Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Help Me Help Others

      I have been very blessed in my life living in my own little Lava Paradise. I have been blessed with a fantastic wife and 2 beautiful children. I have been blessed by the beautiful world around me and a passion to capture it in my art. I have been gifted with an eye for photography and the skill to capture what I see on film. To top it all off I have been lucky enough to meet some fantastic friends along the way and have many people who collect and support my art. Thanks to all of these blessings I am able to make my living completely off my art. I am not wealthy but am lucky to be able to do what I love and make a living. Even if I didn't make my living capturing these images I would still do it. It is not about the money or about being known to others. It is about the pursuit of that next amazing moment in time to capture with my camera. Now I just want to find a way to give back to the world that has given me so much.

       Please help me find charities or companies that are doing good for this world that could use any of my images to help illustrate their cause. I am hoping the the beauty this world has shown me can be given back to the world and help to develop awareness about our oceans, environment, national parks, endangered species, and why we should protect them. Also anything for the men and women that put their lives on the line to defend, protect and save us when were in danger. If you have or know of a cause that could use any of the images in my portfolio contact me I would love to help.

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Getting Caught Up!

We have been very busy and I have been very lazy over the last 2 years. The only post I put up over the last year was for my annual Memorial day give away. I just did another and realized that I haven't posted in a year. I'm sorry to anyone who follows us but it has always been the art first the promotion second. Nick and I both are bad at writing and worse at self promotion. We just love being in nature and sharing the natural world through our Art. I will try to be a little more up to date on our blog if I can. For now I am going to post a few favorite images that haven't gone up on the blog over the last year or two. Then I will do a few blogs to get everyone caught up with us. The image above is from our March 2013 Alaska trip searching for the northern lights.

Lake Tahoe 2012 winter trip. Epic Emerald Bay sunrise!

Waipio Waves!!!

Maui Waves!

Kua Bay Big island Waves!

Home town Waianae Waves Oahu!!

Sandies Oahu Waves!

North Shore Oahu Waves!


Turtles on the beach!!

Turtles underwater!

New Lava Flows!

Lava and rainbows!

Lots of lava in the sea!

Trip with Don Hurzeler to California!

Trip with Don Hurzeler to Utah!

Amazing Kona Sunsets!

Stunning Sunrises!!

More Awards and Smithsonian Displays!

More media and Tv spots!

So as you can see there is a lot to get caught up on. I will try to get posts done about all of these subjects and shoots over the next few weeks. I thank everyone for their support over the years and hope you all enjoy the images we capture. I do apologize for not keeping everyone more up to date but when you spend your days tying capture your images in camera,  it means many more days in the field to get just the right conditions to capture the shot you want. And for us it is more about getting the next shot then it is about the fame or recognition for the last shot. We just want to share the beauty of the world we see with everyone who will look.

Saturday, June 2, 2012

Free to Military as thanks for their service.

This was the last light on the furthest west state in the United States of America. Millions of Americans are able to enjoy moments like this free and safe thanks to the service and sacrifice of our men and women in uniform. I went over to Oahu on Memorial day weekend and decided to spend my Memorial day trying to capture the best image that I could for the conditions of the day. It was fitting to capture a Memorial day photo here because so many members of our military are stationed here. My goal was to capture a Memorial day photo that was not of a memorial to those that have died (this would have been easy with all the memorials here in the state, but that has been done before). Rather I wanted to capture a image of what they have died for. I hope that we not only remember their service and sacrifice on a few days a year like Memorial day and Veterans day. I hope we remember their service in every beautiful moment that we are free to experience in this great country. So on this day I decided to spend my day capturing an image to give back to our service members. What I am doing is for any service member who emails me at: and puts Memorial in the subject line I will email them back a full resolution file of the image un-watermarked and a photo release to print it at any lab of their choice in any size. Also I can be contacted by Facebook-  CJ Kale or Lava Light Galleries or our website . Just my way of giving back for all that has been done for us. Never in my photographic career have I given out a digital file of one of my fine art photos to be printed at will. I would be happy to send this image out to every member of the military. I hope that it is shared around service members either through me our through even just sharing the file and release by forwarding the email I send them to their friends in the service.

Now here is where I need everyones help to get this started. Please share this blog with anyone you know in the service. Or just share it on Facebook even just Passing the email on to service members will help me to get this image out to them. The image name is Last Light on a Free Country and is only available to service members. Lastly for any service members here in Hawaii if you stop in my gallery in Kailua Kona on Alii drive I can give you the file there or have it printed for you at cost on any of the mediums that I print on for the gallery. Aloha and thank you for your service and for all the free and safe sunsets I get to enjoy in this great nation.
                                                           Aloha CJ Kale