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ISSUE 1, <strong>Nov</strong>ember <strong>2017</strong><br />

INTERVIEW<br />

WITH JANA LUO<br />

KAIKOURA TODAY<br />

WITH BRENDON GILCHRIST<br />

10 TIPS FOR<br />

REDISCOVERING<br />

YOUR MOTIVATION<br />

PHOTO DESTINATION:<br />

THE FORGOTTEN<br />

WORLD HIGHWAY<br />

LOW LIGHT<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS<br />

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TABLE OF CONTENTS<br />

Join the conversation!<br />

Taya Iv, Editor<br />

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From the Editor<br />

Dear reader,<br />

This issue was lovingly crafted by a team of passionate<br />

individuals. Photographers, designers, and writers<br />

all came together with one goal: to empower, inspire,<br />

and encourage others.<br />

While we keep New Zealand at the heart of our community,<br />

we explore other cultures to have a complete<br />

and eye-opening artistic experience. In honour of that,<br />

this issue has been filled with images from around the<br />

world, including gorgeous photos taken by this month's<br />

cover artist, Jana Luo.<br />

The researching process has been nothing short of<br />

exhilarating. We truly look forward to featuring more<br />

outstanding creatives. To put it simply, we want to<br />

give you a chance to be heard, discovered, and<br />

appreciated.<br />

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SPECIAL FEATURE: INSPIRING PHOTOGRAPHER JANA LUO<br />

