We had an awesome adventure the Summer!

Slideshow and Toby Neal (my much better half) blog posts below.

Day 1


Day 2 –


Day 3


Day 4


Day 5


Day 6 –


Why Blog?


Day 7


Day 8


The Twilight Zone- Day ?


Day 8a (9)


Day 9 (10)


Day 11


Day 12


Day 13


Day 14-16


Day 17 –


Day 18


Day 19


Day 20


Day 21


Day 22


Day 23-26


On Getting Lost


Day 27-28








Living out in the middle of the Pacific ocean has it’s advantages,

clean air, clear skies and on Maui a 10,000 foot volcano offer never-ending opportunities.

A photographer by the name of  Wally Pacholka inspired me to give it a go a couple years ago.

Click here to see those shots.  

I’ve been hooked ever sense. Moon shots, night sugar can burns, planetary events and of coarse starry nights.

But none have generated the response this shot of the Milky Way over the top of  Haleakala.

I’ve been getting asked quite a bit about the recent Milky Way shot:

Is this for real? How did you do this? Is this Photoshopped? Is it HDR? Did you use fill lighting? And what were the settings?

Here are the stats… Canon 7D, 16mm fish-eye, 30s, 2.8, iso 1600 – a couple seconds of my headlamp for the foreground,

a couple second with a spot light on the building. Camera on the ground (on wadded up surf trunks to be exact – forgot my sandbag :)

2s timer – Processed in Camera Raw 7.0 CS6 – Here is a screen shot of bridge showing the default raw file and the finished jpg.

Screen shot in bridge. Here you can see the raw file and the edited jpg, also some of the other takes that evening.

Let me know if this is helpful…

Thanks for all the all  likes, shares, comments and interest in this picture on FB.

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12×18 Aluminum Print with a Natural Edge Koa and Mango Frame

Custom prints and frames are available.



Aloha, this will be an ongoing blog around the building of a new Koa Surfboard. (scroll to bottom to see the process:)

Here we are 3 month after the Koa was picked out to the finish Surfboard :)

Amazing wood, wow, I love Koa!!!

10’3″ Curly Maui Koa Hot Curl Surfboard

This pix shows both sides of the same board :)

This one sold recently at the Native Intelligence Gallery in Wailuku.


Update: June 22, 2011

The board has been blessed with salt water!

So much fun – we will do it again!!!


So much fun – we will do it again!!!


Update: June 15, 2011

This quote inspired me to make my 1st wood board.

I have an inner struggle with how “perfect” to make um, then I remember these words and stop when it feels good!


Update: June 13, 2011

Rough shaping done…


June 2011


<<<<  This one sold recently at the Native Intelligence Gallery in Wailuku.


This meant a new one was in order.

Finding Koa the size and quality for a 10 foot surfboard is not easy or inexpensive.

A couple years ago I helped cut some massive slabs at our local mill on Maui.

So, I went to see if they were ready for use. ( It takes year or two for the wood to air dry after milling.)

Sure enough it was ready to go and after searching through a  few slabs, I found the one that would produce the board I wanted.

Roughly 11 feet by 24 inches of shimmering curly Koa from high on the  side of  Haleakala, east of the park.

Back at home, I hand planed the rough cut sides to reveal the amazing grain and shimmering curl.

A  Hot Curl template was selected and rough fitted to the piece of wood.

It will yielded a 10’+, by 19″  wide, around 2″ thick!

More to come….



Maui has seen one of the best winter surf seasons in a long time.
Peahi (Jaws) has had some great days!
Below are the links to the full galleries of each.

Paige Alms A little bit of history made on this one!

Paige Alms
A little bit of history made on this one!


Peahi 1/22/15

Peahi 1/21/15

Peahi 1/21/15

Peahi 12/22/14

Peahi 12/22/14



Peahi 12/9/14

Peahi 12/9/14

The journey is what it’s all about… The decision of where to go…

The views along the way… the clouds, so cool…

Moonrise at sunset on the rim of Haleakala crater… chased by clouds higher up mountain…

Yeah, the experience…

10000 ft, can almost touch the moon… chased out again by high winds and fog /sleet…

Down the mountain, looking for holes in the sky to shoot the remainder of the eclipse…

Yep, it’s all about the journey!


Sunset from Haleakala…


Sunset  reflection at moon rise from Haleakala…

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6 hour, or so,  composite :)