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  • Golden Leaf Trees

    Golden leaves look like autumn trees on a grassy hill.

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    I wanted to try something new. Being stuck creatively because of the VOG filled sky left me to play with macro compositions.

    I had been walking by golden leaves that had fallen on the stained concrete for a few months now. I always thought leaves look like small trees and wanted to play with this idea. With the moss ground covering along the edges of the concrete pathway I lined some leaves along it to play with a tree on a hill concept. I took two different focal shots and stacked them in Photoshop for sharpness and then began working on darkening the background for depth.

    It was a lot of fun trying to create a concept photograph. This exercise opened up my mind to a new way of photographing nature.

    © Christopher Johnson

  • Floating Sand

    Image of sand floating underwater after a passing wave.

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    Messing around in the waves of Kua Bay while trying to capture the backside of a wave, I wasn’t having much luck. The water was flat and there were tons of people around. Every once in a while a large set would come in and energize everyone in the water as they all setup to body surf the wave. With all the commotion a lot of sand kicked up and then as the wave passed more sand would kick up, but I tried to photograph the wave anyway. What I found was a lot of out of focus images. I left the beach thinking it was a loss, however, it is always nice to get in the water.

    When I loaded the images into Photoshop Bridge I found a lot of beautiful images of sand with amazing streaks of sunlight beaming through the water. I edited this image with an abstract/design quality in mind and accented the colors and light values. In the end I think this would be a very cool accent image on a wall blown up really big.

    © Christopher Johnson

  • Acrylic In Water

    A macro photograph examining the way acrylic paint disperses as it is poured into water. I love the way it swoops and swirls into a soft dreamy design.

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    © Christopher Johnson

  • Footprint

    Photograph of a footprint created from the colorful rocks that make up the Pololu Valley beach on the Big Island of Hawaii.

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    © Christopher Johnson

  • Hermit Crab

    [title color=”dark” size=”h3″] A ring flash opens up a whole world of expressive opportunities.[/title]

     

  • Nebula

    [title color=”dark” size=”h3″] Manufactured Nebula [/title]

     

    Since my interest in photographing smoke I have been thinking of different ways to make the same shot interesting. I thought about what would be interesting to interact with the smoke. Something transparent and as organic as smoke. What about using water mist?

    The resulting images were pretty interesting, as if I had created a nebula.

  • Smoke From A Flame

    [title color=”dark” size=”h3″] Smoke Trails Captured Using A Flash [/title]

    [title color=”dark” size=”h5″] –  A new challenge  – [/title]

    It was about two weeks ago that I was watching the smoke rise off of a candle I had on the back deck. Completely relaxed and in meditation a spark of inspiration arose in me. I wanted to capture the black smoke rising off of the flame. Thus it began. I was shooting against the bright overcast clouds of the day, giving the smoke a dark look. Shooting about 200 images, I didn’t really know what to expect until I viewed them on the computer. It was then that I was awestruck.

    Much like water, smoke is completely organic and unpredictable. Ever changing as it moves and plays with the elements around it, so to capture it as an image is the challenge. Unlike landscape and floral shots, with every press of the shutter is a mystery and is completely unique.

    Since that first shooting I have been trying to capture a series of images that portrays the way smoke plays.

    by Christopher Johnson

  • Night Lights

    At twilight on the nearby golf course, my daughter and I started running around the edge of a pond with flashlights during a long 60 second exposure. The outcome was rather surprising and exciting.

     

    © Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com