Another icy morning

We continue to have very frosty, icy mornings here in Portland, Oregon and I’m still not satisfied with the photos I took a couple of days ago of my icy Japanese maple tree. So here’s round two of my tree.

icy frosty Japanese maple tree

Today, I also noticed some great frosty grass leaves so of course I had to get a shot of that. Again, this is just outside my front door.

frosty grass leaves

Icy trees

We’ve been having some really cold weather lately that is causing the formation of ice crystals on the trees in our yard. The mornings are still in the 20’s! Anyways, I once again proved to myself that I don’t need to travel to far away exotic places to capture cool photos. This shot is of a tree in my own front yard.

Ice crystals on Japanese Maple Tree

First time snorkeling

It was an exciting day for my 5-year-old as this was his first time snorkeling. And what better place to try than at Hanauma Bay, Oahu where the water is fairly warm and the underwater viewing rewards are many. He was so excited about seeing lots of colorful tropical fish up close in their environment.

Boy snorkeling Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

My other son (2.5-years-old) being a little too young to snorkel didn’t keep him from enjoying his day at the beach!

Toddler playing on beach at Hanauma Bay, Oahu, Hawaii

Monster waves

Winter on the North Shore of Oahu brings some crazy huge waves!

Oahu North Shore waves

See the person at the end of the point?

North Shore waves Oahu, Hawaii

I wonder if this person survived this wave?

North Shore waves Oahu, Hawaii

People actually swarm here to surf and the crazy part is that there was a guy out there on a boogie board!

North Shore waves Oahu, Hawaii

Surf’s up!

Here’s a shot of a surfer contemplating his plan of attack on the waves on Sandy Beach. That’s Koko Crater in the background. The sun is setting conveniently behind the surfer.

Koko Crater is a cinder cone, with its peak, Kohelepelepe (or Puʻu Mai), rising to 1208 ft or 368 m.

male sufer with Koko Crater in background on Sandy Beach

Aqua Man

Sometimes I like to mix things up and go with a slow shutter speed to create a more painterly look for sports photography. For this shot, I went with 1/6th shutter speed and panned meaning I moved my camera sideways to “follow” the swimmer from left to right. That’s how I got the water to blur (painterly) and the subject (swimmer) is mostly in focus so that you can still tell it’s a man swimming.

man swimming in pool in Hawaii

New flora to explore

I would normally expect to experience all blue skies everyday while on vacation in Hawaii but that’s not the case. The other day the skies were completely cloud-covered but I discovered that I could spend the afternoon using that otherwise dreary sky as a white background to photograph the plants and trees that are very new to me. It turns out cloudy skies make for a great white photography background!

flower against cloudy sky in Hawaii