ISSUE 6, April 2018
OUR BIGGEST ISSUE YET
Over 100 pages of Photo Inspiration
WITH DOMINIC STOVE
WITH BILLY NUNWEE
OPPORTUNITIES IN ROTORUA
WITH BRENDON GILCHRIST
HOW TO CAPTURE: LAKES
WITH RICHARD YOUNG
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Issue 6 is filled with motivating
content that will help you
reach new heights. Billy
Nunweek highlights his
favourite landscape images,
Dominic Stove talks about
his creative journey, Brendon
Gilchrist describes the beauty
of Rotorua, and much more. To
put it simply, we think this issue
is our most exciting one yet!
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gorgeous photos to us this
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
BEHIND THE SHOT WITH EMRE SIMTAY
HOW TO CAPTURE: LAKES WITH RICHARD YOUNG
A VISIT TO ROTORUA
INTERVIEW WITH DOMINIC STOVE OF LUCKYSHOTZ PHOTOGRAPHY
BACK TO BASICS PART 4 TAKING MANUAL CONTROL OF YOUR CAMERA
LANDSCAPE ADVENTURES WITH BILLY NUNWEEK
SUMMER SHOT COMPETITION WINNERS
Ray is an amateur
photographer who has
dabbled in photography
for 45 years. He has a lot
of pre-digital knowledge
under his belt and enjoys
scenes and animals.
Richard is an awardwinning
and runs photography
tours. He is the founder
of New Zealand
Emily fell into photography
a little over 10 years ago.
She is passionate about
documenting her travels
and loves to spend time
in nature capturing the
details as well as the wider
Brendon is the man behind
ESB Photography. He treks
from sea to mountain, and
back again, capturing
the uniqueness of New
Behind The Shot
with Emre Simtay
EMRE, CAN YOU TELL US A LITTLE ABOUT
YOURSELF AND YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY
I was born in Germany, but returned to my parents’
native Turkey in my late childhood and studied
there. In 2005, I came to New Zealand to study
Computer Science. While studying here in Wellington
I met my wife, got married and settled down. I
developed an interest in photography with my wife’s
encouragement about six years ago. I taught myself
all about taking photos and since then I have been
constantly photographing and documenting what’s
happening around me. Becoming a photographer
has changed my life, I started seeing things with a
different perspective, observing people and our
WHAT CAN YOU TELL US ABOUT THIS
I was wandering around with my camera on
Courtenay Place when this gentleman took my
attention. My camera setting was on manual so while
I am approaching him I set my shutter speed to 1/250
so I wouldn’t get blurry shots, cranked up my ISO, set
my aperture to the widest f 1.4 and changed focus
mode to continuous.
I was going to do a sneaky shot but then I decided to
make it obvious to the gentleman. I made my camera
visible and interacted with my subject with a smile. He
smiled and covered his face with an interesting hand
movement - I love this photo.
IF YOU COULD GO BACK AND RE-SHOOT
THIS MOMENT, WHAT WOULD YOU DO
I was thinking that if I used my flash I would have
gotten better light but then my subject’s face would
be visible. I really like how you cannot see anything in
the hoodie with only his hand visible. I would probably
go ask for a portrait after taking this shot.
WHAT EDITING WAS DONE?
I shoot in RAW format so I converted this photo in
black and white using Adobe Lightroom. Through
editing, I increased the contrast by 30%, reduced the
black by 30%, increased the highlights by 35% and
increased the clarity by 20%.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
My main camera is a Sony A7ii with a Zeiss 35mm
f 2.8 prime lens though sometimes I use my Canon
FD 55mm f 1.2 lens. My other favourite carry around
camera is a Panasonic GX7 with 200-600mm
equivalent zoom lens which I use for telephoto
photography only. I also have a Canon 70D with
10-18mm + Sigma 30mm f 1.4 art lens. Additionally,
I have two more mirrorless cameras, two SLRs, a TLR
and some more lenses to go with them. My favourite
film camera is my 6x6 medium format Yashica 635
combined with 120mm Kodak tri-x 400.
DO YOU ALWAYS CARRY YOUR CAMERA WITH YOU?
I started carrying my camera with me when I first
bought my DSLR. After spending so much money on a
camera I thought I shouldn’t let it sit and gather dust
so I decided to carry it with me everywhere I go. Now,
when I go out without my camera I don’t feel whole!
WHY CANDID PHOTOGRAPHY? AND WHY B&W
I like candid photography because everything looks
natural. It’s not staged so it looks more dramatic...
what we see is more real with true feelings and
actions. I prefer black and white over colour most of
the time as I find colours distracting and things look
simple and more interesting and moody when it’s a
black and white photo.
HAS SHOOTING ON THE STREET EVER CAUSED
PROBLEMS FOR YOU?