By Taya Iv<br />

INSPIRATION: 10 TIPS FOR REDISCOVERING YOUR MOTIVATION<br />

By Taya Iv<br />

ASK THE EXPERTS: WHICH CAMERA IS GOOD FOR YOU?<br />

By Rajib Mukherjee<br />

PHOTO DESTINATION: THE DRIVE OF A LIFETIME ON THE FORGOTTEN WORLD HIGHWAY<br />

By Emily Goodwin<br />

LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

By Rajib Mukherjee<br />

THE POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

By Nemanja Milicevic<br />

PHOTO ESSAY: KAIKOURA TODAY<br />

By Brendon Gilchrist<br />

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Special Feature:<br />

Inspiring Photographer Jana Luo<br />

By Taya Iv<br />

1. When did you start taking<br />

photographs and what drew<br />

you to it?<br />

My photography journey didn’t<br />

really start until April 2013. I had<br />

liked taking photos for a while,<br />

but only used phones and a<br />

couple of compact cameras.<br />

Early in 2013, I had a very<br />

strong feeling that I should get<br />

more involved in photography.<br />

Then I started to do some<br />

research on cameras. Eventually,<br />

I bought an entry level full<br />

frame DSLR camera, the Canon<br />

6D. Since then, I don't know<br />

how I'd live without my cameras!<br />

They bring a whole new<br />

world to my life!<br />

Sunrise Shining Through The Balloons<br />

18th Mar 2016<br />

Canon EOS 6D<br />

Speed:1/200 sec.<br />

ISO: 100<br />

Focal length: 67mm<br />

F-stop: 10<br />

I have been to the balloons over<br />

Waikato for 3 years, this year I decided<br />

to fly in a balloon. The sunrise<br />

coming through when all the balloons<br />

are floating up, brightening<br />

them, is incredible.<br />

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The Clam Jetty<br />

22nd Jun 2016<br />

Canon EOS 6D<br />

Speed:188 sec.<br />

ISO: 100<br />

Focal length: 25mm<br />

F-stop: 9<br />

Taken at Auckland City on a<br />

cold and wet day. I love the<br />

calmness around the jetty.<br />

The Dreamy Night at<br />

Mt Taranaki<br />

22nd Oct 2016<br />

Canon EOS 6D<br />

Speed: 25 sec.<br />

ISO:5000<br />

Focal length: 27mm<br />

F-stop: 3.2<br />

This is one of my favorite<br />

places in NZ. It's not easy<br />

for me to get up there, but<br />

I was lucky enough to get<br />

a super calm and clear<br />

day. The sunset and the reflection<br />

are just perfect! I<br />

love the clear sky at night,<br />

amazing stars, it's like living<br />

in a wonder world.<br />

2. Your images thrive in the<br />

landscape genre. What appeals<br />

to you the most about<br />

landscape photography?<br />

Like many photographers, as<br />

a beginner, I liked to try everything.<br />

I went out to shoot<br />

people, landscapes, cityscapes,<br />

and also tried macro<br />

photography etc. About<br />

one year later, I started to<br />

find my main interest which<br />

is landscape photography. I<br />

realized that when I am going<br />

out shooting the beautiful<br />

nature, I am not just enjoying<br />

photography, the most<br />

important thing is to be part<br />

of the nature I love. I always<br />

have strong feelings towards<br />

what I shoot. I want to use my<br />

cameras to find out the connection<br />

between me and the<br />

world I live in.<br />

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The Sleeping Beauty<br />

21st Aug 2016<br />

Canon EOS 6D<br />

Speed: 135 sec.<br />

ISO:100<br />

Focal length: 25mm<br />

F-stop: 10<br />

The tree in Lake Wanaka,<br />

when the night comes, it becomes<br />

a sleeping beauty.<br />

3. How has living in New Zealand affected<br />

your creative journey?<br />

I have been living in New Zealand for more<br />

than a decade; the incredible beauty of<br />

this country obviously gives me very strong<br />

motivation. I like the ocean the most, and<br />

I can see it so easily! Every time I go to a<br />

beach, I am able to find some new ideas<br />

which I can use later on in my photo practices.<br />

I can certainly find the connection<br />

between my soul and Mother Nature in<br />

New Zealand.<br />

4. What would you tell your younger self<br />

about creative decisions?<br />

If I could turn the clock back, I would like<br />

to tell myself to try different angles or different<br />

exposures when I shoot. Don't worry<br />

too much about the rules. Sometimes,<br />

for a starter especially, the rules really limit<br />

creativity.<br />

5. Are there any artists<br />

who've had a significant<br />

impact on your work?<br />

There are a lot of great photographers<br />

who inspire me,<br />

among them, I think Fan Ho,<br />

Ansel Adams, and Michael<br />

Kenna have given me significant<br />

impact on my work.<br />

6. How do you deal with<br />

artistic self-doubt?<br />

Most of my friends say I am a<br />

confident person, but, in fact,<br />

I always get self-doubt. Maybe<br />

I just know how to hide it,<br />

hehe. That is part of my personality<br />

I believe. Boosting up<br />

my self-esteem is not always<br />

easy. Most of the time, I talk to<br />

myself or go out, find a place,<br />

most likely I will go to a beach,<br />

not many people around, enjoy<br />

the quietness and the pure<br />

nature. I can gain more courage<br />

back from that.<br />

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Red Clouds With The Burning Heart<br />

11th Jan 2015<br />

Canon EOS 6D<br />

Speed: 72 sec.<br />

ISO: 100<br />

Focal length: 16 mm<br />

F-stop: 9<br />

Taken at West Coast Beach,<br />

Auckland. With the red colour<br />

from sunset, the heart shaped<br />

rock touched my soul.<br />

Charming Queenstown at Night<br />

20st Aug 2016<br />

Canon EOS 6D<br />

Speed: 56 sec.<br />

ISO: 100<br />

Focal length: 27 mm<br />

F-stop: 8<br />

Taken at Queenstown, it's a<br />

famous place and I've been<br />

there a few times... I can't resist<br />

its charm.<br />

7. The colours in your images are breathtaking. What's your editing<br />

process like?<br />

I use Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik Collection for photo editing.<br />

8. What's your favourite place in New Zealand and why?<br />

So far, I think my favourite places are New Plymouth, Mt Taranaki, and Wharariki<br />

beach.<br />

9. Is there any piece of advice you wish every photographer took to<br />

heart?<br />

Really understand the subjects of your photography, be prepared before you<br />

start to shoot, and shoot.<br />

10. What kind of photographer do you imagine yourself being in 10 years?<br />

I hope I would be a pure photographer who loves nature and photography<br />

itself.<br />

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Inspiration: 10 Tips for<br />

