• Night Lights

    Photograph of the starry night behind tall palm trees in Hawaii

    This night just happened. The moon wasn’t due to rise until 2am and the humidity was low, all while the wind wasn’t really blowing hard. A perfect opportunity to attempt a concept that I was thinking of for a while now… palm trees in front of a starry night. I didn’t have the energy to drive to a preferred location, so instead I walked to a location close by, which happens to be near a hotel. I thought the lights from the hotel might kill the night sky with light pollution, but I decided to give it a shot first. If I am successful my next attempt would be at the location I had in mind, which would by a long bike ride in the dark.

    I was pleasantly surprised with the shot; even with the red of the nearby lights. The under lighted palm trees really helped bring a lot more color into the shot.

    © Christopher Johnson

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  • Mauna Kea

    Venturing up Mauna Kea with the family to watch the Perseid meteor shower. We stayed up at the visitors center where we were told the meteors would be visible around 1 am and really visible just after the moon went down, sometime after 2 am. Unfortunately we didn’t make it to the moon set. The fog came rolling in and out through out the night, but came in to stay around 1 am. Instead I drove home as the family slept.

    © Christopher Johnson

  • 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.

  • Moon Behind Clouds

    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.

  • 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 –

  • Manta Ray Night Snorkeling

    Last night, thanks to a friend of mine, I had an awesome opportunity to go snorkeling and watch the manta rays feed on plankton. What an awesome experience. Thank you John!