Yesterday I was on a snorkel cruise on Lana’i and had a chance to experiment with my new underwater housing for the iPhone. I love it! I’ve used a Canon G9 with a housing and the image is extremely grainy so I’ve been looking for an alternative. We have an Ikelite housing for the 40D, but it’s a beast and not really practical for shooting a job like this.
Enter Watershot. I heard of the Watershot housing for iPhone when I participated in the annual Phone Camera Show at Frame Arts Gallery. Zac Noyle, accomplished water photographer entered his amazing photos shot using the housing.
It takes a little getting used to, but for the most part it’s sturdy and very easy to use. You can shoot stills or video with it. The limitations are the same limitations you have with any point and shoot. The app that it comes with it is free to download and it allows you to shoot rapid fire which is very useful. Here’s a link to the site:
Here are my favorite shots so far!

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Two Worlds

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Trilogy in Hawaii

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I signed up for Franco’s class at Pacific New Media called Memoir: Image and Word/Word and Image. I figure I better sit down and write. Combining words and images is something Franco is amazing at. Many of the photographers I admire are wonderful writers. I think that the right words accompanying images can strengthen them. I want to write because I believe that it’s an important part of the creative process.

This morning I’m having a cup of Morning Joe from Trader Joe’s. The coffee has a roasted nuttiness and no bitter aftertaste. It’s a little weak today. Everyday it’s different. Inconsistent just like me. This morning the cup I picked is one from Fika in New York City. It’s a porcelain version of a disposable cup and I love it’s feel.

There is an interesting interview on the WordPress blog with Steve McCurry on the subject of blogging.
His images are so strong, they don’t require writing. I love the way he posts about a topic…like Reading…and has beautiful images from all over the world that illustrate the topic. There is no doubt that he is an amazing photographer with great vision.

Here’s one on Reading:

Iconic Photographer Steve McCurry Talks Blogging and WordPress.

Today we went on a photo shoot at a black and green sand beach with the Hilo Photo Club led by Robert Frutos, a nature photographer who runs photo tours on the Big Island. It’s a little known spot that requires a high clearance vehicle to access.

When I got there, I was disappointed with the light. The sky was super bright and the lava…well, the lava is dark. No big surprise. Lava is great to photograph when there is a little directional light on it. The beach looked a dirty brown rather than the shades of black and green that one can see at close range. The black and green occur from the mix of lava and olivine. Somehow they separate enough to cause beautiful patterns.

I was using Kris’ 5D Mark II and we discovered that one of the dials was inoperable. We weren’t able to change ISO and shutter speed. I went to the iPhone to see what was possible. On the ride over, I experimented with SlowShutter Cam.

On the Road to the Sea and on the shoreline, I went back to shooting with my go-to Camera+. Love it for shooting and processing:



More Slow Shutter Cam:

wpid-img_3720-2012-12-2-21-59.jpgwpid-img_3721-2012-12-2-21-59.jpgThese are the modes available in Slow Shutter Cam:

Automatic is like shutter priority. Changing freeze frame to save and you can change your exposure.
Manual mode lets you change your exposure.
Light Trail allows you to paint with light
If you want to learn more about exactly how it works here’s a link to the online instructions:


During the Thanksgiving weekend, many artists show their work in their homes around the Village.

I was able to sneek out for a quick peek at my favorites and I wanted to share two of them.

I visited Mary and Ken Goodrich’s home and loved their latest folios. They were exquisitely printed  sets of black and white images. They are truly a talented couple and very generous in sharing knowledge.

I’ve been admiring is Rising Mist, one of Mary’s images. I now am a proud owner of a matted print.

Rising Mist by Mary Goodrich

The image is on her home page. Here’s a link to Mary’s site: And a link to their photo retreat site:

Lisa Louise Adams is one of the most productive artists I know. She made these fun mini-vases – hundreds of them. I had to have one and found that it’s perfect to display tiny, delicate cigar flowers. Here’s a link to her site:

I’ve been enjoying Kat Sloma’s photography blog. She so generously shares information about photography with helpful lessons that inspire. Recently, she organized a postcard swap called Liberate Your Art 2012. The instructions were simple, you send in six cards with postage to Kat in Corvallis, Oregon. I’m not sure how she did this, but she mailed each of the 193 artists five cards plus one of hers.

Here are the stats of participation:
1152 individual pieces of art liberated
193 artists participating
11 countries represented

Here are the wonderful cards I received.

The card with the four happy singing birds  was from Joanna Crompton in New Zealand who contacted me via Facebook. Here’s a link to her blog: I was able to send her a postcard and hope to keep in touch with her by following her blog and FB posts.

Please let me know if you sent the other cards I received. I will add your info to this post.

I love that these artists came together with nothing more than an interest in sharing. Thank you, Kat Sloma!

It is in Mustang in Nepal where Luigi Fieni took these beautiful images of the pristine landscape. I was so moved by them, that I searched out more of his work and found the Room of 1000 Demons on the Photo Eye site. They reminded me of the dancers I photographed in Bhutan during the tsuchu. He captured the movement in abstract form that is brilliant in a still photograph.

I love his piece  called “What Am I Doing Here?” speaking about the Himalayas… “In the silence of the mountains I have discovered true voice and creative expression.”