Rediscovering Your Motivation<br />

By Taya Iv<br />

Motivation isn’t always easy to find. Like a sheet<br />

of paper stolen by a gust of wind, it escapes<br />

even the most inspiring of artists. Though phases of<br />

creative dullness are natural, there are times when<br />

you desperately want to grab a bunch of ideas<br />

and have a successful shoot. But how can this be<br />

achieved?<br />

There are no specific rules for finding motivation, but<br />

there are ways in which you can help yourself grow<br />

towards it. Here are 10 tips for rediscovering the creative<br />

strength you deserve to have.<br />

Go Out<br />

No matter where you are, go for a walk. It’s easy to<br />

get caught up in daily tasks. Leave your home for<br />

a short while and enjoy your surroundings. Even a<br />

10-minute walk has the power to refresh your mind<br />

and make you feel more grounded.<br />

Research Artists<br />

We all take things for granted sometimes. Even a<br />

comforting source of inspiration can lose its spark. To<br />

rediscover your love for art, expose yourself to every<br />

side of it. Research artists whose work you’re not familiar<br />

with. Learn more about photography genres<br />

you barely know. These new pieces of information will<br />

allow you to look at your own interests from a place<br />

of gratitude, giving you lots of room to fall in love with<br />

what you do, over and over again.<br />

Get Some Sleep<br />

If you haven’t been getting enough sleep, your<br />

tiredness may be contributing to a lack of inspiration.<br />

Fix this by getting the beauty sleep you deserve.<br />

To quote Seabear: ‘Human skin can be hard<br />

to live in. You’ll feel better in the morning.’<br />

Get Better at Editing<br />

Adding a pop of color or contrast to your shots can<br />

make a world of difference. If you’re interested in<br />

being a better editor, find a free online course that<br />

teaches something you’re not familiar with. New<br />

ways of editing may open your eyes to refreshing<br />

photographic possibilities.<br />

Make an (In)security List<br />

Make a list of things you are insecure about when<br />

it comes to your work. Once that list is ready, make<br />

another list explaining how the aforementioned insecurities<br />

can be fixed. Though there may not be<br />

a clear solution to every obstacle, you’ll have the<br />

chance to understand what’s getting in the way of<br />

your work.<br />

Be Patient<br />

The creative process is endless. No matter what you<br />

think, you’ll always be a fantastic artist capable of<br />

taking meaningful photographs. So be patient. Experiment<br />

with these tips and approach them in different<br />

ways. Before you know it, you’ll feel motivated<br />

to work in unimaginably inspiring ways.<br />

Read<br />

Similarly to researching art, read a book. Both fiction<br />

and non-fiction contain awe-inspiring stories<br />

worth treasuring. You don’t have to read photography<br />

books, either. Reread your favourite book or find<br />

something that simply catches your eye. The characters<br />

in these stories will inspire you in multiple ways.<br />

Communicate<br />

Meeting new artists is important for creative growth<br />

and comfort. Join an online group, attend a workshop,<br />

or start a photography course in which you can<br />

interact with other students. These opportunities may<br />

give you a chance to make new friends. In addition<br />

to finding like-minded people, you’ll receive valuable<br />

feedback and learn how others find inspiration of<br />

their own.<br />

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Experiment<br />

Take photos of something that’s completely unrelated<br />

to your genre. If you’re a portrait photographer,<br />

try taking photos of animals. If you’re a landscape<br />

artist, photograph details in your home. Challenges<br />

will keep you focused – in the process, you’ll<br />

be shaped into a better artist. Don’t be afraid to fail.<br />

Your goal should be experimentation, not perfection.<br />

Start a Project<br />

To ease your mind completely, start a project that has<br />

nothing to do with photography. Try out that hobby<br />

you were always too afraid to experiment with. Give<br />

yourself a significant but achievable goal, like painting<br />

a portrait within a month. Sharpening other types<br />

of skills will, in its own way, sharpen your ability to<br />

cherish photography and everything it offers.<br />

<strong>Nov</strong>ember <strong>2017</strong><br />

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THE EXPERTS:<br />

Which camera is good for you?<br />

T<br />

ASK<br />

This question is often thrown about, the question<br />

about which gear to shoot with. If I specifically<br />

talk about cameras alone the digital world is split<br />

between reflex and mirrorless cameras. There was a<br />

time about 4 years back when SLR cameras (and if<br />

I can be specific, DSLRs) had a clear upper-hand in<br />

terms of performance and reliability. Not anymore.<br />

DSLRs no longer enjoy that clear supremacy. First<br />

time camera buyers often ask – "which camera is<br />

good for me?" Let's find out which one it is.<br />

Mirrorless Cameras<br />

Mirrorless systems are those which do not have a reflex<br />

mirror on them. The fact that the camera does<br />

not have a reflex mirror means there is no slapping<br />

movement when the image is made. That also<br />

means you have less vibration induced by a mirror<br />

moving about inside the camera.<br />

Mirrorless systems have been popular with landscape<br />

and nature photographers because these cameras<br />

are less prone to suffer from shake and the resulting<br />

blur. The result is an ultra-sharp image that can be<br />

printed big. If an image is less than acceptably sharp<br />

it can still be printed in a small size or shared online<br />

on social media platforms and no one will notice<br />

anything. But if you need to print big you need an<br />

absolutely sharp image otherwise the lack of sharpness<br />

will become apparent.<br />

By Rajib Mukherjee<br />

There are some other advantages to a mirrorless<br />

camera. Mainly the weight factor and the faster<br />

frame rate. The lack of a mirror inside the camera<br />

means it does not have to live with the extra weight.<br />

Lighter cameras are better for shooting at events,<br />

street and other types of photography. This is because<br />

you have to handhold the camera for a really<br />

long time.<br />

One of the major complains initially felt about mirrorless<br />

systems was the lack of auto-focusing reliability.<br />

But these days, auto-focusing on mirrorless systems<br />

has become better. It is comparable with the auto-focusing<br />

performance of DSLRs.<br />

Single Lens Reflex Cameras<br />

Also known as DSLRs, these cameras have a reflex<br />

mirror in them. These mirrors are what allow you<br />

to see what the lens sees. The light, after passing<br />

through the lens, gets bounced upwards by the reflex<br />

mirror which is then reflected by a pentaprism<br />

through the viewfinder at the back of the camera.<br />

There are some major advantages to using DSLRs.<br />

First and foremost is the auto-focusing speed. DSLR<br />

camera systems use both contrast and phase-detection<br />

auto-focusing mechanism. Mirrorless systems on<br />

the other hand mainly use the contrast detection auto-focusing<br />

system. Phase detection auto-focusing is<br />

much faster than contrast detection.<br />

Another advantage of using DSLRs is the wide range<br />

of lenses that you can choose from. DSLRs have been<br />

around for a long time. Before them, SLR systems<br />

have been the most dominating camera systems.<br />

Each of the SLR camera manufacturers has a dedicated<br />

line of lenses. Many of these legacy lenses can<br />

be used with modern DSLRs. There is also a well-established<br />

third-party line of lenses, plus the new line of<br />

electronic lenses.<br />

Ideal Situations - When To Use Which Camera<br />

DSLRs are the best cameras to use when shooting<br />

subjects like sports, wildlife, and action. Cameras like<br />

the 5D Mark IV give you better control over what you<br />

shoot, a larger range of lenses to choose from and<br />

more versatility.<br />

On the other hand, a mirrorless system would be ideal<br />

when shooting an event such as a wedding, or when<br />

shooting street photography. These cameras are best<br />

when it comes to silent shooting. At an event, the last<br />

thing that you need is a slapping mirror making an irritating<br />

noise. I would even go the distance as to recommend<br />

a mirrorless system for shooting bird and<br />

wildlife photography. The fact that these cameras are<br />

silent means there is less chance of the animal getting<br />

startled.<br />

Another major advantage of shooting with mirrorless<br />

systems like the Sony a7R II is that they give you the<br />

exact preview of the image you are going to capture.<br />

You can adjust the exposure, as per your requirement<br />

before you press the shutter button. This<br />

saves you a critical amount of time.<br />

Image name<br />

Dreams from the Jovian Moons<br />

Author<br />

Tim Ashby-Peckham<br />

Setting/description<br />

Canon 70D (DSLR)<br />

120s x 20<br />

f/3.5<br />

ISO 400<br />

This is a series of long exposures<br />

(120s) stacked on top of each<br />

other. Taken from the hilltop overlooking<br />

Port Waikato, the cosmic<br />

glow from Auckland city brings<br />

a Sci-fi atmosphere to the image<br />

which makes it look like it could<br />

be on another planet.<br />

Image name<br />

Celestial Fire<br />

Author<br />

Tim Ashby-Peckham<br />

Setting/description<br />

Canon 70D (DSLR)<br />

30s<br />

f/3.5<br />

ISO 3200<br />

Puddles in the sand dunes at Port Waikato<br />

make the perfect mirror for the stars above.<br />

There is partial cloud in this shot which is<br />

usually a bad thing with astrophotography<br />

but the light from the town lit the sky up and<br />

gave the shot a nice warmth. It's topped<br />

off by the appearance of a magical<br />

Magellanic cloud.<br />

Image name<br />

Galaxy Cannon<br />

Author<br />

Tim Ashby-Peckham<br />

This is one of a series I took of an<br />

exceptionally windswept tree on<br />

the Awhitu peninsula. It's a long<br />

exposure of about 715 seconds<br />

which gives the planet time to<br />

twist and spread the light from the<br />

stars across the sensor. The orange<br />

glow is from the Glenbrook Steelmill<br />

which was working away in the<br />

distance. Also, a streak of light appears<br />

to be shooting from the tree<br />

which was a well-timed satellite<br />

flare which I wasn't aware was due<br />

to happen.<br />

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<strong>Nov</strong>ember <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Queenstown image<br />

