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A Wave of Emotion – Kingston featured on Nat Geo Creative’s Blog

Stoked to announce one of my images was recently featured on the Nat Geo Creative blog in the post titled A Wave of Emotion.  I did not see this perfect heart shape in my camera while taking the image on the island of Molokai, Hawaii – but sure was glad I was pressing the shutter release when this happened!

Molokai Land Trust-Saving The Last Of Wild Hawaii

A place very close to my heart – it makes up less than .1% of US land but has over 25% of the plants and animals found on the nation’s endangered species list. Please join me in helping the Molokai Land Trust save the last of wild Hawaii.  I am giving away signed 12×18 prints to the first 10 people who donate $125.



Kingston’s photography featured on NatGeo.com Climate Change Story

Panoramic view of the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hilo, Hawaii. (Jonathan Kingston)
Panoramic view of the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hilo, Hawaii. (Jonathan Kingston)

Two and a half years ago I photographed a climate change story for The New York Times at the Mauna Loa Observatory in Hawaii.  While on assignment, one of the NOAA scientists was kind enough to give me the tube (pictured below), with a admonition that I should hang on to it – as it is a historical sample of the CO2 levels below 400ppm – probably the last years it will be under this benchmark in our lifetimes. His prediction came to pass this May as the concentration of CO2 in the earths atmosphere passed the 400ppm mark.

2010 air sample showing 390 ppm atmospheric CO2 from the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii.
2010 air sample showing 390 ppm atmospheric CO2 from the Mauna Loa Observatory, Hawaii.

Robert Kunzig, a senior editor for National Geographic magazine, wrote a brilliant piece explaining some of the history behind the Keeling curve and putting the 400 ppm CO2 threshold in historical context.  It is well worth the read.

Night Sky Molokai

Two and a half million years ago
Long before Homo Sapiens
Joined earths great show
A photon of light left Andromeda
On a day we now call Hanukkah

Racing across time and space
It’s fellow photons gave it chase
To reach the nearest solid mass
Which happened to be my camera’s glass

I hope the photons aren’t too bummed
That to my camera they have succumbed
For though my prints they are archival
I can’t guarantee another 2.5 million year survival

by, Jonathan Kingston


See The Light, Molokai, Hawaii, Day 6

Gecko eating a green bug, Molokai, Hawaii.
Gecko eating a green bug, Molokai, Hawaii.

Point And Shoot

My wife and I had just walked back to our cabin at the Hui when I saw the gecko on the window. It was perched on the outside of the window glass with a bug over half its size in its mouth. Having tried numerous times to get a good shot of geckos as they walk on windows – I knew they were easily spooked by the slightest detectable movement in their field of vision – so in a hushed scream of photographic desperation I whispered “Sweetie DONT MOVE!”. At which my lovely wife smiled, looked at me, then promptly picked up her iphone and began snapping photos – flash on.

Spooked by the light, the gecko began beating a rapid retreat to the safety of the off glass area to digest its delectable meal as I scrambled to get my macro lens and strobe on my camera. I saw the shot dissolving before my eyes like the poor green insect dissolving in the gecko’s digestive track.

I’m not sure what, but something stopped the lizard in its tracks less than an inch from the edge of photographic oblivion. Perhaps he sensed he was about to be made famous, or perhaps he simply was thinking ‘Man the green ones always cause acid reflux!”. Whatever it was that stopped the little guy it was the micro seconds I needed to quickly and stealthily sneak up on the bugger and snap a couple frames.

Dewitt often says that as photographers we are responsible for only two things. What you put in your camera frame and when you press the shutter. What you put in your camera frame – point. When you press the shutter – shoot. Point and shoot. So simple. Why do we make it so complex?