Photography Blog

Rise and Fall at Kealakekua Bay

04 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

I’m afraid of water. There, I said it.

Maybe I’d better clarify. I love to drink a cool glass of water, and I enjoy the fish tank at the dentist’s office. I can always appreciate a good rain. So when I say I’m afraid of water, it is more a fear of drowning because I’m a poor swimmer.

And yet somehow, I found myself riding a giant boat to Kealakekua Bay for some snorkeling. (more…)

Smartphone Saturday: Lonely Chapel

01 Aug 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Places

No how-to tutorials or epic stories today. It is Smartphone Saturday. Just a simple, unedited photo from my smartphone.

Ten minutes earlier we were running off the beach at St. Andrews to our van, in vain hopes of escaping a sudden Scottish downpour. We cranked the heater to its highest setting and drove north toward our next destination in Perth. But as we drove, the sun appeared again with a warm and bright fury that we hadn’t yet experienced since arriving in Scotland. It shone as if to point out this lonely chapel, sitting on a hill in the middle of a cemetery near Pickletillum. We knew we had to pull off the highway for a few minutes to soak up the sun, and the ornate and peaceful vibe of the chapel and its grounds.


Straggler in the Redwood Forest

31 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in People, Places

My son William is just a couple of years old, and he’s growing every day. But he’s got a lot of catching up to do if he ever wants to get as tall as these redwoods.

As you can see from this photo, he’s also got some literal catching up to do.


Seashells (Not) By the Seashore

30 Jul 2015, Posted by P.J. Oswald in Things

I’m no beach bum. I can handle approximately 10.3 minutes in the sun before I start to sunburn. At the start of summer I told my doctor about our plans to visit the Big Island of Hawaii in the coming weeks. “Buy a rash guard. Long sleeves,” she said. It was more of a command than a piece of advice. Point taken.

Despite my low tolerance for sunlight and beaches, I love the snorkeling opportunities that tropical islands offer. To gaze at the vibrant colors and aquatic life underneath the waves is otherworldly. It slows my pulse and makes my mind race all at the same time.

How unexpected then that I would see so many of these underwater colors before dipping a toe into the water! (more…)

Is your camera roll filled with hundreds of dim and blurry nighttime photos?

I’ll bet you’ve hit the same wall that I did in capturing nighttime photography whether you snap your photos on a smartphone or a fancy DSLR camera. And if your story is anything like mine, you might have resigned to thinking that photography is best left for daytime. And you’d be wrong. Don’t give up on nighttime photography!

Some of the most interesting shots you’ll ever take will happen “after hours”. The mild nighttime light offers you a whole new look at that person, that landscape, that environment, or even that starry sky. If you slow down and follow a few steps, a whole new world of nighttime photography will open up to you. That, and you’ll hit the trash button on your camera far less often.