Exposure Time: 20s<br />

f-number: 3.2<br />

Focal Length: 16mm<br />

Focal Length In 35mm Film equivalent:<br />

24mm<br />

Photographic Sensitivity (ISO): 3200<br />

Lens Model: NX 16mm F2.4<br />

Author: Chris McKeown<br />

Taken with my Samsung NX 1 mirrorless camera, using<br />

a Samsung 16mm F2.4 lens. Full manual mode setting,<br />

f3.2 aperture and 16mm focal length (which is 24mm in<br />

a full frame camera). Long exposure time of 20s, ISO:<br />

3200, set up on a tripod with timer to avoid camera<br />

shake. Image saved in Raw format and edited in<br />

Lightroom 5 to bring up the contrast and colour.<br />

Taken from the top of the cable car at 9.30pm on a<br />

cold September night in Queenstown, New Zealand. I<br />

wanted to get a good shot of the Milky way, away from<br />

light pollution and try to have mountains and sky in the<br />

same shot. I wasn’t planning to get a shot of the<br />

aurora Australis also, so that was an added bonus, and<br />

this, added to a shooting star (or a satellite…) just<br />

added to the shot. Worth the cold ears and toes.<br />

Tui image<br />

Exposure Time: 1/250s<br />

f-number: 6.3<br />

Focal Length: 200mm<br />

Focal Length In 35mm<br />

Film equivalent: 308mm<br />

Photographic Sensitivity<br />

(ISO): 500<br />

Lens Model:<br />

NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3<br />

Author: Chris McKeown<br />

Taken with my Samsung NX 1 mirrorless camera,<br />

using a Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens. Full<br />

manual mode setting, f6.3 aperture and 200mm<br />

focal length (which is 308mm in a full frame camera).<br />

Exposure time of 1/250s, ISO 500. Image<br />

saved in Raw format and edited in Lightroom 5 to<br />

bring up the contrast, brightness and colour.<br />

Literally taken out of the window of my house in<br />

Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand on a warm<br />

December afternoon. A favourite bird getting<br />

stuck in to the Flax flowers in the garden.<br />

Mt Victoria Lookout<br />

Exposure Time: 25s<br />

f-number: 5<br />

Focal Length: 18mm<br />

Focal Length In 35mm<br />

Film equivalent: 27mm<br />

Photographic Sensitivity<br />

(ISO): 100<br />

Lens Model:<br />

NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3<br />

Author: Chris McKeown<br />

Taken with my Samsung NX 1 mirrorless camera,<br />

using a Samsung 16mm F2.4 lens. Full manual<br />

mode setting, f5 aperture and 18mm focal length<br />

(which is 27mm in a full frame camera). Long<br />

exposure time of 25s, ISO: 100, set up on a tripod<br />

with timer to avoid camera shake and using a<br />

Lee Sev5n “Big Stopper” 10 step long exposure filter<br />

plus a Lee 0.6ND Hard Grad graduated filter.<br />

Image saved in Raw format and edited in Lightroom<br />

5 to bring up the contrast and colour.<br />

Taken from the top of the Mt Victoria Lookout,<br />

Wellington, New Zealand at 7am in early October.<br />

I wanted to get a nice blur on the clouds, so used<br />

a long exposure, which given the amount of light<br />

in the morning, meant I needed to use a Lee “Big<br />

Stopper” long exposure filter.<br />

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<strong>Nov</strong>ember <strong>2017</strong><br />

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PHOTO<br />

DESTINATION:<br />

The Drive of a Lifetime on The Forgotten World Highway<br />

By Emily Goodwin<br />

Get off the beaten path for the drive of<br />

a lifetime as you discover untouched<br />

wilderness and journey back in time<br />

to explore pioneering monuments deep in<br />

North Island.<br />

New Zealand's oldest heritage trail, The Forgotten<br />

World Highway is 148km long and links<br />

Stratford in Taranaki with Taumarunui in King<br />

Country.<br />

Twisting and turning over four mountain saddles<br />

you're going to be in photography<br />

heaven with stunning vistas around each<br />

and every corner. That's not all, this highly<br />

memorable road also passes through the<br />

breathtaking Tangarakau Gorge and the famous<br />

220 metre long Moki tunnel (aka Hobbit<br />

Hole) making this one of the most scenic<br />

drives not just in New Zealand, but in the<br />

world; Forget U.S.A Route 66, add New Zealand's<br />

State Highway 43 to your bucket list!<br />

Your journey starts with picturesque pastoral<br />

landscapes and lush green hills as you follow<br />

the Whanganui River and go past the<br />

Maraekowhai reserve on this twisty turny roller-coaster<br />

of a road with ever-changing<br />

landscapes. Your photography skills will be<br />

tested to the limit as you try to do justice to<br />

the stunning landscapes that you're seeing.<br />

From Strathmore saddle, you'll be able to<br />

capture shots of Mount Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu,<br />

