Take a drive around the Kakaako area and you will likely to see the Creativity of Pow! Wow! as lot of painting is going on. While the festivities for Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2018 has been going on for the last week, the painting has recently begun. Visit their headquarters at Lana Lane Studios and you will feel the buzz that this annual event creates. There are so many gifted artists contributing to this event that you can’t help but feel inspired as you walk around the streets and watch them creating their art. Most of them are very friendly and enjoy answering any questions that you may ask. My suggestion is just to be considerate as they are working and are under a time constraint.

The art of these Pow! Wow! artists become the subject for a photographer. The process they go through is also something that I find enjoyable to capture. I’ll be walking around in the neighborhood during the next few days and this is what so I thought I would share with you the gear that I intend to use.

  • Canon 5DS R
  • Canon 24mm Tilt-Shift lens
  • Canon 16-35mm f/4L IS lens
  • Canon 70-200mm f/2.8L IS II lens
  • Breakthrough circular polarizer
  • Really Right Stuff carbon fiber tripod

Really, any wide angle lens will do for this event. But I’ve recently been learning about tilt-shift lenses and what I really enjoy about these types of lenses is that there is no barrel distortion or converging verticals. Hooray for not having to correct all this in the post! I’ll be bringing along the 70-200mm lens so I can stay away from the paint spray and splatter, yet get some nice close-ups of the artists as they work. Think along the lines of their expressions as they create or the actions of their hands as their vision becomes reality. Those little details are so important to the entire story of their work. I will use the circular polarizer in the event that I see glare on any of the walls so the colors will become nicely saturated instead of reflecting light back at me. The tripod, while not a necessity, will be with me so I can easily manipulate the tilt-shift lens. Hawaii Camera has quite the variety of lenses to help you capture any shot you wish. Give them a call or drop by the store!

For more information on Pow! Wow! Hawaii 2018 visit their website:


While you’re in Kakaako, start to familiarize yourself with the area because Hawaii Camera and Glenn Yoza will be doing a workshop here on Sunday, February 18, at 3:00 pm. Glenn’s “Working with Models Made Easy” workshop will teach you the basics of photographing a model with these beautiful new murals as a background. To sign up, please click on the link below:


Pow! Wow! Hawaii is an event I look forward to every year. I enjoy photographing it immensely but I’ve come to understand that the real enjoyment is getting to know these artists and understanding what is going on this piece they are creating. I’ll be dropping by here and there in the next few days. You can probably find me hanging around two of my favorite artists: Solomon Enos and Gary Draws Fish. Hope to see you there!

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