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October 20th, 2018

A few weeks prior to the previous shoot, the girlfriend & I had a free day to just roam around & be by ourselves. We ended up doing a quick stop at a botanical garden down in Honolulu. Yet, another very overcast day & no natural sunlight at all. I was a little bummed because it was the first time I took my vintage lens out for a spin. We made use with what we got & got a couple pockets of sunshine.

October 20th, 2018
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Been inactive for a very long time, taking on daily life with a growing one year old, it’s been difficult to find the time to sit on a computer & just sort things out. My girlfriend’s little business has been doing great. Constantly making connections, meeting new people & setting up photoshoots to promote & just to help everyone involve. Meanwhile, I’ve just been focusing on landing a new job & just burying my head in photography-type things whenever possible, which is usually in bed. A few weeks ago, I came across a photographer that has a unique style, in my opinion. Not really my type of style but the way his images come out is just different. He is a Ghanaian based photographer who specializes in fashion, portrait, & commercial photography. I once came across this portrait that just had this unique, crazy bokeh & I always wanted to achieve it. It’s just a swirly & messy type of bokeh & it added so much character to the photo. I then came across Ben Bond & was just hooked once I saw his portraits. Of course, the fact that we shoot with the same camera made me want to dig & research & see how I could produce similar photos, but with my own style. He gave me the push to experiment. With just a few exchanges through comments on YouTube, he gave me a push in the right direction. He experiments with vintage lenses on a modern day mirrorless camera. I find his techniques to be a very reasonably priced way to achieve what I always wanted to. It also proves to show that that $999 Fujinon that’s been sitting in my cart for months, isn’t for me. It produces amazing images & it’s a very, very solid investment, but I like going with what best suits me & my shooting style. For a few weeks now, I’ve been researching my own path to using vintage lenses on my X-T2. I’ve added a flawless $150 lens to my bag & I have one on the way, which I scored for $67. Of course, there’s attachments, boosters, reducers, etc., whatever fits your need to make it work with your camera, which are still reasonable prices & a lot cheaper than most modern lenses. I’m still in the struggle of getting all my available time into shooting again, but I’ve been taking the camera out with my first vintage lens for my setup & I’ve been falling in love with it more & more. We recently did a quick & simple shoot for the girlfriend’s newest collection of earrings on MGNDA. I was a little worried because it was very overcast & everything was just washed out, but once in awhile, the sun peeped through & we got some satisfying shots. I don’t normally shoot models, but it was a nice little taste & I had fun doing it. 

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Of course, I had to get a few of my daughter. She’s into pointing things out, especially anything that’s flying in the sky or any type of bird. While shooting, she was pointing a random duck taking a stroll just a few feet away from us. 

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February 22nd, 2018

This past weekend, I got to take a few lenses for a spin & I must say that I was very pleased with them. Of course, I had to rent the 56mm by Fujinon, the “go-to” portrait lens for Fuji-X users. The 56mm produces amazing results. I must say, I had more fun shooting with the Rokinon 12mm. I was always a fan of fisheye lens & I’m already pretty set on purchasing Rokinon’s 8mm. Having the 12mm for a weekend has got me sold, too. Again, I enjoyed the results I got & it’s a great lens for those who enjoy shooting wide angle, not just for architecture, but for everything & anything. 

January 20th, 2018

Shot some of the handcrafted goods by Alisha Mahone-Brooks, a local artist who uses her passion for life & her roots & transforms it into a work of art.

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www.kaheamanahina.com

January 17th, 2018

For www.MGNDA.com // Pleasures for Her ear. Handcrafted in Hawai’i.