Maui Photography Blog

Macro or wide angle underwater photography. Which to learn first?

When divers think about starting underwater photography they have many questions. One of the most common is what to learn first – Macro or Wide Angle. As an experienced underwater photographer, I recommend learning Macro first. The reason for this is that it is easier to create good macro images while learning underwater photography. While…

Swimming with whales is now a thing.

I live in Hawaii, where Humpback Whales migrate in mass each year to mate and give birth. While there are plenty of whales around, the Marine Mammal Act, makes it illegal to approach a whale within 100 yards. So its not allowed to approach the whales let alone get in the water with them. As…

Upcoming Master Class program on whales for Ocean Geographic

I was recently asked by Michael Aw, the founder of Ocean Geographic to do a program on whales. So, I prepared a presentation and will give it Nov 5th, 2021. The time is 2 PM Hawaii time. The event will be recorded to make it easier for people around the world and in different time…

Ambient light wide angle underwater water photography with flash.

When creating wide angle reef scenic style portraits, the idea is to show the subject in its environment. The technique that works well for me is to meter the background and set the exposure. Then determine the light needed to illuminate the foreground. So this style of image has two steps. Metering for exposure and…

Ambient light underwater photography

I get asked questions by people with GoPros, cellphones, point and shoot, and DSLR cameras. One of the most common is, how to great images while snorkeling using only ambient light. Creating stunning portraits without using flash is quite possible. Below, are the steps to follow. These images were all created using shutter priority and…

Comparing Nikon D850 to Nikon Z7II

I am a landscape and underwater photographer, and have used the Nikon D850, since it came on the market. The camera immediately set itself apart with its large files, fast processor, high dynamic range, two card slots, and sturdy build. Images I created with the D850 have been displayed in art galleries and published in…

Motion in water as a compositional element

Creating portraits of nature that evoke emotion is my goal and to do that I often have to manage light. One of the ways to do that is to use Graduated Neutral Density Filters made by BreakThrough Photography. As most of my work is by the ocean where there is an obvious horizon, the tools…

Black and White Land and Sea Portraits of Maui

The majority of people live in a world where color is a common experience. If I were to write a post about the beach on a beautiful Maui day, the majority of people would think white clouds lofting across a blue sky. But, the exact blue would be different for everyone based on the blue…

Iao Valley

This is on elf the most iconic locations in Maui. Popular with visitors, who tour the park. Even more popular with families that gather on the weekends for bbq’s and to play in the stream. See more landscapes of Maui here

Image of the Week – Water of Iao Valley

Iao valley is a cultural place, rich in local history. A few years ago there was a flood and as a result a few areas are restricted. The remaining public areas are popular with local families and every weekend there are many barbecues taking place. The sound of the kids playing floats over the sound…