Oahu Underwater Photographer in Hawaii Michael B HardieTell us a little bit about yourself and your website/company if applicable?

I’m originally from Atlanta Georgia, but relocated to Hawaii in 2010.  CreationScape ( www.creationscape.com ) is my company and right now we are focused on our gallery which sells prints on paper, canvas, and HD metal … as well as graphic and web design.

What type of photography do you shoot? Landscape, sports, maternity, underwater, family, senior, wedding, engagement, etc?

Underwater. I have been in love with capturing all aspects of creation since I was young but my fascination with underwater photography began when I moved to Oahu.  I spend on average about 3-4 days a week in the water capturing all kinds of sea life.  Dolphins are my absolute favorite thing in the world to capture.

What inspired you to be a photographer?

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 12.40.26 PMTo be honest, ever since I was a kid, God’s creation has always taken up a huge space in my life.  From the most intricate flower to the indescribable beauty of our galaxy shining in the night sky, unique beauty takes my breath away. For some reason I’ve been given the amazing privilege of being able to capture and present it in a way that reaches people and speaks to something inside of them that says, “I am a part of something much bigger than myself.

Did you go to school/training for photography or self taught?

No, as with most things in my life, I was self taught.  I did go to University, both in Tennessee and Jerusalem, Israel… but neither one of those educational experiences taught me anything about photography.

What has been the best source of training? (field workshops, classroom training, mentors, youtube, etc)?

I would have to say that my absolute best source of training has been trial and error + hanging out with people like yourself who are professionals … so that I can ask questions.  The wonderful world of the internet has also helped me out more than I would care to admit… blogs mainly but also youtube.

What camera equipment do you use?

Cameras:

Oahu Underwater PhotographerCanon EOS 7D Mark II,

Canon G16,

GoPro 4 Black

Lenses:

Tokina AT-X 107 AF NH Fisheye 10-17mm

Tokina AT-X 116 PRO DX-II 11-16mm f/2.8

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM

Housing

Aquatech Elite 7D2 Sports Housing with pistol grip trigger and 2 ports, one 6 inch and one 8 inch.

Where is you favorite spot in Hawaii for sunrise?

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 12.42.24 PMHaleakala Summit, Maui.

Where is you favorite spot in Hawaii for sunset?

I want to say Haleakala Summit for this one as well because that place holds special meaning for me and the view is just heavenly… however, there are places on Oahu that have one my heart as well… especially spots along the west side around Ko’olina and Kahe point.

Do you sell your services, photographs and/or products? If yes, please explain:

Yes, right now I have an online gallery that sells archival quality prints, canvas, and HD aluminum prints. I also offer underwater shoots to those who are interested… these shoots include, spearfishing, mermaids, trash the dress etc …

What software do you use to edit your photos?

Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, Snapseed

If you had to start over and you had $10K what 3 photography related items would you buy first?

Screen Shot 2015-07-11 at 12.41.22 PMHonestly, I would buy the same gear I have now.  I’m very happy with it.  If I had 10k to spend in addition to what I have now I would probably buy a lighter underwater housing made out of carbon fiber like a CMT housing or I would get a really nice drone setup for aerial shots.

What social media platforms do you use?

Instagram: CreationScape

Facebook: CreationScape

Pinterest:  CreationScape

How do/did you sell your images if applicable? (Smugmug, photobiz, self shopping cart, paypal, 500px, etc.)

I use Pixieset.  They are a print on demand service and I can’t recommend them enough.  After months of research they turned out to be exactly what I needed.

Do you have a few favorite photographs from Hawaii that you can share?

See below.

What advice do you have for aspiring photographers?

The best advice I could give is to follow your passion.  I know it sounds cliche but it’s true… if photography feels like work to you and it doesn’t fill you up and put a smile on your face then it may not be for you or you just aren’t capturing the right subject matter.  I learned early on that portrait photography wasn’t for me and I actually hated it, but once I found my sweet spot shooting underwater then I knew I wanted to do it for the rest of my life.  Your sweet spot may be puppies and kittens, newborn babies, or weddings…  whatever it is, make sure that it makes you feel good every time you do it.

I’d also like to say that the best equipment you can use is the equipment you currently have on you.  Don’t be discouraged just because you may not have the latest and greatest professional gear.  I spent years shooting on point and shoots, gopros, and iPhones… There’s nothing wrong with that!  Equipment doesn’t necessarily make a good photographer, it just makes it easier on them.  Keep honing your skills using what you have and people will start to notice.  Work hard, don’t give up, and one day you will be able to get that setup you’ve always wanted.

Lastly, where is the best place to find you (Facebook, website, gallery, boat, etc)?

My website, CreationScape.com and Instagram: CreationScape

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