NZPhotographer Issue 1, Nov 2017

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ISSUE 1, November 2017

INTERVIEW

WITH JANA LUO

KAIKOURA TODAY

WITH BRENDON GILCHRIST

10 TIPS FOR

REDISCOVERING

YOUR MOTIVATION

PHOTO DESTINATION:

THE FORGOTTEN

WORLD HIGHWAY

LOW LIGHT

PHOTOGRAPHY TIPS

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TABLE OF CONTENTS

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From the Editor

Dear reader,

This issue was lovingly crafted by a team of passionate

individuals. Photographers, designers, and writers

all came together with one goal: to empower, inspire,

and encourage others.

While we keep New Zealand at the heart of our community,

we explore other cultures to have a complete

and eye-opening artistic experience. In honour of that,

this issue has been filled with images from around the

world, including gorgeous photos taken by this month's

cover artist, Jana Luo.

The researching process has been nothing short of

exhilarating. We truly look forward to featuring more

outstanding creatives. To put it simply, we want to

give you a chance to be heard, discovered, and

appreciated.

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SPECIAL FEATURE: INSPIRING PHOTOGRAPHER JANA LUO

By Taya Iv

INSPIRATION: 10 TIPS FOR REDISCOVERING YOUR MOTIVATION

By Taya Iv

ASK THE EXPERTS: WHICH CAMERA IS GOOD FOR YOU?

By Rajib Mukherjee

PHOTO DESTINATION: THE DRIVE OF A LIFETIME ON THE FORGOTTEN WORLD HIGHWAY

By Emily Goodwin

LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY

By Rajib Mukherjee

THE POWER OF PHOTOGRAPHY

By Nemanja Milicevic

PHOTO ESSAY: KAIKOURA TODAY

By Brendon Gilchrist

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About NZPhotographer

Whether you’re an enthusiastic

weekend snapper or a beginner

who wants to learn more, NZ Photographer

is the fun e-magazine for

all Kiwi camera owners – and it’s

free!

Photo by Jana Luo

The sleeping beauty 3

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Special Feature:

Inspiring Photographer Jana Luo

By Taya Iv

1. When did you start taking

photographs and what drew

you to it?

My photography journey didn’t

really start until April 2013. I had

liked taking photos for a while,

but only used phones and a

couple of compact cameras.

Early in 2013, I had a very

strong feeling that I should get

more involved in photography.

Then I started to do some

research on cameras. Eventually,

I bought an entry level full

frame DSLR camera, the Canon

6D. Since then, I don't know

how I'd live without my cameras!

They bring a whole new

world to my life!

Sunrise Shining Through The Balloons

18th Mar 2016

Canon EOS 6D

Speed:1/200 sec.

ISO: 100

Focal length: 67mm

F-stop: 10

I have been to the balloons over

Waikato for 3 years, this year I decided

to fly in a balloon. The sunrise

coming through when all the balloons

are floating up, brightening

them, is incredible.

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The Clam Jetty

22nd Jun 2016

Canon EOS 6D

Speed:188 sec.

ISO: 100

Focal length: 25mm

F-stop: 9

Taken at Auckland City on a

cold and wet day. I love the

calmness around the jetty.

The Dreamy Night at

Mt Taranaki

22nd Oct 2016

Canon EOS 6D

Speed: 25 sec.

ISO:5000

Focal length: 27mm

F-stop: 3.2

This is one of my favorite

places in NZ. It's not easy

for me to get up there, but

I was lucky enough to get

a super calm and clear

day. The sunset and the reflection

are just perfect! I

love the clear sky at night,

amazing stars, it's like living

in a wonder world.

2. Your images thrive in the

landscape genre. What appeals

to you the most about

landscape photography?

Like many photographers, as

a beginner, I liked to try everything.

I went out to shoot

people, landscapes, cityscapes,

and also tried macro

photography etc. About

one year later, I started to

find my main interest which

is landscape photography. I

realized that when I am going

out shooting the beautiful

nature, I am not just enjoying

photography, the most

important thing is to be part

of the nature I love. I always

have strong feelings towards

what I shoot. I want to use my

cameras to find out the connection

between me and the

world I live in.

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The Sleeping Beauty

21st Aug 2016

Canon EOS 6D

Speed: 135 sec.

