W. M. Keck Observatory - The Impossible Telescope, Big Island Hawaii by Ethan Tweedie

This is such an amazing film about an amazing team of some of the brightest individuals ever assembled to create the W.M. Keck Observatory here on the Big Island of Hawaii. 

W.M. Keck Observatory writes: “W. M. Keck Observatory takes a journey through time, honoring the past, celebrating the present, and inspiring the future. This film highlights the vision, mission, and evolution of the most scientifically impactful optical/infrared twin telescopes on Earth, as told through the lenses of the people who are part of the Observatory’s history and experienced the trials, tribulations, and successes of building what was once called ‘The Impossible Telescope.’”

I am so proud to have met so many of these amazing people and had the opportunity to work with them capturing images for the Observatory!  Mahalo Andrea Ghez, Andrew Cooper, Ron Laub, Taft Armandroff,  Barbara Schaefer, Hilton A. Lews, Debbie Goodwin, Joan Cambell, Cindy Chong, Steve Jefferson, Leslie Kissner, Gregory Wirth, Pete Tucker, Sandra Faber, Gavin Sebastian, Pieter van Dokkum, Noelani Nitz, Eric Appleby, Carol and Clive Davies, Joseph Gargiulo, Margaret Cookie Holley, Truman Wold.

To see some of my images from the W.M. Keck Observatory, please click here

Vacation Rental Photography - Latest Photoshoot for Inspirato Luxury Vacation Rentals by Ethan Tweedie

Our latest photoshoot was on the Big Island of Hawaii for a company called Inspirato, they are a leading luxury hospitality company that manages, staffs, and maintains an exclusive collection of branded luxury vacation homes.  

The home we photographed is located in the heart of the Waikoloa Beach Resort on a beachfront setting called Kolea which is a gated community right on Anaehoʻomalu Bay on the stunning Kohala/Kona Coast. The first thing you see when you enter the home is the gorgeous blue water of the Pacific Ocean. You can certainly enjoy the pool and Jacuzzi or just a short walk from the home is the white sands of Anaehoʻomalu Beach where you can relax on the beach, swim, snorkel etc or explore the Petroglyphs steps away from the house.  

We were blessed with gorgeous sunny skies most of the day and to our surprise a rare light rain cloud came over the house and created this giant rainbow right at sunset!!

If you are need of Luxury Vacation Rental photographer please give me a call or email me for a quote.  We serve all of the Hawaii islands including Kauai, Oahu, Maui and the Big Island.








The Beach Shack at Kalahiki, South Kona, Big Island Hawaii by Ethan Tweedie

The Beach Shack at Kalahiki, South Kona, Big Island Hawaii - Nanea Studios Inc and Rhoady Lee Architecture & Design. Kalahiki is an off-grid beach shack on the south kona coast. Large makai lanai is outdoor living area. Louvered windows and large doors mauka and makai control air flow.

Waikiki 2019 First South Swell by Ethan Tweedie

I got back to Honolulu just in time for the first big South Swell, Waikiki Beach was going off at around 6 to 10 feet. Although the swell was inconsistent some nice sets rolled through and it was fun to fly the Mavic Pro 2 and get some shots of the surf below. You can’t beat the backdrop of the Royal Hawaiian!

ARCHITECTURE + INTERIORS PHOTOGRAPHY - Business and Photography Techniques for Commercial Photography Workshop COMPLETED by Ethan Tweedie

What an amazing 6 days we had, 24 students signed up for my workshop and we covered the following topics: 

  • Gear talk - Lenses, Lights, Modifiers, Camera Tripods/Heads, Tethering, Tilt-Shift lenses

  • Using off camera flash with Profoto Lighting using the following – B1x, A1 and B10s

  • Compositions/How to use shadow and light to create compelling imagery

  • Window Pulls – getting the view out the window

  • Learn “The System” for shooting any space

  • Post Processing using Lightroom and Photoshop

  • Estimating and pricing (including cost sharing and licensing)

  • Working with commercial clients (Interior Designers, Builders, Contractors, etc)

  • Twilight Demo

  • Mark your calendars for next year!!  The unofficial dates for Texas School of Photography will be April 26ththrough May 1st 2020!

