Master Photographer – What does it mean?

Earning a college or advanced degree indicates extensive training, experience and education. Professional organizations that deal with particular businesses have formed associations to ensure members receive the best possible training. The Professional Photographers Of America is a non-profit trade organization that promotes continued education and advanced degrees dedicated to photography. The PPA offers photographers several…

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A Few Moments of Bliss

These days there is a lot going on with Covid, politics, global warming. While all important issues, we all deserve a few minutes of bliss. As a professional photographer I create images that evoke emotion and decided to create a slide show with the goal of helping people find some bliss. Remember there is a…

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How shutter speed affects the emotion of an image

If photographing sports, action, wildlife, or whales, chances are you want to freeze the moment so the viewer can take it in. Situations like this call for a fast shutter speed, like 500th-1000th of a second. When photographing landscapes that have an ocean or stream as part of the composition some photographers may want to…

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Dry or wet, we have a workshop for you

  I am in the midst of packing for Tonga.  I will be leading two back to back photography workshops dedicated to humpback whales.   We will photograph them from the comfort of a 53 foot sailing catamaran and while snorkeling in the sea. I will do some presentations and help people set up their…

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Just added another Photography workshop in Tonga dedicated to whales

For the last ten years I have been leading small groups of photographers to Tonga to snorkel with Humpback Whales.  I leave in about a month for the 2014 season, and am happy to announce a new trip in 2015.  The dates are Sept 4-11th and the boat is wildlife a 53 foot sailing catamaran.…

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Back from teaching landscape and underwater composition in Fiji.

Wow, Fiji is an incredible location for its people, incredible marine life and coral reefs, as well as flowers, beaches, and landscapes.  I had a great time sharing composition techniques and helping people become better photographers. Over the course of a week each participant showed dramatic improvement and I couldn’t be more pleased.  Now, I…

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Whale Photography workshop in Tonga

I have been organizing and leading Whale Photography Workshops in Tonga for the last 10 years.  I do back to back 10 day charters and take groups ranging in size from 4 -7 people.   In 2014, the adventures are land based and utilize a ribbed inflatable boat called Tropic Bird.    In 2015, the…

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Whale Photography Workshop

  I spent the week participating in Whale Trust 2014  – a four day event all about whales.  The best scientists and National Geographic Photographers presented programs.  It was an honor to be included.  On the last day I went on a whale watch and helped people set up their cameras.  Towards the end, this…

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Whale Photography Presentation

I will be doing a Humpback Whale Photography presentation on January 18th from 5 -7 PM at the Maui Art Expo.  This location is in the harbor shops at Maalaea Harbor, Maui.   The store is next to the Pacific Whale Foundation. The event is free, parking is free, and it is going to be…

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Traditional Canoes

On Doug’s recent trip to Fiji and Tonga, he encountered three of five traditional canoes.  The captain of one of them is a woman names Aunofo.  She is the Queen of the Sea.  It seems all five are going to meet in Fiji and sail together across the Pacific to California, then on to the…

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