ISO:100

Focal length: 25mm

F-stop: 10

The tree in Lake Wanaka,

when the night comes, it becomes

a sleeping beauty.

3. How has living in New Zealand affected

your creative journey?

I have been living in New Zealand for more

than a decade; the incredible beauty of

this country obviously gives me very strong

motivation. I like the ocean the most, and

I can see it so easily! Every time I go to a

beach, I am able to find some new ideas

which I can use later on in my photo practices.

I can certainly find the connection

between my soul and Mother Nature in

New Zealand.

4. What would you tell your younger self

about creative decisions?

If I could turn the clock back, I would like

to tell myself to try different angles or different

exposures when I shoot. Don't worry

too much about the rules. Sometimes,

for a starter especially, the rules really limit

creativity.

5. Are there any artists

who've had a significant

impact on your work?

There are a lot of great photographers

who inspire me,

among them, I think Fan Ho,

Ansel Adams, and Michael

Kenna have given me significant

impact on my work.

6. How do you deal with

artistic self-doubt?

Most of my friends say I am a

confident person, but, in fact,

I always get self-doubt. Maybe

I just know how to hide it,

hehe. That is part of my personality

I believe. Boosting up

my self-esteem is not always

easy. Most of the time, I talk to

myself or go out, find a place,

most likely I will go to a beach,

not many people around, enjoy

the quietness and the pure

nature. I can gain more courage

back from that.

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Red Clouds With The Burning Heart

11th Jan 2015

Canon EOS 6D

Speed: 72 sec.

ISO: 100

Focal length: 16 mm

F-stop: 9

Taken at West Coast Beach,

Auckland. With the red colour

from sunset, the heart shaped

rock touched my soul.

Charming Queenstown at Night

20st Aug 2016

Canon EOS 6D

Speed: 56 sec.

ISO: 100

Focal length: 27 mm

F-stop: 8

Taken at Queenstown, it's a

famous place and I've been

there a few times... I can't resist

its charm.

7. The colours in your images are breathtaking. What's your editing

process like?

I use Lightroom, Photoshop and Nik Collection for photo editing.

8. What's your favourite place in New Zealand and why?

So far, I think my favourite places are New Plymouth, Mt Taranaki, and Wharariki

beach.

9. Is there any piece of advice you wish every photographer took to

heart?

Really understand the subjects of your photography, be prepared before you

start to shoot, and shoot.

10. What kind of photographer do you imagine yourself being in 10 years?

I hope I would be a pure photographer who loves nature and photography

itself.

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Inspiration: 10 Tips for

Rediscovering Your Motivation

By Taya Iv

Motivation isn’t always easy to find. Like a sheet

of paper stolen by a gust of wind, it escapes

even the most inspiring of artists. Though phases of

creative dullness are natural, there are times when

you desperately want to grab a bunch of ideas

and have a successful shoot. But how can this be

achieved?

There are no specific rules for finding motivation, but

there are ways in which you can help yourself grow

towards it. Here are 10 tips for rediscovering the creative

strength you deserve to have.

Go Out

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

get caught up in daily tasks. Leave your home for

a short while and enjoy your surroundings. Even a

10-minute walk has the power to refresh your mind

and make you feel more grounded.

Research Artists

We all take things for granted sometimes. Even a

comforting source of inspiration can lose its spark. To

rediscover your love for art, expose yourself to every

side of it. Research artists whose work you’re not familiar

with. Learn more about photography genres

you barely know. These new pieces of information will

allow you to look at your own interests from a place

of gratitude, giving you lots of room to fall in love with

what you do, over and over again.

Get Some Sleep

If you haven’t been getting enough sleep, your

tiredness may be contributing to a lack of inspiration.

Fix this by getting the beauty sleep you deserve.

To quote Seabear: ‘Human skin can be hard

to live in. You’ll feel better in the morning.’

Get Better at Editing

Adding a pop of color or contrast to your shots can

make a world of difference. If you’re interested in

being a better editor, find a free online course that

teaches something you’re not familiar with. New

ways of editing may open your eyes to refreshing

photographic possibilities.

Make an (In)security List

Make a list of things you are insecure about when

it comes to your work. Once that list is ready, make

another list explaining how the aforementioned insecurities

can be fixed. Though there may not be

a clear solution to every obstacle, you’ll have the

chance to understand what’s getting in the way of

your work.

