Craig and Connie Johnson's Photos

All photos copyrighted by Craig Johnson.
If you would like to get in touch with me, you can email me at phxazcraig at gmail.

My Arizona Desert - 2008-2016

I put some of my images up of the area around where I live in northern Phoenix. This may be a desert, but that doesn't mean it is barren. These images will show you a little bit of what it's like to walk around in the Sonoran desert. They were taken as far back as 2008. Some scenery, some flowers, some wildlife, and a lot of cactus...
{Updated May 23, 2016 - new images are at the end]
Traveling with Craig and Connie - 2006-2011

Wow! I decided to try to make a web page showing most of the places Connie and I have traveled since we met. We do love to travel, and especially to places where we can scuba dive. We've been to a lot of places in 5 years! There are a LOT of pictures at this link, but it's because we've been busy. You'll see...
Bucket list trip to China, 2016

After a couple of years of cancelling the trip for health reasons, we FINALLY got to visit China. And we had a wonderful trip!
Diving in Roatan, 2016

For the third year in a row I went diving in Roatan. This time with the best camera I've ever had for underwater photography.
Short trip to Colorado

Here are some pictures from a short trip I took to colorado in June 2016 on the mnotorcycle.
Vacation to the Caribbean, December 2015

In December, Connie and I spent a week in a timeshare at Humacao, Puerto Rico, followed by a week-long cruise. We traveled to St Thomas, St Croix, Antigua, St Lucia and Grenada.
Vacation to French Polynesia, 2015

One of our bucket list destinations was Tahiti (French Polynesia). We managed to stay two days in over-water bungalos in Moorea, followed by a 10-day Oceaania cruise through the islands, with a little diving, snorkeling and shore excursions.
Some motorcycle pics

Here are some pictures of my motorcycle, a 2015 BMW K1300s.
The Bufffalo Chip Saloon fire and aftermath

Our favorite bar burned down in a case of arson. The iconic Buffalo Chip saloon in Cave Creek, Arizona was completely destroyed and will have to be rebuilt from the ground up.
Family farm trip to Iowa, 2015.

The family makes another trip to Iowa, including the Iowa State Fair.
Return to Roatan, 2015.

Craig & Connie and seven friends travel to the ReeF House Resort in Roatan for a week of diving in 2015.

Out of Africa wildlife zoo and Zipline!

Craig & Connie went with Mike and Annie to Out of Africa zoo in Camp Verde to see some animals and to zipline over them.
Vacation to Colorado, 2015

After many years (since the 1980's) I took another motorcycle trip to Dillon, Colorado for a week in a timeshare condo with Connie. She drove her car, I drove the BMW K1300s.
4th of July Fireworks.

While in Dillon, Colorado over 4th of July, I got some nice fireworks shots.

Zoolights at the Phoenix Zoo.

In December 2014, we visited the Phoenix Zoo to see the Christmas lights there.

Short trip to San Diego.

We needed to use up a timeshare trade week, so we went to a condo in San Diego for a short week. Mostly we relaxed with friends, but we did go on a whale watch trip and take some drives down the coast

Oak Ridge Area, Roatan, 2014

I went to Roatan for a week of diving with a friend of mine. Didn't spend any time seeing the island, because I was there to dive every day, but I did take some shots of the Oak Ridge area where the Reef House Resort is located.
Diving in Roatan. Moray eel gets a bit too close for comfort!

I went diving in Roatan with my buddy Steve Hope from Sep 27 to Oct 3, 2014. We returned to the Reef House Resort where we had been diving in 2008. Fabulous diving conditions - 85F water temps, and we were the only two guests in the resort, so we had the dive boat all to ourselves.

The 'close eel encounter' starts on page 19. Still shots of the spotted eel eating a lionfish start on page 29.

Link to some diving videos, including feeding eels.
Mediterranean Trip, 2013

Connie finally got to see Italy. And a bit of Croatia, Greece and Turkey too! Three weeks of driving and cruising the Mediterranean was quite the experience.
Highlights of the Mediterranean Trip

Just some highlights of the Mediterranean Trip.
Some shots from Sedona

We had a discount for a tour of the Sedona area so decided to check it out. Connie had been hiking in the area many times, but I had never really been off the main highways.

Bahamas, 2012

A few pictures from Nassau in the Commonwealth of the Bahamas, 2012. We visited the Atlantis Resort, went on a Powerboat Adventure, and ... ate at the Poop Deck.
Diving in the Bahamas on Blackbeard's Cruise, 2012

We went on a Blackbeard's Cruise (scuba dive boat) in the Bahamas for a week of diving in February 2012..
Canyon Lake Arizona, 2011

A trip on the Dolly riverboat on Canyon Lake in Arizona in November, 2011.
School Christmas Play, Dec. 13, 2011

I went to a school Christmas play to take pictures of my granddaughter. I ended up taking pictures for the school yearbook partway through the play! The kids did a fabulous job. They were also quite amusing when they didn't think anyone was watching them.
Iowa State Fair 2011

Craig and family spent two days at the Iowa State Fair in August 2011.
Craig and Alicia even rode the Ejector Seat. Emily went on rides
until she puked, and then went on some more!
Riding the Ejector Seat

