A shot from my macro photography class with Aubrey Hord at The Hui No’eau Visual Arts Center. This is my third class with Aubrey this summer. I’ve learned so much from her. She is an enthusiastic instructor who is able to break down the technical basics of the different settings in manual and how those settings work together. We’ve also done a number of exercises to enhance our technical knowledge, play with composition and get our creative juices flowing. The classes have been just the right mix of classroom presentation, interaction and shooting at one of my favorite places on Maui, the Hui. Beautiful architecture, flowers, bamboo, art supplies and vintage pieces are the perfect backdrop to apply what we’ve learned in class.
Photography is a new interest for me and I love it. I adore capturing Maui No Ka Oi on film but most of all I appreciate how having a camera in my hand changes my perspective completely. Details, objects, nature and lighting are all factors I notice now. I also find myself wondering how my view from a different angle would change what I see in front of me.
Aubrey Hord is a Maui wedding, portrait and fine art photographer. Her story inspires me. Photography is a second career for her. Although she had an interest in photography for most of her life, just prior to going pro, she took three months to shoot all day all over the island. Her focus was to chase the sun, follow the light and hone her craft. You can view her wedding/portrait work here and a gallery of her other work including fine art here.
I’ve been spending my vacation balance this year on a staycation with education being the focus. Although I am feeling a bit of wanderlust since I haven’t left Maui for almost a year I am enjoying my decision to stay put and enjoy the opportunities right here at home. How do you like to spend your staycation?