Be Patient

The creative process is endless. No matter what you

think, you’ll always be a fantastic artist capable of

taking meaningful photographs. So be patient. Experiment

with these tips and approach them in different

ways. Before you know it, you’ll feel motivated

to work in unimaginably inspiring ways.

Read

Similarly to researching art, read a book. Both fiction

and non-fiction contain awe-inspiring stories

worth treasuring. You don’t have to read photography

books, either. Reread your favourite book or find

something that simply catches your eye. The characters

in these stories will inspire you in multiple ways.

Communicate

Meeting new artists is important for creative growth

and comfort. Join an online group, attend a workshop,

or start a photography course in which you can

interact with other students. These opportunities may

give you a chance to make new friends. In addition

to finding like-minded people, you’ll receive valuable

feedback and learn how others find inspiration of

their own.

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Experiment

Take photos of something that’s completely unrelated

to your genre. If you’re a portrait photographer,

try taking photos of animals. If you’re a landscape

artist, photograph details in your home. Challenges

will keep you focused – in the process, you’ll

be shaped into a better artist. Don’t be afraid to fail.

Your goal should be experimentation, not perfection.

Start a Project

To ease your mind completely, start a project that has

nothing to do with photography. Try out that hobby

you were always too afraid to experiment with. Give

yourself a significant but achievable goal, like painting

a portrait within a month. Sharpening other types

of skills will, in its own way, sharpen your ability to

cherish photography and everything it offers.

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THE EXPERTS:

Which camera is good for you?

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ASK

This question is often thrown about, the question

about which gear to shoot with. If I specifically

talk about cameras alone the digital world is split

between reflex and mirrorless cameras. There was a

time about 4 years back when SLR cameras (and if

I can be specific, DSLRs) had a clear upper-hand in

terms of performance and reliability. Not anymore.

DSLRs no longer enjoy that clear supremacy. First

time camera buyers often ask – "which camera is

good for me?" Let's find out which one it is.

Mirrorless Cameras

Mirrorless systems are those which do not have a reflex

mirror on them. The fact that the camera does

not have a reflex mirror means there is no slapping

movement when the image is made. That also

means you have less vibration induced by a mirror

moving about inside the camera.

Mirrorless systems have been popular with landscape

and nature photographers because these cameras

are less prone to suffer from shake and the resulting

blur. The result is an ultra-sharp image that can be

printed big. If an image is less than acceptably sharp

it can still be printed in a small size or shared online

on social media platforms and no one will notice

anything. But if you need to print big you need an

absolutely sharp image otherwise the lack of sharpness

will become apparent.

By Rajib Mukherjee

There are some other advantages to a mirrorless

camera. Mainly the weight factor and the faster

frame rate. The lack of a mirror inside the camera

means it does not have to live with the extra weight.

Lighter cameras are better for shooting at events,

street and other types of photography. This is because

you have to handhold the camera for a really

long time.

One of the major complains initially felt about mirrorless

systems was the lack of auto-focusing reliability.

But these days, auto-focusing on mirrorless systems

has become better. It is comparable with the auto-focusing

performance of DSLRs.

Single Lens Reflex Cameras

Also known as DSLRs, these cameras have a reflex

mirror in them. These mirrors are what allow you

to see what the lens sees. The light, after passing

through the lens, gets bounced upwards by the reflex

mirror which is then reflected by a pentaprism

through the viewfinder at the back of the camera.

There are some major advantages to using DSLRs.

First and foremost is the auto-focusing speed. DSLR

camera systems use both contrast and phase-detection

auto-focusing mechanism. Mirrorless systems on

the other hand mainly use the contrast detection auto-focusing

system. Phase detection auto-focusing is

much faster than contrast detection.

Another advantage of using DSLRs is the wide range

of lenses that you can choose from. DSLRs have been

around for a long time. Before them, SLR systems

have been the most dominating camera systems.

Each of the SLR camera manufacturers has a dedicated

line of lenses. Many of these legacy lenses can

be used with modern DSLRs. There is also a well-established

third-party line of lenses, plus the new line of

electronic lenses.

Ideal Situations - When To Use Which Camera

DSLRs are the best cameras to use when shooting

subjects like sports, wildlife, and action. Cameras like

the 5D Mark IV give you better control over what you

shoot, a larger range of lenses to choose from and

more versatility.

