The Showcase Magazine - Issues
June 2011

The June Showcase Front Cover depicts a picture that was taken by Michael J. Slevens of the Kilauea Lighthouse on Kauai's North Shore. On the North Shore of Kauai, Hawaii located on a peninsula 200 feet above the ocean is the site of this picturesque lighthouse. The lighthouse was built in 1913 to guide ships heading to and from the Orient. Its beacon was turned off in the 1970’s and has been replaced by an automatic light.

Growing up in Green Brook NJ, Michael J. Slevens had an early start in photography; his father had a dark-room in their garage and helping him develop black and white pictures was one of Michael’s earliest and fondest memories. In high school, Michael took every photography class that was offered however just as it is today it always remained just a hobby. Some of Michael’s images have recently appeared in galleries in Upstate New York. Five years ago, Michael re-located to Houston, Texas with his wife Lisa and takes every opportunity he can to take landscape photographs.

Michael specializes in landscape HDR or High Dynamic Range Imaging. The process involves both pre and post production manipulation of the images. This process boosts the natural range of colors reflecting the way the eye sees the actual scene. The method involves taking five pictures of the same subject, each at different exposures (a tripod is a must). Images are then merged on top of one another using special software. The images are not created; they are only enhanced.

Just about all of the images that are on Michael’s website ( are taken using this method, which takes the art of photography to a different level. More often than not, after taking hundreds of pictures only several will “work” and give the painting like appearance that is desired.

To contact Michael just go to his website at