• Underwater Bubble Design

    Using my AquaMarine underwater housing at One Palm beach, I decided to play in the shallow water as small waves crashed overhead. I have become fascinated by the views and events at the shallow end of the beach. This photograph is the tail end of a passing wave as bubble are dispersed everywhere. I love the design with the blue hue.

    Photography by Christopher Johnson –

  • Honu Coming To Rest on Anaehoomalu Beach, Waikoloa

    This was an amazing day for turtle sightings. Upon arrival to the Anaehoomalu Beach, AKA A-Bay, my family and I made our way down the coastline away from the hotels only to discover turtle after turtle after turtle. By the time we made it to a little cove, literally around the corner from the main beach, we had counted 15 turtles.

    The turtle pictured here was number 15. It was making it’s way up the beach to rest as the waves continued to pound all around making it struggle. Eventually it made it and slept pretty hardy 20 feet from where we were.

    To give the waves more character and motion I set my camera to aperture priority, enough to slow the shutter to 1/13th sec. This, with Image Stabilizing turned on kept the turtle in focus while blurring the crashing waves slightly. Then in Photoshop, I converted the image to black and white and overexposed +1 to lighten the darks of the turtle and blow out the highlights of the water just enough to make it less distracting.

    The image was nice in color, however, I was adjusting it to work for the Monochrome contest hosted by Popular Photography. Please vote for my image here —

    by Christopher Johnson –


  • Anaeho’omalu Beach Sunset

    From across the fish pond at Anaeho’omalu beach, A-Bay, the row of palm trees silhouetted by the sunset in Waikoloa is a sight to see. A nice little paved nature hike created by the hotel near by winds around the pond through petroglyph sightings and native fauna.

    I, unfortunately, left my tripod back at the car and didn’t have time to run back and retrieve it… I should have known better. A short flat rock wall was a quick solution to steady my camera for this 5 second exposure. Enough to give the water a smooth character.

    Photograph by Christopher Johnson –

  • Old A’s Beach at Sunset

    Old A’s, AKA Old Airport, has a long stretch of beach beside what was once the runway of an airport, which is now a popular spot for locals to picnic, relax, and exercise. We arrived during this sunset to take a walk around the walking path before dinner as a way to get out of the house and enjoy the end of the day. As the sunset progressed, I again diverted my attention from the walking path to the beach to capture this beautiful sunset.

    Old A’s Beach at Sunset – by Christopher Johnson



  • Hapuna At Sunset

    I did not intend to be at Hapuna beach the entire day. We were completely packed and ready to go 30 minutes before the sun began to show any signs of setting, but for some reason we never left. I had changed from slippers to shoes to make lugging all the stuff up to the car more comfortable, so to get this shot I had to navigate in and out with the surf in order to stay dry.

    by Christopher Johnson –




  • Washing The Sand Off

    These local boys are washing the sand off each others backs by using this long plumbing pipe found near the water edge. They do this by dipping the pipe into the water, letting it fill completely, then quickly raise it up and let the water flow over one another. Quite clever I thought. It also made for an interesting photo

    This was a split second shot. I looked over, recognized the opportunity, shot, and it was over. After this the boys went on to play somewhere else. During the post processing I was able to dial in the shot more. There were sand toys on the beach these boys were playing with. I felt that with them in the image wasn’t as strong, so I cropped out the sand toys to focus more on the action. I then began to toy with monochrome adjustments with the Nik software, Silver Efex Pro to simplify the shot even more.  By converting to monochrome I was able to darken the foliage to eliminate all distracting detail to help redirect the focus on the boys.

    Waipio Valley – Photography by Christopher Johnson


  • Storm Over Kona

    I have never really gone out shooting while it is raining, only at the crest of a storm to capture the drama of the sky. These last two times shooting Honl’s beach has been in the rain and it is exciting. Clenching to the umbrella is a challenge all on its own. Keeping my bag, camera and myself from getting wet is only the first objective. Keeping the umbrella out of the shot while beads of rain falling off the umbrella catch a small amount of a breeze and dot the lens is another. I feel constricted as I am forced into a confined area to shoot the scene and if I want to move locations or change the set up, it becomes a bit of chore. However, this constriction is a great way to help me pre visualize the shot that I am going for since I only want to set up once. Instead of bouncing around, capturing the many view points of the scene, I can slow down and concentrate on one image at a time.

    Another advantage to shooting in the rain… I am the only one there. I am free to compose the scene from any vantage point without the hassle of cropping out unwanted people, or being in anybody’s way.

  • Kona Town at Dusk

    A view of Kona town from the pier during the tail end of a sunset.

  • Palm Trees at Dawn

    Palm Trees on Honl’s beach, Hawaii at dawn.

    by Christopher Johnson



  • A Stormy Day

    We have been having storm after storm here on the Big Island. This day, just before sunset, was a brief pause to the normal rainy ending to the day, so I took the moment to photograph the stormy clouds.

    Converting to black and white gave the image more of a dramatic feeling.

  • Whitewash

    After missing last nights sunset, which was magnificent, I hoped for an equally amazing sunrise. Unfortunately the clouds covered the mountains behind me and blocked any sunrise colors. Instead, I focused my attention to the seascape as more of an over exposed look. Making the clouds and whitewash bright against the dark shoreline rocks.

  • Last Minute Sunset

    These three images were taken from Honl’s beach during yesterdays sunset.

    Surf was up and the crowds were out to watch.