Rented myself an underwater housing for the last week and a half. And considering I am a land-based mammal it’s been pretty fun! Definitely a learning curve and needed to shoot more but was great to expand my repertoire 🙂 Caught this photo of a friend of mine diving under a wave at Secret’s Beach and liked it in both color and black and white…so here are both versions. Start the debate below!
Just got out of the water and wanted to share a quick shot! Got my a#$ kicked! Holy water to the brain.
Now….what do you photogs do about keeping the front element clear of these drops?!
More to come this week ! 🙂
Had the chance to hike down to Hanakapi’ai, with my sister (she’s visiting from Boston), a few days ago and as usual am wowed by this place I call home. Something from a spot I have shot before but the colors were brilliant with the bright midday sun. Nature’s palette! Thought I’d share this quick one and enjoy!
Admittedly this is 2 days late. And pretty telling of where life stands as of current. May 7th is my Kauaiversary. My land date. Forever burned in to my synapses as the beginning of the current phase of my life. I landed at night. Without ever having been to Hawaii in my life. Was picked up at the airport by my employer at the time who I hadn’t seen in a year and driven north to where I was to live and work, Princeville. At some point along the ride I asked “so where’s the ocean”, which at that point we pulled over to the side of the highway and rolled down the window. The spot was Kealia just north of Kapa’a on the east side of the island. The ocean, not more than a couple of hundred yards from the car. Next was the mysterious rain that was falling without a cloud to originate from. Stars above. Rain on the windshield. Fascinating! And finally to my studio apartment for the next month. My landing pad.
The next morning brought what I would eventually come to be accustomed to, trade showers and the sun which was to show me the incredible beauty outside my door of the north shore. 3000’+ mountains, waterfalls, Rainbow Eucalyptus and Plumeria. I walked down to work…my Canon 20D in hand. Snapping away. A rather surreal experience. The idea; move to Kauai to open a new restaurant and manage. Then reevaluate after 6 months. Probably go back to Utah to ski another season…
…6 years later. 3 Galleries. And the journey’s just begun 🙂
Thank you to everyone that’s been a part of the last 6 years and of course to this island that’s taken me in, challenged me, and always given me what I need. Whether I liked it or not.
It’s hard to know when something happens in one’s life that can alter their current reality. Could be turning left instead of right, going to that party that you really were too exhausted to go to and meeting your future husband/wife, ordering cream of broccoli soup instead of minestrone and getting food poisoning…whichever it is….life has those events. Approximately 4 years ago I was able to capture an image that changed my career. Did I realize it at the time? No…I was just excited to photograph this wave phenomenon. And that year I decided to say @^!# it and enter some contests. Then it started to happen. Waking up one morning early fall to see an email from Popular Photography Magazine that I had won their “Through The Lens” competition. A little ways down the line an email from American Photo Magazine come in….Nature Photo Of The Year…and it continued.
It’s hard to say what it all meant. Whether it was the impetus to keep me moving in a direction I wasn’t sure was going to work out or just briefly validated that I got lucky once and was in the right place at the right time.
Well, now we are here, 4 years later, 3 aFeinberg Galleries and over 1,000 Collectors from Beijing to Britain. Who knows what the next 4 years will bring but I know that I have been truly blessed by the island of Kauai to have been able to cultivate my being and abilities out here to be able to share with all of you.
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May we continue this together….to infinity and beyond 😉
Untitled Ke’e Beach
Low tide, pre-dawn twilight, earth shadow near the horizon and perfectly ribbed sand. Ke’e Beach, one of the most popular on Kauai if not the state of Hawaii, has a rare empty moment before the day brings sun bathers and hikers to wonder in the amazing Na Pali coast.
Going back through the archives there all kinds of goodies to discover. I’m very well aware that I have a large quantity of work that’s never seen the light of day (pun kinda intended). So it’s a treasure hunt when I start flipping through. This particular image was taken on a fun day with a random group of people off for a walk. When we came to this hillside the simplicity of the scene caught me and reminded me more of the rolling hills of the farming regions of the NW. Midday is notoriously tough to shoot in but here the colors just popped. The clouds of course happen to just lay themselves out perfectly. Now if only you could feel the warm wind while viewing the image 😉
As what seems to happen in photography more often than not, is that the plan doesnt always seem to work out and we are left to think on our feet (which is weird because I think with my head…or is it on our toes….ah in any case!). Arriving down to the pier on this morning the idea was to head out on some jet-skis to photograph the big surf coming in. Well, the swell was arriving later than expected and I wasnt able to wait long enough as I needed to be at the aFeinberg Gallery St Regis at 9am. With all the large surf a tidal pool of sorts had formed next to and around the pier. Since I’m a sucker for reflections I knew my goal for the morning now. Of course this ment getting knee deep in some murky water with a very slippery bottom. Then waiting approx 30 min…very still to not disturb the reflections…for the light to finally crest the ridges and ilumminate the Ehu Kai or sea mist. The very clear and calm conditions dont happen all that often here on the north shore of Kauai so it was a special way to capture Hanalei Bay.
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Lately there has been a boon of photo workshop requests and on this day, Dec 24, I met with my client on the north shore and off we went to Moloa’a Bay. Now admittedly I don’t always like getting up for sunrises…they’re early :p In the winter at least we are afforded a later start time, 715am at this point, so it’s not quite as harsh. As we drove south/east the sky had already started to glow something wicked…what one sees AFTER a crazy sunset….my assumption…a precursor to an AMAZING sunrise. Arriving on location the light was already very fun. My goals during my workshops is direct instruction both with the technical side of the camera and the artistic side of “what the hell we put in front of the camera”. Making sense of it all. As we got set up and started a few compositions the light continued to increase. My camera was already out as I was showing by example some of the techniques I was talking about. Then….BAM!!! Holy freakin light explosion. (just as I expected…of course) 😉 Quickly getting the client’s composition dialed and settings in order I excused myself and scampered about 30ft over to the side, threw my tripod down around this rock where I saw the ocean washing past. I clicked exactly 4 shots…4. And then ran back to my client to make sure we kept recording this wonder. The explosion lasted just 5 minutes. Sometimes….we just get lucky 🙂