I haven’t had many problems, mostly because I
observe people and I can tell if they are going to be
annoyed so I keep away from them but sometimes if
it’s worth it, I just shoot without much thinking and try
to be ready for any consequences. Once, I was told
off at the Wellington railway station by a staff member
because I might be disturbing the passengers by
taking their photos.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
HOW TO CAPTURE: LAKES
Lake Photography Tips by Richard Young
Lake Matheson, West Coast
THINK ABOUT YOUR HEIGHT:
When photographing an expanse of water, height
can make a big difference in your photograph.
Getting down lower can often change reflections
and allow you to capture foreground, close on the
shore. A higher view will often let you include more
water and less foreground.
FIND A VIEW:
Most lakes are only as pretty as what surrounds them,
otherwise they are just an open expanse of water.
Find a view across the lake, this could be some distant
peaks, amazing forest or an impressive sky at sunset.
If the opposite lake shore/background is a long way
away, you may need to use a zoom lens to bring it
closer and make it a stronger focal point.
FRAME WITH SOME FOREGROUND:
Finding some foreground in your lake photograph will
help to add some depth in an image. The foreground
could be quite subtle e.g some bankside vegetation
or it can be used as a stronger element and the main
focal point of the image; like a classic jetty shot.
LOOK FOR REFLECTION:
F11, 1/125s, ISO 100, 24mm
Reflections in lakes can make striking photographs
even on bright sunny days, capturing the perfect
mirror image. If you head out on a windy day, don’t
expect any lake reflections as the water will be
rippled by the wind. Often, calm mornings are best
for reflections as there is little breeze until the sun has
CAPTURE LAKE MATHESON ON A 7-DAY WEST COAST TOUR: 19TH - 25TH SEPTEMBER 2018 WITH
NEW ZEALAND PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOPS
A VISIT TO ROTORUA
by Brendon Gilchrist
F/13, 1/100s, ISO 64, 24mm
What is that smell you ask? That is the smell of opportunities!
Rotorua is a town nestled in the Bay of Plenty
region known for its volcanic activity (of the
good sort) which has beautiful rich colors
that only volcanic activity creates. Rotorua
might just seem like a small town that is a
bit smelly (due to the sulphur-rick air) but if you drive
beyond the town perimeter you will discover how lush
this region is and how photogenic this place can be.
There are 11 lakes in the region all of varying sizes and
each rich in history. Lake Tarawera is one of those
places, a short scenic 22 minute drive from Rotorua to
the lake edges, where there are many jetty’s. It might
be hard to choose which one to photograph, but I
have no doubt that when you do you can create
something special with it.
If you are into Astro Photography, this lake has some of
the best dark skies in the region with Mount Tarawera
being prominent on the other side of the lake - The
milkyway rises above it if you visit early in the season.
On the other side of this lake there is a natural hot
pool which I first learned about many years ago when
I was completing my Diploma in Adventure and
Eco Tourism – That day we were learning about sea
kayaking and after paddling over this lake, having
lunch, then soaking in the hot pool it was very hard to
climb back into the kayak and paddle back to where
the van was. The experience of this was worth it as
you’re in nature from the moment your feet hit the
sand on the beach to when you get back to where
Also highly recommended is a visit to the Wai-O-
Tapu Thermal Wonderland which includes the famous
Champagne pool. This hot spring was formed 900
years ago by a hydrothermal eruption. Its crater is
around 65 meters in diameter with a maximum depth
of 62 meters, the water is around 260 degrees celsius.
This lake has beautiful colours around its edge, formed
from orpiment and stibnite deposits. Other features of
this magical place are the Lady Knox Geyser which
erupts daily at 10:15am so be sure to arrive early so
you can get a seat and listen to the very informative
Blue Springs - Te Waihou Walkway is one of New
Zealand’s most purist water sources and supplies 60%
of NZ bottled water. The walkway takes you along the
Waihou River, through wetlands, and besides pastoral
land. Once you emerge you will be left speechless!
I recommenced a Circular Polarizing Filter for this
location, this removes glare off the top of the water
allowing you to see through the water, while also
making some of the colors more vivid. This is a short
walk but it is best to take your time, take a picnic,
enjoy this place for all it is, and photograph it in a way
you see it.
To sum up Rotorua, it is a place of diversity offering
adventure, mountain biking, nature walks, water sports
and amazing and unique photographic opportunists...
I wish I had spent more time there. Till next time
Rotorua, you are a beautiful area indeed.
F/3.5, 20s, ISO 10000, 24mm
F/11, 1/80s, ISO 320, 24mm
Interview with Dominic Stove of
DOMINIC, CAN YOU TELL OUR READERS A BIT
I’m probably best described as a keen amateur
photographer. I work a regular job as an IT Manager in
Kaiapoi just north of Christchurch, and live on a lifestyle
block in Oxford, North Canterbury with a menagerie
of horses, dogs, chickens etc.. All this keeps me fairly
busy, so I don’t get a lot of time to pursue my hobby!
I’m married to a professional photographer (Rhonda
Stove), so this helps a lot. It’s good to have someone
who understands that I really do need to spend all
that money on yet another lens! It’s also great to have
someone to go on road trips with whenever the mood
arises, to help set up shots and to offer critique and
WHAT’S YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY BACKGROUND?
