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  • Lahaina at Dusk

    The Island of Lanai sits at a distance in this shot from Lahaina’s shoreline at dusk.

    I had noticed this location on my many drives to and from the hotel we were staying. Just off the highway was this small stretch of beach with so much character. Scattered rocks were planted along the shoreline where the waves would wash over and to give them a little more color, seaweed clung on the their tight crevices. The best part was the absence of people.

    At the tail end of the sunset, often called the blue hour, I set up in front of a set of rocks and carefully framed Lanai in the background. Then I waited for a large wave to crash over the beach. When capturing waves I like to press the shutter as the wave begins to withdraw. It is usually within a couple of seconds, the camera will capture nice strings of foam leading back to the ocean and to the build up of the next wave. For this shot I made sure to get a 2-3 second exposure. Any longer the scene begins to get muddled. If another wave crashed during the exposure the nice crisp wisps of water are lost.

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    © Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

  • Up For Air Honu

    I took a walk to a familiar place at Anaehoomalu to search for Honu, turtles. At the same resting spot there were four honu sleeping, however, there was also a gathering of people watching them sleep. Instead of being apart of the crowd I continued to walk on by. Instead I walked across a section of lava rock that jetted out toward the ocean. There I noticed a honu feeding below the surface. There I waited around 5 minutes for him to surface before I was able to shoot this image. Patience paid off.

     

    © Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

  • Pine Trees Sunset – 2012

    It’s been a while since I have been able to photograph a sunset. You might say that life has been hectic, crazy, and out of control. What ever the case, I found myself at the edge of the ocean photographing the ocean during it’s magic hour.  What a joy.

    Pine Trees is where I found myself. Enjoying the sun at the end of the work day. A time to unwind, at least until the sun sets. This is when the light becomes the most beautiful. Purple sky, blue water, low light. I am in my element.

    This shot is the sunset of February 3, 2012. Soft ocean caressing the out cropping of lava rock that makes up the shoreline surrounding Pine Trees beach, just north of the popular surf spot.

    © Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

  • Old Turtle in Kiholo Bay

    Kiholo Bay was extremely windy the day I decided to go and enjoy this prized location on Hawaii, however, it was beautiful and offered it’s own unique counteraction to the weather. The wind rippling the surface of the vibrant turquoise water created a nice design by the distortion. I had to be careful though not to be taken off guard by the sudden gust of wind. Nearly pushing me off the rocks at times. I had to find a place to snorkel fast before one was chosen for me. A dark silhouette of a large turtle was the deciding factor for me and I readied myself to enter the water. As I went to enter the water the turtle was gone from sight. I proceeded with the hope that luck was on my side.

    The water was nothing I have ever seen before. The sandy bottom was stirred up and laid milky, preventing me from seeing anything past two feet. It was a rather eerie feeling. Especially when the turtle I was searching for began to rise up out of the fog below me nearly gave me a heart attack.

    I had never seen a turtle this big in Hawaii. It was almost as big as I am. I snapped this picture then decided to just observe and that was when I noticed two anomalies. The extremely large tail, which I wonder if this can determine their age.  The other was a shiny object under its front flipper. I couldn’t tell what this was until I was out of the water reviewing the pictures that I saw the fish hook tangled around the flipper. If only I was brave and knowledgeable enough to free it of this man made entanglement. This is just one small example of the effects that our trash has on other species.

    Photograph by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

  • Sandy Bottom At Mahaiula Beach

    Snorkeling just under 8 inches of water is entertaining, especially at Mahaiula beach. The incoming waves push and pull around with ease. Sometimes leaving you high and dry on the beach as you flop around like a turtle to try to get back into the water. Here I shot an image of the backside of a wave that kicked up the sand as it was breaking. A cool design.

    Photography by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

     

  • Behind The Wave

    Part of my Shallow Water series, I shot the backside of this small shoreline wave as it curled to break. Inspired by Clark Little, however not intending to duplicate but more to capture waver behavior, I anchored myself where the waves began to curl and was excited to see this shot.

    Photography by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

  • Lone Palm Honu

    Lone Palm. Between Kiholo bay and Waikoloa, traveling on HWY 19, there is a turn off with a single palm tree in the parking lot. Here is the start of a pathway that cuts through the treacherous A’A lava field that takes you to a black sand beach with a lone palm tree. Hence the name… Lone Palm. Here is where I have camped several times with my family and knew the reef was still alive and not yet destroyed by the presence of careless people.

    I am completely fascinated by turtles, Honu in Hawaiian, and was fortunate to find one swimming nearby. I think I followed him around for a good hour, photographing and watching his habits. As big and bulky as they seem they are quite graceful in the water. Gliding up and around the rocky shore. I shot this last photo of the turtle before leaving the water, which became one of my favorites of the day.

    Photograph by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

     

  • Kahaluu Honu #3

    This Hawaiian turtle peers back at me as I photograph him swimming along the surface at Kahaluu beach park.

    Photography by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

     

  • Kahaluu Honu

    Snorkeling around Kahaluu in search of a turtle to photograph with no success, I just about gave up and headed back to shore, but then I spotted him… right underneath me.

    Photograph by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

  • 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

     

     

  • 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!