I recently visited the island Maui, which if you don’t know already is an island surround by clear blue water, and covered with lush green forests. To explore everything that this paradise has to offer, both on the land and below the water, would take months. While I only had a week and a half I still had the opportunity to see some of the amazing sights that are offered. Here are a few images that barely scratch the surface to how beautiful this island is.
Sea Turtles, Maui HI
Sea Turtles, Maui HI
Hana Road, Maui HI
The following were all taken on 4×5 film using Kodak TMax 100 and the all new to me Kodak Ektar 100. The new Kodak Ektar 100 worked flawlessly, good contrast and vibrant colors were achieved, closely mimicking slide film that I am used to.
Red Sands Beach, Maui HI
Ho’okipa Beach, Maui HI
Sunset, Maui HI
Haleakalā National Park, Maui HI
As the years have gone by I have noticing a trend increase where companies and clients, both large to individuals have been trying to locate photographers that would work for free. What is the reason that this is becoming more common?
Are we as photographers being devalued? When I am hired on as a photographer or someone purchases one of my prints, a lot of work goes into each one, my time, equipment, knowledge and material should be compensated for.
For example my prints, while I hear from people that my prices seems expensive for a print, do not realize what goes into getting that image. First each picture has been carefully planned and scouted to know time of day and weather conditions are needed for that specific scene. Then comes the fun part when the day comes to carry my 40+ lbs of gear to the spot I have chosen to finally capture the scene I had envisioned in my head. After that the job is still not complete since there is developing, scanning, printing, matting and framing that needs to be done to get to the final product.
The same goes for when I am photographing a client. I have to carefully find locations that will convey the message that they are trying to portray. I then have to work around schedules and weather (especially up here in the Pacific Northwest). To make that image happen it takes my knowledge, thousands of dollars worth of equipment and all the other things that go along with a business.
Whether the photographer is starting out or a seasoned photographer a lot of time and money goes into their craft. This is not a rant or complaint, this is a message to all looking to hire a photographer. I know that no matter what your profession is, you will not work for free, so why is it that we should be expected to. We deserve the compensation that allows us to live and continue making the images that brought you to us in the first place.
So to all please respect our trade and livelihood and pay your photographer what they deserve. There are photographers of all budgets out there and many different choices allowing you to choose based on your needs. Thank you to all.
Cassie Franklin is running for Mayor of Everett WA and held a fundraiser event at the Loft Coffee Bar in downtown Everett. I had the opportunity to photograph this event that filled this coffee shop to capacity.
With an early start hours before the sun made its appearance I was on my way to Palouse Falls. The road that leads you through the small towns along the way were twisty with deer waiting on both sides deciding whether to jump out in front of you.
Once arriving at Palouse Falls it all was instantly worth it. The falls and gorge were revealed as the sun slowly crept above the horizon. The pounding roar of the water after its 200 ft drop was deafening. It was a rush to set up the Toyo large format camera up in time before the sun entered the scene, but narrowly beat it and got the shot that I had envisioned.
After spending some time at Palouse Falls I began the 60 mile journey to Steptoe Butte through the vast rolling hills. There was so much to see along the way, but had to maintain focus so that I would be able to catch the morning light. The climb up to the top of Steptoe Butte was an amazing sight as you began to see the expanse of the region with nothing blocking your view. Upon reaching the top I was engulfed in clouds unable to see no further than the edge of the mountain. It was a great moment of solitude as no one else was there that day. As I began my decent I was able to capture some great images to show the lengths you can see from the viewpoints.
After man hours on the road and seeing the magnificent landscapes I began my journey to my final destination for the night, Spokane WA. While Spokane is smaller then alot of the cities I am used to there were no shortage of places to check out and do. Be sure to stay tuned for my 3rd and final day of my eastern Washington Trip. Thanks.
Hit the road to begin exploring Eastern Washington. The first day was a challenge due to a late start and endless rain. But despite all of it ended up finding a few good spots and planning many more for day 2. Stay tuned for more updates.
Started the trip out right with a stop at Zekes Drive-in located Sultan WA and making a new friend named Angel that continuously tried to steal my food.
While exploring the town of Lind WA came across this abandoned building. I look forward to developing all of the film when I get back.
Dead of Night is a series that I have been working on over the past few years. I have always been drawn to the way buildings are lit and at the same time hidden by shadow at night. It creates a sense of mystery and danger when you are not able to fully see what could be lurking in the shadows. Enjoy the video showing a collection of my work from the series. For the full images they can be found HERE. Thank You!
After a long time of saying that I was going to start a blog, I finally did it. Keep posted for future stories of trip reports, gear, and news of other photographers. Thanks for checking it out.
Until then you can check out my website Josh Elchin Photography for my portfolio.