Here is a video of Alicia and Craig riding the Ejector Seat.
(You need to install the Photodex plugin (which should happen automatically on a Windows pc.)
New Orleans Trip + New Years Cruise, 2010-2011

More vacation pics. New Orleans, Carnival Cruise, a bit of diving in Belize, a bit of sightseeing in Cozumel, etc.
Balloon Ride 2011

Craig takes a balloon ride with his daughters.
More Diving - November 2010

More scuba diving in Cozumel and Costa Maya.
Bryce Canyon Utah - Oct. 2010

October 2010, Bryce Canyon.
Replacing the Microwave Bulb - Dec. 21, 2010

Why did it cost us $139 to replace a microwave bulb? Here's why.
Roadside Memorial

Seven weeks after a horrible motorcycle wreck near where we live, I photographed items left at the scene.
[Updated March 25, 2011]
We got a kitten!

Desmond is a Siamese, born May 24, 2010.
We got a puppy!

Bella is a Shih Tzu, four-months old on March 26, 2010.
Desert owls, Class of 2013

Each year since 2009 I've photographed a local Great Horned Owls nest near my house. Here are some shots from 2013.
Some misc. wildlife shots

Testing various lenses on wildlife in 2009 and earlier.
Craig Harris Forex Training - Maui 2010

Connie attended training sessions in September, and we went to a luau as a perk.
A day at the Races - 2011

On a business trip to Georgia, I took time off to see my friend race his motorcycle at Road Atlanta.
Renaissance Festival 2010

We got together with some friends on a rainy day in January 2010 and visited the Renaissance Festival.
Renaissance Festival 2011

Another trip to the Phoenix area Renaissance Festival 2011.
Diving in Cozumel - Jan. 2010

Some scuba diving in Cozumel. Sharks, eels, lobster, crabs, Splendid Toadfish (really!), and more.
Driving in Cozumel - Jan. 2010

Cozumel residents hid their children, rubbed their rosaries, and lamented the times when our dive group set out to drive around the island.
Maui Trip - May 2009

Our first trip to Maui, in May 2009. Also visited Lanai, and Molokai.
Maui Trip - Sept. 2010

Our second trip to Maui, in September 2010. Shorter trip, more diving, less driving.
Diving on the Maui Trip in May 2009

We dove Molokini Crater (front and back walls) and Turtletown. Saw (and handled) an octopus. Saw sharks, turtles, and even a manta ray at the back wall.
Diving on the Maui Trip in Sept. 2010

Did more diving on our second trip to Maui, including two trips to Lanai. Dove the Carthaginian along with a submarine!
Hoover Dam - October 2011

My first chance to get photos of the Hoover Dam from the new bypass bridge.
Novell BrainShare 2011, Mar 21-25

[In Process] - Some images from my week at Novell's BrainShare 2011
Marysvale Utah and Bryce Canyon area photos - October 2010

Connie and I drove to Utah and spent a week with our Novell friends. Rode quads for the first time.
Novell BrainShare 2010, Mar 21-25

Some images from my week at Novell's BrainShare 2010
Diving in Fiji - 2009

February 2009 - This is a web show (images and movies) made into a slide show with music. It's pretty big, as these sorts of things have to be, at 100MB+. However, it's a beautiful show, and I'm proud of it. You will need to click on the image in the center or on 'loop all' to start it. (It should start playing without having to download the entire show, but it's still a lot of bytes.) If you don't have the Photodex viewer installed, it should prompt you and then install it automatically to your browser.
San Carlos Dive Trip - July 2008

San Carlos scuba dive trip from July 26- 29, 2008. (Early) underwater photography. As the years have gone by, our underwater photography has improved a lot over this, but the sea lions at San Pedro Island are still a treat.
How to feed a wild crocodile - 2007

In Costa Rica, there is this job I know, involving jumping in a river with a dead chicken and crocodiles...
Odds and Ends

A few shots of unusual stuff.
You cannot have too much camera gear

Examples to show your wife why you do not now, and probably never will, be the best example of someone with 'too much camera gear'.
Some Fisheye Examples

Here are some examples of using a 10.5mm fisheye lens on a DX format camera.
A few landscapes

I'm slowly getting landscape shots up.
Kartchner Camping Trip - November 2009

Camping with friends at Kartchner Caverns during the Orionids meteor shower.
Wallpaper Samples

Some shots I like, cropped to 1680x1050.
Some high ISO images

I wanted to post some examples of higher ISO shots I've done over the last couple of years, with a D300 and a D700.
Thanksgiving Photos 2008

Portraits done during Craig and Connie's Thanksgiving 2008.
Thanksgiving Photos 2009

Portraits done during Craig and Connie's Thanksgiving 2009.
Lens and camera tests

Various lens and camera tests I've done.
Thinktank Airport Accelerator camera bag

My Thinktank Airport Accelerator camera bag loaded with as much camera gear as I can pack onto an airliner. Two camera bodies, nine lenses, two flashes and misc stuff - 31 lbs currently. I wear this on my back, and the Speed Racer on my front (holding point-n-shoots in underwater housings) when I fly. And I pack a tripod and other gear in a suitcase. Yes, I do not travel light...
Thinktank Speed Racer camera bag

My Thinktank Speed Racer camera bag loaded with camera and lenses. This gives an idea of what fits into this very comfortable and useful bag.