Images by Rhonda Galloway: Blog https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog en-us (C) 2021 Images by Rhonda Galloway. All rights reserved. imagesbyrhondagalloway@gmail.com (Images by Rhonda Galloway) Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:08:00 GMT Mon, 16 Mar 2020 07:08:00 GMT https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/img/s/v-12/u1007548459-o899513460-50.jpg Images by Rhonda Galloway: Blog https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog 90 120 Paradise by the Camera's Light https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog/2017/6/paradise-by-the-cameras-light ALOHA!!

'Aloha' is a familiar word to almost all people whether they've been to Hawai’i or not. A greeting to welcome or say goodbye. For me, since the very first time I visited the islands, aloha has meant, "until next time". I can't get enough of Hawai’i and always feel like I am home when I get there. Everything about it brings me peace from the moment I walk off the plane into the warm, exotically fragrant air, to the lush green landscape with the turquoise ocean in the background.  The beautiful and friendly Hawaiian people are wonderful hosts as they welcome visitors to their paradise.

My 8th and most recent visit was a year ago for our 17th anniversary. My husband Ryan's first visit was on our honeymoon, then for our 5th and 10th anniversaries. We plan to go back again for our 20th and can hardly wait. In that time we have ventured to four of the Hawaiian Islands, each familiarly Hawaiian, but each is also very different from the others. 

O'ahu, or "The Gathering Place", is occupied by 75% of the population of the Hawaiian State, and is the busiest of all the islands. It is is a must see with lots of beautiful beaches and stunning views. A visit to the sobering Pearl Harbor Memorial with it's history and proof of world changing events during WWII is a must. Of course Waikiki Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the world, with its view of Diamond Head, is a playground for sun-seekers and people watching.   

Maui is absolutely breathtaking and has much to offer such as the scenic Hana Highway, sunrises from the crater of Haleakala, whale watching in the winter months, beautiful beaches, lots of shopping is great to visit and experience. It is a slower pace then O'ahu, but still affords those that enjoy nightlife some terrific bars and restaurants where you can enjoy live music with the gentle ocean breeze on your face.

The Hawai’i Island, more commonly known as "The Big Island" is large enough to hold all of the islands with room to spare. Therefore, lots of places to travel without seeing another soul, which is a glorious escape to enjoy the calm the islands bring. It also has 11 of 13 of the world’s climatic zones, from desert, to amazing rainforests and even snow on the tops of two of the highest mountains in the world, (measured from the sea bottom that is). One of those, Mauna Loa is also the largest active volcano on the planet. With all this island has to offer, it easily makes for a photographers dream!!

Our accommodations at the Mauna Kea Beach Hotel, were spectacular, perhaps the nicest that we have ever experienced on our travels together.

The route between the two mountains to the rainforest climate of Hilo on the windward side of the island has become one of our favorite drives with dramatic changes in weather sometimes within minutes on some of the most interesting highways. 

 

Kaua’i was our most recent island, also known as "The Garden Isle", and it comes by this monicker honestly. It is home to the wettest spot on earth, Mount Wai'ale'ale with over 475 inches of rain on average per year. That much rain falling on the top of mountains creates the perfect recipe for waterfalls...and lots of them. Some can be seen by road or hiking, but most are mainly accessible by air, as is the beautiful Na Pali coast, accurately referred to as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific". We knew before we began our vacation that this was a must-see, and planned a helicopter trip with Blue Hawaiian Helicopter Tours to experience the splendor from a birds-eye view.

 

I had to put my fear of heights aside for an hour, as did our pilot...wait, what?! The scenery through the front bubble of the helicopter was absolutely breathtaking!! It was a spiritual experience for me when our pilot flew us into the heart of Kaua’i, which is the remnants of the crater that created her. We saw waterfalls all around us cascading down almost 3000ft from the top of Mount Wai'ale'ale, called "The Weeping Wall" by the locals. 

