• Hibiscus Schizopetalus on Black

    A beautiful red Hibiscus Schizopetalus against a black background.

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    These Hibiscus Schizopetalus, also know as the Coral Hibiscus, and the Japanese Lantern, are my favorite of the Hibiscus family. They have so much character with their long thin stamen dangling far away from their crazy flaring and chaotic petals.

    On a long walk I found a bush of these flowers and picked one to photograph when I returned home. Carefully I carried this flower for a good hour before setting up with a strobe and photographing several different poses of it. I thought for sure it would be wilted when I finally got home, but I was pleasantly surprised it maintained its shape and form.

    Aside from this image against a black background I shot the opposing image with a white background and still can’t decide which I like better.

    © Christopher Johnson


  • Life

    A hike over the old lava flow… and soon to be new lava flow, but don’t tell the fern. A brilliant reminder that life will always find a way.


    This image was taken near the new lava flow at Kamokuna in the Volcano National Park… fairly close to the lava flow. I deviated from the gravel road a bit to find this fern growing through the crack in the lava. The vibrant green leaves contrasting against the deep tones of the lava is a great contrast to life growing out of a harsh environment. I was captivated by the way the lava crumbled under my feet and sounded like glass breaking as I ventured to this spot. The wind was blowing and waving the small leaves of the fern making it difficult to shoot. My patience was definitely tested as I waited to the breeze to die down long enough to still the shot. Much more that I wasn’t even to my final destination.  Watching this new life was a bit calming as I began to realize how crazy it is that this fern is growing nearly five miles away from any other plant. I thought to myself how strange and foreign this environment is that is being created by the Hawaiian volcano.


    © Christopher Johnson

  • Macro

    Photograph of the details of a vibrant purple flower

    I was surprised with some beautiful flowers from my wife, so of course I set up to photograph them. What I love about macro is the new world that is seen within such a close up view of the subject. I didn’t notice all the amazing yellows in the center of the flower without the help of the camera. Then I began noticing all the tiny water drops that speckled the flower.


    © Christopher Johnson

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  • Gecko Smile

    A gecko smiles while sitting on a large leaf.


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  • Red Carnation Flower

    A macro view of the beautiful delicate petals of a red carnation.

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    © Christopher Johnson

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  • Succulent

    Close up of a beautiful turquoise Chick and Hen

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    Macro shot of a succulent that I was inspired to photograph this morning while drinking coffee on my lanai.

    © Christopher Johnson

  • Monstera Leaf

    Monstera Leaf

    Macro of a Monstera Leaf with rain drops.
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  • Macro Expression

    [title color=”dark” size=”h3″] Artistic expression in a macro world. [/title]


    These flowers are small. They are probably no larger than a 1/4 inch at the largest flower. However, you would never think they were small when viewing these images. That is what makes macro photography so amazing. The ability to create a scene from something so incredibly small.

  • Heart Shaped Butterfly Wings

    [title color=”dark” size=”h3″] Photography looking straight up at the blue sky [/title]


    Lying on my back on the cold hard tile, I gazed upward at some thing quite opposite. Swaying in the gentle breeze were the delicate flowers on top of the purple orchid tree as butterflies gracefully fluttered on and off each flower.  Nothing could be more serene and peaceful and so needed at this moment.

    At least a dozen butterflies were dancing around this tree and with the gentle breeze it was impossible to predict where they were going next. At the moment I would even think the butterfly was going to land or cross the sky where I thought, another butterfly would come and they would begin dancing around and then separate into different directions. That was the relaxing part of this morning, the waiting and watching.

  • Dragon Fruit

    So, I just found out that this plant is a dragon fruit. I had no idea.

    It was about a year ago that I saw a picture of a beautiful flower in one of Waimea’s galleries. I had never seen this flower before and asked the sales lady about it. She told me that in Kailua Kona, off Alii drive, there is a rock wall where these cactus plants drape and flower abundantly. Well I went searching, and for over a year, every chance I had, I drove down Alii drive looking for this rock wall that had abundant draping cactus flowers and was completely unsuccessful.

    It wasn’t until earlier this week that my search was complete. The funny thing was, it wasn’t where I was looking, but up on the mountain, 500 ft above Alii drive and completely random.


  • Traveler’s Palm Design

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  • Pink Nymphaeaceae

    Nymphaeaceae is the scientific name of this water lily plant as I just learned.

    Around the Queen Marketplace in Waikoloa, there are dozens of these water lilies throughout the Koi ponds decorating the center event area. I was observing the Koi swimming around the ponds with my daughter when I noticed a pristine water lily flower near a sitting area. It was then I basically interrupted a conversation and squeezed myself between people to get a macro shot of this flower. Simply beautiful. Sometimes it is just better to put aside manners to get the shot.

    I happened to be photographing this flower at around 3:00pm, which would make the sunlight high and intense creating harsh shadow lines on the flower, making the final image unattractive. To create visually interesting, beautiful floral images it is better to use diffused lighting. This keeps the flower looking soft and delicate. Usually in shots like these I would block the light with a circular reflector, but in this case, with all the people around, I couldn’t be so intrusive. Instead I used my shadow to block the sunlight on the flower and the background. I shot several compositions, but this was my favorite.


    Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

  • Single White Flower

    These white flowers can be found all over on Hawaii on bushes and hedges. I took a picture of a group of three around 11 years ago, which I did an oil painting of and haven’t noticed them since until this shot. I was running late and was only able to fire off this one shot.

    Photography by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com


  • Bamboo And Leaves

    Bamboo and leaves along the Kohala Forest Reserve trail.

    Photography by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

  • Spiral

    I was thrilled to discover this pond plant recently on a private residence, that thanks to a friend of mine, I was graciously able to photograph. I was first drawn to the plant by its small square leaves and then when I began to look closer I began noticing the neat spiraling design. With my macro lens I steadied myself over the pot it was in and shot several different compositions. The color shot was beautiful, however, I wanted to convert this image to black and white. Setting this image up with a green filter threw the green leaves white while everything else became dark. I especially liked the outlines of the leaves when the leaves were overlapped.
    I love these little surprises.

    Photography by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com