My first camera was an Agfa Agfamatic 126 camera
that I got for Christmas when I was about 8. I imagine
everyone who was a youngster in those days
remembers going through a few films and then having
to save up the pocket money to get them developed!
Photographs were certainly more valued back then and
people took more care to get them right because they
were so expensive to produce! I grew up in Arthurs Pass,
so I had plenty of natural beauty around to inspire me,
and I’m sure I took a lot more photographs than ever
ended up being developed.
Later, at boarding school, I joined the photography club
and was able to use their darkroom. I also invested in
my first ‘real’ camera, a Russian Lubitel 2 twin lens reflex
camera. Before too long I was rolling my own film, taking
more photographs and developing the results. I wasn’t
overly successful with the film developing, but there is
nothing like watching a blank piece of paper suddenly
come alive with one of your images.
After leaving school I often borrowed my Father’s’
Praktica SLR but I then moved up to Auckland for work
and it wasn’t until about 15 years later that I got around
to getting another decent camera. It was at this time
that my wife also became interested in photography
again and started a course at AUT. We each invested
in a camera - Hers a Pentax K1000 and mine a Pentax
ME. Back then the focus was predominantly around the
young family growing up, and general holiday snaps,
but the interest continued through the end of the film
era, with various Pentax cameras until we purchased an
early Fujifilm digital camera and then a Pentax K100d.
Suddenly the cost of getting films developed was no
longer a barrier, and we could take pictures whenever
we felt like it!
With the children getting older, my wife decided to take
her photography hobby further and enrolled in more
courses. I helped her with some of them and also started
to spend more time taking photographs of things that
interested me, rather than just cataloguing life events for
distant grandparents that only see their grandchildren
once or twice a year!
I soon developed a preference for landscape
photography and the Pentax was replaced with a Nikon
D50. We were now able to take off for the weekend
whenever we felt like it, and with family back in Arthurs
Pass and Lake Ohau, we had easy access to some
of the countries most beautiful scenery which we
took full advantage of. We both joined the Rangiora
Photographic Society and I found that the enthusiasm
of the club members gave me a huge boost as well.
The encouragement to enter competitions and the
feedback given by the judges has been invaluable in
improving the quality of my photography.
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE TODAY?
I have a Nikon D200 that I take with me most places
- It’s in the laptop bag I take to work, or it’s in the car
when I go out. It’s not the newest of cameras, and it’s
only about 12mp, but everything is easy to find on it
and it feels nice and solid - It’s the sort of camera you
can’t break! It’s great to be able to take it out and
grab a picture of that sunrise that’s just poking through
the trees and sending fingers of light through the mist
that you’ve just spotted on the way to work. The lens
on it at the moment is a Tamron 18-200. I use this lens
because it’s light and it covers all the bases for this sort of
I have a Nikon D7200 that I usually use this for planned
shoots. I love the D7200 because it has built in wifi, so I
can set up shots with my phone or iPad if I have to put
the camera in a position that makes the angle difficult,
or if its cold and I want to sit in the warm car!! A Tokina
12-24mm lens generally stays on the D7200 all the time
but I also have a Tamron 28-75mm lens and a 50mm lens
for when I want a closer shot.
Other equipment includes ND filters for each lens and
a circular polariser filter, a nice light Beike magnesium
alloy tripod, and a Peak Design Capture Pro camera
clip. I have my ‘fauxpro’ - a $50 GoPro clone that I often
set up to capture time-lapse videos of sunrises etc.
and I carry a Yongnuo speedlite flash around with me
plus remote for it, but I never use it! I also have access
to my wife’s studio and various lighting equipment like
softboxes, reflectors, studio backdrops and props.
However, my most portable camera is a Huawei P10+
cellphone with a Leica 27mm 1:1.8 lens and 22mp
sensor. It has a fully manual mode and even takes raw
WHAT INSPIRES YOU?
My inspiration comes from online forums and galleries
such as the Facebook New Zealand Landscapes group,
Gurushots, etc. People that have been a big influence
on me are Craig Potton, Andris Apse, and the wedding/
couples photographer Zhou Ya, who puts people in
the most stunning landscapes. There are some great
photographers at RPS as well.
WHERE’S YOUR ULTIMATE FAVOURITE PLACE TO
There are too many! Anywhere in high country. I love
capturing water in my images, whether its waves, rain,
waterfalls, lakes, rivers or heavy stormy clouds. I like to
go places I haven’t been before, get some images and
then go back and try for better ones. I like places that
nobody has been to, but they’re getting harder to find!
WHAT TIPS CAN YOU GIVE OUR READERS FOR
CAPTURING LANDSCAPE SCENES?