One last thing to mention about Kaua’i are the chickens…yes, chickens. We’ve never seen so many chickens. They are everywhere and cock-a-doodle-doo all day and night. They are on the roads (crossing them, maybe?), highways, beaches, hotel grounds, stores, and even restaurants. You pick a spot and they are there, with just as many stories about how they came to be on the island to begin with. These chickens are beautiful, however, in their colorful plumage with deep hues of blue, red and orange.

Last but not least, our stay in Lihu’e was fantastic and we were definitely spoiled by the hotel and staff of the Kaua’i Marriott Resort.

 

For the next two weeks, I will post an image or two a day from Hawai’i and add it to the Hawai’i Collection on my website. If you have never visited Hawai'i, I hope that what I will present makes you want to visit there one day. I know you wouldn't be disappointed.

ALOHA!!

 

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Aurora's Brush Strokes https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog/2017/6/auroras-brush-strokes Mesmerizing, breath-taking and surreal are some of the words that come to mind to describe the show that the universe put on that many I’m sure slept through, as I would have, had I not had to let Riley and Buddy out to do “their business”. Thanks guys! Immediately, I shook myself out of my sleepiness just after midnight on May 28th, 2017 to capture only a fraction of the splendor I experienced.

The sky was ablaze with light…streaks of green, blue, yellow and purple danced above me. In what seemed like minutes continued for over three hours as my artistic mind battled to stay focused on capturing this ballet with the awe I was experiencing personally. As the clouds rolled in like the final curtain of a Broadway play, they only added to the show…the final and perfect encore. The cumulus clouds only served to enhance the drama of purple light along with a wave that seemed to cleave the sky in two.

 

In the cool crisp air of a glorious early Manitoba morning, I was witness to a truly magical display that I will never forget. Aurora graced the sky with her beauty and painted the canvass that is my camera lens with scenes that I am sure will transport you in your mind to witness that magnificent performance with me.

Visit my new gallery “Night Lights” to explore this spectacle of nature as captured through my images. 

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imagesbyrhondagalloway@gmail.com (Images by Rhonda Galloway) Aurora Borealis Lights Manitoba Night Lights Northern Rhonda Galloway artist blog https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog/2017/6/auroras-brush-strokes Thu, 01 Jun 2017 17:47:00 GMT
Abstract Thoughts https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog/2017/5/abstract-thoughts

I see beauty everywhere, and sometimes it’s the most minute thing in a bigger, not-so-exciting picture. Many times when I look through my lens to capture it, my subject may become unrecognizable, or as an artist may say ‘abstract’. This happens because when I isolate a fragment of a natural scene, it may take away the context of its original appearance.

The feeling or sensation you may get from looking at an image can change very quickly once you know exactly what it is you are looking at. Take for instance, gasoline on the surface of water creates beautiful colours, but is very toxic to the environment, so something beautiful close up, but very ugly in the big picture. Close up, the insides of a dandelion are very intricate and amazing, but from afar a yard full of them does not usually convey a good feeling to some looking at them as weeds.

As Henry David Thoreau once said, “It’s not what you look at that matters, it’s what you see.”

I am thrilled to release a new gallery titled ‘Abstract’ on my website. Notice that some of them are not titled, so that you can come to your own conclusion with no guidance from me. If your interest is piqued, and you’re curious about an image, contact me with your thoughts. 

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imagesbyrhondagalloway@gmail.com (Images by Rhonda Galloway) Dancing Dragon Rhonda Galloway abstract artist beauty blog capture original appearance photography blog https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog/2017/5/abstract-thoughts Wed, 24 May 2017 19:16:58 GMT
Perfectly Unexpected https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog/2017/5/TheBestOneYet

People are my least favorite to photograph, but every so often I get a really good shot. It is actually where I started, but then moved on to taking pictures of everything but people, unless someone made a request. People photography is tough because we all have a vision of what we want to look like and it's hardly ever what we see in an image of ourselves. What we see in a mirror and a picture is exactly opposite, hence the reason we never look the way we think we should. For this reason I have chosen to share everything beautiful and non-human around us, with the humans.