On the other hand, a mirrorless system would be ideal

when shooting an event such as a wedding, or when

shooting street photography. These cameras are best

when it comes to silent shooting. At an event, the last

thing that you need is a slapping mirror making an irritating

noise. I would even go the distance as to recommend

a mirrorless system for shooting bird and

wildlife photography. The fact that these cameras are

silent means there is less chance of the animal getting

startled.

Another major advantage of shooting with mirrorless

systems like the Sony a7R II is that they give you the

exact preview of the image you are going to capture.

You can adjust the exposure, as per your requirement

before you press the shutter button. This

saves you a critical amount of time.

Image name

Dreams from the Jovian Moons

Author

Tim Ashby-Peckham

Setting/description

Canon 70D (DSLR)

120s x 20

f/3.5

ISO 400

This is a series of long exposures

(120s) stacked on top of each

other. Taken from the hilltop overlooking

Port Waikato, the cosmic

glow from Auckland city brings

a Sci-fi atmosphere to the image

which makes it look like it could

be on another planet.

Image name

Celestial Fire

Author

Tim Ashby-Peckham

Setting/description

Canon 70D (DSLR)

30s

f/3.5

ISO 3200

Puddles in the sand dunes at Port Waikato

make the perfect mirror for the stars above.

There is partial cloud in this shot which is

usually a bad thing with astrophotography

but the light from the town lit the sky up and

gave the shot a nice warmth. It's topped

off by the appearance of a magical

Magellanic cloud.

Image name

Galaxy Cannon

Author

Tim Ashby-Peckham

This is one of a series I took of an

exceptionally windswept tree on

the Awhitu peninsula. It's a long

exposure of about 715 seconds

which gives the planet time to

twist and spread the light from the

stars across the sensor. The orange

glow is from the Glenbrook Steelmill

which was working away in the

distance. Also, a streak of light appears

to be shooting from the tree

which was a well-timed satellite

flare which I wasn't aware was due

to happen.

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Queenstown image

Exposure Time: 20s

f-number: 3.2

Focal Length: 16mm

Focal Length In 35mm Film equivalent:

24mm

Photographic Sensitivity (ISO): 3200

Lens Model: NX 16mm F2.4

Author: Chris McKeown

Taken with my Samsung NX 1 mirrorless camera, using

a Samsung 16mm F2.4 lens. Full manual mode setting,

f3.2 aperture and 16mm focal length (which is 24mm in

a full frame camera). Long exposure time of 20s, ISO:

3200, set up on a tripod with timer to avoid camera

shake. Image saved in Raw format and edited in

Lightroom 5 to bring up the contrast and colour.

Taken from the top of the cable car at 9.30pm on a

cold September night in Queenstown, New Zealand. I

wanted to get a good shot of the Milky way, away from

light pollution and try to have mountains and sky in the

same shot. I wasn’t planning to get a shot of the

aurora Australis also, so that was an added bonus, and

this, added to a shooting star (or a satellite…) just

added to the shot. Worth the cold ears and toes.

Tui image

Exposure Time: 1/250s

f-number: 6.3

Focal Length: 200mm

Focal Length In 35mm

Film equivalent: 308mm

Photographic Sensitivity

(ISO): 500

Lens Model:

NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3

Author: Chris McKeown

Taken with my Samsung NX 1 mirrorless camera,

using a Samsung NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 lens. Full

manual mode setting, f6.3 aperture and 200mm

focal length (which is 308mm in a full frame camera).

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

saved in Raw format and edited in Lightroom 5 to

bring up the contrast, brightness and colour.

Literally taken out of the window of my house in

Island Bay, Wellington, New Zealand on a warm

December afternoon. A favourite bird getting

stuck in to the Flax flowers in the garden.

Mt Victoria Lookout

Exposure Time: 25s

f-number: 5

Focal Length: 18mm

Focal Length In 35mm

Film equivalent: 27mm

Photographic Sensitivity

(ISO): 100

Lens Model:

NX 18-200mm F3.5-6.3

Author: Chris McKeown

Taken with my Samsung NX 1 mirrorless camera,

using a Samsung 16mm F2.4 lens. Full manual

mode setting, f5 aperture and 18mm focal length

(which is 27mm in a full frame camera). Long

exposure time of 25s, ISO: 100, set up on a tripod

with timer to avoid camera shake and using a

Lee Sev5n “Big Stopper” 10 step long exposure filter

plus a Lee 0.6ND Hard Grad graduated filter.

