On my way home from 6 days on Lanai, Hawaii that changed my life

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Me interacting with Mr Dolphin, his friends and family.

I have spent the last 6 days on Lanai, Hawaii together with a good friend. We’ve been down here attending Tibco’s yearly conference. He as an employee and me as a guest. The optimum setup for me as I’ve focused more on exploring the island than business.

Apart from getting to know Vivek Ranadivé, Tibco founder and technology innovator, and learning about his thoughts on the future I also got the chance to chat quite a lot with Roger Craig, who (who by the way also blogs) considered one of the worlds best American football players. Roger is working with marketing at Tibco (smart move) and we found common grounds. There is so much to learn from people like this. If you ever meet one of them, don’t stay on the bench. Get up and interact.

My best appointment however was meeting Mr Dolphin with friends and family. Every day we headed down to the ocean to snorkel with these guys. I’ve been diving and surfing with dolphins before. Back in the 80s and early 90s when I was snowboarding professionally I traveled every year to Ireland to surf and sometimes we ended up surfing with these wonderful animals. But the last couple of days on Lanai has been crazy. I got my camera out and snapped some shots.

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Every day about 50-70 dolphins has visited the bay where we stayed. A little bit further out 10 Humpback whales watched us. They were too far out to swim to (I tried) but their presence in the background was out of this world.

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I’m using a small Olympus 725SW that is not optimum when it comes to shooting underwater. But, much inspired by Wayne Levin, a photographer actually living on Hawaii I got the images into Photoshop and turned them into black and white ones. What a difference.

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What before was a regular, quite bad shot of the dolphins instead turn into something out of this world. I’ll at least frame 2 or 3 of them once I get back home.

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In color, quite ordinary and bad in quality

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In black & white, transformed into timeless and dream-like art

It is amazing to see that sometimes a simplistic change in the character of a photo totally turns it into something timeless and dreamlike. Changing focus and looking the other way usually do, remember that when you’re creating communication. Don’t just look in front of you…the solution might be hiding somewhere else. And suddenly you’ve created art!

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  • http://www.minegoestoeleven.com/ Per Robert Öhlin

    I was stunned by your pictures. Two of them are really beautiful.

  • http://www.minegoestoeleven.com Per Robert Öhlin

    I was stunned by your pictures. Two of them are really beautiful.

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterhofer Peter Hofer

    The second picture is amazing – look like they are drowned!

  • http://www.linkedin.com/in/peterhofer Peter Hofer

    The second picture is amazing – look like they are drowned!

  • http://www.ronnestam.com/ ronnestam

    Thanks both of you. I’ve added two more that I think is nice :)

  • http://www.ronnestam.com ronnestam

    Thanks both of you. I’ve added two more that I think is nice :)

  • kelleyeling

    I have not been to Lana'i in many years. The first time I was there was in the late 80s… Manele Bay Hotel was just being finished built, the airport was about 1000sf and none of the roads were paved. Everything, and I mean everything closed from 12-2ish and Sundays. I rented a car but never even stepped on the gas, just rolled around in drive. Such an amazing place. Has much changed?

  • ronnestam

    Hey Kelley,

    Actually not that much. Of course it's a larger airport, paved roads
    etc. There's a couple of hotels. But as I understand it the whole
    island is a reserve so not much more can be built and most of the
    island is very well protected. In the late 80s the were still growing
    pineapples huh? That's been closed down.

    Very lovely island and the nature is striking!

  • http://KelleyEling.wordpress.com Kelley Eling

    I have not been to Lana'i in many years. The first time I was there was in the late 80s… Manele Bay Hotel was just being finished built, the airport was about 1000sf and none of the roads were paved. Everything, and I mean everything closed from 12-2ish and Sundays. I rented a car but never even stepped on the gas, just rolled around in drive. Such an amazing place. Has much changed?

  • ronnestam

    Hey Kelley,

    Actually not that much. Of course it's a larger airport, paved roads
    etc. There's a couple of hotels. But as I understand it the whole
    island is a reserve so not much more can be built and most of the
    island is very well protected. In the late 80s the were still growing
    pineapples huh? That's been closed down.

    Very lovely island and the nature is striking!

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