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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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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A vignette is an effective element of composition

When creating portraits of people or marine life, a vignette is powerful element of composition. The technique uses a foreground element that is not in focus to draw the viewers eye toward the subject. The Ornate Ghost Pipe fish is the subject, and the blurry section of the Crinoid draws the eye towards the fish…

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Sink Hole – Image of the Week

This weeks image title speaks for itself. This lava flow had incredible cracks and crevices that filled up with water with every ebb and flow of the tide. Purchase this portrait at any size and get an upgrade to the next larger size at no cost. This offer is valid for one week from date…

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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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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…

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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…

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Just Before Dawn – Image of the Week

This weeks image of the week is of a beautiful Maui Sunrise and rightly so titled. Just Before Dawn. I created this at Hookipa Maui. The portrait is printed on metallic photographic paper and face mounted to artist acrylic. The size is 40 x 60 inches and it is stunning. The gallery price is $9,900…

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