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Marine Life Photographs by Steve Munch

by Stephanie Hogue

“Black Honu”

I have been a photographer for a long time…25 years to be exact. I have also seen a lot of photos. When I saw the work of Steve Munch, my breath was taken away. His work has a simplicity and elegance I have never seen before when it comes to wildlife. It almost looks as though it were photographed in a controlled environment like a studio. If I had not been by his side for some of these shots, I may have been suspicious. His work celebrates the beauty of these ocean dwellers that many of us will never get to see so up close and intimate.

“Gray Heart”

The sea, once it casts its spell, holds one in its net of wonder forever.

– Jacques Cousteau

“Dolphin Breath”
“Mother and Baby”
“Pelicans in Flight”

Behind the Scenes: Spinner Dolphins

This pod of dolphins approached me while I was photographing turtles. They approached me at first with caution. They seemed to be content keeping their distance, so I continued to stay with the turtles. The group’s second approach was quite different. They seemed much less concerned and far more curious. The encounter lasted over 20 minutes and in the end I left feeling like a welcomed visitor of the pod. I admire how much love these beautiful creatures share with each other and how fortunate I was to get the chance to experience and photograph it.

-Steve Munch

Kauai Images, best time to take pictures.

Photographing waves or wildlife on Kauai, is often far more productive in the mid day light. In a world where most photographers shoot in the pre dawn or pre dusk (Golden Hour) light. Kauai and its tropical waters and reefs are best shooting when the sun is high in the sky, bringing out the many shades of blue and purple
this tropical locations has to offer. When visiting Kauai, sleep in and enjoy your morning, the best light is yet to come 🙂

Wave explodes on the rocks of the North Shore of Kauai

 

Wave passes over a Kauai reef.

Blue wave, against storm clouds. Kauai

 

Dolphins, bathing in the light.

 

Passing Honu, Poipu Beach, Kauai

 

 

Kauai Photography, NaPali Coast

The NaPali coast stretches for 17 miles along Kauai’s Northwest shores. The word NaPali means “Cliffs”. Its beauty above and below the aqua blue waters, make it a must see, when visiting Kauai.

The NaPali coast stretches 17 miles along the Northwest side of Kauai, Hawaii

Arches and falls
await the NaPali traveler.

The cliffs of NaPali, rise high above Kalalau beach

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Honu, Kalalau Beach

Curious dolphins

Spinners on the move, NaPali Coast

Introducing Metal!

The Latitudes family is thrilled to announce the introduction of our newest medium, metal. It is visually comparable to acrylic, is long lasting under various conditions, durable, and looks great with water and wave shots.

Koloa Landing, a beautiful resort and spa located in Poipu, Kauai chose to enhance the walls of their high end resort with local photographic art from Steve and Stephanie. Steve Munch and Stephanie Hogue, owners of Latitudes Fine Art Gallery, have a secondary gallery located in the Kukui’ula Village.

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www-keaniandrade-com-4Let our images take you on a journey throughout time and space. Across the ocean and back.

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Kauai Corner Celebration with Steve & Stephanie!

Aloha! We are excited to announce the newest addition to our gallery;

The Kauai Corner

A Latitudes party would not be complete without Steve Munch and as a special treat he’s flying in from Kauai!

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Join us for light refreshments and snacks

Saturday, December 10th from 6-9pm

Looking forward to seeing our Latitudes family,

Mahalo

What will you find at Latitudes this season?

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Now that the hustle of  the Thanksgiving holiday weekend has passed, it’s time to settle in and enjoy time with family and friends. We are looking forward to “finding our” bliss this year by balancing passion and fun.

We are so excited to share our newest item with you!tote-bag23Due to the success of our last photo tote bag, we set out to blow our Latitudes Family away with our newest version.  So far it has rave reviews- we hope you love it too!

Find your cheer!

Ventura’s annual Holiday Street Fair and Winter Wine Walk is this Saturday, December 3rd. It is Ventura’s “can’t miss” event of the year!  Each year we are in awe of the crowds that fill our little gallery and the excitement is electric.twinkle-panoThe Holiday Street Fair begins at noon and is free to the public through 8pm. Enjoy handcrafted products, live entertainment, and there’s even a rumor of snowfall from 6:45pm-8pm.latitudes-party-2015-hr-112Winter Wine Walk starts at 4pm and we are overjoyed to host Casa Barranca Organic Winery for the second year in a row. Don’t forget to stop by Latitudes, to sample their fantastic sulfite-free wines and say hello to our team. The Wine Walk features world class wines and craft beer. Purchase your tickets here now- they sell out before the event.

Looking forward to sharing the season with all of you.

Holiday Fun and Gift Ideas!!

partyIt was fun meeting fresh faces and welcoming back loyal Latitudes customers at the new Arts & Eats event held in downtown Ventura this past Saturday, November 19th. We hope you will join us next time! To stay updated on future events, follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook.
We will be closed Thursday, November 24th for Thanksgiving! Wishing you a Happy Holiday from the Latitudes Family!

Black Friday special! This weekend only!

Receive a FREE poster of your choice
with any purchase over $75 dollars!

We will be open Friday & Saturday from 10am-9pm and Sunday from 10am-6pm.

If you’re out shopping Black Friday and Small Business Saturday, here are some great gift ideas you can pick up at Latitudes!

Latitudes Posters: Two Trees and Ventura

Latitudes Posters: Your choice of Two Trees or Ventura….FREE with any purchase of $75 or more.

NEW!!! Ventura tote bags....perfect for your groceries!! $14.95 each

NEW!!! Ventura tote bags….perfect for your groceries!! $14.95 each

Latitudes Coffee Table Book $49.95 "Gallery Only Special"!

Latitudes Coffee Table Book $49.95 Gallery Only Special!

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Tile Coaster – “Sand Stars” $14.95

Artistic Adventures – Hawaii Volcano

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Your inside scoop on the stories behind the images.  Tag along with Stephanie Hogue and Steve Munch as they capture the moments that take our breath away.

As I was flying into The Kona, my excitement grew at the chance to see flowing lava from the Kilauea Volcano. It didn’t take long until I was on the foot trail to the point of entry, where the lava was rumored to be flowing heavy.
As I passed visitors making their way back up the trail, I could gather by their body language that I was about to see something very special. After rounding the final corner of a long 2 mile hike, I could see the steam plumes rising high into the blue Hawaiian sky. Walking through the lava field the heat is the first thing I encountered.
Within minutes  I was in the presence of actively flowing lava and standing on the edge marveling at the power and beauty of what is the ongoing creation of an Island. I spent the next few hours observing, enjoying, and appreciating the opportunity to be this close to nature’s most powerful force.
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~ Steve Munch 2016

Arts & Eats – November 19th, 2016

Enjoy a brisk autumn evening with the entire family in historic downtown Ventura! This Saturday, November 19th from 6-9pm, stroll through a handful of galleries while grabbing tasty little bites along the way. Specialty treats will be offered from Jimmy’s Slice, Saloon BBQ Co., SpiceTopia, and Vom Fass with visually stimulating art displayed by Buenaventura Gallery, Fox Fine Jewelry, Latitudes Fine Art Gallery, and Very Ventura. Don’t miss out on this special event!

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