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

Ahhhhhh....


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...


NOT! 

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!

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

A sunset in paradise


I didn't shoot too many sunsets this trip, not as many as I wanted to, that's for sure.

I did get a few so you will get to see "cocktail hour" a few times.

That is the island of Lana'i in that background. This just never gets old for me!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

On the links


It seems like there are about a hundred golf courses on Maui. I know there isn't that many but you seem to see them just about every where you go.

I used to play golf back in my younger days, when I didn't mind wondering around in the trees looking for my ball. Now I just take photos of the golf courses. I think that is much easier!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

Same view different days






I was transfering all the pictures off my cell phone to my computer and started noticing a number of pictures of the same view taken on different days over the space of a few months. (The last picture in this series is with my Nikon D7100 but of the same view so I threw it in as a bonus shot...) Makes for an interesting post if nothing else...

Light


I was headed through a patch of rain forest for a beach below one day to photograph surfers and the sun was making some really strong light beams through the canopy.  Since I was headed for the water I only had one lens with me and it didn't let me get the whole scene in because I couldn't zoom or step back far enough from the light.

Friday, February 3, 2017

Just another day in Paradise



This is one of the few sunsets I photographed this trip. I didn't take as many as usual but it was nice to just relax and watch the sun go down on some days, having a drink with our friends on the lanai.

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Just a little color


We went upcountry a few times this trip to get into more of the tropical forest area and I had a chance to photograph a few plants, including this Bird of Paradise.

I think there is a never ending supply of things to photograph in Hawai'i.

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Hawai'i Tails



I know Paul, Ho-Hum, just some whale tails. You see them all of the time up your way but...

How often do you see them with a Hawaiian island in the background! LOL

Tuesday, January 31, 2017

Crazy Storm


Anyone for a morning donut?

While out on my last boat ride the clouds started getting a little crazy and the boat captain said we were in for a "blow".

Man-O-Man was he right! A few hours later it started raining and then the winds came in and then the water activity came to a stand still. For the next two days we had 40-50 mph winds constantly through the day and night. No tourist activity boats were going out at all. The seas were high and rough and the palm trees were taking a beating. You couldn't even find a calm spot to go snorkeling.

I'm just glad it waited until after I got off the boat to start!

Monday, January 30, 2017

Sunrise Blow


This was taken around 7:30 a.m. as the sun was just peeking over the volcano. The island was still in shadow on this side but the sun was high enough and the whale was far enough off shore for the sunlight to light up the water spray.

Here's some whale trivia for you; the air and water from a whale blow is traveling at 300 miles per hour!

I can't wait to get back to Maui!!

Sunday, January 29, 2017

Perspective


This is not photoshopped! Just in case you were thinking that.

This is my friend Vern looking at the whales from the side of the boat while I was taking photos with my camera in the underwater housing.

To give you some perspective, the boat we were on is only 20 feet long and he was in the middle of the boat while I was shooting near the back of the boat.

Saturday, January 28, 2017

Under the sea


For me, this was a banner year for getting some whale shots. I think I got the best whale shots I have ever gotten. I had to go out on a boat three different times to get them but still, a great year!

I'm already planning several boat trips for next whale season so I can try to get even better photos of the whales breaching and swimming underwater.

This photo (and the other one I posted a few days ago) were taken early in the morning before the sun had gotten high in the sky so it was still a little dark in the water so the lighting on them isn't great.

As much as I have learned about underwater photography I still haven't learned much about photographing whales underwater. Because of their size and the color drop off through the water you almost always have to use a fisheye lens to get the shot and you have to be really close! I was only about ten feet away when I took this photo which was probably about 4 feet too far.

Even though I am proud of these photos, they are the best I've ever gotten, they don't even compare to the good photos I have seen and will endeavor to get. Apparently all it takes is a lot of time on/in the water and some luck.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

The Wave....


.....goodbye.
 
It's our last day on the island, at least for now, and we are headed back to reality. I think that is really going to suck!
 
With any luck at all we will be back in the next 5-6 months for some more time in Hawai'i. Until then I have several more photos from above and below the water I will be posting over the next couple of weeks.
 
Aloha!

Monday, January 23, 2017

Say hello to my little friend


I found another great spot on Maui to do some winter snorkeling. It's called Kapalua Bay and is on the northern end of the island. I've run into several turtles there this trip.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

The Fisherman again


Enjoying a mild Winter day at the Seagate Dock in Port Hardy.

Saturday, January 21, 2017

It's a good day to be in Hawai'i!


What am I saying? EVERYDAY is a good day to be in Hawai'i!!
 
 
I went out on another boat yesterday, the absolute best time of the whole trip! (so far)
 
If you ever find yourself in Hawai'i between the middle of December to the middle of March be sure to spend the money and go to Ultimate Whale Watch in Lahaina harbor. They are the absolute best at what they do. Several of the boat captains are photographers themselves and understand lighting, backgrounds and what it takes to get the shot. They try there best to move the boat into the best position possible for photographs. I cannot recommend them enough. I will be taking several more of these tours next year to get these kinds of shots. I have talked to several photographers on Maui and everyone of them suggested the Ultimate company and I now know why.
 
These two whales swam right underneath our boat. The whales were more than twice the size of the boat so it was an exciting time since I have never had that happen before. I was even more excited to get the few underwater shots I got while they were under the boat.