Drone photography has become de rigueur at way too many shoots these days.
Yes, a drone shot may provide an excellent contextual point of view; but only rarely have I seen any drone shots from weddings or portrait sessions which have any artistic merit whatsoever. And now that everyone (except me) is using them, the novelty is quickly wearing off.
Then again - use of a drone on the family portrait in the top photo did keep the boys fully engaged...
I saw four different sharks on my ocean swim this morning which was one shark too many.
Three of them were White-Tip Reef Sharks which stick to the ocean floor and run away when I approach. The other was large, and swam right by me up on the surface. I only saw the tail flick past my face, but that was more than enough and I hightailed it out of there. As usual, I did not get a photo of the large shark because I was too busy panicking.
First I was seeing Lovebirds in the trees, now Parrots?
This parrot was making a lot of noise and drawing a lot of attention on the beach this morning, and there was no obvious human caretaker in sight. The parrot was loving both the freedom and the attention. It also had a GREAT laugh.
I hate Tomatoes here in Hawaii because they taste like Sprouts - only worse!
The seeds inside tomatoes which sit on my kitchen counter almost always begin to sprout; no matter what kind of tomato or where it was grown. And if you've ever crushed a tomato leaf and smelled it, you know that they have a strong, unique odor; but not necessarily a flavor you want to eat. Just another price we have to pay to live in paradise.
Until this morning I had never seen a Cleaner Shrimp in person - well, except for in the movie "Finding Nemo" that is. This little gal was tucked under a rock and kept coming out every time fish would get near.
I also got a close up of a confection of a flower in the black and white photo at bottom.
Everybody was pitching in to help these Passion flowers with their pollination process this morning. They were all so busy seeking nectar that I was able to get very, very close to them with my camera.
And I almost missed the entire procession of life because the clump of vines at first seemed completely uninteresting. It wasn't until this butterfly caught my eye that the scene unveiled itself.
Looking at my photographs you might think that there are huge clouds of fish along the Maui shores, and you would be right. But many of them, especially goatfish (top & bottom photos), do such an amazing job of camouflaging themselves that it takes a trained eye to spot them. While swimming on the surface this morning, these thousands of fish were almost completely invisible to me and hardly seemed worth diving down to get photographs of.
On the other hand, any of the yellow fishies are always easy to spot.
I took my new underwater point-and-shoot camera with me on my walk this morning and got these three photos. The two black-and-white photos were taken using the microscope setting and are of the stamen and pistils of the same hibiscus flower.
I'm a guy who likes to get out into the ocean several times each week and interact with the creatures I encounter there. I often swim with dolphins, sharks, rays, and whales. Check out my photos on my website: www.TropicalLight.com