Tag: Hawaii

Aerial photography of smoking lava fields of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Seeing in a New Light

Seeing in a new light and from a different angle Considering Different Vantage Points for Your Photography or How to photograph familiars subject in a new way Oftentimes we get to photograph very familiar subjects, for example, cars on the road, flowers (I don’t really photograph flowers, but many people do), well-known places, monuments and ...

Photographic Perspectives

Vantage Points in Photography Using tight and wide shots to tell a visual story In a way, the concept of photographing from a particular vantage point is similar to writing from a particular point of view (POV). Both vantage point (or angle) and point of view define the perspective from which we tell the story, ...

Photographing Rainbows

Photographing Rainbows Some say that rainbows are symbols of hope. I tend to believe that. I love rainbows. There’s something awe-inspiring, breathtaking about them. So, let’s take a look at photographing rainbows. What is a rainbow? Without getting too much into the science behind the rainbows, we’ve learned in school that when white light passes ...

Perspectives – Haleakala

Point-of-View in Photography Photographing Haleakala   As photographers, we are visual storytellers. We choose a point of view, vantage point or perspective from which to tell that story. A short, one-image story might require either an overall perspective (shoot with a wide angle lens to capture the entire scene, for example) or a tight shot, ...

Photographing the Environment

Photographing the Environment – Portraits of Mother Nature Capturing Mother Nature at its worst and at its best   The other night I watched the CNN town hall meeting with former Vice President Al Gore. I’ve watched Al Gore’s first documentary An Inconvenient Truth  (and read the book), and so I couldn’t wait to hear ...

Slow motion live lava backlights a tree branch. Volcano National Park. Big Island of Hawaii. Photo by Alina Oswald.

Photographing Lava

A Few Notes on Lava Photography Lately, Pele, the goddess of fire, has been showing itself to us in all its fiery glory. Hence, those usually photographing and/or reporting on lava flow on a regular basis have been quite busy, and (I guess) excited. But what about the rest of us, those of us interested ...

©Alina Oswald

On Aerial Photography

My Thoughts on Aerial Photography   In last week’s post I mentioned photographing projects related to luxury air travel, an extravagant, elegant way one might choose to travel. In today’s post I’d like to talk about another kind of air excursion–that is, a more affordable one, involving no doors, motion sickness, and breathtaking views that ...

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Mother Nature and Our Self-Portraits: The Brocken Spectre

A Different Kind of Self-Portrait: Mother Nature and Brocken Spectre, aka Brockengespenst or the Ghost of Brocken Nowadays we live in a world of selfies. But Mother Nature, amazing as She always is, offers us a new kind of self-portrait…the image of our shadow surrounded by a rainbow, an optical illusion known as the Brocken ...

cooking breadfruit

Breadfruit: History, Pictures, and Recipes

Photographing the breadfruit tree and a few breadfruit recipes