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Kakaako Kitchen Gallery and the Eternity Trilogy Set.

Aloha everyone!  

Happy Thanksgiving to everyone.  I am thankful that I finally have the motivation and the drive to have taken the leap (or the plunge) into fine art photography.  I feel like the ball has begun to roll very fast as the end of the year approaches.  I’d like to invite everyone to visit me at the Blaisdell Arena Christmas Crafts and Food Expo.  I will be manning my booth on Friday, the 23rd, through Sunday the 25th with many photos printed on aluminum, film, and canvas.  The following Friday, Dec 1st,  I will be in Kailua at Christ Church United.  Please come and support Hawaii’s local artists and vendors.  

This last Thursday I was lucky enough to display my photos at Kakaako Kitchen.  I am grateful to Marcy and Russ for this awesome opportunity.  They gave me 200″ of wall space to “beautify.” I did my best.  I’m especially happy with the Hanauma Bay Sunrise photo in the center of the wall (see photo below).  It is split into a seven piece filmstrip.  The center piece is 26×26″ and the six outer pieces are 8″ squares.  It makes an Awesome wall piece.  If you’re on Oahu, definitely take some time to have lunch or dinner at Kakaako Kitchen and enjoy some new art work.  
I would like to share with you my newest set of images entitled Eternity.  Halona Beach, or “Eternity Beach Cove” is on the south shore of Hawai’i adjacent to Halona Blow Hole.  The name “Eternity Beach” comes from a love scene filmed in the movie From Here to Eternity.  The three exposures below were taken at approximately the same time, 25-30 mins before sunrise (I usually arrive on location 1-2 hours before I intend to shoot), on separate days and feature very different perspectives on what eternity might feel like.  In literature there are many contrasting opinions on what it might be like to live forever.  Which photo captures your feelings? 

 There is very little post processing in any of the images and I like to think that they reflect my mood on the morning I captured them.   The first image was captured 31 mins before sunrise and is a 124 second exposure (ISO 100, 28mm, F/22).  This was my first visit to this cove and I was very excited with all the opportunities I was finding in that tiny cove.  This is the same morning I captured Eternity Beach featured in my last email.  The second and third, you can imaging my mood upon waking up so early.  As a matter of face, I did not sleep the night leading up to the second photo!  Both shots ISO 100, 28mm, f/16; the second exposure for 60 seconds, the third for 55 seconds.  The Eternity series photos are incredible both alone and when displayed together, especially when sublimated to aluminum.  

Thank you, again, for your continued support.  I hope to continue bring new and beautiful images to your homes and offices in the future.  

Mahalo and Aloha



Jason Matias
Artistic Landscape Photographer

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“That looks like the doorbell to Hell.”

  “That looks like the doorbell to Hell.”  (Ironically, it was)

This quick post is for @Bhir and @ Butterfly109_af…What’s the “af” stand for?

These two ladies humored me with a game of 20 questions trying to figure out what heck this photo is.


Bonnie finally hit the nail on the head JUST before I was about to give in and tell her.  Its the door bell to the house in Vegas.  The first time I saw it I said, “That looks like the doorbell to Hell.”  (Ironically, it was). It was months later that I finally figured out how I wanted to make this doorbell and my imagination mesh into colorful pixels.

Sometimes photography is hard work.  I fear that the millions on IG forget or don’t realize that this is true.  These two photos are unedited.  I didn’t add clouds or bright lights.  I didn’t increase saturation or make the blacks darker… I spent three hours capturing what my imagination already saw.

I decided to take the picture from underneath.  Since I didn’t own a real tripod at the time (now I have a real tripod and no camera) I had build one, jenga style.

I grabbed a small desk that a roommate had left.

Some books.

A cutting board to make it level.

And I needed the towel to keep it from sliding.

The most challenging part of taking this picture was controlling the light.  There is a street lamp directly behind me and light leakage from around the front.  I cut and taped boxes to the stucco (not an easy task) and stood on a chair with a towel to block the light street lamp.  I had to use two towels to make it dark enough.

Figuring out the right combination of light and camera settings took about three hours and a lot of exercise.  Exposure time: 15 seconds. Fstop 3.2  Did I mention that in Vegas, at night, it is still about 100 degrees?


The only way you’d be able to figure out what these next three macros are would be to become psychic…..


And if you’re psychic, we have a lot to talk about….

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