Mount Ngaurahoe and Mount Taranaki.<br />

The rapids at Tangarakau River and<br />

the pioneering tunnel of Makahu along<br />

with the wild goats, sheep and ponga trees<br />

are other photos you're sure to take on the<br />

journey.<br />

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This rugged and remote route is certainly<br />

not for the faint-hearted with its hairpin<br />

bends and sheer drops, but as a photographer,<br />

you already know that the best<br />

shots require determination and getting<br />

out into nature!<br />

Noted for being one of New Zealand's<br />

most secluded roads, it's also listed as being<br />

one of the most dangerous routes in<br />

the country. At Tangarakau Gorge, 15km<br />

of the road is unsealed gravel so careful<br />

driving is a must. Don't expect phone service<br />

all of the way and you'll also need to<br />

fill up with petrol as there are no gas stations<br />

on this road.<br />

Visit between late <strong>Nov</strong>ember and early<br />

May for the best scenery. The drive<br />

can be done in a minimum of 3 hours but<br />

to fully enjoy the experience it's recommended<br />

you take several hours, preferably<br />

overnighting in Whangamomona,<br />

the only significant town en-route and an<br />

interesting place as it formed its own republic<br />

back in 1989. If you have the time,<br />

take a few days so you can detour down<br />

the side roads to see even more such as<br />

Damper Falls, the second highest waterfall<br />

on North Island.<br />

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LOW LIGHT<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

By Rajib Mukherjee<br />

18 <strong>NZPhotographer</strong><br />

I<br />

have been a photographer all my life. When I was<br />

about 10 years old my father gave me his Agfa<br />

Click IV, which is a medium format film viewfinder<br />

camera, and asked me to shoot anything that<br />

caught my fancy. I shot a good part of what was a<br />

cut roll of 12 exposures and that was it. Between that<br />

day and the day when I bought my first DSLR, a lot has<br />

changed.<br />

The best thing to have happened to photography is<br />

the advent of digital technology. Just like everything<br />

else, it brought in a bouquet of new possibilities that<br />

were otherwise part of the realm of science-fiction.<br />

For example, the ability to change ISO after each shot<br />

made it possible to shoot with the same camera in 'N'<br />

number of situations without any issues.<br />

This article deals with an important lighting situation<br />

that every photographer has to work with almost on a<br />

daily basis – low light. It does not really matter whether<br />

you are a hobbyist / casual photographer shooting<br />

only with your smartphone or a professional photographer<br />

who shoots to pay his bills. These tips on low<br />

light photography will help you achieve better results in<br />

most cases.<br />

Start with the smallest ISO<br />

I know with digital cameras and ridiculously high ISO<br />

capabilities it is always the easy way out – crank up the<br />

ISO and shoot away. But this is a flawed concept. High<br />

ISO should be your last resort. The first priority should be<br />

to shoot at a wide open aperture and then to use a<br />

slow shutter speed. Finally, if nothing else works turn to<br />

high ISO.<br />

Large aperture lenses are best for low light<br />

A large aperture lens, something like the 85mm f/1.8 or<br />

the 50mm f/1.4 can give you a lot of leverage when<br />

shooting in low light conditions. Such a lens will easily<br />

capture 2 to 3 stops of additional light compared to a<br />

kit lens. Such a lens along with a large sensor can really<br />

work wonders for your low light photography.<br />

A large sensor has better low light capability<br />

A larger sensor size gives more light gathering capability. As a result,<br />

if you consistently shoot with a small point & shoot camera, moving<br />

to a 35mm full-frame camera will give you much better results.<br />

The same way, if you shoot with an APS-C camera, moving to a<br />

medium format (please be aware that medium format DSLRs can<br />

be prohibitively expensive) camera will yield amazingly beautiful<br />

results.<br />

Go for a BSI sensor design<br />

The last few years have seen the advent of a new sensor design<br />

that has the sensor wiring located at the back of the chip rather<br />

than on the same surface as the photo-diodes. This opens up a lot<br />

of space for light to be collected. In the previous design, because<br />

of the cluttered design of the sensor, a lot of light was lost. This resulted<br />

in a high amount of noise. With the new and much more efficient<br />

design, it is possible to make cleaner images even in low light<br />

situations. Recently, Nikon has come up with the D850, the world's<br />

first full-frame BSI sensor. Apart from the larger size, the BSI architecture<br />

promises a world of possibilities in low light photography.<br />

Use a tripod<br />

A tripod is a must-have if you are interested in shooting low light<br />

photography. This is especially important if you are shooting predominantly<br />

static subjects, such as architecture, stars, the Milky<br />

Way and so on. A tripod allows you to shoot with a low ISO and a<br />

long shutter speed and therefore avoid chances of noise. When<br />

shooting Milky Way photos or architecture photos, you can turn<br />

on the Long Exposure Noise Reduction option that will allow you to<br />

eliminate hot pixels (if any) on your image and therefore create a<br />

much cleaner image than you would normally get.<br />

Post-processing<br />

You need to learn a few tricks in post-processing. Mainly in noise<br />

reduction, sharpness and black and white conversion. One of the<br />

easiest ways to salvage an image that has a lot of unrecoverable<br />

noise is to convert the image to black & white. If the image has<br />

only a little noise, try and use the noise reduction feature in Lightroom<br />

to blur the noise out. We shall discuss more about noise reduction<br />

techniques in a future issue.<br />

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THE<br />

“The best thing about a picture is that it never changes, even when the people in it do.”<br />