Image saved in Raw format and edited in Lightroom

5 to bring up the contrast and colour.

Taken from the top of the Mt Victoria Lookout,

Wellington, New Zealand at 7am in early October.

I wanted to get a nice blur on the clouds, so used

a long exposure, which given the amount of light

in the morning, meant I needed to use a Lee “Big

Stopper” long exposure filter.

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PHOTO

DESTINATION:

The Drive of a Lifetime on The Forgotten World Highway

By Emily Goodwin

Get off the beaten path for the drive of

a lifetime as you discover untouched

wilderness and journey back in time

to explore pioneering monuments deep in

North Island.

New Zealand's oldest heritage trail, The Forgotten

World Highway is 148km long and links

Stratford in Taranaki with Taumarunui in King

Country.

Twisting and turning over four mountain saddles

you're going to be in photography

heaven with stunning vistas around each

and every corner. That's not all, this highly

memorable road also passes through the

breathtaking Tangarakau Gorge and the famous

220 metre long Moki tunnel (aka Hobbit

Hole) making this one of the most scenic

drives not just in New Zealand, but in the

world; Forget U.S.A Route 66, add New Zealand's

State Highway 43 to your bucket list!

Your journey starts with picturesque pastoral

landscapes and lush green hills as you follow

the Whanganui River and go past the

Maraekowhai reserve on this twisty turny roller-coaster

of a road with ever-changing

landscapes. Your photography skills will be

tested to the limit as you try to do justice to

the stunning landscapes that you're seeing.

From Strathmore saddle, you'll be able to

capture shots of Mount Tongariro, Mount Ruapehu,

Mount Ngaurahoe and Mount Taranaki.

The rapids at Tangarakau River and

the pioneering tunnel of Makahu along

with the wild goats, sheep and ponga trees

are other photos you're sure to take on the

journey.

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This rugged and remote route is certainly

not for the faint-hearted with its hairpin

bends and sheer drops, but as a photographer,

you already know that the best

shots require determination and getting

out into nature!

Noted for being one of New Zealand's

most secluded roads, it's also listed as being

one of the most dangerous routes in

the country. At Tangarakau Gorge, 15km

of the road is unsealed gravel so careful

driving is a must. Don't expect phone service

all of the way and you'll also need to

fill up with petrol as there are no gas stations

on this road.

Visit between late November and early

May for the best scenery. The drive

can be done in a minimum of 3 hours but

to fully enjoy the experience it's recommended

you take several hours, preferably

overnighting in Whangamomona,

the only significant town en-route and an

interesting place as it formed its own republic

back in 1989. If you have the time,

take a few days so you can detour down

the side roads to see even more such as

Damper Falls, the second highest waterfall

on North Island.

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LOW LIGHT

PHOTOGRAPHY

By Rajib Mukherjee

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I

have been a photographer all my life. When I was

about 10 years old my father gave me his Agfa

Click IV, which is a medium format film viewfinder

camera, and asked me to shoot anything that

caught my fancy. I shot a good part of what was a

cut roll of 12 exposures and that was it. Between that

day and the day when I bought my first DSLR, a lot has

changed.

The best thing to have happened to photography is

the advent of digital technology. Just like everything

else, it brought in a bouquet of new possibilities that

were otherwise part of the realm of science-fiction.

For example, the ability to change ISO after each shot

made it possible to shoot with the same camera in 'N'

number of situations without any issues.

This article deals with an important lighting situation

that every photographer has to work with almost on a

daily basis – low light. It does not really matter whether

you are a hobbyist / casual photographer shooting

only with your smartphone or a professional photographer

who shoots to pay his bills. These tips on low

light photography will help you achieve better results in

most cases.

Start with the smallest ISO

I know with digital cameras and ridiculously high ISO

capabilities it is always the easy way out – crank up the

ISO and shoot away. But this is a flawed concept. High

ISO should be your last resort. The first priority should be

to shoot at a wide open aperture and then to use a

slow shutter speed. Finally, if nothing else works turn to

high ISO.

