Maui Photography Blog

Lens Choice Controls Perspective

The reef by itself is beautiful. Using a 8 mm lens that shows the reef as a circle is unique. People rarely see an image with this perspective so it ads interest. The same reef shown below is with a 15 mm lens. Notice the different feel and look. If you want to learn how…

Motion Creates Emotion

Using a slow shutter speed enables the photographer to create smooth silky patterns and flows of water. The motion in the water creates emotion as the viewer takes in the portrait. I used a three stop graduated filter to create this portrait. The filter lowered the quantity of light in the background and enabled me…

Lava Spa – Image of the Week

As waves hit the lava flow, water travels under the surface and create a frothy bath. This is not the kind of place I suggest people hang out as many sea urchins live in the Lava Spa. But, this is a great location to create landscapes as well as teach how to create portraits that…

Photography is an art form

Photography is an art form and allows for personal expression and freedom. As a photographic artist, I decide in my minds eye how I want a finished photograph to look before setting the F-stop, shutter speed, or ISO. When creating land and seascape portraits, I use tools like graduated neutral density filters to help manage…

Rush Hour – Image of the Week

Six Hawaiian Green Sea Turtles are circling a cleaning station waiting for their turn to have specialized fish come over and clean them. Turtles have become acclimated to people and often come very close to divers. Because they are not afraid of people Turtle, make good subjects for photography workshops. This week when you purchase…

Lines of composition guide the viewers eye into and out of the frame

Lines of composition guide the viewers eye into and out of the frame

Turtle Time – Image of the week

This portrait was created at Mala Wharf in Lahaina Maui. This week only, purchase Turtle Time and get a free upgrade to larger size. This is image is not yet in the online gallery so interested people need to call me to take advantage of this special offer. 808 870 3686.

Portraits of Frog Fish

There are many ways to create portraits of frog fish. All about the face. A male hanging out in the shadow a female. It’s all about me. Singing as if no fish are listening. Who could forget the wide angle environmental portrait, showing the fish in its environment. Fish portraits are fun to create but…

Turtle Soup – Image of the Week

Turtles are called “Honu”, in Hawaii. Turtles like to spend time at the spa. This is an area on the reef where cleaner fish come out and nibble on the algae off the back the turtles shell and neck. Some days, the cleaning station can be so busy it like diving in Turtle Soup This…

Using a Vignette as a foreground element

This post is about one technique photographers use to draw the viewers eye into the portrait. When composing macro images, sometimes the photographer chooses to include an out of focus element in the foreground. This is called a vignette. Notice how the purple coral is out of focus and how that pulls the eye into…