Pick your light, usually dawn or dusk, although good
cloud can offer a different dimension to a landscape. If
you’re driving a distance to somewhere, you often don’t
have much choice and have to take the photos as you
go, so take an ND filter to bring out some of the depth in
the clouds. Direct noon-day sun is very rarely any good
even with an ND filter unless you can filter it through a
tree or hide part of it behind a hill or something! Shadows
add depth to images - Without them, images can look
flat so use the sun to your advantage if you can.
Make sure you keep your horizons straight and your
tripod level - Many cameras have a level in them that
you can turn on if you’re in an area where it’s difficult to
see the horizon and some tripods have a spirit level builtin.
If your tripod is level, when you pan around to take in
a large area, it’s much easier to stitch the images later if
you want to!
WHAT DOES YOUR POST-PROCESSING ROUTINE
Normally I bring all the images into Adobe Lightroom.
First I correct the colour profile, white balance, and
take down the highlights making sure to balance out
anywhere the whites have blown out and bring up the
shadows if the detail is lost.
If I’m stitching images this is where I copy my settings
and paste them to the rest of the images. Then I will go
through and correct any spots I can see. This generally
takes me about 2 minutes.
If the image needs more work, I will bring it into
Photoshop and use layers to bring up highlights, add
shadows and enhance colours etc. Sometimes I
will use Nik filters to bring contrast into the image,
especially if it was taken with flat light, or if I want to
turn it black and white.
CAN YOU PICK 1 FAVOURITE PHOTO YOU
My favourite image is probably my photograph of the
tree in the Nevis Valley. We had planned a trip down
to the Catlins, back through Wanaka and across to
Haast, the glaciers and back home. I decided to plan
a few places that I wanted to go. One of these places
was a tree I had seen a photograph of. I knew it was
by a pond in the Nevis Valley so I searched Google
maps satellite images until I found the most likely
place, and put it on my list.
When we got to the Catlins, it was pouring with rain,
so we only managed a couple of muddy shots of
waterfalls. On the way to Wanaka I was going to go
to Glenorchy however, the road had been washed
out from all the rain and was closed! The weather
was clearing though, so we headed to Bannockburn
and drove through the Nevis until we found the tree,
exactly where Google showed it!
On the way back through Haast the next day,
the weather again packed in and we missed the
opportunity to get to the glaciers, got a very cloudy
picture of Lake Matheson, and then it rained all the
So the only good image I ended up with was the one
I had planned so meticulously! It was worth the effort,
as it has won several awards and is one of the few of
my own images I have hanging on my wall!
WHAT’S YOUR PROUDEST PHOTOGRAPHY
I’ve had a few over the last year actually. I’ve had
an image accepted for the Canon PSNZ National
exhibition in Dunedin, I’ve had an image published
in a book called ‘Big Nature’, as well as in NZ
Photographer, but I think my proudest moment
was selling 2 images at the Rangiora Photographic
Society annual exhibition. It’s a great feeling to have
a judge say that my work is worthy of being shown to
everyone, but it doesn’t beat the feeling of having
someone appreciate your image so much that they
want to put it on their wall and look at it every day!
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR MOST CHALLENGING
Without a doubt, my most challenging shoot was a
family wedding! It was down in Otago in January so
we expected searing hot days and cloudless blue
skies. The event was meticulously planned and was
to be held in a marquee on the family property. The
bride’s father had built a small pond with a wooden
jetty specifically for the event, and we went down a
few weeks before to plan out the shots.
The property has incredible views and the pond,
a rugged outcrop, and the lavender garden were
chosen as feature spots. The day of the wedding
came, and about 10 minutes before the bride was
due to arrive, the sky clouded over, the heavens
opened, and a full-on southerly storm came up the
valley, complete with gale-force winds!
The wedding went on regardless, in the windbattered
marquee instead of the tranquil pond,
and we managed to get some great shots, but the
preparation we had done went completely out the
door. On the plus side, the storm did pass, and we got
some of the shots we wanted, as well as the bride and
groom under a full rainbow that we hadn’t expected!
The lesson? Never rely on the weather, and always
have a plan B prepared! There are some things that
you just can’t go back and do next week!
WHAT DO YOU KNOW NOW THAT YOU WISH
YOU KNEW WHEN YOU STARTED?
I wish I’d saved my images as RAW! I always looked
and thought that I could save twice as many images
on a card if I just saved as Jpeg format, but I don’t
think I’ve ever run out of space on a card, and as
images get larger, so do SD cards!
You may not have the skills for post-processing now
but you will gain as you practice more and as the
tools themselves develop. I look back at some of my
older images and regret that I can’t go back and edit
them properly. It’s like not saving the negatives!
Also, just because your camera takes 10 shots/
second, doesn’t mean you should. All you end up
doing is filling your card up with duplicates and you
usually miss the shot that really counts while your
buffer unloads. Wait for the real shot, then take it.
WHAT ELSE CAN YOU SHARE?
Find a friend who enjoys going on road trips with you.