Large aperture lenses are best for low light

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

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

shooting in low light conditions. Such a lens will easily

capture 2 to 3 stops of additional light compared to a

kit lens. Such a lens along with a large sensor can really

work wonders for your low light photography.

A large sensor has better low light capability

A larger sensor size gives more light gathering capability. As a result,

if you consistently shoot with a small point & shoot camera, moving

to a 35mm full-frame camera will give you much better results.

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

medium format (please be aware that medium format DSLRs can

be prohibitively expensive) camera will yield amazingly beautiful

results.

Go for a BSI sensor design

The last few years have seen the advent of a new sensor design

that has the sensor wiring located at the back of the chip rather

than on the same surface as the photo-diodes. This opens up a lot

of space for light to be collected. In the previous design, because

of the cluttered design of the sensor, a lot of light was lost. This resulted

in a high amount of noise. With the new and much more efficient

design, it is possible to make cleaner images even in low light

situations. Recently, Nikon has come up with the D850, the world's

first full-frame BSI sensor. Apart from the larger size, the BSI architecture

promises a world of possibilities in low light photography.

Use a tripod

A tripod is a must-have if you are interested in shooting low light

photography. This is especially important if you are shooting predominantly

static subjects, such as architecture, stars, the Milky

Way and so on. A tripod allows you to shoot with a low ISO and a

long shutter speed and therefore avoid chances of noise. When

shooting Milky Way photos or architecture photos, you can turn

on the Long Exposure Noise Reduction option that will allow you to

eliminate hot pixels (if any) on your image and therefore create a

much cleaner image than you would normally get.

Post-processing

You need to learn a few tricks in post-processing. Mainly in noise

reduction, sharpness and black and white conversion. One of the

easiest ways to salvage an image that has a lot of unrecoverable

noise is to convert the image to black & white. If the image has

only a little noise, try and use the noise reduction feature in Lightroom

to blur the noise out. We shall discuss more about noise reduction

techniques in a future issue.

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THE

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

Andy Warhol

POWER OF

PHOTOGRAPHY

By Nemanja Milicevic

In the beginning, there was light… a flashing, blinding

light. No, wait, at first, there was a familiar buzzing

sound and a distinctive click and then came the

light. We are not talking about The Book of Genesis; we

are talking about cameras! For some people, no other

experience is as exciting as taking photos. It is the one

encounter that is outmatched only by the process of

developing and unveiling your final product.

People are surrounded by photography in both meaningful

and trivial ways. Whether we are aware of it or not,

one glance at a photo can make a deep impact on

our everyday lives. Those colorful (sometimes black and

white) pieces of paper hold a considerable influence

over us. Sometimes we are conscious of this fact, but

often we take it for granted. Yet, the truth is undeniable:

ever since the use of photographic film was pioneered

by George Eastman and the first "Kodak" was offered for

sale in 1888, people have been fascinated by this "magical"

device able to capture time and moment.

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Photos are truly the keepers of our memories and

emotions. Family photo albums are time-traveling

machines with our entire history carefully stored in

them. With every turn of a page, there is another

story that can be told and relived. Photography literally

encapsulates time and preserves it. Birthdays,

anniversaries, every Christmas since you were born,

graduations, that all important first bike ride, these

are all things we keep in our family albums, thanks

to that "buzz and light" experience.

Naturally, with modern times come modern ways

of expression and today every person with a smartphone

is, technically, a photographer. Millions of

people daily are trying to capture perspectives of

their lives, no matter how essential or ordinary they

might be. By documenting and sharing your life,

you’re encouraging the rest of the world to join

you on your journey. Through your photos, people

around you gradually start to perceive things with

your eyes. Sometimes, just by looking at someone's

photos you can know more about that person. Of

course, not everyone has the knack for photography,

one must possess a keen eye to spot a perfect

balance between light and dark. Also, a taste for

framing and composition is quintessential, otherwise,

anybody can tap on their screen and say: "Hey, I'm

a pro photographer!" It takes a real artist to make a

couple of pebbles behind your TV look like a cave

entrance covered in a spider’s web!

Photography has become a useful tool for anyone

kicking off a new business, especially today.

