2023 NOAA Marine Sanctuary Photography Competition Winner for Sanctuary Views

This year three of my images were well received in the NOAA Marine Sanctuary Photography Competition. This image won First Place in the Sanctuary Views Category. It was created at Mala Wharf in Lahaina, several months before the fire. The image received Honorable mention. It is from Ukumahame Maui.

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Muck Diving is very popular in Dauin Philippines.

Muck diving started getting popular in Indonesia during the early 90’s. I remember diving the Twilight zone in Ambon, and the Lembeh Strait near Manado, North Sulawesi Indonesia. Going slow and looking for little critters became popular and now there are resorts that specialize in it. Not far from Indonesia, is the Philippines, and those…

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Inside the minds eye

When I go to the beach to create landscape portrait I look around the location and take in the rocks, sand, ocean conditions, rhythm and size of the incoming waves, and the sky in the background. Next I evaluate the ambient light in front of me and on the horizon. I want to get a…

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Follow your passion and create your own style of photography

Photography is an art. Done with intention, the process allows an individual to see a scene within their minds eye, then set about to create that image. From a technical aspect this means setting up the camera and lighting in a manner that helps create that image within the camera. Imagine standing at the edge…

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Image of the Week- Old Lava Flow

This images was created at Kaenea Point along the road to Hana, in Maui. It is among my favorite locations on the island. Each day the ocean waves hit the old lava flow As a special this week purchase any size portrait above 16×24 inches and receive a free upgrade to next bigger size and…

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Image of the Week – Hawaiian Lava Tube

This image was created recently on the big island of Hawaii. I just love the Silky Water. As a special this week purchase any size portrait above 16×24 inches and receive a free upgrade to next bigger size and free shipping. Offer valid for 7 days, beginning the day posted. This portrait is not yet…

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Learning one thing can make a difference.

In many ways, it’s all the little things that add up to specialized knowledge and proficiency in a chosen field. I participated in many workshops relating to photography. Some were a day and others a week long. By the time each one was over I learned a few things that have helped me throughout my…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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