Photography

Living out in the middle of the Pacific ocean has it’s advantages,

clean air, clear skies and on Maui a 10,000 inactive volcano offer never-ending opportunities.

A photographer by the name of  Wally Pacholka inspired me to give it a go a couple years ago.

Click here to see those shots.  

I’ve been hooked ever sense. Moon shots, night sugar can burns, planetary events and of coarse starry nights.

But none have generated the response this shot of the Milky Way over the top of  Haleakala.

I’ve been getting asked quite a bit about the recent Milky Way shot:

Is this for real? How did you do this? Is this Photoshopped? Is it HDR? Did you use fill lighting? And what were the settings?

Here are the stats… Canon 7D, 16mm fish-eye, 30s, 2.8, iso 1600 – a couple seconds of my headlamp for the foreground,

a couple second with a spot light on the building. Camera on the ground (on wadded up surf trunks to be exact – forgot my sandbag :)

2s timer – Processed in Camera Raw 7.0 CS6 – Here is a screen shot of bridge showing the default raw file and the finished jpg.

Screen shot in bridge. Here you can see the raw file and the edited jpg, also some of the other takes that evening.

Let me know if this is helpful…

Thanks for all the all  likes, shares, comments and interest in this picture on FB.

Subscribe to my Facebook page here :)

12×18 Aluminum Print with a Natural Edge Koa and Mango Frame

Custom prints and frames are available.

 

 

 

Francisco Porcella

Francisco Porcella

Well, after all these years of taking pictures of Peahi (Jaws), I finally got out on the water to shoot from a jet ski. It’s not that I haven’t had the opportunity, I just hadn’t taken any of them for many reasons, like not have a working water housing, not wanting to miss getting land shots, not healthy enough, on and on… So what changed? I got healthy, had a friend do it without a housing, and had a persistent driver who would not take no for an answer. 

Yep, my FaceBook friend Loren Eib messaged me over and over saying he wanted to get me out on the water!

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Maliko Gulch Moonset

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Sunrise set Maliko

   In January we had a solid week of XXL size swells coming’ I picked the second swell, smallest of the week, to give it a go. Loren was excited, maybe more than I was, and kept saying, “can’t wait to see what you get out there.” No pressure :)

So we met for the first time IRL at Maliko Gulch to launch the jet ski. We hit it off right away as we loaded up our stuff and hooked the trailer to my 4×4 truck. Loren got on the ski and I backed him into the water, and off he went. After parking the truck, I waded out to the ski and out the channel we went! 20′ face waves lined the channel as we left the rivermouth, game on! Now I’m excited…

The short ride up the coast was beautiful, the ocean had a calm glassy surface with big surf crashing on the rocky shoreline. Loren gave me some emergency instructions, something like this… ”If I get knocked off… it could happen,  here’s the extra kill switch key, stick it in here, start here and  go…  got it?” As we approached Peahi bay I could see boats and skis and the lineup was already full of surfers. Loren took us straight into the mix to have a look. I was in awe of how close to the surf everyone was, as we saw our first wave, 20′+ up close and personal! Now I am very excited!

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Up close and personal!

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Zak Noyle showin’ how it’s done. (note: real housing)

We moved a little way into the channel as I unstrapped the Pelican case, opened it and pulled out my camera. I had prepared my Canon 70d with a 100-300L in a dry bag setup to keep the spray off. As we went back into the lineup, I could see many of my favorite pro photographers, ALL with real water housings… But I forgot all that when the first real set came through, 30′+ glassy, light offshore and hollow! Now, I’m frothing excited!

     For the next few hours we buzzed in and out of the lineup, constantly moving, dodging rouge west peaks and shooting some of the best tube riding and surfing in Peahi history. I felt right at home, I love riding big waves and it made me wish I was 30 again :)

THANK you! Loren, for being such a great driver and getting me out there.

Mahalo to all the surfers who put on quite a show!

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Billy Kemper in a monster barrel!

The gallery below is some 688 images from the shoot in chronological order.

E-mail me for prints and rates.

 

 Ahhh, and the day ended with this :)

God is Good!

God is Good!

 
 

 

Aloha, this will be an ongoing blog around the building of a new Koa Surfboard. (scroll to bottom to see the process:)

Here we are 3 month after the Koa was picked out to the finish Surfboard :)

Amazing wood, wow, I love Koa!!!

10’3″ Curly Maui Koa Hot Curl Surfboard

This pix shows both sides of the same board :)

This one sold recently at the Native Intelligence Gallery in Wailuku.

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Update: June 22, 2011

The board has been blessed with salt water!

So much fun – we will do it again!!!

 

So much fun – we will do it again!!!

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Update: June 15, 2011

This quote inspired me to make my 1st wood board.

I have an inner struggle with how “perfect” to make um, then I remember these words and stop when it feels good!

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Update: June 13, 2011

Rough shaping done…

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June 2011

 

<<<<  This one sold recently at the Native Intelligence Gallery in Wailuku.

 

This meant a new one was in order.

Finding Koa the size and quality for a 10 foot surfboard is not easy or inexpensive.

A couple years ago I helped cut some massive slabs at our local mill on Maui.

So, I went to see if they were ready for use. ( It takes year or two for the wood to air dry after milling.)

Sure enough it was ready to go and after searching through a  few slabs, I found the one that would produce the board I wanted.

Roughly 11 feet by 24 inches of shimmering curly Koa from high on the  side of  Haleakala, east of the park.