Andy Warhol<br />

POWER OF<br />

PHOTOGRAPHY<br />

By Nemanja Milicevic<br />

In the beginning, there was light… a flashing, blinding<br />

light. No, wait, at first, there was a familiar buzzing<br />

sound and a distinctive click and then came the<br />

light. We are not talking about The Book of Genesis; we<br />

are talking about cameras! For some people, no other<br />

experience is as exciting as taking photos. It is the one<br />

encounter that is outmatched only by the process of<br />

developing and unveiling your final product.<br />

People are surrounded by photography in both meaningful<br />

and trivial ways. Whether we are aware of it or not,<br />

one glance at a photo can make a deep impact on<br />

our everyday lives. Those colorful (sometimes black and<br />

white) pieces of paper hold a considerable influence<br />

over us. Sometimes we are conscious of this fact, but<br />

often we take it for granted. Yet, the truth is undeniable:<br />

ever since the use of photographic film was pioneered<br />

by George Eastman and the first "Kodak" was offered for<br />

sale in 1888, people have been fascinated by this "magical"<br />

device able to capture time and moment.<br />

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Photos are truly the keepers of our memories and<br />

emotions. Family photo albums are time-traveling<br />

machines with our entire history carefully stored in<br />

them. With every turn of a page, there is another<br />

story that can be told and relived. Photography literally<br />

encapsulates time and preserves it. Birthdays,<br />

anniversaries, every Christmas since you were born,<br />

graduations, that all important first bike ride, these<br />

are all things we keep in our family albums, thanks<br />

to that "buzz and light" experience.<br />

Naturally, with modern times come modern ways<br />

of expression and today every person with a smartphone<br />

is, technically, a photographer. Millions of<br />

people daily are trying to capture perspectives of<br />

their lives, no matter how essential or ordinary they<br />

might be. By documenting and sharing your life,<br />

you’re encouraging the rest of the world to join<br />

you on your journey. Through your photos, people<br />

around you gradually start to perceive things with<br />

your eyes. Sometimes, just by looking at someone's<br />

photos you can know more about that person. Of<br />

course, not everyone has the knack for photography,<br />

one must possess a keen eye to spot a perfect<br />

balance between light and dark. Also, a taste for<br />

framing and composition is quintessential, otherwise,<br />

anybody can tap on their screen and say: "Hey, I'm<br />

a pro photographer!" It takes a real artist to make a<br />

couple of pebbles behind your TV look like a cave<br />

entrance covered in a spider’s web!<br />

Photography has become a useful tool for anyone<br />

kicking off a new business, especially today.<br />

Appealing photos placed in the right spot can attract<br />

more customers than any yellow pages ad<br />

can. People are often intrigued by beautiful scenes,<br />

breathtaking landscapes and sentiments they can<br />

relate to. Today's articles and blogs rely heavily on<br />

the visual approach as bait for their readers. After<br />

all, we are all visual beings.<br />

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Source: Nick Ut, Time Magazine<br />

The most important thing is, without any doubt, honesty.<br />

When an observer looks at a photo and recognizes<br />

the truth within it, it can only mean that that<br />

particular photo is genuine. This "truth searching" is<br />

especially present and emphasized in the photographs<br />

of triumphant or tragic historical events. The<br />

famous photo of a naked girl who was badly burned<br />

and tore off her burning clothes, taken by Associated<br />

Press photographer Nick Ut's, will haunt us forever.<br />

All of the horrors and senselessness of every war is<br />

summed up in a single shot. On the other hand, when<br />

you see photos made by the Hubble telescope or images<br />

of Aoraki – Mount Cook, taken by New Zealand<br />

photographers, one can only admire the wonders of<br />

nature and the universe we live in.<br />

Much like documenting history, photography is well<br />

known for capturing major political protests. Photographing<br />

protesters and giving them context allows<br />

their word to forever be recorded and recognized.<br />

Photographers speak the language of visuality and<br />

they use it to send profound and powerful messages.<br />

When it comes to photography, there are no<br />

limitations. Like any other art form, photography is<br />

about trying to express and reflect one’s feelings. Seldom,<br />

the simple artistic appeal of a photo is reason<br />

enough not to neglect photography. If beauty is in<br />

the eye of the beholder then the photographer is the<br />

guardian and preserver of that beauty.<br />

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KAIKOURA LOW TIDE SUNSET<br />

Nikon D810 with Nikon<br />

24mm 1.4g f16 ISO 64<br />

Shutter 8 seconds<br />

PHOTO<br />

ESSAY:<br />

Kaikoura Today<br />

By Brendon Gilchrist<br />

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A 2 hour drive North of Christchurch,<br />

Kaikoura is a picturesque coastal town<br />

famous for its wildlife of sperm whales, fur<br />

seals, and dolphins. But Mother Nature<br />

doesn't always play kind, Kaikoura being<br />

prone to earthquakes. The 7.8 earthquake<br />

that hit in <strong>Nov</strong>ember 2016 caused<br />

devastation, NZ Herald reporting that a<br />

110km stretch of the Kaikoura Coast rose<br />

up out of the sea, as far as 6 metres in<br />

some places, changing this landscape<br />

forever.<br />

Brendon of ESB Photography has taken<br />

it upon himself to capture New Zeland's<br />

unique landscapes on camera, including<br />

those at Kaikoura. Photography for<br />

Brendon was a reason to carry on living<br />

after his wife passed away. Consumed<br />

with grief, he immersed himself into<br />

capturing the beauty around him.<br />

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, both<br />

man and land are forging forward after<br />

devastation…<br />

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Kaikoura was an amazing place<br />

