Tonga: Creative Interaction on Kaleti Beach

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Ian Stehbens on August 24, 2009

This image of a blowhole on Kaleti Beach records the dynamics of water flow in a blowhole shortly after it blew. The only changes made in photoshop to this photograph are colour shifts, strengthening the blues and reds for artistic impact. This is a remarkable beach as the adjacent images reveal.


gezginruh on August 24, 2009

This image of the blowhole is very interesting and very nice.As an amateur photographer i'm sending you my appreciation Ian.

All the very best to you from Füsun.

Majid Salehyar on August 24, 2009

very good composed of the blowhole....

what an amazing color!!!


Ian Stehbens on August 24, 2009

My dear Füsun,

I appreciate your 'photographer' comment, but it probably means even more on this occasion that you are an artist and a poet. I cannot wait to have this enlarged and printed and hung.


Hazel Coetzee on August 25, 2009

A study in Violet, Lavenders, Purples & Mauves - with a little Lavender Ice thrown in for good measure!! Ian - you really are a very colourful character - you illuminate our days with delicious sparks of every hue!! Don't ever stop!!

Warmest wishes in gold, amber, coral and peach to you, my friend,


jeff_msn123 on August 25, 2009

I thought it is a painting rather than a photo. Interesting shot with edition.


Cheers, Jeff

Ian Stehbens on August 25, 2009

My dear friends, Hazel and Jeff,

I have no problem calling this art, for it really is a piece of my self-expression.

The water is actually flowing towards the top of the image, for I was standing astride this blowhole after the blow and as the water on the reef pavement began to flow back down and be sucked away. Then I had to quickly retreat before the next wave pushed water against the platform and up through this chute, high into the air. I hope that helps you read this image. You will recognize some of the grapelike kelp in the foreground to give it a sense of reality.

I am very pleased Hazel that you have enjoyed the false colour of this photograph. My mind's palette was oozing with excitement, as soon as I received this image. I just couldn't get home quickly enough so that I could "paint" it.


Mahdi Kalhor on August 26, 2009

Amazing color.

Well done shot.

Kind regards to you,


Ian Stehbens on August 26, 2009

Thanks Mahdi.

Heidi & Gary on August 27, 2009

I like it, I like it a lot ;-) Hxx

Nick Weall on August 27, 2009

Wonderful textures and shapes are hidden in this great shot Ian the colours are pleasing to my eye and this is a jewel of a shot ~ my congratulations Ian and my very best wishes to you ~ Ciao nick

Ian Stehbens on August 27, 2009

Heidi and Nick:

Dear Nick,

I am pleased that you appreciate the colours (false colours, that is) for I let the image speak to me first. To do this I desaturated into B&W, and let it sit with me for a while before I worked on my choice of colour. The orientation was important, for in this vertical format it seemed to connect with the familiar, and I saw a waterfall descending. Then its turbulence and movement seemed to be frozen and it was as if I was in Greenland once again stunned by the blues and greens in the ice and seeing frozen falls. This then took me into the icy blues and purples, which incidentally are the much loved colours of my wife and a daughter.

Thanks for the affirmation, my friend.

The reality of these blow-holes and the hydraulic sucking of the wave trough on the water that drains back into the holes and slots is a most weird phenomenon. Its weirdness and uniqueness and peculiar beauty are what I have tried to convey in this photograph albeit an artistic expression. Regards, Ian

And Heidi,

Your passion for mauves and purples has influenced your Dad. Now I muse in such colours: one night I will dream in these colours too! When you come to Tonga, I will take you to Kaleti Beach so you can witness this blowhole for yourself. I hope you aren't disappointed when you see this feature, for I assure you it will not be as pretty as this image.

Dad xx

M.Kranenborg-Torn on August 28, 2009

This is in fullscreen so colourfull in purple. very nice. Greetings from Greetje.

ƤōƝƓ on August 28, 2009

Nice idea. Make sure you don't soak up your camera next time, Ian. :)


Ian Stehbens on August 31, 2009

Dear Greetje,

I am honoured that you have spent the time to enlarge this and enjoy it. I certainly intend to print it and frame it, for it has both photography and art combined and tells of a remarkably unique micro landscape.

Dear w☺rap☺ng,

I will make sure whenever I get back to this coast that the blowholes don't saturate my camera. Your affirmation is appreciated.


metzann_143 on August 31, 2009

Thanks a lot for your comment!! i appreciate it...

Ghiocela on August 31, 2009

Nice colors for this picture relaxing! Good idea and composition, Ian! My greetings, Simona

Ian Stehbens on September 1, 2009

I wish I could hang this image for you in your study or office, Simona.


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