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).


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.


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

Inspiring Photographer – Flemming Bo Jensen

20 10 2009

“Imitation is sincerest form of flattery.” A common quote that might not be the best description of my relationship to another photographer’s work, could fit in this case. But I’d be the 7 year old stumbling to do my best interpretation.

Opera House After the Storm - Fleming Bo Jensen

Opera House After the Storm - Flemming Bo Jensen

I first came across the photography of Flemming Bo Jensen (Denmark) about 3 or 4 years ago. He used the same photo hosting site as me. I was inspired both by his work and his ability to present it in a simple and clean manner. Over time we shared short email communication; usually me asking for some help in understanding how to display my own work. He was always willing to give his thoughts and I have to credit his support for the current web layout of my own photos.

Sunset from King's Garden - Fleming Bo Jensen

Sunset from King's Garden - Flemming Bo Jensen

Flemming Bo Jensen is a world traveler that captures landscape and architecture in a spectacular way. His ability to combine lighting, mood, and composition is second to none. He creates photographs worthy of the highest of accolades.  It is this ability to capture light that I try to replicate. Never to the same level of precision.

Deep Dawn Colors of Namibian Desert - Fleming Bo Jensen

Deep Dawn Colors of Namibian Desert - Flemming Bo Jensen

It is Flemming Bo Jensen’s approach to photography and approachability as one with a common interest that makes it easy to applaud his work. While this post doesn’t begin to do his work justice, I hope that it’s an introduction to some new eyes. All of Flemming Bo Jensen’s work can be seen by visiting his website.

Lesser Known Places – A.N.C.

19 10 2009

The Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery is one of the lesser known “landmarks” in the Washington, DC area. Its unique architecture and white stone make it an interesting photography subject.

Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA)

Memorial Amphitheater at Arlington National Cemetery (Arlington, VA)

Feel free to view other photos from Arlington National Cemetery.

Wait for a Photography Tip

18 10 2009

Last weekend I was at the U.S. Capitol looking to get some decent shots as the sun began to set.  My goal was catch a shot of the Capitol (from the east front) with a lit up sky behind it. It was a cloudy day that was breaking; the kind of day that often produces something dramatic at sunset. I got to the Capitol and found my spots, but was disappointed to find that clouds had gathered blocking the sunset and what I thought would be potential color.

I left the east front somewhat disappointed with the shots I had taken. Nothing post worthy. I headed to the west front to figure out what to do with the rest of the evening. I was sitting along the reflecting pool by the Capitol facing the building. There was a fair number of tourits due to the comfortable weather and long (Columbus Day) weekend. When I turned around, I was greeted by what I was waiting for:

The light of the golden hour lit the sky. The sun had already set below the clouded horizon, but after a few minutes the sun spread its color over the western side of Washington, DC.

So to get to the photography tip, don’t give up on light. Wait for the light. It’s called the golden hour for a reason. Not because it’s always an hour, but because the time that the sky lights up varies from day to day.

The photos above and other new images can also be seen at New Additions. Feel free to view other photos from Washington, DC.

Stories of a Block Wall

17 10 2009

I took some time away from photography. Not fully by choice. Partially due to being busy and partially due to a lack of ideas. Last weekend I was finally able to get out and generate some new ideas. I was sitting at the Washington Monument when I realized that the wall told a lot of interesting stories.

Reading The lighting of the monument created an interesting contrast between the people nearby and the wall itself. As I sat and watched people interact with the monument, I began to realize that their behaviors or implied behaviors challenged the mind. I took a variety of photos of people sitting, standing, and observing the monument. The shots turned into what I found to be an enjoyable short gallery.

Please feel free to visit “Stories of a Block Wall” or my general Washington, DC galleries.