This website contains award winning photos and photos of inspiration as featured in Hawaii magazine and other publications.
About the Photographer:
My love affair with photography began many years ago when I was in the Navy, stationed in Keflavik, Iceland.
With little to do in my spare time in the frozen tundra when I got off working my shift, I began to study photography through a correspondence course and puttered around in the photo lab on the base, learning to process and develop B&W prints.
When my tenure with the Navy was over, I worked as a lab technician in a professional color photo lab in Cleveland, Ohio, further developing my skills and the love for photography.
Away from the photo lab I was fortunate to be mentored by a seasoned and well respected wedding photographer who shared with me the knowledge he had accumulated over several decades.
Over the years I have sought to expand my knowledge of fine art photography.
I have learned a great deal from the work of great photographers, past and present.
I will always be a student of photography (and of life), learning what I can from the trials and tribulations, and experiences of other photographers as well as my own.
It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. I believe that to be true. I also believe that one can find beauty in places that would be oblivious to others.
Being an adventure seeker with an avid love for travel and a passion for photography, my endeavor is to be able to capture a moment in time and record its beauty as I see it, for others to see and enjoy.
My quest for the perfect photograph will be never ending.
Thanks for your interest. I hope you enjoy viewing my work.
Dustin Plank – Freelance Photographer
The most frequent question I am asked is: "What kind of camera do you use to take such great photos?"
Answer: I have used a number of different cameras and camera formats in the past few decades. - Pentax - Sony - Hasselblad -Casio - Yashicamat - Canon.
Although I am a firm believer that a quality camera with a good lens is extremely important and beneficial in capturing a good image- ( If you have a cheaply made lens that is pitted and dirty, the quality of your photos will suffer. As they say, "Garbage in-Garbage out.")
I also believe that it is the skill of a photographer that is developed over time, being able to "read the scene", interpret the mood, knowing the lighting, knowing which camera settings to use, etc., to ultimately capture an image that will speak to the viewer and have the emotional impact on the viewer that you would like to convey.
Having said that, it is not necessary to own or use expensive high end cameras that have every bell and whistle imaginable to get a good photo. Many award winning photos have been taken by cameras that are very basic in nature.
A photographer went to a socialite party in New York.
As he entered the front door, the host said... “I love your pictures - they’re wonderful; you must have a fantastic camera”
The photographer said nothing until dinner was finished and the said to the host... “That was a wonderful diner; you must have a terrific stove.”
Photography is more than snapping the shutter on an expensive camera that has a lot of pixels.
It’s about vision, a creative idea, and the willingness to let your imagination take wings and capturing the result in a visually pleasing way.
“Saying a camera takes nice pictures is like saying a guitar plays nice melodies.”
“Wherever there is light, one can photograph its splendor.”~ Anonymous
Many of Dustin Plank’s photographs have been published and can be seen in the following publications:
Smith Mountain Eagle
Cleveland Plain Dealer
Mystic Seaport magazine
Budget Travel Magazine
Caters News Agency UK
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