• Washing The Sand Off

    These local boys are washing the sand off each others backs by using this long plumbing pipe found near the water edge. They do this by dipping the pipe into the water, letting it fill completely, then quickly raise it up and let the water flow over one another. Quite clever I thought. It also made for an interesting photo

    This was a split second shot. I looked over, recognized the opportunity, shot, and it was over. After this the boys went on to play somewhere else. During the post processing I was able to dial in the shot more. There were sand toys on the beach these boys were playing with. I felt that with them in the image wasn’t as strong, so I cropped out the sand toys to focus more on the action. I then began to toy with monochrome adjustments with the Nik software, Silver Efex Pro to simplify the shot even more.  By converting to monochrome I was able to darken the foliage to eliminate all distracting detail to help redirect the focus on the boys.

    Waipio Valley – Photography by Christopher Johnson


  • Waipio Valley River

    Waipio Valley River

    Photograph by Christopher Johnson




  • The American River

    Slow shutter abstract photographs of the American river in El Dorado County along HWY 50.

    On a day trip up to Lake Tahoe I was amazed to see the American river so full and aggressive. Rarely have I ever seen it this full. Usually the river winds itself through its own river bed, but now, like a bully in a hallway, it requires more room and pushed itself over the sides of the river bed.

    Without a tripod I thought to shoot the river with a fast shutter to capture the harsh aggressive feel of the water flow, but it just wasn’t working the way I wanted. The images weren’t interesting. Propping myself against a rock, or tree, and image stabilization on gave me the option for longer exposures. The resulting images of 1 to 2 seconds gave me the aggressive movement I was looking for and with a polarizer filter brought out the color of the river rocks below.

    © Christopher Johnson