Hawaii: Mauna Kea

If you're going to the Big Island, and if you have any fascination with the night sky, you won't want to miss Mauna Kea.  Home to the world's largest observatory and nearly 14,000 feet above sea level (and above most cloud layers), you won't see more beautiful stars, especially if…

Hawaii: Pukas

In Hawaiian, "puka" means simply "hole."  It is most commonly used in association with the small shells strung together into a necklace.  These have a naturally occurring hole, making them nature's beads.  The term is also used to refer to holes in the lava rock, much like Pali Puka on Oahu…

Hawaii: Adventures in HDR

I've never quite understood the appeal of HDR (high dynamic range) photography (much like I don't go goo-goo over waterfalls).  They tend to look overly fake, oversaturated, and cartoonish.  I generally prefer to represent scenes as close to how I actually saw them as possible (with the occasional artistic flair).…

A Taste of Paradise

I have to skimp slightly on this week's post, but I promise more soon.  I have a really good excuse.. I'm chilling in paradise and have to prioritize snorkeling and mai tais over blogging.  But fear not!  I am traveling with photographers, so we're taking lots of fun photos. (more…)