Molokai Through Their Eyes

It is time for another “through their eyes” post. This time from beautiful Molokai Hawaii. There is something special about Molokai as you’ll see from the wonderful images presented by some of those who attended the workshop. Remember to click the highlighted link to see more of the photographers work.

Aubrey Yee

Molokai waves at sunset, standing witness to the universe, painting with ocean…


Louise Shoemaker

Finally—Connection!  I danced around this gecko, advancing to get a close shot, watching as he scurried away, then re-emerged because he was as curious as I.  Finally he came to the edge of the leaf and stopped long enough to give me a long, quiet look.  The other photos were ok, but THIS one tells the story of that moment of magical connection.

Gecko Through my eyes

Carla Francis

“Of all the beautiful places we saw during our workshop on Molokai, the Sea Cliffs had the greatest impact on me. The cliffs lit up by early light and the powerful waves filled me with awe and thankfulness for the privilege of being there. I named this image The Power and the Majesty.”

CF-October 29, 2015
“I believe this is my favorite image from our “See the Light” workshop because it speaks to me of the peace and beauty of the people of Molokai. I saw this image right in front of me, looking into the sun and I knew I had to grab one shot before the moment and light was lost. It reminds me to act when I see the moment and to never be afraid to shoot into the sun. Amazing things can happen!”
This image makes me smile thinking how happy these girls were, especially the youngest one. After I told them we are done shooting and that they can now do whatever they want, she immediately climbed the tree! After the mesmerizing performance of hula, the youngest dancer showing her mischievous side, because at the end of the day, kids still will be kids.
After the Dance
I live on the Pacific ocean but never have I seen waves like those in Hawaii. Power, uniqueness & beauty- priceless joy.
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Janice Chipman 
Hawaii is, technically, just a group of rocks surrounded by water.  What makes it so special – aside from the weather – is the color;  the greens and blues of the backgrounds;  the soft yellows and whites of the Plumeria;  and the sun-touched browns of its people.  When shooting at a beach in the Halawa Valley, I had a chance to reduce all the best of Hawaii to its basic elements – some rocks, a little water and a touch of color.  Thanks, John Barclay, for the tour.  Thanks, Jonathan Kingston, for lending me your neutral density filter!
“There is no doubt that the cliffs above Kalaupapa are the reason you come to this area to photograph. Though I loved most of the images of the cliffs themselves, by turning around away from the cliffs, I was struck by the stunning beauty of a Hawaiian sunset that I otherwise might have missed !!!”
DD Molokai Serious-2
Terry Schroeder
The Sea Cliffs on Molokai are a feast for the eye and a place to return to again and again. It’s different every time and invites a deliberate photographic process.  Be still and let the images come to you.
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  1. Howard Grill November 19, 2015 at 9:08 am #

    Wow….what an amazing and emotive set of images…..really fantastic, each and every one!

    • JB November 19, 2015 at 9:27 am #

      Great photographers on this trip Howard. Seems that is becoming the standard. Everyone is getting really good! And this particular workshop tends to inspire folks quite a bit.

  2. Rad November 19, 2015 at 10:24 am #

    Such great images, John. It’s wonderful that you share the images of your participants along with the stories of their connection to the experience.

    • JB November 19, 2015 at 10:28 am #

      Thanks Rad. It is fun to share.

  3. Lea Gallardo November 19, 2015 at 10:29 am #

    Thanks,John. Always so enjoyable to see the work of others.

    • JB November 20, 2015 at 10:04 am #

      Thank you Lea, always appreciate your participation on my blog.

  4. Mimi Mann November 19, 2015 at 4:35 pm #

    Some incredible photos.

    • JB November 20, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      Thanks Mimi, it was a good group.

  5. Pam November 19, 2015 at 9:51 pm #

    Beautiful images one of my dream spots

    • JB November 20, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      Well, that dream can come true if you want to join us next year!

  6. Flint Sparks November 19, 2015 at 10:28 pm #

    What an amazing array of talent and beauty!

    • JB November 20, 2015 at 10:03 am #

      It was a great group Flint. Can’t wait for you and I to do our seminar next year!

      • Ted Davenport November 25, 2015 at 2:36 am #

        Hello John, your students beautiful photos must bring you a lot of joy. You not only create beauty yourself, but you inspire others to do likewise.

        • JB November 25, 2015 at 8:18 am #

          Yes indeed Ted. And thus the reason I love to share my “through their eyes” posts!

  7. James Milligan November 24, 2015 at 2:57 pm #

    I showed my wife,Sue,the wave images and she cracked a big smile and replied,”thats Hawaii”.Sue spent several years in Hawaii and was an avid surfer,I guess it brought back memories.

    • JB November 25, 2015 at 8:18 am #

      And that is a good thing!

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