I took this photo early afternoon while hiking along the sunny Napali coast in Kauai. This particular coastline is filled with 17 miles of cliffs and treacherous terrain, but the tropical view makes it worth all the while. I shot this image towards the beginning of the trail when I still had enough energy and enthusiasm to hold the camera steadily. This piece really holds a lot of sentiment to me, not only for memories but for the meaning I find in it. It serves as my reminder that life will pull us all on different paths with different challenges but we so often forget to stop along the way and take in the beauty of life before we go on. Life is more than the pain and effort we must experience, we must search for inspiration in the beauty that exists around us. In this photo the nature and ocean resembles the strength and beauty in life that we may overlook.
Taken on Ponto Beach Campgrounds, on a beyond perfect day, this is a Daydream you need to be a part of. Let your mind settle and drift off into the ocean blue as you stare off at the rolling fabric of the horizon. You lose yourself in the soft, gentle waves as they lull you into a realm between your dreams and reality."
Taken in Maui, this larger than life wave shatters right in front of your eyes. Fractured, like glass, this piece draws you in with its mixture of crystal clear hues and multitude of bright, vivid blues. You can see the powerful forces that make this wave, as well as the gentle elegance the wave creates as it breaks apart and dances into the open air. Showing us the true forces of nature.
This has treasured spot for me under this bridge. The towering concrete columns reaching out into the ocean. The geometry is the perfect contrast the unbreakable waves. As someone who relishes in sunsets over the water, I seem to forget that reflection of color over the water is simply that, a reflection. I’m so used to looking out and seeing such vibrancy on the water that it’s easy to believe the water itself is painted orange or red. In this image it looks as if someone painted the columns down into the bright orange ocean. I am so drawn to massive clouds sailing over the beautiful sunset, pulling with them the royal blues of the night sky.
I took this in the beginning of my exploration with abstract photography on a warm afternoon just as the swell was changing again for the evening tide. You can see the different directions that the waves were being pulled in, making for a beautifully scattered reflection of the sunset. I find it enchanting how the soft yellows of the sunset bleed into the deep shadows of the ocean and clouds creating that perfect pink. This piece just emanates peace and warmth, and comforts the mind.
In this piece I feel I was able to depict the first light of the crisp morning colors through artist’s eyes. Rather than capture the view, I wanted to focus on capturing the feeling and mood of this calm morning. I’d spent the earliest hours of the morning going for a sunrise surf. It was my favorite part of the day, this moment; Sitting on the sand with my salty cold skin being warmed by the newly risen sun and the remaining adrenaline still swimming in my veins. I was completely awake with the ocean and the day was as fresh as the cool water. The cool crisp colors in this picture really capture that feeling of gentle clarity that this morning brought. The brisk silvers you see were created from the ocean water rushing into the lagoon, that’s why the strokes of sand and earth lay before the foreground becomes sharp blue ocean once again. This piece just ignites a gentle exhilaration for me, the calmness that I seek when starting my day.
I took this image on the first day of vacation with my wife from the beach on an island of Turks and Caicos. We sat there on the white sand under the shade of the palms eating our breakfast and looking out into the teal galaxy, because that’s what it was, another world. In this moment we were in such marvelous serenity that it felt as if we couldn’t possibly be in the same universe in which the stresses of life existed. Peering out from between the palm leaves, looking out upon the endless perfection of water I found such a peace, and now whenever I stare into this image I feel that same same weight of the world seem to slip away. I love this piece because to me it holds the kind of rejuvenation my soul can rest into.
One evening I was sitting down to eat dinner with my family, but while talking with my wife I noticed the incredible dancing colors behind her as the sun was beginning it’s descent. Even from my kitchen window I could tell this was going to be a sunset like never before. In a -comically hysterical- rush I mumbled an incoherent explanation and rushed out the door, grabbing my camera bag on my way out. The image I got was completely worth the cold dinner, and that’s saying a lot because there is few things I enjoy more than my wife’s cooking. By the time I got there the sun was still shining bright and the water was unusually blue and crystal clear. The clouds did nothing to darken the sky but they did seem to absorb the colors of the sun beautifully. Between the warm sky and the cool ocean the scene just became a heavenly marriage of color. My eyes found the lilacs and yellows somewhere in between and I was just instantly drawn into nature’s beauty. The glassy reflection of the sky above on the wet sand stitched together the deep blues with the pastels of the bright setting sun. The little piece of escaped heaven was token enough to grant me forgiveness for my disappearing act.
This image was taken out on the Del Mar Jetties toward Camp Pendleton. This piece is titled “Little peaks” for the way the two caps of the swell seem to resemble a small mountain range. I caught them right as they were beginning to roll back out into white water, creating this crisp edge at the top, like the peaks of two mountains. The clear lines in the waves make them seem to loose all motion, transforming it from a snapshot of a rushing wave, to a still-life of a steady landscape. My favorite part of this piece though is actually the two small hidden treasures. If you look closely you can the lone seagull flying off toward the horizon, toward the even less visible naval ship in the background. It’s subtle, yet ominous appearance is a clear contrast to the joyful picture of the two waves depicted.
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