If you can’t, join a photographic club or society. Most
of them let you go to a couple of meetings without
needing to join up, and if you don’t like the vibe, try
another one in the area. Clubs give you challenges
that spark your creativity, competitions that give you
something to aspire to, and companionship on field
trips, events, etc. Don’t be put off because you don’t
feel you’re good enough, or don’t have the right gear
- clubs will cater for all levels and all ages.
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
BACK TO BASICS PART 4
TAKING MANUAL CONTROL OF YOUR CAMERA
by Ray Harness
Whenever you find yourself in a situation where
your camera is not functioning as you had
hoped (we’ve all been there when the whirr
of the autofocus just doesn’t give us that satisfactory
beep no matter how many times we try!) switch to
manual focusing and manual metering and you’ll be
able to capture the shot you had in mind.
There are two parts for taking manual control of your
camera, the first is manual focus. You can switch from
autofocus to manual focus using the switch on the
camera body, or on the lens itself. Many lenses allow
manual focus without the need to switch but check
your particular model to be sure. It takes practice to
get a sharp image when manually focusing but the
focusing aids in the viewfinder will show you when you
are in focus, and an “in focus” light will come on in the
viewfinder. Alternatively, especially if your eyesight isn’t
so good when using the viewfinder, you can use the
back screen to zoom in before taking the shot.
The second part is manual metering, being able to
set the aperture plus the shutter speed as opposed to
just one or the other as discussed in previous articles.
This is usually done by selecting M on the mode dial,
then using the dials on the camera body to select the
aperture and shutter speed you require. Check your
manual for precise instructions if you’re unsure since
each camera model varies.
WHEN WOULD YOU NEED TO USE MANUAL
Macro & Close Up Shots. When shooting with a
dedicated macro lens, or lens extensions, it is best done
using manual focusing. In this situation, the metering
system is fine left on aperture priority (or whatever
metering setting you chose), but the focusing needs to
be precise as you will be working at very short distances
which the autofocus system may not be able to cope
Night Time Shots. Night time shots are difficult to
assess for exposure, and auto exposure can fall short,
especially in very low light conditions. In this case, you
would need to use full manual control and a tripod. A
remote shutter release is a bonus as it lets you control
the amount of time the shutter stays open as opposed
to the camera deciding for you. Digital cameras only
extend auto shutter response to 30 seconds - This may
be fine for illuminated towns and cities, but poorer
lighting requires longer exposure to collect fine detail.
Tricky Lighting Situations. In lighting situations where
there is massive contrast, or conversely colours are
muted and very similar to each other, both the
autofocus and metering can easily be fooled into not
performing correctly. So first switch to manual focus, and
ensure the focus is correct for your subject, then check
the metering. Take a couple of test shots and if the
pictures are too light or too dark, bracket up or down
with either the aperture or shutter speed depending on
which is more critical to your picture. If the shot is too
light, use a narrower aperture and vice-versa if too dark.
Alternatively, if too light use the next speed up, or again
vice-versa if too dark.
Artistic Photography. Complete artistic control is
achieved with full manual control. You make all
the decisions regarding focusing and metering, to
purposefully overexpose or underexpose your pictures,
to blur backgrounds, purposefully create grain and
more. Only your imagination and creative thinking will
put any limit on what you can achieve. Look back to the
interview in issue 5 with Eva Polak to inspire you!
ALTERING OTHER SETTINGS.
One of the three components of the exposure triangle
(the other two being aperture and shutter speed),
changing the ISO increases the flexibility of the camera
by giving more scope in different lighting situations. Most
cameras start at ISO 100, this being the least sensitive
setting for the measurement of available light. It refers
back to the measurement of light sensitivity in film, and
this has been carried over to digital photography in the
same way. ISO 100 is good for most general daytime
photography, but in lower light, you can increase your
options by changing up to 200 or 400, bearing in mind
your camera’s limitations regarding acceptable noise.
The benefit of increasing ISO is that it allows narrower
aperture settings e.g. f2 at ISO 100 becomes f2.8 at
200, or faster shutter speeds, 1/60th of a second at 100,
becomes 1/125th at 200, 1/250th at 400.
This is a tool that corrects the colour temperature of
a picture depending on the type of lighting you are
shooting under. We need white balance to produce
natural looking light whatever the source. Fluorescent
lighting is quite harsh and gives off a cold blue cast if not
corrected. A regular household bulb which is generally
incandescent will give a warm reddish / orange to the
picture, neither of these will look correct so have to be
adjusted. The following presumes you are shotting in
jpg, if shooting in RAW then you can adjust your white
balance easily in post.
The auto white balance function is adequate in most
cases, but there are times when you may want to alter
it using a pre-set white balance from your camera’s
menu, or go one step further and create your own
white balance settings. For example, bars and clubs
often have a mix of artificial lighting which can make
capturing the scene as you see it in front of you quite
difficult. You might try a shot using the pre-set fluorescent
and incandescent settings which give you the result you
were hoping for. Experiment with the pre-set options to
see the difference they can make to your photograph.
with Billy Nunweek
I’m Billy, a 24 year old Landscape Photographer
from Auckland based out of Christchurch. During the
week I spend my time working as an aircraft engineer
with our national carrier, Air New Zealand and on
my days off I spend my days exploring our glorious
country in a mission to find all things beautiful. I find
myself frequently on the road making new friends and
travelling across the country with my camera in hand,
I often find I spend more time away from home than I
do at home but I wouldn’t have it any other way.
