Saturday, June 24, 2017

A re-shoot

When we were on Maui this last time I went back to re-shoot this shot because I thought I could do better. I used a fisheye lens this time and laid several shots in on top of each other to make it an HDR image.

It's about time for our big move. Our shipping container showed up yesterday and we should have it loaded and ready to go by next Wednesday. Our plan is to Leave on Thursday and spend a week driving to California where we will put our pick up on a boat and us and the dogs on a plane and head to paradise.

I'm hoping to be able to post some photos of our trip to California along the way but all I will have with me is the Nikon point and shoot. I left all of my other cameras and lenses in Hawai'i this last trip so they would be there when I got there. 

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Looking for Crackers

There's always a surprise along the road to Hana.  We came across these two sitting on a fence in the middle of nowhere while we were driving.

Monday, June 19, 2017

A Fence with Flare

I came across this fence in the little town of Pa'ia on the windward side of Maui our last trip.  I had to use the fisheye lens to get it all in the frame.

There are a few of these surfboard fences on Maui and I plan on finding them all. I might even attempt to actually surf one day or maybe just photograph surfers from the water, I'm not sure which would be safer.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Banff NP.

Not sure you have experience photographing in -20F before, and wind chill around -40F.  The scenery looks peaceful!  But, it's soooooo cold that your camera starting acting slowly, and the camera battery getting weak that the shutter won't open for you....

Monday, June 12, 2017

Taking a breath

I found a new little beach spot on Maui this last trip that I never knew about before. I will be returning there soon because of the turtles. We watched for about an hour while 15 turtles floated around in the surf eating off the reef. 

I didn't have my underwater gear with me or I would have been in the water. Next time I will be prepared!

Friday, June 9, 2017

Just Me!

I told my wife that if I die, displace the 1st. picture at my funeral.  I think that's a little weird, but what do you think?

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

A wave goodbye

We are headed back to the mainland today but just for four weeks. We'll have enough time to pack what we are bringing into a container, drive to California, get on a plane to return to paradise and begin a new chapter in our life.

Monday, June 5, 2017

A Painter at work

This is a local painter on Maui during a day at work. We ran into Carleton in Kihei while he was working on his latest painting and he graciously allowed us to take some photos.
This particular painting is now finished, framed and hanging in a gallery in Lahaina waiting for some lucky person to buy it. We were thinking about making that purchase ourselves but at $4600 it was just a little out of our price range!

Sunday, June 4, 2017

sunset sail

Just another one of those Hawaiian sunsets. They never get old!!

Saturday, June 3, 2017

Hanging loose in Hawaii

I don't do well on boats that are on the ocean and I'm scared of heights so what do I let my wife talk me into? Parasailing!
I have to admit it was a good experience but I probably won't do it again. LOL
This is a shot of Maui from 400 feet above the ocean. Any more shots like this will come from a drone so I can stand safely on the ground!

Friday, June 2, 2017

Aloha form Maui!
We've been here almost two weeks and I'm just now getting around to taking some photos.
We have found a house, bought a car, got all of the ultilities and insurance in place and are ready to go. Now it's back to the mainland to finish packing and make the final move in 4 weeks.

Monday, May 22, 2017

The "eyes" have it


Well, not quite yet. We're headed to the island tomorrow to find a house (and take some photos!)

Hopefully once we find a place I will have time to post some photos of Maui. We've never been to Hawai'i during the summer so it will be interesting to see the difference.

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Early morning rain

Even when it rains in Hawai'i it looks great!

This is a storm over the island of Moloka'i about 7:00 in the morning. By the time I had my coffee and headed for the ocean the storm was over and the sun was shining bright.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Rainbow Eucalyptus Tree

I think I may have posted a version of this before. I am reworking a few photos to get them ready to print onto metal and I have to say, this one looks FANTASTIC on the metal! 

This is actual how these trees look in the wild. I hope you are ready for Hawai'i photos every week because it won't be long before that's all I have to post.

I know, poor me!! LOL

Sunday, April 23, 2017

Chasing Squirrels

So a few days ago I had my two dogs and my Son's dog out for a walk. We had just left the house and were only 100 feet behind my little work shop when my Son's dog ran 20 feet into the woods chasing Squirrels I assumed... Until I saw this up the tree, maybe 30 feet from where I was with the other two dogs!

Nice kitty... Stay kitty...

Thursday, April 20, 2017

Hey Paul,  Could you text me or email me at ***-***-**** or Quynh.l********.com.  I'm coming in your way in this summer.  Thanks

Sunday, April 16, 2017

It's Spring!

