Andy and I would like to extend a HUGE thanks to the Maui Photo Festival crew for making this event so memorable. We also had a great time interacting with the Festival goers and students. The weather was perfect, the food was yummy, the customer service was amazing and the people were more than friendly. It couldn't have gotten any better!
During our time at the Festival, we also met some wonderful workshop teachers too.
We flew with the Blue Hawaiian Helicopter service for our aerial photography class. The pilot was brilliant and very accommodating too. This picture was taking shortly after landing from our third group.
I have to take a moment to mention a very special person. His name is Scott Bourne and I have to admit, I really like him. Although, I bet I would be hard pressed to find anyone who didn't get along with him. He is genuine, affable and downright awesome. He's also an Army veteran (11 Bravo) and I tip my hat to him for his dedication and service.
Okay, so there's more to Scott then being a great guy and all smiles-- he's truly talented behind the camera. What's more is he is not afraid to share his knowledge. If you get a chance, sign up for his blog or check out his workshop tour.
Another very nice and talented gentleman I met was Rick Sammon. He's a Canon Explorer of Light and also does a lot of teaching. I really enjoyed his presentation about his travels and his positive energy which seemed to radiate around him. Nice guy for sure!
Andy and I sat in the middle of the helicopter and guided the novice aerial photographers at the craft. The doorless helicopter made the experience ultra-enjoyable and gave the photographers a 180 degree view of the island. I feel it was a BIG success. The students made some wonderful pictures and I was really happy to see their glowing expressions upon landing!
The interior of the hotel. Open air and really neat.
Of course, I cannot forget to mention Eli Reed. What a beautiful person and such a dedicated friend. I met Eli, who is a Magnum photographer, at the annual DoD Photography Workshop several years ago. I have stayed in touch with him since and consider Eli a friend for life. Eli is thoughtful about everything from his friends to his photographs. He is so dedicated and committed to the craft that I wonder how he has time for himself. But, that is just who he is....a wonder.
Now I'd like to share with you some of the pictures I made during my whirlwind Maui adventure. I hope that you join us next year (in October) for the next Maui Photo Festival.
Everyone really treated us like gold and there was such a positive atmosphere for learning. The locals were so welcoming and the other presenters were very knowledgeable. I'd like to thank Randy Jay Braun for really making me feel welcome and Andy Katz for making me laugh. Though I didn't mention everyone by name, I really do appreciate everyone that was involved in this event! Mahalo!
In the words of Andy, "The Maui Photo Festival is a great place to meet great friends and to make great pictures!"
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