For me, there is nothing better than being on the
road with no real agenda apart from soaking in the
beauty that New Zealand and Mother Nature has to
offer. I am particularly passionate about mountains,
golden light, and distant stars but if there is one thing
that really takes the cake, for me it is the ever elusive
Allow me to take you on some of my journeys,
showcasing some of my favourite images...
the composition I wanted, I knew how I was going to
photograph it, it was all a matter of getting there and
having the sky play ball.
These little micro adventures are actually my favourite,
particularly for sunrise, it’s literally the best way to start
the day; watching the stars fade, the horizon glow
and the clouds light up. The stuff dreams are made of.
The three of us were rewarded for our early start and
braving the cool spring morning. With a gap on the
horizon and some cloud almost directly overhead we
were treated to what I would consider as one of my
top 5 sunrises since I got into photography.
This shot is composed of 16 photographs, 8 different
vertical frames with two exposures to correctly expose
the foreground and sky. This image was taken using
the Canon 750D paired with the Canon EF-S 10-22mm
f/ 3.5-4.5, mounted on the Manfrotto 055 tripod and
edited in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
I love this image so much partly due to the preplanning
but more so for the technicality of the shot,
most images I take are a single exposure image and
this was a first for me. I love pushing myself to see what
I’m capable of, its all about growing.
F/11, 1/6s (sky), 1.3s (foreground), ISO 100, 10mm
CATHEDRAL CLIFFS – 11 AUGUST 2017
On this trip, my second visit to Cathedral Cliffs, I
took two friends, Temuera and Emily with me whom
I met through photography. The cliffs are quite a
unique spot and very different to what I normally
photograph but that’s all apart of the fun in my mind.
I was determined to nail it this time - On my first trip
I was without my tripod due to some unforeseen
accidents on an earlier trip to Hakatere Park - I had
WANAKA – 9 OCTOBER 2017
My trip to Wanaka was another great trip for
building friendships with other photographers, I
left Christchurch with Mark for what would be a
three day trip to one of my favourite places in New
Zealand. Exhausted after days of doing nothing but
drive, Mark and I opted for the lazy option, to shoot
the instafamous Wanaka Tree. I’d photographed it
before and didn’t particularly like my shot as it looked
the same as every other photo taken there. It is very
rare that you get an opportunity to take an image
that sets you apart when you’re at a location like
the Wanaka Tree but I had an idea that, if executed
correctly, could be a one off. I for one haven’t seen
an image before or after like it and I think that comes
down to luck really.
I decided I would attempt a single exposure image
that correctly exposed the Tree and contained star
trails, I’d literally never attempted it before, I’d never
even set my camera to the bulb function before so
after a few test shots to ensure I was happy with my
composition I selected my settings and clicked the
shutter. It was a nervous wait, probably the longest
15 minutes of my life as I had to watch Mark rattle off
some truly stunning shots including the tail of the milky
way. I could see low cloud rolling in and had to battle
with tourists and their head torches, fortunately, there
was one Chinese man who understood what I was
attempting and literally stood guard while I waited.
900 seconds later, the shutter closed, the busy
message could be seen on the back of my camera
F/4, 900s, ISO 800, 35mm
and then boom, there it was, as close to perfect as
I could ask for. When it came to editing I removed a
few highlights, cropped the image slightly and dialled
the exposure down a minimal amount otherwise the
image you see here is quite literally what came out of
This single exposure image was taken on a Canon
6Dmki paired with the Canon EF 16-35mm f/ 2.8
mounted on the Manfrotto 055. Edited in Adobe
HUNUA FALLS – 1 MARCH 2018
Aerial photography has always been something I’ve
admired, be it from a helicopter or using a drone
I’ve fallen in love with the ability to revisit some of
my favourite places in New Zealand and capture a
completely different perspective of the landscape.
Hunua is a place very dear to my heart, I’ve spent
quite a bit of time here whilst growing up and respect
the land more than I can put into words. Recently
there has been a push to raise awareness of Kauri
Dieback and close some of Auckland’s greatest
trails in an attempt to save what little we have left so
it will remain for future generations. I saw this as an
opportunity to capture one of my favourite places
for potentially the last time in a long time. I wanted
something special, something different to really grasp
people in a way that had never been done before.
