December 7, 2015

Aloha everyone!

We’ve got so much news to share with you that I don’t even know where to start, so I’ll just jump in…


I think the last time I left you I was heading out to Italy and France on a journey with my wife. Well, it turns out that trip was beyond amazing and everything we needed right then.  It made me realize how much I missed Italy and Europe in general.  I really want to be able to spend more time in Europe on a regular basis.  6 months Hawaii, 6 months Italy?  That sounds pretty much perfect, doesn’t it?

We ended up flying in to the Palermo and renting a car.  Over the next month we drove that thing up to Rome, made our way to Tuscany where we rented a house with my parents and wife’s parents and rented another car and drove to Paris where we eventually flew home from.

While in Tuscany, the 6 of us rented a home for a week, where we cooked pasta every night and drank the finest of Italian red wines. This is a lifestyle I could get used to. Oh, and Caroline and I shared a little news with the family that we were going to be expecting our first child in April!  In fact, the baby is due on my birthday.  Kinda cool, huh?


There will be a handful of images available from this trip, coming soon in both limited and open edition! More on that later…


As you may have noticed, I’m in the process of switching up my branding from to The reason for this is multi-faceted, but over the long term it will help new collectors associate the website with my name and hopefully help them to remember my name a little easier too.  Who knows if they’ll be able to spell it, but we’ll see…

The name will still be used, but I’m hoping to start doing some photography workshops in different locations in the United States and abroad and what better name to use for this endeavor than Earth Trot?

Open Editions

This has been in the planner for a long time. And I think with the new branding, the launch of the open editions just falls right into place. So for those of you who don’t know, Open Editions are images that I’m selecting to be limitless in their production runs. This means I may run 1000 copies of a piece or 10 copies, it’s not limited.  Generally these pieces tend to be much less expensive.  This is the case here, with prints starting at only $75!  That’s a far cry from the Limited Edition prints which start at $395.

Oh, along with the Open Editions, we are also offering two different finishes. First is the high gloss metal which is really fantastic, and lasts forever.  The second is the more traditional Premium Archival Paper.  This is photographic paper that is rated as archival and is expected to last nearly 100 years in the right lighting conditions.  This is a big jump because now with the addition of archival prints, collectors are more flexible in regards to how they would like to frame or mat their prints.


If you are on Maui, you may have noticed we’ve been hanging around the mall a bit lately.  That’s because we have opened up two kiosks for the holidays upstairs by the food court.  So, after you finish your lunch at Maui Tacos, cruise on over and check out some new work on one of our interactive displays, watch our 25 minute long video or talk story with a sales associate.  This is also a good time to pick up a copy of my book for the holidays!  They make greta gifts, by the way…

Speaking of making great gifts, if you do want to score a copy of The Kingdom of Maui for the holidays, you better order it as soon as possible to get it before Christmas.  Technically the post office is telling me by the end of the week you should be ok, but this is the post office, and this is Maui.  Things don’t usually work the same way in the islands, and shipping times seem to always be longer than they say they will be.  Especially this time of year.


As I have referenced in the past, and earlier in this newsletter, I am hoping to start doing some workshops here in Hawaii and beyond.  In addition to private workshops, I will be offering group workshops that will be suitable for all levels of photographer from the complete amateur to the advanced intermediates or better. We’ll be going over all kinds of different techniques and camera functionality along with a little bit of post-processing fundamentals in Lightroom and Photoshop. If this sounds like something you may be interested in, check out this link!


Just decided to book an impromptu trip up to Banff, Jasper and Lake Abraham in January.  This means I will need to start shopping for some winter clothes, balaclavas, crampons and more.  Caroline will be joining me on this trip and we’ll do our best to enjoy it as probably the last trip outside of Hawaii that we’ll be able to jump on before the baby comes.

New Releases!

Since I didn’t get a chance to release any new pieces for a few months, I’m going to throw three new ones out there right now. Including one that recently won an award from the Epson Pano Awards which is a huge international contest for panoramic images.  Check out the three new releases (two Limited Editions and one Open Edition) entitled “Mother’s Milk,” “The Oracle,” and “Magritte’s Window”.

Mother’s MilkMothers-Milk

“Mother’s Milk” | Edition Size: 100 | Sizes: 15″x45″20″x60″ | Starting at: $395
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I shot this piece in the fall from within a stream bed on a cool September morning. What appealed to me about this image was the way it looked like the waterfall was hidden behind a cloak of canyons, almost like protectors watching the sacred water falling from above. Being there made me realize how vital the water is to all the greenery around us. Every green piece of foliage on the mountain sides is dependent on that water for life. I decided to call the piece “Mother’s Milk” as it is like that essential life-sustaining ingredient necessary for the survival of every last plant in the forest.

This image won a bronze medal in the 2015 Epson Pano Awards!

The Oracle

The Oracle“The Oracle” | Edition Size: 100 | Sizes: 20″x30″30″x45″40″x60″ | Starting at: $395
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This is a pretty popular tree to photograph.  I’ve seen many copies of it. However, I have never seen it shot with the lighting I encountered on this particular day.  The leaves were changing color and the normally green leaves had turned to yellow and red. Soon all the leaves would be gone, but for probably another day or two, the leaves had this magical golden color to them.  Pretty amazing looking tree, isn’t it?

Magritte’s Window


“Magritte’s Window” | Edition Size: Open | Sizes: 12″x18″20″x30″30″x45″ 40″x60″ | Starting at: $75
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I have gone by this place a hundred times. I’ve seen it from every angle, yet I never noticed it until just recently.  These three simple trees standing there against the blue sky and green grass looked so surreal and perfect to me. The perfect cloud on top of that set the scene off. It looked to me like something I would see in a René Magritte painting, and so I chose to call it Magritte’s Window. I imagine the view from his window would look something like this.

I know, that’s a ton of info to take in, isn’t it.  I guess that’s what happens when I go away for  a few months and don’t get back into the writing chair. Hopefully it wasn’t too painful.  If you are interested in putting in an order for the holidays, be it books (Which by the way, I forgot to mention, just won TWO Lucie Awards from the International Photography Awards) or fine art prints, I will do my best to make sure you get them before the holidays.  And for the next couple days, I’m running a promo of 30% off anything on the site. Just use coupon code: FB30 at checkout and you’ll get 30% off your order!

Alright, that’s it for this edition, stick with me, I’m excited to share a bunch of new stuff next time!  Have a great week and holiday season my friends!




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