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Brighten Our Day

Maui Sunset

I thought we could all use a little sunshine today…if you’d like to put it on your desktop, just click the image, click ‘X3′ the right-click (pc) or ‘ctrl’-click (mac) and set it as desktop. Enjoy the light!

The Road To Hana

View of Hana From Fagen's Cross

I hope you all had a great weekend! We got a bunch of snow here in Colorado. You might be thinking that is why I decided to share this photo of the sleepy little town of Hana today. There is actually a more inspiring reason behind its selection. A friend of mine, Ted King (you might remember him from this post), shared a very personal and moving story of his own on Saturday. I suggest you read it…seriously CLICK HERE and read it. I promise you will benefit from it. Ten years ago, Ted’s father suffered a stroke. The road to recovery has been a long one. A while back Ted shared with me that his father’s account of his recovery was titled, ‘The Road To Hana’. So this image is for Ted, his family and more importantly his father, Dr. King.

Also, Ted hosts a ride to raise money for the institution that has helped his father. I’m planning on riding it this year, and it would be great to see you there. Find out more by CLICKING HERE.

Standing On The Edge Of The World

Last week, I asked the good folks over at Facebook if they’d like to see a few before and after images to help illustrate the awe inspiring power of the digital darkroom. I had planned on dedicating this week to it, however because of the book club and a annual teen photo contest I help with I was only able to do two days. I hope you understand. Now that we have the apology out of the way, let’s get to it!

Here is the ‘before’ of today’s photograph. I processed this image in Lightroom 4. The primary adjustments I made were increasing the contrast and clarity to give some life to the clouds and silhouettes. I then boosted the blacks and vibrancy to richen (made up word) the colors. I also adjusted a few of the hue sliders to create the color toning I wanted. I will have another before/after for you tomorrow.

In case you were wondering, this is the view from the summit of Haleakala on the island of Maui. If you ever visit, don’t let the clouds scare you away. They usually clear around 9000ft. The summit is over 10000ft, so you can usually get a good view!

A Quiet Night in Hana

The Hana Ranch Restaurant, is one of two places to eat in the sleepy little town of Hana, HI. Its great food combined with sitting out under the stars, listening to the waves roll in from the darkness, makes for quite an evening.

Photographer’s Note: This is a single image processed in Lightroom 4. I know I have sung the praises before, but the new math within LR4 is amazing. Here is the before image, straight out of the camera….yuk!

Magical Maui Moment

This image of the sun setting behind Lani from the coast of Maui was one of those brief, yet powerfully beautiful moments here on Earth. As the sunset, the golden rays disappeared beyond the horizon leaving behind a few short seconds of a magical magenta glow. Everywhere I looked was bathed in this soft pink light. I never witnessed a sunset again like this one. It truly was one in a million.

This moment was so unique, I decide to offer a hand signed limited edition run of this print. You can find all the details about my limited editions page (click here)