Sonja went to Hawaii in April and only used her film camera. Here are some of the images that she captured. Portra 160 + 1 if you are interested. None of these images have been edited.
Sonja here! Just a little note about this year's trip to Hawaii, which I'm now determined to make a yearly thing. There's really nothing better than leaving the slushy, snowy, cold, wishy-washy spring of Colorado for the "off-season" of 78° sunny days and warm nights in Hawaii. Getting to share this beautiful place with my sister and her hubby, along with my adorable parents made this trip even more meaningful. Also, the fact that all the film was lost from my LAST trip to Hawaii, I needed some more images to bring home with me. I'm still not over the loss of that film - I probably never will be - but I'm trying to move on and not think of it rolling around on the floor of the post office, or shoved in a trashcan somewhere, undeveloped and lonely. *sobbing quietly to myself*
ANYWAY- I didn't take as many photos as I normally do on trips- I think sometimes shooting exclusively in film really slows me down, and makes me hesitant to photograph too much - which feels like a bad thing, but then when I get the film back I realize I took just enough photos, and I wouldn't trade it for a million digital images. (although I'm pretty sure I do have one meeelion photos on my phone...)
We had a small scare with a GIANT cane spider, which traumatized my sister, but hopefully made her stronger, and took a very wet hike across the caldera in Volcanoes National Park. We toured coffee plantations, ate at Super J's (the BEST authentic Hawaiian restaurant I've eaten at so far), watched the sun set over the rocks in downtown Kona (ROCKS!), ate DELICIOUS malasadas (Hawaiian doughnuts), spent a day on a white sands beach, snorkeled in the clearest water, and enjoyed cocktails (or MOCKTAILS FOR SOME) on our lanai every night, counting the geckos (and watching out for more spiders... luckily we got all of those sightings out of the way on our first night- yiiikes!) and the surfers.
I left Max at home for this one because I found a super cheap flight for myself and basically crashed my sister and bro-in-law's trip that they had planned already - but I'm already flight-searching for next year when we can hopefully both go. Also, he got to go to Mexico and do a bunch of fun fishing in Florida and I stayed at home for both of those, so it all works out in the end.
There's something special about Hawaii. It's a magical place, and I feel like a different person when I'm there, and a new person when I return to Colorado. I can't really describe it with words, so I guess the pictures will have to do. Enjoy!