Back at home, I hand planed the rough cut sides to reveal the amazing grain and shimmering curl.

A  Hot Curl template was selected and rough fitted to the piece of wood.

It will yielded a 10′+, by 19″  wide, around 2″ thick!

More to come….

 

 

Aloha,

Here are my favorites of the last few months.

Adolescent I'iwi on a Lobelia Grayana, rare indeed!

Adolescent I’iwi on a Lobelia Grayana, rare indeed!

 

Haleakala Silverswords and the Milky Way - now showing at the top of da rock...

Haleakala Silverswords and the Milky Way – now showing at the top of da rock…

 

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Haleakala Sunset – to the east 8/2/13 (15 shot hdr pano)

Kalapana lava flow - HDR composite...

Kalapana lava flow – HDR composite…

 

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Halemaumau Crater

 

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Maui by Air!

 

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Sugar Cane Burn

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Thompson Road Sunset

 

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Supermoon set @ sunrise

 

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Sunset on Haleakala Summit

 

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Makena Sunset

 

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Off the Deck Sunset

 

 

 

 

 

Flossie Sunset/Lightning

Haleakala Sunsise

I love Maui’s winter surf!

We have had lots of fun waves and a couple big swells.

Here are a few pictures and links to Features and Galleries of pictures.

 

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Sup world champ Kai Lenny doing his thing at Peahi…

 

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Air drop by Francisco Porcella.

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Magicseaweed feature gallery.

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Surfline Feature

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Billabong XXL Entry – Ahanu Tson-Dru

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Billabong XXL Entry – Tyler Larronde

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Billabong XXL Entry – Mark Healey

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One of my friends sent me a link to a photo blog project , to post your best 10 picture from 2012.

OK, Yeah, sounded like fun, so I looked for my favorite 10.

This was more difficult than I thought, as 2012 was a very good year for photos on Maui.

With the help of my Facebook family, I was able to narrow it down to 25 or so.

In the end the final choices were for the impact and interactions these images represent.

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We are blessed. This is the view from my deck in Pukalani Maui.

On any give day you will find my wife and I enjoying the sunset at the end of the day.

God has been good to us and we enjoy sharing it with others. #Offthedeck

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This image was hands down the most popular photo this year.

Taken at the summit of Haleakala crater Maui.

Here is a blog post about it.

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I spent some time this year documenting the sugar cane burns.

While this is a controversial subject, it is a fascinating study.

The cattle egrets flock by the hundreds to eat the bug and rodents as they flee the fire.

 Click here to see a time lapse of one of the burns.

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This image is a collaboration with Maui artist and friend Tim Garcia.

Tim had the idea of shooting his hulas dancers with the Blue Moon this year.

3am in the morning and  it all came alive!

Thanks Tim for the inspiration!

Click here to see a FB gallery of the Hula Circle Blessing at the Maui Winery.

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2012 was an amazing year for celestial activities, stars, planets, meteors and eclipses lighting up the skies.

The Transits of Venus  was the rarest of these celestial phenomena, the last one in our lifetime, as the next one is in 2117!

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Maui is the home of one of the biggest waves on the planet. Peahi (Jaws) only breaks a few times a year.

This image is of  Dave Wassel on 1-4-12, this wave won him the Monster Paddle award for 2012.

This photo was the one chosen to represent his amazing ride, very honored.

Mahalo Billabong!

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This photo of the Puunene Sugar Mill was inspired one of Maui’s finest photographers, Randy J Braun.

This year has been an amazing  journey of meeting and working with so many amazing photographers,

through social media meetups, online and in person.

Thanks to the Maui Camera Club for providing encouragement and opportunities.

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This was the first year of travel for me after a couple of  major surgeries.

This service trip to Nicaragua was amazing (God is so gracious).

The Miskito people of the Rio Coco river are amazing, thank you!

The skies were alive with volcanoes, amazing sunsets and lightning storms!

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The vistas on Maui are awesome, inspiring and dangerous.

I almost drove off the road looking at this one, finally had to pull over to shoot this panorama.

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This image is a 10 shot panorama taken from the top of Haleakala at sunset, on one our many photographer meetups.

I’m always amazed at how 20+ people can be taking pictures at the same time and yet get such an awesome variety of images!

Thank You for looking :)

Mike

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OK, this one #11 and  is from 2011, but came back up again in 2012 for another popular round of exposure.

It is my most popular shot ever, with tens of thousands of  views,

and  thouthands of “likes” and comments and continues to be one of my best sellers.

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OK, yeah… I gotta put this one too :)

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The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands.

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Here on Maui the changing of the seasons is subtle. The weather doesn’t change that much, maybe a little more rain and less wind in the winter, but pretty much perfect. For the surfer, we see a huge change, swells from the north will turn our quiet shorelines into raging playgrounds for the adventurous at heart. For our #offthedeck sunset / sunrise addicts, it means the sun will move south, clearing the mountains and setting in the ocean once again. Sunrise are better and the rainbows more plentiful! I, for one any ready for winter :)

Here are some of the end of summer images as we head into winter.

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Here’s a taste of surf to come!

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With each new swell at Peahi the bar is raised, new heroes are made and reputations are solidified!

Here it is only October and the bar has been set really high!

For two days Peahi dished up some of the biggest, cleanest waves the world has ever seen.

Where do we go from here?

I can’t wait to see!

Click on any picture to go to the gallery of the day :)

Day one – 10-9-12                   Day two – 10-10-12

Albee Layer 10-9-12

Mark Healey 10-10-12