

on March 22, 2009 at 4:38 am

those are some really beautiful images!

Dave Hutchinson says:

on March 22, 2009 at 12:52 pm

Joe, I love your line “Our pictures are our footprints. It’s the best way to tell people we were here.” Thanks for a great post!

Alicia says:

on March 23, 2009 at 2:13 pm

Great post, and fun to read as always. But the last line really hit me- enough to make me post for the first time. Just wanted to say that I enjoy hearing your stories, and always take away something. Thanks for that.

Paul Indigo says:

on March 28, 2009 at 2:35 pm

The story about the old couple really touched me. I admire your work and you’re as good a writer as you are a photographer.
All the best,

Malik Maxutov says:

on April 4, 2009 at 5:05 am

Definitely, I have found the Photographer close to me “on spirit ” which.
Thank you Joe!


Brooke Young says:

on May 10, 2010 at 12:17 am

the best Telephoto lens that i have used on an SLR is the Canon EF 70-200 F/2.8 lens. Best image quality ever.”,

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