Fiji is on my mind

Fish facing the current to feed

Fish facing the current to feed

Its been a year since I was diving in Fiji, and I really miss it.  I remember how great the diving is with the Fiji Siren, and Ra divers as well as how much I enjoyed staying at VoliVoli resort in Rakiraki Fiji.   All I can say is that its only a matter of time.  The colors beneath the sea are so incredible I know I cant stay away….

 

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Spirits of Makena

This is Spirits of Makana. Molokini island is in the background. The image was created in the middle of the afternoon, and I used neutral density filters to control the light and allow me to slow the motion of the water in order to create the mist and foam affect.  This printed on aluminum as a 30 x 16 inch piece.  This is the third of six pieces on display at the Honua Kai Resort and spa in Kaanapali Maui.

 

Spirits of Makana 30 x 16.web

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A matter of perspective

It is hard for many people to envision what it is like swimming with a whale.  Indeed, whales are big and we are  small.

I will never forget the feelings I had the first time I swam in the presence of whales.  At first, I felt small and had a bit of apprehension and fear. Thankfully within a few minutes those emotions were replaced with feelings of awe.  These majestic animals are completely aware of their surroundings.  They knew exactly where I was, and while some swam toward me to get a better look, they never showed any signs of aggression, frustration, or fear.  Rather, they were playful and curious.

incredible encounter with baby Humpback Whale

incredible encounter with baby Humpback Whale

 

Sperm whales have different behaviors and social behaviors than Humpbacks.  They also dive deeper, stay down longer, and are less curious about humans.  While it is possible to find Sperm Whales in social groups, I have yet to see that.   Most encounters I have had involved Sperm Whales hunting.  They would go down deep for about 40 minutes then come to the surface for 5 – 10 minutes, then submerge again.  They hunt giant squid that thrive in water thousands of fee deep.

 

The diver seems so small or is it the whales are so big

The diver seems so small or is it the whales are so big

The image below show me floating on the surface as a group of whales approach.  I look so tiny next to the whales.

Swimmer observing whale behavior

Swimmer observing whale behavior

Passive observation produces better encounters.  Once I saw the whales underwater  I remained still, and they came to me.  The whales circled a few times then slowly headed off as if in a hurry to get nowhere.

 

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Art for exhibit in Maui Resort

I am so happy to have been asked to create photographic  art for decor in the newly renovated owners lounge at the Honua Kai Resort and Spa in Kaanapali Maui.  This week we installed six landscape portraits featuring the beautiful land and seascapes of Maui.   Here is one of the images. It’s called big beach and it s 40 x 60 inches.  Printed on aluminum the colors are simply amazing.  This image is part of a limited edition of 30.

oneloa beach

Looking over Big Beach

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Final day of black and white challenge

Aloha,  Well this is the fifth and final day of this my second black and white challenge. It has been fun and I hope those of you that have seen the images have enjoyed them.

I call this Old man Wisdom, and it was created just off shore of Makena Maui.  We are blessed to have a large turtle population and it is common to see them when diving along the shore.

This turtle had just taken a breath and was swimming over the roof looking to settle on a bit of reef just behind me.

This turtle had just taken a breath and was swimming over the roof looking to settle on a bit of reef just behind me.

I am wondering if my friend Ray Mains is up for taking the five day black and white challenge.

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Day four of black and white challenge

This image is from the north shore of Maui.  While the island is flush with verdant rain forest and jungle, some of the topography lends itself to black and white photography.  This image of the rocky coast is one of them. This image was created with a Nikon D300 and 12-24 mm lens.

 

Rocky and rugged coastline

Rocky and rugged coastline

Its time once again to ask a fellow photographer to take the 5 day black and white challenge.  I hope my friend Chuck Babitt doesn’t mind accepting the challenge as he has just finished one but since I enjoy his dog portraits and seascapes so much I just cant hold back.

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Day three of black and White challenge

This image is called “Hope” and it is from my first whale encounter back in 2006.  I will never forget how I felt after this baby and I shared a moment.  Once the baby looked at me eye to eye, I was forever addicted to swimming with whales.  Well, there are worse addictions.

Hope

Hope

Elizabeth Cook, are you up for the 5 day black and white challenge?

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Day two of black and white challenge

This portrait features a mother calf and escort Humpback Whale.  The whales were curious and came in for a close look. I call this image “family unit”, as the whales look as if they are a tight nit family but the escort is not the calf’s father and is most likely hanging around the female hoping to get a chance to mate.

Beautiful Humpback whales!

Beautiful Humpback whales!

Markus Davids, are you up for the 5 day B&W challenge?

 

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Day one of black and white challenge

Very relaxed mother and calf

Very relaxed mother and calf

This is the first image of the five day challenge from Tim Rock.  The portrait was created in Tonga during one of my recent adventures there. As a matter of fact Tim was with me on this trip.  I remember it was a cloudy day and the visibility was not that great.  Still, we had a very relaxed mother and calf.

Looking at this image reminds me of how lucky I am to have been organizing trips there since 2006.  I cant wait till the 2015 season!

As the rules dictate, I am reaching out to Dave Hinkle to take the 5 day B&W challenge.

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Bridge to Hana

One of an endless number of scenic views along the road to Hana

One of an endless number of scenic views along the road to Hana

This is called Bridge to Hana and it is one of the pieces on exhibit now at the Honua Kai Resort and Spa in Kaanapali Maui.  What draws me to this bridge are all the repeating  vertical lines within the bridge structure.  My eyes start at the left and follow the posts all the way through the verdant jungle and out of the image.

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