A predawn flight from Oahu to the Big Island of Hawaii, for a one day surf adventure, turns into a race against the clock, as a huge storm descends upon the islands. The beautiful sunny day that you see in the Big Island View 2 image [link]
(submitted just before this one), had been replaced by dark gray clouds within less than an hour.
Fortunately, a small window of sunlight opened in the clouds directly above my friend Nalu Law as he busted this huge frontside grab, lighting up his bright orange board enough for me to get a decent shot. I say decent, because the resulting slide did not look like this. Please look at the side by side comparison of what the image looked like before & after its respected makeover. [link]
The beautiful tropical backdrop that you see here, looked more like a dark mountain in the original. You see, 4 years ago, when I took this shot, I didn't even have a computer, much less know anything about photoshop. I would submit my original slides to clients for review. My primary client for this shot declined to use it. I then sent it to a secondary client, who not only failed to use it as well, but failed to return it...until 3 and half years later, when I got a package in the mail, out of the blue. I was extremely happy to have these images returned, as I thought I might never see them again. As a professional photog, I always send a S.A.S.E. with my submissions, and in this case that S.A.S.E. was to an address that I moved out of a year earlier. This package was forwarded to me, only days before my one year mail forwarding expired with the post office.
With my now pretty solid photoshop skills in place, I quickly scanned the only 2 images that were worth saving, this one & that of Big Island View 2, and began to restore the true beauty that I always knew was there. The end result is very satisfying.
Sorry for the long story, but I thought it would be good to share the adventure and obsticles that a photog & his image must endure sometimes, before it is allowed to be viewed by the rest of the world.
The story of this image has now only just begun, as I am certain this shot will be published somewhere, someway, somehow...or my name isn't Mana!
Thank you for your attention.
mana: supernatural or divine power.