Wait Your Turn

9 12 2010

While visiting Maui in May, my wife and I spent a day driving the Road to Hana. It’s a great drive, unless you get nauseous. For a while, I thought that she would just say she didn’t feel well when we were out taking photos (read “while I was out taking photos and she was along for the ride”) and was tired of stop and go driving. After a few trips out sight-seeing, we learned that she doesn’t do well on windy roads. But enough of the side story; car-sickness or not, driving to Hana along the north coast of Maui is an unforgettable ride. There are great views of the ocean, cliffs, beaches, and a few small towns along way. We enjoyed the adventure of exploring Maui.

During our day out, we stopped at Waianapanapa State Park to check out the black sand beach and the surrounding lava shelves. While there, we walked through a beach cave that led to the ocean. As we walked through the cave, I took my camera out to take some photos. When we got to the end, we came across a boy that was looking at the water. You couldn’t continue through the ocean side without getting pounded by the waves. In my mind, I wanted a photo of the cave and ocean; I had no real inspiration to have a person in the photo. But as I patiently waited for my “turn” at the front of the cave, I decided to snap a shot or two using him as a subject. The resulting photo is posted below. Taking a few moments to wait and get the photo I wanted actually provided the opportunity to take what turned out to be a significantly stronger photograph (at least in my opinion).

When we turned around to leave the cave, we found about 25 people in one of the larger areas. As we approached the exit, we found that it started to rain fairly hard and people came to the cave for cover. We decided to make a run for the car and wait out the short shower there.

Additional photos from Maui and Waianapanapa State Park can be seen in my gallery named Maui: The Valley Isle – 2010.

Watching the Water

A boy watching the ocean through a beach cave at Wai'anapanapa State Park in Maui (Hawaii).

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Gallery Additions – National Cathedral

8 12 2010

I took advantage of a day off today and spent a little bit of time exploring the National Cathedral in Washington, DC. The photos were added to my gallery that has photos of the National Cathedral and the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception (also in Washington, DC). The new photos make up the majority of “page 2” in the gallery. My photos from today focused on the stained glass windows in the cathedral and a few HDR shots of the building. A few examples are available below. Clicking on them will take you to the full gallery.

An HDR image of St. Joseph of Arimathea Chapel in the National Cathedral.

A statue of Abraham Lincoln with a quote.

An HDR view of the interior of the National Cathedral.

An abstract view of a stained glass window.

 





Tree Burst

7 12 2010

In a previous post, I provided a photography tip. I suggested the importance of looking up and seeing what’s above your head. While visiting Muir Woods outside of San Francisco, I found a great opportunity to take my own advice. I used a wide-angle lens and created the HDR image seen below. The long lines formed by the tree trunks, the bright light of the sky, and the distant branches work together to create a fairly abstract image.

Muir Woods - Looking Up - Electric

A photo looking toward the sky at Muir Woods near San Francisco, CA.

For more photos from Muir Woods, please visit my Sights of San Francisco gallery.





Opposing Views

6 12 2010

The World War II Memorial in Washington, DC has been one of my favorite places to photograph. The memorial is large and it has unique architecture incorporating fountains and pools. It is a great place to people watch or to just enjoy being in the heart of Washington.

During a visit to the memorial in April, I capture a photograph that grows on me more each time I look at it. The shot focuses on opposites. There is a young child and an older veteran. Excitement of a fountain versus quiet reflection for those the fountain was built for. The two people are on opposite sides of the water, much like they are on opposite ends of life.While the image deals a lot with opposites it also reminds me of the wide range of ages, people, and emotions that can often be seen at this memorial.

You may view other images from America’s capital in my Washington, DC gallery.

  • Opposing Views - WWII MemorialTwo of America’s finest reflecting on their emotions at the World War II Memorial in Washington, DC




  • Golden Gate Bridge

    5 12 2010

    I’m just one in a long line of people that wanted to take photos of the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco.  I had my first opportunity in early October when visiting the area with family. I didn’t take a lot of time to shoot the bridge, but did take a few minutes from a few different perspectives. While San Francisco didn’t offer much in the way of sunshine when near the bridge, I did have the opportunity to work with some good conditions. A couple of my favorite shots are posted below. Additional photos from my time in the San Francisco area can be seen in my Sights of San Francisco gallery.

    Golden Gate Bridge and Fog - Color

    The fog started to roll in around the bridge as I arrived with my camera.

    Golden Gate Bridge with Wave

    Baker Beach provided a unique perspective of the bridge with some active waves on the shore.

    Golden Gate Bridge Long Exposure

    Big waves are slowed down by a slower shutter speed.

    Looking at the Golden Gate Bridge

    A view of the bridge with a person viewing the bridge.

     





    Views from Alcatraz Prison

    4 12 2010

    Alcatraz prison was far smaller than I imagined it to be.  And not nearly as remote as the stories of failed escape attempts would lead you to believe. While touring the former prison, I was able to capture two shots of views from inside the prison. The first is through a window looking out at activity on the water. The second photo (HDR) was taken in the yard; a view not likely to be seen by a prison inmate.

    View from Inside Alcatraz

    A view from inside Alcatraz looking through a dirty window frame.

     

    This is a view from the Alcatraz yard into the bay.

     





    Maui Landscapes – Road to Hana Part 1

    11 07 2010

    I had the opportunity to visit Maui for the second time in May. The island provides a great blend of luxurious resorts, quiet beaches, golf, and opportunity for adventure. From a landscape photography perspective, there are scenic beaches, small towns, rugged coastline, mountains, and opportunities to watch the sun rise or set.

    Toward the end of our visit, my wife and I drove one of the scenic byways on the island. We traveled the “Road to Hana” which is a 50 mile road with hundreds of curves, more than 50 one lane bridges, and numerous narrow passes. Along the road, there are excellent views of Maui’s coast, the ocean, valleys, and waterfalls.

    Two of my favorite landscapes from the trip were captured along this road. You may see them below. Additional photos from our trip to Maui can be seen here.

    Akoi Island is along the coast of Maui.

    Haipuaena Falls along the Road to Hana in Maui