The dogwoods are blooming and the other trees are finally getting some leaves on them. Before long everything will be lush and green.

Just in time for me to pack up and leave!  Besides being sick for about a month which kept me from posting, the last few months my wife and I have been selling what we can and packing the rest for a move to Hawai'i. We finally got tired of thinking about it and decided to go and not look back.

We will be Kama'aina, pronounced ka-ma-EYE-na,
 (Hawaiian for local) by this summer.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Sunrise over Haleakala

This was taken from a boat in the ocean about 7:00 a.m. in the morning. I was headed out to see if the whales would be active and while waiting for the whales I took a few shots of the sunrise.

In Hawai'i I think the sunsets are better than the sunrises but then again, I don't like to get up early that much!

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Feeling gloomy

I apologize for the lack of photos over the last two weeks. I ended up with the "crud" which kept me in bed for several days and that in turn, put me behind at work by several days which created a chain reaction of being behind in everything else.

Friday, March 10, 2017

A panorama of Lahaina

I took this photo about a third of the way up the side of one of the volcanoes on Maui looking back towards the island of Lana'i and over the top of the town of Lahaina. I was hoping for a better sunset but all in all it still wasn't bad. You just don't get bad sunsets on Maui!

This is 11 shots taken vertically and then stitched together in Photoshop.

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Taking a nap

I came across this turtle taking a nap one day while I was out snorkeling.

From the surface of the water I could see a small cave about 12 feet down so I took a deep breath and swam down to take a peek inside. I was surprised to find the honu (Hawaiian green sea turtle) laying on the sandy bottom getting some rest. He was all the way to the back, apparently so some idiot tourist like myself wouldn't bother him.

I snapped a few photos and then headed back to the surface to get some air. I found a couple of small caves like this in the same area and they both had turtles resting in them. I will definitely be going back!

Friday, March 3, 2017


This really was a relaxing moment. 

All I had to do was sit back and enjoy my cocktail because my wife was taking the photos during this sunset. She has a new Nikon D750 and this trip to Hawai'i was her first chance to really get out and use it some.

Now I just have to see if I have the patience to teach her all of the bells and whistles!

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Making a splash

I've had a chance to look through some photos again so you will be getting some more Hawai'i photos this week.

I'm always impressed by the whales and I tell every one that asks me about going to Hawai'i, especially Maui, you should go during the winter when the whales are there. For land lubbers like myself, it's a real treat!

Monday, February 27, 2017

Feel the warmth...


Like a bucket of ice water in the face, any illusions of an early spring were quickly dispelled this morning when we woke to THIS... The winter that just won't quit. UGH! 😬

Friday, February 24, 2017

Scenes from Hardy Bay...

Some recent scenes from Hardy Bay.

Twin Peaks

Maybe I could have used that lens you found Paul to see to the top!

Hawai'i never stops amazing me. I'm ready to do some more exploring!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Ok Ron you asked for it!

Not quite 3600 mm but pretty darn close, and for $179.95 and free shipping you can't go wrong!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Soaking in the sun!

We're starting to see the first signs of spring over here on the West Coast of Canada. 

Saturday, February 18, 2017

Up, up and away!

Another color photograph that came out B&W. Guess that's what happens when you shoot at really bright scenes...😎

Friday, February 17, 2017

From under the sea

Don't ask me, I don't know what kind of fish this is and I can't find my fish book!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Picnic spot

If I had thought ahead and brought some food this would have been a great place to have some lunch!

Sunday, February 12, 2017

Look what I found :)

Always a nice treat to find flowers popping up, especially this time of year!

Saturday, February 11, 2017

My first model shoot

Cheryl and I were sitting on our lanai one morning drinking coffee and this lovely lady came out on to the grass and was trying to take her own photo with a point and shoot on a small tripod.

We watched her for a couple of minutes and my wife said I should go down to the beach and offer to take some shots for her, and I always do what my wife tells me! LOL

Her name is Pat, she is a body builder form Nevada and she was more than happy for me to take some photos with my "fancy" camera. I took about 100 shots and was able to get 6-8 good ones out of the bunch.  

The wind was blowing pretty good so it was hard to get shots without her hair blowing into her face or looking like a hurricane was coming.  I could have used a little fill flash but I hardly ever take my flash to Hawai'i and this was one of the years I didn't. These were taken early in the morning before the sun had gotten over the top of  the volcano so it was still a little dark.

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Another sunset in Paradise

Yep, I can look at these every day!

It's been cloudy, dark and cold here ever since we got back and the longer it stays that way the less happy I am. 

It's amazing how much a little bit of sunshine can change your mood!