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ALOHA, I’M RAIATEA!

I was born and raised on the Big Island of Hawai’i. Growing up in Hawai’i allowed me to gain a first-hand appreciation for our beaches, waters, forests, mountains, our ‘āina. I found a passion for landscape photography in high school and have pursued all sorts of photography since then. Now I specialize in real estate and vacation rental photography, and do landscapes and timelapse for fun. I’m currently attending The University of Hawai’i at Hilo for a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration.

Need real estate or vacation rental photos? Or landscape and timelapse photogaphy? I’d be happy to work with you!

FAQ:

What equipment do I use?

Cameras:

Sony a6000, Sony a7S , Sony a7 III

Lenses:

Full Frame:
Sony 24-105 f/4, Sony Zeiss 16-35 f/4, Sony 28-70mm, Sony Zeiss 70-200 f/4, Rokinon 14mm, Rokinon 24mm, Sony 28mm f/2.0, Sony Zeiss 55mm f/1.8, Nikon 500mm f/8 Reflex, Olympus 200mm f/5

Crop:
Rokinon 12mm, Sony 16-50mm, Sony 55-210mm

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.

Slik Pro 723CFL legs + Sirui K-20X ball head – My workhorse for real estate and vacation rental photography.

Sllik Pro 614CF legs  + Sirui C-10X ball head – My ultimate lightweight tripod.

Sirui T025X legs + Sirui C-10S ball head – Good all around lightweight setup.

Timelapse stuff:

Syrp Genie Mini

Filters:

Tiffen 3-stop ND filter: Couldn’t shoot seascapes without it. Allows me to get long exposures.
Tiffen Circular Polarizer: Makes waterfall photos look really good.

Other stuff:

Lighting – Paul C Buff Einstein and DigiBee, Yongnuo YN-560 III flashes, flash triggers, stands, and umbrellas.

Bags – Mindshift Backlight 26l, Lowepro Event Messenger 150, Osprey Aether 60 Hiking Bag

Custom built windows computer – Core I7 4970k, GTX 1060, 32GB RAM, SSD main and HDD storage, NZXT H440 Case, BenQ BL2711U 4k Monitor.

Do I photoshop my photos?

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. If I ever composite my photos, I will mention it in the description. I strive to 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.

What software do I use?

Lightroom: Great for organizing my photos, initial photo edits, and editing timelapses.
Photoshop: I use it to edit all my still photos.
Premiere: Video editing
LRTimelapse: Creating timelapse transitions
After Effects: Compiling timelapse sequences, and some special editing