Dustin Wong

Welcome, and thank you for having a look at my photographic art. I’d like to take you on a visual tour through the natural world I know. This is the outdoors experience through my eyes. I invite you to follow on my journey. Please contact me if you have any questions about my work, I would love to hear from you!

Bio/Artist Statement

Born and raised in Hawaii, I learned about the Hawaiian culture, specifically the way the Ancient Hawaiians held the land in reverence. Those teachings instilled in me an understanding that human beings have an intrinsic relationship with the land that should be held in high respect.

The land possesses Mana, a sacred and spiritual life force. The experience we have in sacred or energetically resonate places is a powerful and mysterious feeling. For me it is explored through my vision, heart, and spiritual connection.

I began shooting nature landscapes over 15 years ago. Initially, I learned on a fully manual 35mm film Nikon F1 camera shooting with black and white film as well as color slides. After a couple of years, I transitioned to a digital camera system and quickly embraced the digital workflow process.

I left a career in engineering to live a life spent outdoors and to answer the call of an explorer’s dream. The desire to experience the diversity, complexity, and majestic powers of nature fuels my passion for travel and photography. Nature acts spontaneously, and without bias, and so it is a magnificent gift to be witness as events unfold.

Once I began traveling, however, I discovered a more subtle form of nature’s abundant life force. The “this is it” experience is not necessarily located at a particular destination; it is found along the way. I am drawn to the moments where I feel in harmony with my surroundings. My work focuses on capturing beautiful light on impactful subjects in order to propel the viewer into a natural experience.

The photographic process for me is separated into two distinct phases. In the field, I use a DSLR camera to capture the visual data that is used to create the final image. In the digital editing (post-processing) phase, I use tools to balance the exposure as well add contrast in selective areas. My process results in an images that are slightly fantastical yet still rooted in reality.

I aim to create a sense of wonder in each of my pieces. I want to recapture the sense of awe and childhood imagination that often gets abandoned along the way to adulthood. I create art where the viewer is free to wallow in the mysteries and unknown of a beautiful landscape. May my images rejuvenate your spirit, bring you peace, and inspire your imagination.

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If you have any questions please email me at Dustin.T.Wong@gmail.com

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Instruction, Post-Processing Training, and Field Workshops

I provide instruction for photographers who are motivated to learn their artistic craft and create better images.

About My Equipment

The tools that I use to create images are extensive. There is of course what's in my bag, which I take into the field, a camera, lenses and tripod gear. In addition to that equipment there are also powerful computers, storage/backup drives, and software editing programs that are invaluable to me in my digital workflow process. This process is where the detail, contrast, and color are optimized to create the final images on my website.

What's In My Bag

The Bag
- F-Stop Loka w Large ICU (I highly recommend this bag company for any photographer)

Camera Bodies
- Canon 5D MKIII
- Canon 5D MKII (backup)

- Canon EF 14mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
- Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L II USM Lens
- Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8 L I USM Lens
- Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 L IS USM Lens

Lenses (additional)
- Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
- Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 USM Lens

Tripod Legs and Head
- TVC-24L Versa series 2 Tripod Legs
- BH-40 PCLR: Mid-sized ballhead with PC-LR clamp
- B5D3-LA: L-Plate for 5D Mark III

Tripod - Light kit
- Gitzo GT-2531 Mountaineer 6X Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs
- Manfrotto 496RC2 Compact Ball Head with RC2 QR Plate

- PHOTTIX TR-90 - Timer/Remote
- A variety of UV filters and Circular Polarizes (B+W is my brand of choice, Hoya is also good)
- Neutral Density Filter (3-stop) for my 16-35mm lens
- Transcend 32GB and 64GB CompactFlash Memory Cards (great, cheap, reliable memory)
- Extra Batteries (2 x Canon OEM, 1 after market which does not perform as well)
- DUAL-ion+ ReVIVE Series LP-E6 Camera Battery Charger (currently sold out of most stores, but charging two batteries at once is a MUST have)

The Computer Stuff

Hardware - Home
- Apple 27-inch iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7, 32 GB RAM, 3TB Fusion Drive
- WD My Book 4 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive (running Time Machine)
- 2TB LaCie d2 Quadra with USB 3.0
- Datacolor Spyder4ELITE Display Calibration System (critical to making sure edits come out the way you want them to)

Hardware - Mobile
- Apple 15-inch Macbook Pro w Retina Display 2.6GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, 16 GB RAM, 1TB Flash Drive
- WD My Book 4 TB USB 3.0 Hard Drive (running Time Machine)
- WD My Passport Ultra 2TB Portable External USB 3.0 Hard Drive
- Anker AH221 USB 3.0 7-Port Powered Hub (Useful to connect all USB accesories at once)
- Lexar Dual Slot USB 3.0 Reader Professional (Essential for quicker uploading of data, saves camera battery)

Remote Backup
- CrashPlan (Monthly subscription for off-site back and restore servies)

Editing Software
- Adobe Lightroom 5
- Adobe Photoshop CS6
- Nik Software (full package)
- Topaz Detail 3
- Topaz Adjust
- Photomatix Pro 5 (for HDR)
- Perfect Resize 7 (for printing/enlarging)
- StarStaX (for creating star trails)
- Adobe Premiere Pro CS6 (video editing and movie production)
- LR Timelapse (editing and creating timelapse sequences)

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