Appealing photos placed in the right spot can attract

more customers than any yellow pages ad

can. People are often intrigued by beautiful scenes,

breathtaking landscapes and sentiments they can

relate to. Today's articles and blogs rely heavily on

the visual approach as bait for their readers. After

all, we are all visual beings.

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Source: Nick Ut, Time Magazine

The most important thing is, without any doubt, honesty.

When an observer looks at a photo and recognizes

the truth within it, it can only mean that that

particular photo is genuine. This "truth searching" is

especially present and emphasized in the photographs

of triumphant or tragic historical events. The

famous photo of a naked girl who was badly burned

and tore off her burning clothes, taken by Associated

Press photographer Nick Ut's, will haunt us forever.

All of the horrors and senselessness of every war is

summed up in a single shot. On the other hand, when

you see photos made by the Hubble telescope or images

of Aoraki – Mount Cook, taken by New Zealand

photographers, one can only admire the wonders of

nature and the universe we live in.

Much like documenting history, photography is well

known for capturing major political protests. Photographing

protesters and giving them context allows

their word to forever be recorded and recognized.

Photographers speak the language of visuality and

they use it to send profound and powerful messages.

When it comes to photography, there are no

limitations. Like any other art form, photography is

about trying to express and reflect one’s feelings. Seldom,

the simple artistic appeal of a photo is reason

enough not to neglect photography. If beauty is in

the eye of the beholder then the photographer is the

guardian and preserver of that beauty.

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KAIKOURA LOW TIDE SUNSET

Nikon D810 with Nikon

24mm 1.4g f16 ISO 64

Shutter 8 seconds

PHOTO

ESSAY:

Kaikoura Today

By Brendon Gilchrist

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A 2 hour drive North of Christchurch,

Kaikoura is a picturesque coastal town

famous for its wildlife of sperm whales, fur

seals, and dolphins. But Mother Nature

doesn't always play kind, Kaikoura being

prone to earthquakes. The 7.8 earthquake

that hit in November 2016 caused

devastation, NZ Herald reporting that a

110km stretch of the Kaikoura Coast rose

up out of the sea, as far as 6 metres in

some places, changing this landscape

forever.

Brendon of ESB Photography has taken

it upon himself to capture New Zeland's

unique landscapes on camera, including

those at Kaikoura. Photography for

Brendon was a reason to carry on living

after his wife passed away. Consumed

with grief, he immersed himself into

capturing the beauty around him.

Like a phoenix rising from the ashes, both

man and land are forging forward after

devastation…

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Kaikoura was an amazing place

even before the earthquake, but

now it is something else. Very well

known for its amazing sunsets and

sunrises, but many people would

overlook the fact that Kaikoura is

so far away from any city that the

dark night sky, the milky way, is visible

from the very edge of the town

making this a magical place, and

an astronomy / photography fans

dream come true!

The new low tide mark allows for

some very interesting views, what

was once always hidden underwater

is now above water for a short

time each day as the tide changes.

It is almost alien like to walk

around this coast looking at how

powerful the earthquake was, and

how much it has affected the reefs

around the coast. The calmness of

this ocean is something quite deceiving

with the odd wave being

bigger then what you would expect

it to be.

Shooting Star (before the

earthquake)

ISO 10000 f4

Shutter speed 20 seconds

Uplift Me (after the earthquake)

Nikon D750 with Nikon 24mm 1.4g f3.2

ISO 10000 Shutter 20 seconds 8 shot

Panaroma shot in vertical frames.

Kaikoura Green Rocks Seascape

Nikon D810 with Nikon 24mm 1.4g F14

ISO 125 shutter 1/4 second Sunrise

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PORTFOLIO

Best readers' submissions this month

Morning sunrise shot at the Sheraton Waikiki Hawaii

Alex Moore

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

trip to Hawaii, the pool was spectular, there were already dudes surfing the waves as

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

of the ocean (the Sheraton Waikiki Beach).

ISO64 30 SECONDS,

NIKON D810 NIKON 24-70 2.8

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Mr

Chris Watson

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

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

photographed it (this was shot at 24mm).

Evening Lines

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

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

1/2000 @ F/8 @ 600MM ZOOM

Chris Watson

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

STOPS AND MERGED IN PHOTOMATIX PRO

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The Te Anau Tree

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

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

(Less people know about it!).

1/13TH SEC, F16 @ 14MM

Chris Watson

A Winters Morning

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

offer for composition.

