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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 ūüôā

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‚Äôs Northwest shores. The word NaPali means ‚ÄúCliffs‚ÄĚ. 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

Ke’e Winter

Honu, Kalalau Beach

Curious dolphins

Spinners on the move, NaPali Coast

Wave Foam, lucky shot?

While working in the Gallery one day, I could not help but overhear a customer comment: ¬†‚ÄúWhat a lucky shot; he must have been using a very expensive camera.”¬†It got me thinking … are my shots in fact a product of expensive equipment, lucky coincidence or talent? ¬†The customer was commenting on the image,¬†‚ÄúFoamy Flute,‚Ä̬†one of my¬†most successful images.¬†¬†Now, I recognize the customer has no real understanding that the foam (captured in a frozen state) was actually breaking on the sand at a speed faster than the human eye can process or appreciate. ¬†The foam was¬†happening with such speed that it wasn‚Äôt until I got my film back from the lab did I even understand what had occurred in front of me that morning, or just how perfect my timing, composition and exposure really was.

Lucky images are rarely stumbled upon; they are the product of many years of failures and successes. They are about effort, tenacity and memory. When an opportunity like Foamy Flute presented itself, it took every one of those past experiences to apply the proper camera, lens, shutter speed, depth of field, shooting position and ultimately the precise moment needed to open the lens for 1/ 2500th of a second (faster than the blink of a human eye). Ultimately, I captured the image in question, an image whose composition, lighting and timing are as close to perfection as any I have ever taken.

Which brings me back to the answer of my original question … Yes.  My shots are a combination of equipment, luck, and talent to create this very special image. 

Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Image Integrity

“Heroin’s Icy Curl”, photographed by Steve Munch in Kauai’s rich waters.

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: Do you Photoshop or “filter” your images to get those bright colors?

A: No, we try to stay authentic to the original integrity of the image.  Any images you see with especially vivid colors were shot with special film that brings out those colors.  We time our photographs to maximize the lighting and natural play of colors. Mother nature is pretty amazing, we are lucky to share how we see this beautiful world.

“Ventura Sunrise” and “Two Trees” by Steve Munch, photographed with Fuji Velvia film:

“Harbor Cove” by Stephanie Hogue, photographed in late afternoon sun at low tide, causing exquisite clarity and color variation in the Ventura Harbor water:¬† “Harbor Sunset” by Stephanie Hogue, captures a gorgeous winter sunset as it is mirrored in the water:

 

Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Printing On Wood

40″x60″ “Foamy Flute” Artisan Wood with Horizontal Slats

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: How do you get the images on wood?

A: We have a local wood artist carve and shape the foundation. The edges and surface are prepped and the image is printed with a specially formulated ink, directly onto the finished wood foundation.  Yes, it is a big printer!

30″x72″ “La Playa Pier” Artisan Wood with Vertical Slats

Latitudes owner and artist Stephanie Hogue hard at work preparing a wood foundation for a custom order.

40″x60″ “Pastel Dunes” Artisan Wood with Horizontal Slats

40″x40″ “Morning Light” Artisan Wood, Solid

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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Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Special Order Timeline

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: How long does it take to get a special order?

A: Since we do most of our printing in-house, our turnaround time is only about 2 weeks for prints, acrylic, and canvas. 3 weeks for metal, and  4-6 weeks for wood depending on what foundations we have in stock.  If you have a special occasion or a firm deadline, we can often get your item in time, even if it is less than the usual turnaround, just ask!

Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Who is the Photographer

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: Who takes these photos? Do you accept other artists?

A: All of the photos are by just two people, Stephanie Hogue and Steve Munch, the gallery owners and photographers.

Both Stephanie and Steve were professional photographers before they met, Steve already owned a small photography studio as well as a golf shop, and Stephanie was a popular wedding and portrait photographer.

The photographic universe kept bringing the artists together. They knew of each other for some time, but their paths didn’t cross until 2010 when Steve ran across the street in front of Stephanie’s car.¬† They were both in the harbor to photograph the snow-capped mountains and the resulting images were “Mighty Chieftain” and “Snow-caps and Sunshine.”

“Mighty Chieftain” by Steve Munch

The next day fate worked it’s magic again as they were seated next to each other at dinner and Stephanie’s husband, Jim, who knew Steve from the golf shop and photo lab, made the introduction.

“Snowcaps and Sunshine” by Stephanie Hogue

It so happened that both of them needed what the other offered: inspiration and knowledge.  That was serendipitous beginning to this artistic duo joining forces and becoming the photography team known as Latitudes.  We are so happy they did!

Arts & Eats Event- “Explore Our Channel Islands” Collection

There is something about exploring the Channel Islands National Park that makes me feel like a kid on a wild adventure.

Islands that are so close to home yet so remote and removed from the grind of everyday life, Santa Cruz and Anacapa islands really are a place where you can let go and escape, even if for just a day.

Being on the islands inspires me to capture it’s unique beauty.¬† I love photographing the rugged golden cliffs and wildlife.¬† Recently I flew over four of the islands on a helicopter and got a birds eye view…their untouched beauty took my breath away. Truly majestic!

Join us at Latitudes for an exciting evening celebrating the wild and natural beauty of “Our Channel Islands”. Often referred to as “America’s Galapagos”, the Channel Islands National Park, located just off the Ventura coast. It encompasses 5 remarkable islands and their ocean environment, with unique animals, plants and archaeological resources found nowhere else on earth.

 The art collection highlights new aerial photographs of the islands by Stephanie Hogue and classic favorites by Steve Munch.

 In collaboration with Channel Islands Park Foundation, we welcome two island experts to share exciting info and stories.

-The President of the foundation, Marcella Klein-Williams, to share insights and information about the islands.

-Ken McAlpine, author of ‚ÄúIslands Apart: A Year on the Edge of Civilization,‚ÄĚ will be available to discuss his journey through California‚Äôs Channel Islands National Park.

 20% of all proceeds during the event will be donated to the Channel Islands Park Foundation and all purchases over $20 will receive an event-exclusive gift with purchase.

Art Gallery Question Of The Week – Size Options

As art consultants, we are often asked what is possible in our gallery. Each week we will highlight a FAQ on our blog to help you get the most out of your art shopping experience.

Q: Can I get this image bigger/smaller/on any material?

A:  Yes, all of our images are available in any size and on any of our materials. We can customize to fit your space.  The artwork consultants at Latitudes will guide you through your options and any limitations.

Example: “Wooden Pier”

2:3 Ratio (The original ratio for this image)

1:2 Ratio1:3 Panoramic Ratio

Give us a call today or stop by the gallery. ¬†We can’t wait to help you “find yours.”