Thursday, April 1, 2010

New Pictures 1004 Stock Photo Gallery - Be the First to Publish!

Oceanic whitetip sharks, Carcharhinus longimanus, are from one of the best encounters I've ever had in the past. On that day my partner and I encountered a pod of short-finned pilot whales, Globicephala macrorhynchus, five oceanic whitetip sharks, and then one humongous blue marlin, Makaira nigricans or Makaira mazara! Short stories are posted here respectively: Short-finned Pilot Whale Silhouettes of Kona Coast of Hawaii, Five Oceanic Whitetip Sharks of Kona Coast of Hawaii, and One Humongous Blue Marlin of Kona Coast of Hawaii.

Kiholo Bay and Maui shots are from this post: Kiholo Bay and Haleakala of Maui - Going around the Big Island - Part I. The panorama shot was made of three pictures - stitched together in Photoshop Photo Merge. I wasn't happy with the result but the technique has such potential to make a seriously high quality landscape pictures which may exceed the quality of a medium format cameras.

New Pictures 1004 - Stock Photo Gallery - Images by Masa Ushioda

Next I processed humpback whale, Megaptera novaeangliae, surface actions, including fluking (fluke-up dive), head breaches, tail breaches (peduncle throw), etc. from a single good whale watching day.

Sad thing is that I would no longer be able to take crystal clear shots of those exciting whale surface actions. At least, not any time soon. The Kilauea volcano has been very active in recent years, and the heavy VOG (volcanic smog) has been roaming around leeward side of the island most of the time.

Vog is a type of air pollution, so the smog obscures everything including photographs. More importantly the polluted air causes major effect on human health. For example, unfortunately I had to become a casual inhaler user. Please read more on VOG and humpback whales in this post: Humpback Whales in VOG - Volcanic Smog.

Finally I added some gorgeously colored mahi mahi, Coryphaena hippurus, pictures including both bulls and cows (a bull is a male fish and has a square head and usually bigger and tougher). A few FAD (Fish Aggregation Device) and other fishing related pictures are included here, too, as Hawaii's mahi mahis are typically found at those offshore FADs.

I love mahi mahi in many ways. First of all, I love to fish them. They are one of the most acrobatic fish, so fishing on light tackle is very exciting. Second, I love to swim with them as they look great underwater. They change colors frequently. The sparkling neon blue to the glittering golden color are simply stunning to look at underwater as well as on the pictures. Third, I love to eat them. They are the one of the best fish to eat in the world. In my opinion, their market value is very under rated. For more details on mahi mahi actions, please read this post: Mahi Mahi Extravaganza! - Part I of The Epic Wildlife Encounters.

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