Capturing mixing business with pleasure with the Fuji X system

Our trip around The Big Island of Hawaii [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm ƒ/4, ISO 200, ƒ/7.1, 1/400 – Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT]
Just last week Dorie and I enjoyed our trip to The Big Island of Hawaii where I was teaching for Dennis Fahringer’s School of Photography 1 at the University of Nations.

We enjoyed our time seeing the sights of the island.

Dorie offered so many families to take their picture around the island. [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm ƒ/4, ISO 200, ƒ/7.1, 1/300]
No matter where we went others were touring as well and Dorie was offering to take their pictures for them.

Dorie takes family picture inside the Volcano National Park at the Thurston Lava Tube entrance. [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm ƒ/4, ISO 2000, ƒ/4, 1/100]
South Point Beach [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm ƒ/4, ISO 200, ƒ/8, 1/250]
There are safe viewing areas for most of the beauty of Hawaii, but there are also dangerous spots marked due to people who have died in those locations doing what they tell you not to do.

South Point Beach [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm ƒ/4, ISO 200, ƒ/8, 1/125]
Now for our trip around the Island I was carrying two cameras and three lenses.

Fuji X-E2, Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm, 18-55mm & 55-200mm.

With the 55-200mm on the Fuji X-E3 I was able to get good video of the Volcano at sunset.

This is the Halema‘uma‘u Crater inside of Hawaii Volcano National Park on the Big Island of Hawaii [Fuji X-E3, 55-200mm, ISO 640, ƒ/6.4, 1/12]
Shooting with the Fuji the 200mm is a 300mm due to the sensor is a cropped sensor.

My friend Tom Butler, coffee farmer on the Big Island of Hawaii. Tom sells the incredible 100% Kona coffee. [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm ƒ/4, ISO 200, ƒ/4, 1/250 – Godox V860IIN + Godox X1NT]
We stopped and visited with my friend Tom Butler a coffee farmer. His coffee won 2nd best in the cupping contest for Kona coffee. If you want some great 100% Kona coffee you can go to his website http://paradisefoundhawaii.com.

This is taken on S Point Rd on the Big Island of Hawaii overlooking PalihåUke’Uke. [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm ƒ/4, ISO 200, ƒ/8, 1/600]
The main reason I am shooting with the Fuji on the trip around the Island and not the Nikon D5 is the weight and size. I wanted a compact system.

The Hawai‘i Police Department’s Tip-A-Cop is a coordinated project to raise awareness and funds for athletes of Special Olympics Hawaiʻi. During the project, off-duty officers—”Celebrity Servers”—volunteer department employees and Special Olympics personnel will greet customers, waiting tables and serving patrons at Ken’s House of Pancakes in Hilo, Hawaii. [Fuji X-E3, 10-20mm ƒ/4, ISO 5000, ƒ/4, 1/100]
I was able to take wonderful photos in almost every kind of light on our trip. One of the stops I always make is to Ken’s House of Pancakes in Hilo.

Hawaii Tropical Botanical Gardens [Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 6400, ƒ/8, 1/80]
Another of our stops that we made and we had been there before 12 years ago was the Hawaii Tropical Gardens near Hilo.

Cat Whiskers White Orthosiphon Arisatus Butterfly at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo, Hawaii. [Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 200, ƒ/4, 1/200]
Waterfalls at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo, Hawaii. [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm, ISO 640, ƒ/22, 1/8]
Looking up at the trees at the Hawaii Tropical Botanical Garden near Hilo, Hawaii. [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm, ISO 320, ƒ/4, 1/100]
The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. Photographed at the Hawaii Tropical Gardens. [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm, ISO 200, ƒ/4, 1/140]
The Orchidaceae are a diverse and widespread family of flowering plants, with blooms that are often colourful and fragrant, commonly known as the orchid family. Along with the Asteraceae, they are one of the two largest families of flowering plants. Photographed at the Hawaii Tropical Gardens. [Fuji X-E2, 18-55mm, ISO 320, ƒ/4, 1/100]
We also celebrated my birthday at Kona Brewery where the entire restaurant sang Happy Birthday to me.

Stanley’s Birthday dinner at Kona Brewery. [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm, ISO 12800, ƒ/5, 1/70]
Dorie enjoyed the beaches while I was teaching Lighting and Business Practices to the School of Photography at the University of Nations.

The photo studio we setup for the school. [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm, ISO 3200, ƒ/4, 1/100]
While I taught students how to shoot in a photo studio I also took them on location for lighting class.

Photographing Island Breeze Dancer Victoria Taimane Kaopua at the Old Kona Airport beach. [Fuji X-E3, 10-24mm, IS 200, ƒ/4, 1/480] photo by Dorie Griggs
As you can see we had lots of fun.

One of the students wanted to know how I stay inspired and going to Hawaii and seeing all the beauty of the island and the people is one of the ways I stay inspired.

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