I was already happy with the composition in my mind,
all I needed was a ND64 filter to allow for the long
exposure effect I was after, something rarely done
with a drone. In order to do this I needed perfect
weather and yet weekend after weekend I’d fly up
to Auckland only to have it rain in what has probably
been the worst summer I’ve experienced in New
Zealand. Finally, the first day of spring came and with
it clear skies! I jumped in my car and raced east as
the wind was expected to pick up in the afternoon,
unfortunately for me it clouded over in next to no
time and rain fell from the heavens trying to get me to
turn around but I wasn’t having it, I’d committed now
and there was no turning back. To my dismay it was
raining at the Hunua Falls which literally dampened
my spirits, I decided to rattle out a few shots on my
camera since I’d made the effort to come so far and
then miraculously I got 15 minutes of dry skies, sent my
drone up in the air and got the shot I’d spent literally
months dreaming of.
This single image was taken using a DJI Mavic Pro
paired with Polar Pro’s ND64+PL filter and edited in
I have to say all the struggles to get what should have
been an easy shot made the idea of finally capturing
it that much more satisfying.
F/2.2, 1/10s, ISO 100
LAKE BENMORE - 10 FEBRUARY 2018
Location scouting has always and will always be a
pivotal part of being a landscape photographer
for anyone looking to set themselves apart from
the rest, particularly with drone photography. This
photograph is a testament to that, I can quite
honestly say that I’d never been to this spot until
the day I took this photograph but I went there
knowing exactly what images I would walk away
with, so long as the weather and other acts of
mother nature played ball.
This little collection of streams are apart of a
river of yesteryear that used to take water from
the likes of Lake Pukaki and Lake Ohau down to
Waimate and to the Pacific Ocean. Now however
due to hydroelectric dams completely changing
the landscape rivers like this one are only ever
active to prevent overflows. This provides unique
colours as the new waters pick up old sediment
providing a view unlike any other. Fate was
definitely on my side this day!
This is a bracket image made up of three different
exposures to ensure I was able to capture all the
colours and tones, it was taken on the DJI Mavic
Pro paired with Polar Pro’s ND16+PL filter and
edited in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop.
I do hope you’ve enjoyed reading
about myself and some of my
favourite photographic memories.
Coming up in 2018 I’ve got trips
around New Zealand planned to
iconic places like Aoraki/Mt Cook
National Park and Fiordland National
Park. What’s even more exciting
is that I’m heading to Iceland in
September to explore one of the
most beautiful places in the Northern
If you’d like to follow more of my
adventures feel free to follow me
on social media, or for those who’d
like to join me on the road and learn
more about photography feel free
to contact me via email -
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F/16, 1/200s, ISO200
A beautiful day at the gap with extremely low water giving me plenty of reflection and the
ability to to cram the image into frame.
ALL FALL DOWN
F/16, 1/50s, ISO200
Beach walking along the coast at Raumati South, I saw this shell stuck in the
sand and took the shot. It wasn't till I got home and processed the image that I
saw I had captured the sand and debris falling within the shell.
The wind blew strongly on the northwestern coast of the South Island in February when I took
this shot. The sand was swept away at the surface of the beach. I positioned myself so that the
numerous streaks of sands seemed to converge towards the distant cape.
April 2018 31
Image taken from the playground at Lyall bay while supervising my daughter.
CAPE PALLISER SUNRISE
F/2.8, 1/60s, ISO200
I wanted to see Cape Palliser after seeing some family photos of a visit there.
I couldn't sleep after 6 weeks of night work, so I left Stokes Valley at 4:30 am
to go check it out. This photo was one of the resulting images.
BLACK AND GOLD
F/7.1, 1/125s, ISO100
Taken during a late evening walk through the paddocks on Christmas Eve.
A SPIRAL OF CANDLELIGHT
I was camping at a music festival on The Forgotten World Highway for the New Year this summer.
We had cold weather with lots of rain and mist and then a tranquil clear evening arrived for
the New Year celebrations! The spiral of candlelight was made by placing tealight candles
individually in brown paper bags each weighed down with sand, arranged on the hillside
nearby. I was wondering how to get a good image as the light was VERY challenging but when
I saw the tent all lit up looking so surreal I had to get it! I used a fence for stability, high ISO and
slow shutter speed and got my shot. 5 minutes later the tent lights were gone!!
F/4.8, 1/250s, ISO100
A farmer walking through the fields near Mam Xoi viewpoint. This is a popular
stop for visitors to the region of Cang Chai, Vietnam.
April 2018 39
F/3.5, 1/640s, ISO400
I road tripped around the North Island in NZ for the first time this summer.
Caught this beautiful waterfall on the way.
SEAGULL IN FLIGHT
This photo was taken on Wellingtons South
Coast with a Samsung S8 on Auto setting.
April 2018 41
F/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO200
This bee was on one of the pots that I have on my deck.
April 2018 43
ESCAPING SUMMER'S HEAT
Teenagers jumping off the Days Bay wharf to escape the summer heat.
April 2018 45
Foggy day in the woods on the Banks Track, Banks peninsula.
April 2018 47
BUSY SUMMER DAY
It takes a lot of energy on a hot summer day to visit and collect enough food. These
sunflowers provided a welcome landing pad.