Here are some shots we took during the week and some behind the scenes shots!!  See you next year!

Hale Kahakai, Kukui’ula on the South Shore of Kauai - Pu’uwai Design + Build by Ethan Tweedie

This luxury home built and designed by Pu`uwai, Koloa’s Premier Design/Build Company in the Kukui’ula community on Kauai’s South shore takes a modern approach to tropical design.  Each bedroom opens up to the exterior lanai areas and both master suite bathrooms open to private courtyards and outdoor showers.  The infinity edge pool has a swim-up bar, aqua lounge area and seamless spa. 

Pu`uwai Design + Build hired us to photograph this gorgeous home to market their company, market as a luxury vacation rental, and list for sale.  We spent close to 3 days photographing this amazing home and it felt like photographing a piece of art, truly an amazing property Pu`uwai created. 

 I am grateful to Pu`uwai giving us close to three days to shoot at the house, the weather on Kauai in the winter can get tricky sometimes and on our last half day it rained almost non stop!  Lastly I want to thank Malia and Justin of Pu`uwai for letting us stay at the property, it saved a lot of time packing and unpacking all of our gear each day!  It truly was an amazing property to photograph, Mahalo!

Ethan specializes in photography for architects, interior designers, and the hospitality industry. Honolulu Hawaii | Kailua-Kona Hawaii | Austin Texas | 808-938-4665 | ethantweedie@gmail.com

Swimming with Humpback Whales - Kiholo, Big Island Hawaii by Ethan Tweedie

I had a job at a resort the morning I took this shot, I canceled the shoot because it was raining offshore and needed a shot of the view etc so instead of shooting I headed home to Waimea and saw that Kiholo Bay was pretty so I went down there and decided to fly my drone to get some shots.  As I was flying to the South I heard 2 whales breach almost simultaneously with a huge bang as they hit the water so I turned my drone towards their location hoping to catch some images of them.  By the time I got over to where they were, they had gone down below the surface.  So I went back towards the South side of the Bay as there was a kayaker and thought it would be neat to have a shot of him in the beautiful water.  As I approached the kayaker I then realized that a whale was swimming toward the kayaker and started taking pictures. The kayaker must have been amazed at this encounter while he floated next to his kayak and I could see him watching the Humpback whale and to my further astonishment a baby calf humpback with the mom!  When I captured the moment with my drone, I was shaking with excitement and so amazed, I was also hoping that I had captured the moment properly.  Mom and baby stayed quite close to the kayaker and gracefully swam past him!

When I got home I posted the image on Social Media to share this experience and later in the afternoon I got a call from an unknown person, I answered the phone and a man introduced himself as Jeffory Soto, he asked if I took the shot of him and the whale, I said yes!  I asked him how he found the image etc?   Here is what Jeffory wrote!

“I had a feeling it might be a special day when I launched my Hobie kayak near a rare Hawaii Monk Seal that was basking in the sun on Kiholo beach. There seemed to be a magical stillness about the ocean this morning so after only a few minutes of paddling, I slipped into the water. While floating next to the kayak, as I was listening to an underwater chorus of singing Humpback whales, I suddenly realized that a beautiful mother Humpback and her magnificent baby were swimming by. Their presence in the water gave me both a great sense of peacefulness and purpose. And somehow this extraordinary and deeply precious moment was a powerful reminder of the many gifts that nature has to offer humanity here in Hawaii. Wow… so the magic of this day wasn’t over yet. Soon thereafter my wife, Elisabeth Renner, who’s in Graz Austria received an email from our friend Andrea Rybar also in Graz.  She who found an awesome photo on a Facebook page which she forwarded to her with the comment… Jeffory? Yes, she replied it’s him as she could tell by my different colored fins. Elisabeth then called me very excitedly with this incredible news and promptly sent me the photograph. Honestly, to be able to look at this photo that was taken from above by Ethan Tweedie only 5 hours after this amazing experience with the mother and baby Humpbacks… made this a totally magical, somewhat mind-blowing and truly delightful day.”

Mahalo Ethan! 

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