even before the earthquake, but<br />

now it is something else. Very well<br />

known for its amazing sunsets and<br />

sunrises, but many people would<br />

overlook the fact that Kaikoura is<br />

so far away from any city that the<br />

dark night sky, the milky way, is visible<br />

from the very edge of the town<br />

making this a magical place, and<br />

an astronomy / photography fans<br />

dream come true!<br />

The new low tide mark allows for<br />

some very interesting views, what<br />

was once always hidden underwater<br />

is now above water for a short<br />

time each day as the tide changes.<br />

It is almost alien like to walk<br />

around this coast looking at how<br />

powerful the earthquake was, and<br />

how much it has affected the reefs<br />

around the coast. The calmness of<br />

this ocean is something quite deceiving<br />

with the odd wave being<br />

bigger then what you would expect<br />

it to be.<br />

Shooting Star (before the<br />

earthquake)<br />

ISO 10000 f4<br />

Shutter speed 20 seconds<br />

Uplift Me (after the earthquake)<br />

Nikon D750 with Nikon 24mm 1.4g f3.2<br />

ISO 10000 Shutter 20 seconds 8 shot<br />

Panaroma shot in vertical frames.<br />

Kaikoura Green Rocks Seascape<br />

Nikon D810 with Nikon 24mm 1.4g F14<br />

ISO 125 shutter 1/4 second Sunrise<br />

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PORTFOLIO<br />

Best readers' submissions this month<br />

Morning sunrise shot at the Sheraton Waikiki Hawaii<br />

Alex Moore<br />

Got up early to get a shot of the sunrise down at the infinity pool Sheraton Waikiki on a recent<br />

trip to Hawaii, the pool was spectular, there were already dudes surfing the waves as<br />

the sun rose over diamond head! Love this place, my new favourite destination to take photos<br />

of the ocean (the Sheraton Waikiki Beach).<br />

ISO64 30 SECONDS,<br />

NIKON D810 NIKON 24-70 2.8<br />

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Mr<br />

Chris Watson<br />

NZ Kea - One of the locals of Milford Road. I live in Te Anau and always try and capture the<br />

keas on the road to Milford. This one sat quite nicely for a good 10-15min while we<br />

photographed it (this was shot at 24mm).<br />

Evening Lines<br />

Evening lines was a shot I had to wait for a while for the bird to fly through... Luckily after<br />

20min this one did and I managed to snap a shot or 3 of it.<br />

1/2000 @ F/8 @ 600MM ZOOM<br />

Chris Watson<br />

1/250SEC FOR THE INITIAL EXPOSURE @ F11 THEN 2 SHOTS PLUS AND MINUS 2<br />

STOPS AND MERGED IN PHOTOMATIX PRO<br />

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The Te Anau Tree<br />

Wanaka has a tree - so does Te Anau! A cool spot looking up the South Fiord of Lake Te<br />

Anau. The Wanaka Tree is shot to Death - this is a new tree, new lake and a better spot...<br />

(Less people know about it!).<br />

1/13TH SEC, F16 @ 14MM<br />

Chris Watson<br />

A Winters Morning<br />

Lake Te Anau the morning after a good dusting of snow. Love this wharf and what is has to<br />

offer for composition.<br />

30SEC EXPOSURE (10 STOP ND FILTER) F16 @14MM ZOOM<br />

Chris Watson<br />

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Chris Watson<br />

David MCPherson<br />

Aurora Australias<br />

The Aurora from Ivon Wilson Park near Te Anau. Perfect spot to watch the Southern Lights.<br />

5min drive from home sitting on a deck with a BBQ table and a view like this... stunning!<br />

15SEC, F2.8 @ ISO6400<br />

Mr<br />

New life on its way ... Monarch caterpillar growing well.<br />

1/428; F1.7<br />

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Rina Sjardin-Thompson<br />

Almer Hut<br />

Rina Sjardin-Thompson<br />

Chancellor Hut<br />

This day we were surrounded in cloud then as sunset approached the cloud dissipated to<br />

open up to allow us to enjoy this fabulous sunset.<br />

Almer hut sits at the top of the Franz Josef glacier... its stunning as you<br />

can see. The scale indicated by the hut on the left just overwhelms<br />

me whenever I look at this image... certainly puts you in your place!<br />

F5.6, 1/160, ISO 100<br />

F14, 1/250, ISO 200<br />

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Mountain Mood<br />

Rina Sjardin-Thompson<br />

Okarito Sunset<br />

Rina Sjardin-Thompson<br />

My first venture into slow shutter speed and movement... albeit by accident! I was on the<br />

beach and lining up a shot (handheld) when someone called my name so I turned as I took<br />

the photo... I loved the effect so this was a more intentional effort ... am hooked!<br />

On a recent trip to Chancellor Hut as part of our Epic Photography Workshop based here on<br />

the West Coast we just managed to fly in under the cloud. We set up our gear and watched<br />

the cloud roll up the valley, swirl around the mountains to highlight the ridges of the Victoria<br />

Range.<br />

F16,1/15, ISO 160<br />

F5.6, 1/160, ISO 100<br />

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Okarito Panorama<br />

This is the lagoon at my home... a small insular community of around 35 permanent<br />

residents. Love the isolation, the quiet and the peace.<br />

Rina Sjardin-Thompson<br />

Golden Hour<br />

Victoria Stoeva<br />

F8,1/125, ISO 100<br />

The sea is always a good idea. For clearing your mind, to find peace after a long day, for<br />

finding inspiration.<br />

ISO 125 1/800<br />

F/2<br />

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Purple<br />

Victoria Stoeva<br />

Peaceful landscape during sunset. Beautiful sunset colors and the<br />

moon is out.<br />

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WILDLIFE<br />

CHALLENGE<br />

It’s time to walk on the wild side as we show you the best shots submitted<br />

for last months wildlife challenge. Which shot do you like best,<br />

and why? See more submissions on our website, and take a moment<br />

to vote and comment on them.<br />

Author:<br />

Eric Pollock<br />

Title:<br />

Aerial Fight<br />

Two Young Starlings in a fight over food..<br />

2000th sec f4.5 120 mm focal length 1600 ISO<br />

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Kea at Play<br />

Two Kea enjoying each others company in playful mood.<br />

Eric Pollock<br />

Reef Heron<br />

A Reef Heron losing height as it approaches a landing spot.<br />

Eric Pollock<br />

1100THSEC F 5.6 400MM 800 ISO<br />

2000TH SEC F 5.6 400MM 800 ISO<br />

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Preening<br />

Glenda Rees<br />

This bird was on the boat harbour. I climbed onto some rocks so I could get closer to it and<br />

caught this moment.<br />

CANON 7D & 100-400MM LENS. ISO 400, F/7.1 & 1/1600TH.<br />

Leopard<br />

Gary Reid<br />

We arrived on the scene with only a few cars around all sitting quietly watching the leopard.<br />

