Jan2016232016 / Jan / 23
The landscape of Keauhou is like nothing I have ever seen before. It’s almost as if I am on another planet.
I found a crack in a large rock formation where the ocean waves would surge in and out. I wanted to capture this small vantage point of the Hawaiian sunset as a sliver of light through the dramatic rocks of Keauhou. The most difficult part was exposure. Keeping the highlights and shadows balanced. I completely under exposed all shots, but with the amazing range of the Sony A7, I was able to retain the detail in the shadows while developing the RAW file.
Jan2016022016 / Jan / 02
Photograph of a winter forest in Lake Tahoe
During a recent trip to Lake Tahoe the weather was stormy for the first week. I have always wanted to shoot the snow falling in a forest, but for some reason I never did during the 6 years I practiced photography in Tahoe. I would always wait until the storm was over before I ventured out. Fresh fallen snow that has blanketed the trees and ground is amazing, but I wanted to capture the storm so I ventured out into the snowy forest.
It’s not easy to wander the forest in the snow. There isn’t a ‘get there quickly’ while snow is around your waist and large snow drifts blast you in the face; chilling to the bone. I worked extremely hard to go 100 yards and I was cold, but I was in a magical place. The forest was quiet. In the distance I would see the trees vanish as snow swirled off the branches showing me the character of wind as it sweeps through the forest. Snow continued to fall while covering me and my camera another inch.
I shot several scenes, but it was at the end of my journey into the forest where I noticed a couple of tall dark trees behind a grouping of small baby trees on the far side of an open field. This composition, in a tight field of view, was the scene and feel I wanted to shoot which captures what this storm felt like. The gusts of wind that would completely cover the trees as it blew towards me. The snow flakes that speckled the atmosphere. The enchanted dark forest with new growth that is covered in a blanket of snow. This was where I decided to capture the moment.
© Christopher Johnson
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Jan2015052015 / Jan / 05
Dark clouds began to build from the massive storm about to hit the Hawaiian Islands. On shore winds made this location extremely challenging to shoot. With each wave crash, sea spray would speckle the filter causing another cleaning. I wasn’t anticipating the wind otherwise I would have brought some sort of shield. Instead I used my shirt, slipping it over the camera while cleaning the filter carefully keeping still on the slippery rock face as giant waves raged toward me. Must have been a sight to watch… somewhat embarrassing.
I shot several images of the wave action, but this one I feel captures the violence and movement of the ocean during the storm.
© Christopher Johnson
Jan2013312013 / Jan / 31
[title color=”dark” size=”h3″] Opposite Shots [/title]
This shot is a continuation of the latest sunset shots. It seems to me that there are two pictures here in this shot. That if you cover up half of the image with your hand each side has a unique feel and quality. To bring in the yin yang, opposite, effect the left side is light and exciting, however, in contrast, the right side is dark and soothing.
Jan2013302013 / Jan / 30
Looking towards the sunset from Pine Tree’s beach I watched the incoming waves surround the rocks that act as islands in the water. I wanted to capture the behavior of the wash with a slow shutter as it surrounded the rocks and gently flowed back into the ocean. I capture the image in RAW format with an Olympus E-5 and 14-45mm zuiko lens and 0.9ND filter at f22 and 1.6sec. Post processing in Lightroom 3.
Jan2013302013 / Jan / 30
[title color=”dark” size=”h3″] Dramatic Skies [/title]
What an amazing sunset. From the moment I woke up this morning the sky was just amazing and I couldn’t miss the sunset. You would think that living in Hawaii there would always be these huge puffy clouds, bright skies, and amazing sunsets, but that hasn’t been the case for a while. However, so far, this year has been amazing for dramatic skies.
This shot is a view of one of my favorite places to go to relax and enjoy Hawaii.
Sep2012292012 / Sep / 29
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It was late and the moon was just about to reveal itself through a sliver in the night-time clouds. I love the drama the moon can portray with so little elements involved. Just some clouds and the moon, everything else black.
This was one of three images I shot that night. The other two had the whole moon centered in the cloud opening, but they didn’t have the visual impact that this image had.