With that being said, the image above I did a few years ago of my dad. We were just sitting around right before my graduation and I liked the way the light from outside was hitting him through my dining room and kitchen windows. He worried that he had not shaved yet but I insisted that it was just for fun. What was a shot taken on a whim with no pressure, expectations or money, turned out better than either of us could have anticipated. With this image, which I called ‘Dad’, I went on to win “Best in Show” at the Skills USA Competition in Kansas City in June 2014, right after I graduated with honors, from Dakota County Technical College with a Photography Degree.

After I joined the Professional Photographers of America (PPA) in 2015, ‘Dad’ was entered into a district photo competition where it won a merit. From there it was selected, out of 5700 images, to be one of 2428 accepted into the General Collection of Professional Photographers of America’s 2016 International Photographic Competition. ‘Dad’ will be in the International Photographic Exhibition for 2017 alongside other top photographic works from the competition and traveling to special invitational displays. These images constitute one of the world’s largest annual exhibits of professional photography gathered simultaneously under one roof.

These are some of the best images, the ones in the most unexpected places and times. It was capturing the moment......and a perfect moment it was. 

Meet my dad.....pretty handsome fellow. I may be a little biased though.

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imagesbyrhondagalloway@gmail.com (Images by Rhonda Galloway) Best in Show DCTC General Collection International Photographic Competition International Photographic Exhibition PPA Rhonda Galloway Skills USA blog dad people photographer specialty https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog/2017/5/TheBestOneYet Wed, 17 May 2017 17:05:00 GMT
Randomness & Specificity https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog/2017/5/randomness-specificity Well, I got to week two and hopefully you are still with me. If you’ve been to my galleries you may be wondering exactly what kind of photographer I am, as there is really no one theme. For those who know me, you are not surprised by this, as I am one of the most random people you’ll ever meet.

My images are all about what I am feeling at the moment that my camera is in my hand, and different again when it comes time to edit that image to make it what I want. During my photography schooling, many told me I had to be a specific type of photographer. There are many kinds…..of which I am none…..but perhaps all. If it looks pretty, odd, funny, colorful, interesting or moving I capture it, as I see it.

In the beginning I wanted to blog about specifics of an image. I decided that I do not want to take away from any of my images by telling you my feelings about it, or give you specifics on it, as it can ruin how you feel about it. Some really beautiful images are found in the weirdest places and sometimes the most basic things. I want you to form your own feelings and opinion on my images without much input from me.

If you happen to see an image of mine that you want more information about, please contact me and I’d be happy to share with you. I just don’t want to ruin it for everyone else.

Kind of like when you hear there is no Sant…….never mind.

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Finally, Not Perfect but Unique https://www.imagesbyrhondagalloway.com/blog/2017/5/finally-not-perfect-but-unique 5-4-3-2-1-CHEESE!

So here I am, finally doing a blog on my very own website about my images for the world to see. I think I have been lost for too many years now trying to make it perfect, something that I now realize is unattainable. My mom said to me recently, ‘Wouldn’t you rather be unique than perfect?’

My answer….ABSOLUTELY! So, unique it is!

This all started when I was very young and envied the kids in school that could draw or paint absolutely anything. To me that was expression of their souls and how they saw the world. I wanted to be an artist just like them. To me, though, an artist was someone who created something on paper or other media from their imagination, not simply conveying what was already there like I do with my lens.

I have always seen the beauty in the detail in almost everything, and thought everyone else saw it too. I didn't realize that so many didn’t, until people started to take notice of my photos and wondered where I saw the things that I captured through my lens. At this point, I just wanted to learn more about photography, so I could share more with even better quality photographs. 

While in college taking my photography degree, I realized that I could transform my photographs into something more, images with my impression, from my imagination, to create art. I was told that I am an artist, but through the lens of my camera. I finally did it. I'm one of them, but in my own unique way.

Perfectly imperfect!!

So, going forward, I would like to add an image a day, which will be added to the galleries on my website and my weekly blog images will go into the ‘featured’ gallery. Thank you for taking the time to read my first blog, and if you liked it please share and if you have any feedback, I'd love to hear from you. 

Take the time to look around you and see the beauty that we are fortunate enough to have around us everyday. It’s really there…..just look.

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