It was about about 2 pm in the afternoon when we arrived, with the temperature at<br />

around about 31°C and humidity near 100%. We sat for close on 4 hours taking shots when<br />

the leopard decided to move, which was not very often.<br />

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CAMERA: CANON 30D, LENSE: TAMARON 100-600 ZOOM, FSTOP: 10 @1/125<br />

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Wrybill & Chick<br />

Glenda Rees<br />

Exchanging a Skink<br />

Glenda Rees<br />

Wrybills are the only bird in the world which has a bill bent to the side (the right). They are<br />

endemic to NZ and only breed on the braided rivers of the central South Island.<br />

I watched these terns which had 2 chicks. One adult flew in with a skink, the other adult<br />

approached it and they exchanged the skink which the other adult took back to feed<br />

their chicks.<br />

CANON 7D & 100-400MM. ISO 320, F/7.1 & 1/2000TH.<br />

CANON 7D & 100-400MM. ISO 320, F/7.1 & 1/2000TH.<br />

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Golden Gannet<br />

Glenda Rees<br />

I visited the colony in the late evening light. I was so close to the birds so saw how the<br />

light caused the bird to look golden.<br />

Fiordland Crested Penguin<br />

Glenda Rees<br />

CANON 7D & 100-400MM. ISO 250, F/7.1, 1/2000TH.<br />

I lay on the beach waiting for a penguin to return to the land. I love the effect of the<br />

foam of the tide contrasting with the extreme contrasting colours of the penguin.<br />

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CANON 7D & 100-400MM LENS. ISO 320, F/8, 1/3200TH.<br />

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Tui<br />

Glenda Rees<br />

A Fan And A Follower<br />

Glenn Reddiex<br />

The bird was sitting on a branch very close to where I was standing. The head and torso filled the<br />

frame and the detail was evident because the background was dark bush on an overcast day.<br />

This photograph was taken in the late afternoon on Motuotaraia farmland in the Central<br />

Hawke’s Bay. This beautiful piwakawaka took great interest in the movements my father and<br />

I made as we walked across one of the farm’s fields. It kept us company for about 30<br />

minutes.<br />

CANON 7D2 WITH 100-400MM LENS. ISO 2500, F/5.6, 1/640TH. F8, EXPOSURE 1/500 SEC, ISO 800<br />

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Shag<br />

Greg Kane<br />

Gull Chick<br />

Isaac Smart<br />

Shag on foreshore of Marlborough Sounds.<br />

Little baby gull waiting for it’s parent to come back.<br />

1/4000 @ F8 ISO4000 500MM NIKON D7100 LENS 50-500MM ISO 100, 1/500 SHUTTER SPEED, F/4.0<br />

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Resting Seal<br />

Jaimee Josephs<br />

As we wandered around the rocks near Kaikoura, we almost missed this one. It was having a<br />

good old slumber in the sun.<br />

F/13, 1/400, ISO 1000<br />

Life in Africa<br />

Jill Lancaster<br />

A scene in Africa, Wildebeest resting and watching a Zebra walking away. Dust showing<br />

dryness and movement.<br />

ISO 125, SHUTTER SPEED 1,000, F6.3, 600MM<br />

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Your Magesty!<br />

Lila Check<br />

Peek a Boo<br />

The pelican landed on the lamppost and proceeded to look down on us -<br />

Caption ‘What are you staring at! I converted to black & white.<br />

Kathy Seaward<br />

Stayed on Royal Mirage hotel in Dubai for 4 months and every morning the peacocks came<br />

around to my breakfast table to sample my food. On my last day I took this picture as this<br />

particular bird become my friend and always stayed a bit longer than the others around me.<br />

CANON 50D ISO 200,F-2.8,SS 1/125 NO FLASH<br />

F5, 1/2000, ISO 800<br />

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Nesting Time For The Red-Billed Gull<br />

Nesting Time For The Red Billed Gull on Dunedin Peninsula. The red-billed gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae<br />

scopulinus), once also known as the mackerel gull, is a native of New Zealand, being<br />

found throughout the country.<br />

CANON EOS 600D WITH TAMRON SP 150-600MM. F/5, 1/2000SEC AND ISO-100<br />

Paul Robertson<br />

Bee<br />

Bee collecting pollen from flower.<br />

400TH SEC F/4.5 ISO 500<br />

Sanjay Saikia<br />

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Spotted Shags<br />

Susan Kane<br />

The Tui<br />

Tessa Palmer<br />

An early morning tender ride on the Sounds to capture the birdlife.<br />

The colours of the feathers. Most people think Tui’s are black! So not the truth.<br />

1/640 @ F6.3 390MM ISO 4000 NIKON D810 LENS 200-500MM ISO400 600MM F6.3 1/500SEC<br />

66 <strong>NZPhotographer</strong><br />

<strong>Nov</strong>ember <strong>2017</strong><br />

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Photography is the<br />

ONLY<br />

language that can be understood<br />

ANYWHERE<br />

in the world<br />

Bruno Barbey<br />

68 <strong>NZPhotographer</strong>

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