Waikoloa

  • Foggy Day

    Photograph of trees in a grassy field slowly disappearing into the foggy day

     

    On my diverted way to work I found myself navigating the roads in a cloud. Fighting my need to get to work on time I pulled off the road to photograph these beautiful trees slowly disappearing into the fog. I wanted to spend a couple hours wandering through the forrest to fully enjoy this moment. I don’t witness foggy days like this very often, so when I do I get very excited.

    © Christopher Johnson

  • Ku’uali’i Sunset

    On the edge of the Ku’uali’i fishpond amongst the grass, I enjoyed the rare calm winds during this sunset.

  • Deep Sleep

    A sleeping Honu, turtle, on the dark lava rock of Anaehoomalu Bay. The absence of light reduced the shutter speed enough to give the waves more character.

  • A Row Of 21

    Across the wildlife refuge from the sandy beach of Anaehoomalu a small breeze rippled the water during a beautiful Hawaiian sunset.

    Originally I would have opted for a slow shutter to blur any water movement, but this time the ripples played a huge role in the foreground. I dropped the aperture to 8 in order to keep a good depth of field while speeding the shutter enough to freeze the slow moving water.

    © Christopher Johnson 

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  • Bottlenose Dolphin

    Bottlenose Dolphin at the Hilton in Wikoloa … Hawaii.

     

    © Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

  • Sunrise Sun Star

    On an early morning drive through the upper winding road that passes through Waikoloa I was eagerly searching for a location to shoot the sunrise. A couple of large thin trees caught my eye that I thought could have some potential, but the sun was beginning to rise over the hillside. Here I took the opportunity to use a smaller aperture in order to give the sun more character as a star shape instead of just a blown out highlight.

    I like the character of the tree as the upper branches begin to reach into the darker blue while the base of the tree has the sun star to break up the lines of the hillside and tree.

     

     

  • 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

  • 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

  • Metal Owl Art Off Waikoloa Road

    Driving down from Mamalahoa HWY into Waikoloa I spotted this metal cutout of an owl perched on a fence. This type of creative, whimsical roadside artwork is definitely fun to find.

    Photograph 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

     

  • Kiawe Tree Stormy Sunset In Waikoloa – Monotone

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  • Kiawe Tree Stormy Sunset In Waikoloa

    Single Kiawe tree in a field of dry grass while a storm passes in the distance

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  • Honu Coming To Rest on Anaehoomalu Beach, Waikoloa

    This was an amazing day for turtle sightings. Upon arrival to the Anaehoomalu Beach, AKA A-Bay, my family and I made our way down the coastline away from the hotels only to discover turtle after turtle after turtle. By the time we made it to a little cove, literally around the corner from the main beach, we had counted 15 turtles.

    The turtle pictured here was number 15. It was making it’s way up the beach to rest as the waves continued to pound all around making it struggle. Eventually it made it and slept pretty hardy 20 feet from where we were.

    To give the waves more character and motion I set my camera to aperture priority, enough to slow the shutter to 1/13th sec. This, with Image Stabilizing turned on kept the turtle in focus while blurring the crashing waves slightly. Then in Photoshop, I converted the image to black and white and overexposed +1 to lighten the darks of the turtle and blow out the highlights of the water just enough to make it less distracting.

    The image was nice in color, however, I was adjusting it to work for the Monochrome contest hosted by Popular Photography. Please vote for my image here — http://www.popphoto.com/photo-contest/septphotochallenge2011/photos/all/200250

    by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

     

  • Anaeho’omalu Beach Sunset

    From across the fish pond at Anaeho’omalu beach, A-Bay, the row of palm trees silhouetted by the sunset in Waikoloa is a sight to see. A nice little paved nature hike created by the hotel near by winds around the pond through petroglyph sightings and native fauna.

    I, unfortunately, left my tripod back at the car and didn’t have time to run back and retrieve it… I should have known better. A short flat rock wall was a quick solution to steady my camera for this 5 second exposure. Enough to give the water a smooth character.

    Photograph by Christopher Johnson – www.fromhereonin.com

  • Life on a Barren Land

    Here’s to thinking outside the box.

    When I approach creating an image I am more old fashioned, as if I am shooting with film. I try to get the shot right in the field with the tools I have on hand like filters and a tripod to minimize my time processing the images. However, sometimes the tools you have on hand can’t help always help you. This is when pre-planning for the post processing comes in to play. Preparing to use the tools you can’t bring to the field.

    This shot, with the lava rock framing the tree in the background, posed a depth of field problem for me. I couldn’t shoot a completely sharp image in just one shot because I set up too close to the rocks. Using the HDR method, I shot multiple images at different focal lengths in order to combine later with Photoshop by blending and erasing the layers. Through trial and error I was able to arrive at this shot.