YEAR IN REVIEW
Hot Shots 2004
As each year draws to a close, we ask our photographers to select a favorite image from the past 12 months. Some are artistic and fun, others represent the serious news of the day. All of them underscore the importance of pictures in the work that a newspaper does day after day.
April 26, 2004
- I call this shot "Three Guys in a Barrel." Surfbreaks around Oahu have become increasingly crowded and hectic. This photo of three surfers at Ala Moana "Bowls" sums up the problem. The first large south swell of the season had peaked on this day, with epic conditions.
Cindy Ellen Russell
Feb. 28, 2004
- Making a news image that tells a story and is also artful is one of the most challenging aspects for a photojournalist. In this picture, Tracie Saiki-Laa looked out the window of Alvin Matsushima's Waianae home which was flooded during heavy rains in February. Every year Matsushima and his family endure the inevitable flooding. The element that makes this image visually interesting is the positioning of the women on the television. They appear to be looking, too.
Oct. 13, 2004
- This shot almost didn't happen. Arriving at Magic Island an hour before the eclipse, I walked all over looking for a position that would give me a well-composed shot. I thought I had something, but 10 minutes before the show was to begin I realized the sun would set behind a tree. I moved to another spot, but suddenly a sunset dinner cruise ship pulled right in front of me. I moved again and managed to pull off the shot just before the sun hit the horizon.
Craig T. Kojima
Aug. 25, 2004
- Sometimes I photograph the people I work with. Advertiser photographer Jeff Widener was busy on this day at Honolulu Police Department headquarters photographing some of the 300 policemen monitoring the funeral motorcade for officer Issac Veal. Veal was killed in a traffic accident while responding to an emergency call.
March 20, 2004
- The 193rd Aviation company was preparing to deploy to Afghanistan. Family and friends saw them off at Wheeler Air Base. This emotional shot shows two women saying goodbye to their fiances. Jercel Esprecion holds Bryan Redor's hand, front, while Tiffany Alameta kisses the hand of her fiance, Darin Pa-Toilolo, before the bus leaves. These emotional send-offs emphasize how much the troops, their families and friends sacrifice for us. I thank them all.
George F. Lee
April 9, 2004
- Charlotte Schaefers was just 5 years old when she drowned in a rain catchment pond at Pearl City Peninsula Housing. Children from the area paid tribute to her, releasing balloons during a community remembrance.
Jan. 19, 2004
- This day was supposed to be "Big Monday," but the surf didn't turn out to be as big as predicted. Still, Hizson Lin-Kee, 13, made the most of the in-shore breaks at Waimea Bay that morning. There's something intriguing about the magic of still photography: By preserving that moment in time, Hizson will forever be slicing cleanly into the face of that wave.