April 2018 49
F/5.6, 1/1600s, ISO200
Captured in Petone at sunset, this Panorama captures the beautiful orange hues in the distance above
Wellington City. Within the shot is a family playing on the beach.
TAI CHI TEACHER TRAINING WITH LIGHT SABRE ON MT EDEN
F/13, 4s, ISO2000
I wanted to photograph my friend Allister doing some Kung Fu training. I was looking for a way to record his
movements (Pref. with a nice backdrop). We decided to climb Mt Eden at night and use a light sabre on a
slow shutter speed to create this image of motion.
April 2018 53
PREPARING TO GO KAYAKING
F/10, 1/320s, ISO200
A class being readied for an expedition in Kayaks.
LAST DAYS OF SUMMER
Taken at Auckland's Viaduct harbour on a busy weekend - The perfect 'summer' day in March.
April 2018 57
SUNRISE ON BANKS PENINSULA
Testing a new surfboard at Marsden Point Beach, a legal road, that you really need a 4wd to
access. The Jeep is the perfect vehicle! And it guarantees few other people on your beach.
April 2018 59
Watching the sun set over the Greek Island.
April 2018 61
A FIERY DAWN
F/16, 1/50s, ISO200
The colours were richer before the sunrise!
April 2018 63
SUMMER ON ICE
F/5.6, 1/160s, ISO200
A selection of colourful summer flowers captured in
ice. I wanted to preserve the colors and the form of
flower from my garden.
April 2018 65
Wellington gifted us with an uncharacteristically still and clear day
to experience the Paekakariki Escarpment. This image was taken
halfway through the 10 km tramp and conveys a blissful Sunday
afternoon spent outdoors with friends.
April 2018 67
F/9, 1/80s, ISO200
This was taken in Milford Sound from one of the tourist
boats. It was a stunning day and we got so close that I had
be careful to keep my camera dry. The colour of the moss
F/7.1, 1/1600s, ISO800
Just before the splash!
April 2018 69
My son enjoying Piha beach while on holiday in Auckland.
WHAKATANE FARM SCENE
F/11, 1/100s, ISO125
A restful pastoral scene but with ghostly tree forms outlining the rolling hills on Maraetotara Road.
SUNRISE ON BANKS PENINSULA
F/9, 1/80s, ISO200
Taken from Godley Head.
April 2018 75
ON GOLDEN RIVER
F/16, 1/60s, ISO400
I love the golden light over the river and the layers of the hills in the distance in this image. Taken
on an evening walk with my dogs along the Waikato River near Meremere, one of whom fell over
the bank into the water when my back was turned. I just heard this huge splash and then this
very wet dog appeared. If a dog could look embarrassed this one would have.
FLOATS LIKE A BUTTERFLY
This little guy visited while I was learning to use my camera. Don’t know what
setting as I had been playing around with it!
April 2018 79
WAITING FOR A BITE
F/13, 1/25s, ISO100
Medlands Beach, Great Barrier Island
April 2018 81
BLESSING OF THE BOATS
Blessing of the Boats is an annual event in Island Bay, Wellington where the
fishing fleet gets blessed for safe passage and bountiful catches. It was a heavily
overcast but still day and the shot of these two boats waiting their turn seemed to
capture the mood of the occasion.
April 2018 83
F/8, 1/800s, ISO100
Taken near the Moa Point Radar station while watching planes land.
April 2018 85
Drone shot taken on great Auckland summers day!
April 2018 87
F/22, 30s, ISO200
Plimmerton warf during glowing sunset.
April 2018 89
FLYING INTO SUNSET
F/5.6, 1/320s, ISO125
On a day excursion return from Picton to Wellington on InterIslander I caught
this plane flying into the sunset while the Ferry was approaching Wellington.
April 2018 91
MAGNOLIA FLOWER AND BEES
Playing with my wide 11-16mm wide angle lens on a typical overcast slightly rainy day in Auckland.
April 2018 93
F/2.2, 1/250s, ISO100
Cockle shells at Paekakariki Beach on the Kapiti Coast.
April 2018 95
F/16, 1/30s, ISO100
I took this photo of the sunrise at Miranda. Prior to the sun rising, I was surrounded by darkness and
birds chattering. As time ticked by, the sky started to colour up into this glorious shades of red and
now the chattering birds can be seen as little silhouettes along the water.
April 2018 97
F/2.8, 1/10s, ISO200
As the sun went down the Chinese Lantern Festival came into its own. The displays were spectacular
and this is just one example.
April 2018 99
SKIMMING AT LONG BAY
A boy gets ready for an afternoon of skim boarding at Long Bay Regional Park.
A GLORIOUS MISTY MORNING
F/4.5, 1/1000s, ISO320
On the way to Kaikoura from Christchurch, my friend who was driving pulled
over on the road while I was still asleep in the passenger seat. We started very
early that day to catch a morning dolphin tour. As the car stopped, I opened
my eyes. The divine light from the sun rays casted colours on to the morning
mist creating this beautiful magical moment. I simply could not resist not
getting out of the car to capture the moment.
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