30SEC EXPOSURE (10 STOP ND FILTER) F16 @14MM ZOOM

Chris Watson

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Chris Watson

David MCPherson

Aurora Australias

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

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

15SEC, F2.8 @ ISO6400

Mr

New life on its way ... Monarch caterpillar growing well.

1/428; F1.7

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Rina Sjardin-Thompson

Almer Hut

Rina Sjardin-Thompson

Chancellor Hut

This day we were surrounded in cloud then as sunset approached the cloud dissipated to

open up to allow us to enjoy this fabulous sunset.

Almer hut sits at the top of the Franz Josef glacier... its stunning as you

can see. The scale indicated by the hut on the left just overwhelms

me whenever I look at this image... certainly puts you in your place!

F5.6, 1/160, ISO 100

F14, 1/250, ISO 200

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Mountain Mood

Rina Sjardin-Thompson

Okarito Sunset

Rina Sjardin-Thompson

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

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

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

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

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

the cloud roll up the valley, swirl around the mountains to highlight the ridges of the Victoria

Range.

F16,1/15, ISO 160

F5.6, 1/160, ISO 100

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Okarito Panorama

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

residents. Love the isolation, the quiet and the peace.

Rina Sjardin-Thompson

Golden Hour

Victoria Stoeva

F8,1/125, ISO 100

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

finding inspiration.

ISO 125 1/800

F/2

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Purple

Victoria Stoeva

Peaceful landscape during sunset. Beautiful sunset colors and the

moon is out.

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ISO 100 , F/2.8 1/320

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WILDLIFE

CHALLENGE

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

for last months wildlife challenge. Which shot do you like best,

and why? See more submissions on our website, and take a moment

to vote and comment on them.

Author:

Eric Pollock

Title:

Aerial Fight

Two Young Starlings in a fight over food..

2000th sec f4.5 120 mm focal length 1600 ISO

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Kea at Play

Two Kea enjoying each others company in playful mood.

Eric Pollock

Reef Heron

A Reef Heron losing height as it approaches a landing spot.

Eric Pollock

1100THSEC F 5.6 400MM 800 ISO

2000TH SEC F 5.6 400MM 800 ISO

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Preening

Glenda Rees

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

caught this moment.

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

Leopard

Gary Reid

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

It was about about 2 pm in the afternoon when we arrived, with the temperature at

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

the leopard decided to move, which was not very often.

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

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Wrybill & Chick

Glenda Rees

Exchanging a Skink

Glenda Rees

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

endemic to NZ and only breed on the braided rivers of the central South Island.

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

approached it and they exchanged the skink which the other adult took back to feed

their chicks.

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

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

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Golden Gannet

Glenda Rees

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

light caused the bird to look golden.

Fiordland Crested Penguin

Glenda Rees

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

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

foam of the tide contrasting with the extreme contrasting colours of the penguin.

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

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Tui

Glenda Rees

A Fan And A Follower

Glenn Reddiex

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

frame and the detail was evident because the background was dark bush on an overcast day.

This photograph was taken in the late afternoon on Motuotaraia farmland in the Central

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

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

minutes.

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

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Shag

Greg Kane

Gull Chick

Isaac Smart

Shag on foreshore of Marlborough Sounds.

Little baby gull waiting for it’s parent to come back.

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

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Resting Seal

Jaimee Josephs

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

good old slumber in the sun.

F/13, 1/400, ISO 1000

Life in Africa

Jill Lancaster

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

dryness and movement.

ISO 125, SHUTTER SPEED 1,000, F6.3, 600MM

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Your Magesty!

Lila Check

Peek a Boo

The pelican landed on the lamppost and proceeded to look down on us -

Caption ‘What are you staring at! I converted to black & white.

Kathy Seaward

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

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

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

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

F5, 1/2000, ISO 800

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Nesting Time For The Red-Billed Gull

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

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

found throughout the country.

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

Paul Robertson

Bee

Bee collecting pollen from flower.

400TH SEC F/4.5 ISO 500

Sanjay Saikia

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Spotted Shags

Susan Kane

The Tui

Tessa Palmer

An early morning tender ride on the Sounds to capture the birdlife.

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

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

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Photography is the

ONLY

language that can be understood

ANYWHERE

in the world

Bruno Barbey

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