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Big Island Air by manaphoto Big Island Air by manaphoto
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 The beautiful sunny day that you see in the Big Island View 2 image [link] (submitted just before this one), had been replaced by dark gray clouds within less than an hour.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.
Aloha, Mana

mana: supernatural or divine power.
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niimo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Great story man, thanks for taking the time to tell it. I know, sometimes when I try to write about photos, may it gets long and I eventually give up and just submit it. But sometimes when I do write them, I get a comment from someone who really appreciates or enjoys hearing it--so it's all worth it. :) This one was definitely worth reading.

..the background looks like Poho'iki, I forget, did you say you've been there?
manaphoto Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Professional Photographer
Kool, thanks for taking the time to read it and appreciate it. The majority of my photographic career has been done on slide film, as a result, I have well over a thousand slides floating around out there with different clients. Most of which will never find there way back to me, but every once in awhile, a few make it back to me.

Poho'iki, yeah, we call it Secrets!
Did you see the scenic shot that is right before this one...[link]
niimo Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Hobbyist Photographer
Wow man.. that must have been a tough reality to deal with at first. Having so much of your work never returned to you. jeez.. I guess in that way, digital has done an amazing thing for professionals, huh?

Secrets, ohh now I am wondering how many times I've heard it talked about and never new!
hahaaa That place was my moms home surf spot for a lotta years. Did you ever see my poho'iki series? [link]
manaphoto Featured By Owner Jul 9, 2007  Professional Photographer
Yeah, when I was first trying to break into the surf industry, I would take a lot of chances in order to get my work out there. Before the days of digital, a client would be much more likely to use a shot, if they had the slides on hand. This is how you become professional, because you don't get dependent on the shots you have already taken, you just keep pluggin' away. I may have lost a lot of really good slides, but I have also been published countless times.
And then there are the times when the client uses the shots, and then never pays the bill, that's a whole other trip. Because most of my clients are overseas, it can be easy for them to take advantage sometimes.

Poho'iki series...I like the panoramic one you did, I believe I gave it a fav.
aefg Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2006
nice pic!
parrothead529 Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2006   Photographer
great photo, I love the colors!
BlueWolf587 Featured By Owner Jul 14, 2006
Beautiful picture as always I love the water against the background. It's awesome how this looks :D! Way to go and as always keep up the good work.
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