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Waimanalo Beach, Oahu, Hawaii

There are a few places in the world where you can dig your toes in the sand, enjoy the cool ocean breeze through your eyelashes, and feel the stress of your world instantly plummet into the earth below.

Waimanolo Beach in Oahu, Hawaii, is one of them.

Waimanalo Beach, Oahu, HawaiiWaimanalo Beach, Oahu, Hawaii @ February 2007 | Canon EOS 5D & 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L @ ISO 100, ƒ/11, 1/180

By the way, this is one of the few images I’ve set up for print sales. I’ll have to do more at some point… ah, the ever-growing list of to-do’s!



The Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii

Several years ago on a trip to Maui I had driven to the other side of the island on the “Road to Hana”. The weather was pretty miserable that day, with almost constant could cover and drizzling rain. On my way back from the waterfalls, the sun finally broke through the clouds, illuminating the mountains and fields below. I came to a screeching halt (literally), jumped out of my car and flew across the road to capture the image below. The light only lasted a few seconds and when the excitement was over, I paused to look around and see where I’d stopped.

A roadside fruit stand was just a few steps away, and the two young proprietors were watching me with curious interest. I went up and said hello, and they just kept staring at me. I finally realized how odd it must have looked, seeing me slam on the brakes and run across the street to snap a picture. I mumbled something like “great light… had to shoot it” and showed them the camera. Their eyes lit up with relief and they responded “oh! We were thinking, has this tourist never seen a cow before?!”.

Yeah, sometimes we look a little odd getting that shot.

The Road to Hana, Maui, HawaiiThe Road to Hana, Maui, Hawaii @ February 2007 | Canon EOS 5D & 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L @ ISO 200, ƒ/6.7, 1/1000



Sunrise From Above; Haleakala Volcano, Maui, Hawaii

One cold morning in February 2007, I got up really, really early to drive up Haleakala in Maui before my flight home later that day. You’d think in Hawaii, where it’s generally warm and lovely, there’d be no need to pack a parka or gloves or 18 layers of long underwear. But you’d be wrong. The temperature does get ever so slightly colder as you climb from sea level to 10,000 feet (3,000 meters). I almost couldn’t wait out the cold, even though I was wearing nearly every piece of clothing I’d packed. Fortunately I did though, and shot through the very cloudy sunrise, which made for a spectacular view.

As the inky black moved to blue and ultimately red, my lens was treated to the kinds of hues you don’t find on any color wheel.

Haleakala Volcano, Maui, HawaiiHaleakala Volcano, Maui, Hawaii @ Feb 2007 | Canon EOS 5D & 24-70mm ƒ/2.8L USM @ ISO 100, ƒ/2.8, 1.0s

The first photo was taken at some of the earliest light of the morning. The next one is roughly 30 minutes later.

Haleakala Volcano, Maui, HawaiiHaleakala Volcano, Maui, Hawaii @ Feb 2007 | Canon EOS 20D & 70-200mm ƒ/4L IS USM @ ISO 100, ƒ/4, 1/320

Shortly after this, the sky washed out and the color sank like a stone to the ocean, ten thousand feet below.



Travel Gallery Prints for Sale

In the excitement of the Seal print gallery launch, I forgot to mention that I prepared a small personal travel gallery as well. These are printed on canvas and make beautiful art for your home or office. They are listed in a variety of sizes, and available in custom sizes too. Just ask!

Here’s one of the photos I have for sale; click through to see the rest of the collection.

“Waimanalo”, from Waimanalo Bay in Oahu, Hawaii. One of a few images available as gorgeous canvas prints. Click through to see more and to purchase.



The Pipe

So this is one of those projects I can't really talk about, but here's a sneak peak. This is what I'm doing in Hawaii.