This image is much more powerful as a black and white, than it was as a color image. The reason is drama. Or, it could be because we live in a world where everything is in color. When we make it black and white its all about shades of gray and shadows…. Learn more about how to evoke an emotional response with your photography by taking one of my image composition workshops.
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In Sept of 2014 I have organized 2 whale swimming adventures and might add a third. The first adventure sold out fast. The second adventure Sept 12-23 still has two spaces. Once full a third adventure will open up Sept 24- Oct 2nd. All of these adventures are land based using the Sandy beach hotel in Ha’apai Tonga as a base and the boat Tropic Bird run by Whale Discoveries. These adventures are limited in size to make sure everyone has an incredible experience and as much time in the water with whales as possible. This is my 10th season leading groups to Tonga and I am really excited.
For those that have not been to Tonga it is referred to as the friendly isles and is located a few hours flight from Fiji, right in the middle of the south pacific. This destination is off the beaten path and offers incredible experiences with whales. The infrastructure is not as developed as other world class destinations, and that is one of the reasons the location is not mainstream. Don’t expect a Hilton type experience with room service, instead envision individual bungalows with all the charm of a tropical paradise.
The adventures include accommodations and 9 days on the whale watching/swimming boat. Photo tips are included. Our goal is to put you in the position to create incredible memories and images.
In 2015, I will lead as many as two 10 day adventures on a 53 foot sailing catamaran called WildLife. This boat is perfect for whale swimming. Not too big and not too small. Each cabin has double bed, so couples are preferred. Only 4 guests per charter. Each person will have unlimited access to the whales. The dates are Aug 24-Sept 3 and Sept 4-13. Contact me by email for details at firstname.lastname@example.org
incredible encounter with baby Humpback Whale
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Three Bears Maui
On January 25th from 5-7 PM I will be doing a presentation on landscape photography and composition. The event is free and at the Maui Art Expo located next to Pacific Whale Foundation in the Harbor Shops in Maalaea Harbor. Park by the aquarium and walk into the shops. The event is free, parking is free. The Expo will be closing on Jan 31st and all art is on sale. In addition to landscape photography the expo features award winning underwater photography. The event is sponsored by Maui Photo Tours
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I will be doing a presentation on whale photography on Jan 18, from 5-7PM at the Maui Art Expo, located in the shops at Maalaea Harbor. It is behind the PWF, and the same center as the aquarium. The event is free, parking is free. I will talk about my experience photographing whales and leading trips to Tonga to snorkel with Humpbacks.
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This image was created in Fiji, and is a good example of a compositional technique called repetition of design. Notice how all but a few of the fish are facing in the same direction. The effect is that the viewer sees a splash of color and as a result takes in the in entire scene then comes in for a much closer look. The majority of viewers go to the center then follow the orange fish to the left, merge with the purple fish and follow them along the top of the coral head then on to the right. Once the eye has seen the image the negative space on the edge becomes an easy exit point.
I use this technique in combination with s-curves in this landscape portrait. The lines of the tress, as well as the lines from the tree roots repeat and set a soothing tone and path for the eye to follow. The path has a slight s-curve which adds depth and story telling to the image. I created this while teaching a recent photography workshop in Maui.
maui’s bamboo forest
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incredible encounter with baby Humpback Whale
As Thanksgiving is here I am thinking about how lucky I am to be alive, and how grateful I am for all the incredible experiences I have had like swimming with this baby Humpback Whale, and most of all how wonderful it is to have two loving daughters.
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Knowledge of composition is one of the elements of photography that make the difference between an ordinary image and one that the viewer is drawn into. In this image for example the concept of framing is being used. The arch of soft coral and black coral create a nice frame for the diver. What happens is the eye enters the photograph and the frame draws the viewer into the image to see the diver. This technique is great when photographing in caves, around ledges, wrecks, and where there is an overhang environment.
This is one of the concepts of composition included in my week long underwater photography workshop. The next one is scheduled May 19th, 2014 in Fiji. It will take place on the Fiji Siren.
Each day we will talk about different composition techniques and practice them during the dives. Each night we will set aside time for image critique and round table discussion. This is sure to be fun for everyone.
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For nine years I have organized and led Humpback Whale Photography expeditions and workshops in Tonga. This year, I decided to offer whale photography workshops in Maui.
After all, I live in Maui which is famous as a destination for the Northern Hemisphere Humpback Whales coming from Alaska to mate and give birth. I have unique knowledge and experience working with Humpback whales and this helps me create environmental portraits of them. The workshops will include a detailed presentation on whale behavior, the rules regarding the whales, how to photograph whales, and what camera settings work well. After the briefing we will set out. Depending upon the workshop we will set up on a beach, rocky shoreline, or use kayaks. When kayaking we will follow the law and not approach within 100 yards. Participants must be in good condition and sign a waiver. Stay tuned more details to come.
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There is nothing like watching your children go to the pumpkin patch and pick their pumpkin. What a great tradition. Here is Hana sitting on the pumpkin perch looking over the field of pumpkins. Which one will it be ………. Sadly Halloween is over, but as long as there are images on the hard drive the memories will last forever.
Yesterday I had the honor of judging the 2013 Photo Maui competition. This is my second time judging this competition. This year there were six different categories. Scott Mead and I were had the task of picking best of show, first, second, and third in each category. The competition had a rule that stated if someone had an image selected as a “winner”, none of his or her other images can be selected as winners in that category. It came into play during the judging and as a result a few stunning images were not selected.
I understand the rule as it keeps one person from sweeping all the prizes. This happens quite a bit in photographic competition. In fact in 1994, I swept all categories in the Ambon international photography competition in Indonesia. I can also remember other competitions I participated in where other photographers swept. So, I know how it feels to be the big winner and how it feels not win because one persons work swept the competition and won it all. Below is one of the images I created that has received awards.
family of whales
With this information in mind I think the rule is a good one.. By design it dictates that more people will receive awards. The thinking behind this is the majority of winners will become more involved and active in professional imaging. An added benefit is that they also become good will ambassadors for photography. As time goes by the quality of images will improve and that will help the entire photography industry. Tomorrow night is the awards celebration and I look forward to meeting the winners of the competition. Congratulations to all that entered.
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