ALOHA, I’M RAIATEA!

I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawaii. Hawaii has a diversity of great landscapes that never cease to amaze me. I mainly focus on landscape photography, however I also enjoy other types of photography and video production.

I have a passion for collaborating a sharing anything I can about photography. There are no secrets when it comes to shooting and processing my photos. Take a look at my tutorials! Feel free to ask me anything.

I have experience with landscapes, travel, and portrait photography. I also have experience with videography such as travel, real estate, and events. Contact me to schedule a session.

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Cameras:

2x Sony A6000 – Seriously powerful cameras for any type of photography. One is a “beater” camera because it’s dedicated for shooting seascapes. Both control dials are broken from countless splashes from sea waves. I can only use it with a manual lens in aperture priority otherwise I won’t be able to change the aperture or shutter speed in camera. The other one is used for anything else that isn’t near crashing waves.

Sony A7S – Low light beast. Before I had this camera, I used an A6000 for everything. To shoot the Milky Way, I had to take at least 4 consecutive shots, then manually align and stack them in Photoshop to get acceptable noise levels. Now with the A7S, I can take a single shot and save so much time during shooting and editing. It’s also amazing for shooting video.

Lenses:

Rokinon 12mm – My favorite lens because of its quality and size. Most of the photos in my portfolio was taken with this lens. It is decently sharp wide open and much better stopped down. My copy was once good for night shots, now it is slightly soft and decentered. The splashes from sea waves caused the lens mount to oxidize, thus shifting the focus ever so slightly to cause it to decenter. I now use it stopped down for seascapes and landscapes.

Rokinon 24mm – A very nice lens for astro-landscapes. It is sharp and fast! I enjoy the not-so-wide focal length to compress the Milky Way a bit. The only thing I don’t like is the size and weight. Especially the extra inches of metal being adapted from a DSLR mount.

Sony Zeiss 55mm – My newest lens. It’s very sharp and I hope to use it for portraits and astrolandscapes.

Sony 16-50mm – Very compact, not very sharp.
Sony 28-70mm – Good range and lightweight.
Sony 55-210mm – Great for that extra reach when shooting landscapes.

Tripods: The most underrated equipment in a photographer’s setup. Don’t cheap out on them!

Feisol CT-3342 legs + Feisol CB-40D ball head: Very well built and versatile tripod. The best feature is that it lacks a center column. I can get it really low, which I do quite often. It’s also very quick to adjust, which is absolutely necessary when trying to take a photo before the waves crash. It’s also very easy to clean as it can get filthy putting it in seawater and sand.

Vanguard Alta Pro 263AT + Sirui K-20X ball head – Best bang for the buck tripod and my favorite ball head. It’s not the most stable or well built, but works for me. I use it for anything out of the water. The built in bubble level is essential for shooting panoramas.

Dolica TX570B150SL tripod: Compact, lightweight, and surprisingly stable. I use it for my slider and if I’m already using the other two I have.

Timelapse stuff:

Alpine Labs Radian – Motorized pan and tilt motion control device that I can control from my phone. It’s small enough to throw in my back and really adds to the dynamic of a timelapse.

Revolve Camera motorized slider – Affordable solution for timelapse and video. Easy setup, but lacks control. It’s a continuous type controller and I have to guess how long it will slide for when shooting longer timelapses.

Filters:

Tiffen 3-stop ND filter: Couldn’t shoot seascapes without it. Allows me to get long exposures.
B+W UV filters: Protects the front lens element from sea spray and prevents it from fogging up.
K&F Concept variable ND filter: Cheap filter for shooting wide open for video. It works well enough.

Other stuff:

KimWipes Delicate Task Wipers – One of the most absorbent wipes. These are very handy for wiping down the lens when water gets splashed on it. Before this, I was using my shirt to wipe the lens. I missed many good shots because it takes so long for the shirt to absorb all the water, especially when you shirt is soaking wet too.

Lighting – 3x Yongnuo YN-560 III flashes, flash trigger, stands, and umbrellas. Essential portrait tools for shaping light.

DJI Ronin-M – Maybe a waste of money? I don’t use it that much, but I hope to! Amazing for smooth video. Could be usable for hyperlapses. I need to get more practice using it, especially for pacing my hyperlapses.

Evecase Extra Large DSLR Bag – Good bag to hold all my equipment for day hikes. Questionable durability, but that’s what I get for an $80 bag.

Lowepro Event Messenger 150– Small bag that doesn’t stand out. Great for places where I can drive to the location and I don’t need all my equipment. It can comfortably hold 2 bodies and three lenses. I primarily use it when I go to shoot seascapes.

Osprey Aether 60 Hiking Bag – Great for backpacking trips, very comfortable, and holds a decent amount.

Custom built windows computer – Core I7 4970k, GTX 1060, 32GB RAM, SSD main and HDD storage, NZXT H440, Dell U2412M.

Yes, but not quite like what it implies. I use it to blend bracketed photos in situations where my camera can’t capture the whole range of light in a single exposure (sunrises / sunsets). I also use it to selectively adjust the contrast and color. I don’t use it to move or resize objects. I don’t add anything to my images that aren’t already there. My photos rely on good compositions and lighting. I can’t make a bad photo look good in Photoshop, but I can make a good photo look great. You can see exactly how I edit my photos here.
Lightroom: Great for organizing my photos, initial photo edits, and editing timelapses.
Photoshop: I use it to edit all my still photos. Very powerful!
Premiere: Video editing
LRTimelapse: Creating timelapse transitions
After Effects: Compiling timelapse sequences, and some special editing

I specialize in landscape and timelapse photography. I also have experience with portrait photography and real estate photography. I’ll pretty much take on any job you have for me, given that I’m reasonably compensated.

Yes! Please support a broke college student. You can find buy photos here. Contact me for special requests.