Happy Hawaii Statehood Day!

Happy Hawaii Statehood Day!

Each year, Hawaii Statehood Day falls on the third Friday in August. Hence, this year, Hawaii Statehood Day or Admission Day is August 20, 2021. Here are a few images from the Aloha State: Aerial photography of smoking volcano. Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald. Award-winning image of juried contest. SoHo Photo NYC [...]

More Learning from Photographers

More Learning from Photographers

...the story behind my obsession with (photographing) the VFT carnivore plant Here's an excerpt from my book, JOURNEYS THROUGH DARKNESS: A BIOGRAPHY of award-winning, legally blind photographer Kurt Weston: In 1993, Kurt Weston founded SWAN--Surviving With AIDS Network--a grassroots group that offered those living with HIV a safe place to be, socialize, and share their [...]

Calm Imagery

Calm Imagery

Lately, I've noticed terms like "calm images" or "calming photography" or popping up in online searches. I think it makes sense, based on the rollercoaster so many of us have been through this the past year...years, actually. Hence, there's no surprise that we seek creative work that's more soothing and calming for the mind, body, [...]

How to Talk About Your Images

How to Talk About Your Images

Should you and (if yes) how to talk about your images, your creative work? The other day Facebook "reminded" me of a picture from a couple years ago, showing yours truly with her artwork at a gallery opening. Looking at it through the present Covid-19 lens, the image appeared to speak of a time long [...]

Photographing Hawaii

Photographing Hawaii

Today, August 4, is President Obama's birthday. Since he's a Hawaiian native, and also since August 21, only a few weeks from today, is Hawaii Statehood Day, here are a few images from the majestic, mesmerizing Aloha land, the land of rainbows: Leap of Faith: Leap of Faith. Photo by Alina Oswald. All Rights Reserved.Leap [...]

How I Got That Shot – Lava Faces

How I Got That Shot – Lava Faces

How I Got That Shot? Photographing Lava Faces Now that Pele is busy reshaping Hawaii Island, I found myself revisiting a few images of live lava I took years ago, while on the island, in Hawaii Volcano National Park, capturing the many forms and shapes live lava takes while on its way to the ocean. [...]

Blue Hour Photography

Blue Hour Photography

Capturing the Blue Hour(s) of the Day There are only twenty-four hours in a day, but some of those hours are quite special, in particular when it comes to photography. Last week I talked about photographing during the golden hour(s) of the day, capturing the sunrise and sunset. Now, let's look at blue hour photography. [...]

Golden Hour Photography

Golden Hour Photography

Sunrise, Sunset - Photographing During the Golden Hour There's a reason why we call the hours around sunrise and sunset the golden hours of our day. After all, they offer "a kind of magic" as Freddie Mercury would croon (indulge me, I'm a big fan), a kind of magical light that lasts only for a [...]