Tag Archives: Beach

15 Travel Photos from Oahu, Hawaii

I’ve already posted some panoramic and ProHDR iPhone photos from my recent trip to Hawaii, and now here are some proper travel photos taken with my Canon 5D MKII. While I wasn’t on a hardcore photo mission, it wasn’t very difficult to capture some remarkable images during the week I was in Oahu. Also, a handful of these were taken during my first helicopter ride…an adventure I highly recommend to any traveler. It was an incredible experience!

9 iPhone 5 ProHDR Photos from Oahu, Hawaii

I am a big fan I am of the ProHDR app for iPhone. And if you didn’t already know…now you do. I love this app! The gallery below of ProHDR photos I took in Oahu, Hawaii recently has nine perfect examples of why I love it so much!

If you like these photos, check out my iPhone panoramic photos from Hawaii that I posted last week, then come back often because I also have a few galleries of photos taken with my Canon 5D MKII going up soon.

All photos taken with the ProHDR app on an Apple iPhone 5. The only editing that has been done is the use of iPhone’s “Auto-Enhance” feature, and the use of Photoshop to resize them for the Web.

9 iPhone 5 Panoramic Photos from Oahu, Hawaii

Hawaii is a beautiful place…everywhere you look you see something truly amazing. From the beaches, to the mountains, to the city, everything is simply incredible. On my recent trip to the island of Oahu I snapped hundreds of photos with my iPhone 5 so I put together a handful of my favorite panoramic shots for this gallery…

If you like these photos, check back soon because I have a gallery of iPhone 5 ProHDR images going up and few galleries of photos taken with my Canon 5D MKII as well.


All photos taken with the panoramic app built into the iPhone 5 camera. The only editing that has been done is the use of iPhone’s “Auto-Enhance” feature, and the use of Photoshop to resize them for the Web.

10 iPhone 5 Panoramic Beach Photos

Apple’s new iPhone 5 has a really awesome panoramic feature built into the camera that works much better than other similar third part apps I’ve tried in the past. Here are 10 random panos of beaches around Southern California—from Laguna Beach in Orange County to La Jolla Cove in San Diego and beyond.

If you like this gallery, check out the Pro HDR beach photos I posted last week.

For more photos like this, follow me on Instagram @FatTonyBMX.

15 iPhone 5 Pro HDR Beach Photos

The Pro HDR app is easily the best $1.99 I ever spent on an iPhone app. Within seconds I can turn a pretty ordinary object or scene into an incredible image…all from my phone. Over the past few months I shot more than a handful of Pro HDR photos at various beaches around Orange County and San Diego, so I decided to share 15 of my favorites…

All photos here were shot with Apple’s iPhone 5 using the Pro HDR app. No other editing has been done except resizing in Photoshop and occasionally using the “Auto Enhance” feature built into iPhone’s camera app.

For more photos like this, follow me on Instagram @FatTonyBMX.

14 Beautiful Beach Photos From Thailand

The beaches surrounding the islands in the south of Thailand are some of the most amazing landscapes you can ever hope to see. I shot most of these photos on the island of Koh Phi Phi, but some were taken near Tonsai Bay and Railay. Grab a coconut, sit back in a hammock, and click through these 14 beautiful beach scenes. Kob kun krab!


Click here to check out other photo galleries and blog posts from my five week journey throughout South East Asia.

Travel Update: Thailand Trip – Kayaking Around The Islands

I mentioned in my last travel update from this five week excursion through South East Asia that I recently did one of the coolest things I’ve ever done in my life, so this post is dedicated to that…

Along the southern coast of Thailand there are several inhibited islands and pseudo-islands (that are actually bays only accessible by boat), and all around these islands are massive limestone rock formations—some that have to be upwards of 600ft tall. When you are on a boat passing by them, they are some of the prettiest things in nature you could imagine. They make interesting silhouettes in the distance, and reveal an incredible depth of colors and richness when the sun hits them just right.

However, seeing them from a distance in a passing boat, no matter how many times I passed them, could not have prepared me for how majestic and breathtaking they are when I was directly underneath them in a kayak.

My point of view as we approached two of the formations.

There has only been one other time in my life I legitimately got teary eyed and choked up just by looking at something Mother Nature created (the other being when I was sitting at the edge of the Grand Canyon), but that’s exactly what happened while paddling the small blue kayak through coves, bays, and inlets cut in the rock, under stalactites, and around tiny islands of solid rock protruding up from the ocean floor. Looking up and seeing how giant the formations were, and feeling so small in comparison was a powerful experience that I’ll never forget.

Lindsay under a massive overhang on a perfect natural diving board.

My best attempt at a Michael Phelps impersonation.

We paddled around aimlessly for hours, and constantly stopped just to take deep breaths and let our surroundings soak in, appreciating the fact that we were exactly where we were at that very moment in time.

Going into a cove.

Exploring an inlet.

Paddling under a giant stalactites.

Lindsay shooting the gap.

I remember feeling a similar way while white water rafting through a jungle in Ecuador, which I also put very high on the top of my list of my most memorable travel experiences. Unfortunately, I didn’t have a water proof camera with me on the white water rafting trip, and this time, while I did have a camera in the kayak, I almost felt like no photo I could ever take would do the experience justice, so I opted to keep my camera in the dry bag for most of the trip. Lindsay shot a handful of digicam pics, and I did shoot a few photos with my DSLR, but I didn’t get any images that I feel truly capture how magnificent and meaningful the experience was for me.

I think part of the power in experiences like watching the sunset while sitting at the edge of the Grand Canyon, white water rafting through a jungle in Ecuador, and kayaking around tropical islands in Thailand comes from the fact that the journey of getting to that place and moment in time has been built up so much. After all the research and planning, flights, buses and car rides, and everything else that comes with the logistics of traveling, finally being in exactly that moment and mindset that you’ve been after all along is just a great feeling that can never be matched. For me, those moments are exactly why I chose to travel the world the way I do and are what make me feel so alive. In those moments I sit back and tell myself, “THIS is why I travel…”

Looking out from under a cut.

A view from the beach where you can see some of the formations we paddled around off in the distance.

Sámara Beach, Costa Rica – 12 Travel Photos

Sámara Beach, Costa Rica is a beautiful little resort town with a population of only about 1,500. Back in February of 2008 I had the opportunity to go there with a group of flatland riders for a week of vacationing before heading into Costa Rica’s capital city of San Jose for the annual Ticos Flatland BMX jam. Although I did shot a handful of riding photos of my friends while in Sámara, most of my time was spent relaxing on the beach, riding, or looking for adventures such as zip lining across the jungle canopy, kayaking, and snorkeling. In the midst of everything else I managed to snap these photos of some of the beauty Sámara has to offer.