ISSUE 13, November 2018
WITH WERNER KAFFL
WITH BRENDON GILCHRIST
HOW PHOTOGRAPHY CAN
MEETING EACH OF OUR
HOW TO CAPTURE:
WITH RICHARD YOUNG
WELCOME TO ISSUE 13 OF
NZ PHOTOGRAPHER MAGAZINE
In this issue, we're thrilled to
bring you a review of the
Nikon Z7, Nikon's flagship full
frame mirrorless camera. Astro
photographer Mark Gee took
it out for a spin and shares
his findings with us. We also
learn how photography can
contribute to meeting each of
our emotional needs, a thoughtprovoking
piece from Tony Yuille
that gives us even more reason
to pick up the camera, get
out there to take some shots,
and connect with like-minded
For our regular features, we're
off on world travels once again
as Brendon Gilchrist takes us to Iguazu Falls on the Brazil/Argentina border
and Parmeet Sahni whisks us off to Nepal as we learn about her favourite
capture from her recent Gathering of Life exhibition in Behind The Shot.
These features might give you itchy feet but no matter where you are
in the world you can use Richard Young's river landscape tips in How To
Last but never least we have readers submissions towards the back of the
magazine. We're always thrilled to see your submissions but it doesn't have
to stop there - If you would like to contribute an article, take part in Behind
The Shot, or be interviewed do let us know.
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INTERVIEW WITH WERNER KAFFL
BEHIND THE SHOT
6 WITH PARMEET SAHNI
8 by Brendon Gilchrist
HOW PHOTOGRAPHY CAN CONTRIBUTE TO
MEETING EACH OF OUR EMOTIONAL NEEDS
14 BEHIND THE SHOT
by Tony Yuile
WITH PARMEET SAHNI
HOW TO CAPTURE: RIVER LANDSCAPES
18 with Richard Young
REVIEW OF THE NIKON Z7
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HOW TO CAPTURE:
HOW PHOTOGRAPHY CAN
MEETING EACH OF OUR
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Behind The Shot
With Parmeet Sahni
HI PARMEET, TELL US ABOUT YOUR RECENT TRIP
TO NEPAL WHERE YOU CAPTURED THIS PORTRAIT.
I have a great appreciation for street photography
and as a travel photographer too, I really wanted
to visit a country with a rich culture, vibrant colours,
and spiritual energy. Therefore, I took a five day solo
trip to Nepal in June of this year with my Canon 6D to
celebrate my birthday by doing what I love.
When I was in Nepal, I visited Kathmandu, Bhaktapur,
Nagarkot, and Sankhu Village. Everywhere I went,
I found myself surrounded by a thousand stories, all
of which I tried my best to capture through my lens.
I took well over three to four thousand photos on this
trip, and I was ecstatic to bring them back to share
with my family and friends.
SO WHO IS THE MAN IN THE PHOTO?
This man is a Sadhu; a holy man, sage or ascetic.
I saw this sadhu outside Pashupatinath Temple, which
is located on the banks of Bagmati River about 5km
from Kathmandu, Nepal’s capital city.
When I asked him if I could take a photo of him,
he happily posed for the camera. He talked about
experiences he has had with many other tourists too,
who were also eager to click photos of him as they
The sadhus situated around this temple are a
common attraction for tourists from around the world
and are quite famous on social media, I was able to
see faces that I saw in Nepal on Google Images when
I got back home!
WHAT’S THE SIGNIFICANCE OF HIS POSE?
The pose he is making with his hands is called “Gyan
Mudra” or “Chin Mudra”. A Mudra is a symbolic or
spiritual gesture in Hinduism and Buddhism.
In Sanskrit, Chin means consciousness and Mudra
means seal or gesture, therefore, the Chin Mudra is
the gesture of consciousness, it symbolises the union of
Self with the universe.
The Gyan Mudra is the hand gesture which is used
during meditation and also while practicing breathing
exercises during Yoga. Along with the Gyan Mudra,
the Sadhu also taught me how to do a few other
mudras and the symbolism behind them.
WHAT WAS HAPPENING BEHIND THE CAMERA
THAT WE CAN’T SEE?
This image was taken right before sunset. At the temple,
the Bagmati Aarti (evening prayer by the riverbank)
was about to start. Behind me, thousands of devotees
were roaming around the temple. I could hear the
prayers from inside Pashupatinath temple, which
created an extremely relaxing and peaceful aura.
The Bagmati Aarti is one of the most mesmerizing
rituals that take place in Nepal. All devotees
collectively pray for all of humanity. This Aarti is famous
all around the world and attracts a huge number of
tourists each day.
SINCE RETURNING HOME TO NZ HOW HAS THIS
IMAGE BEEN RECEIVED?
This was one of my favourite photos that I took on my
trip. When I showed it to people around me, everyone
was struck by all the colour in the image. Many were
intrigued by the way he was dressed, the way he
was posing and the significance of the image. I got
a similar reaction to my other work from Nepal too,
especially from my colleagues, who encouraged me
to display these photos at an exhibition.
I got in touch with the New Zealand Nepalese Association,
and was able to hold two rounds of a fundraising
photographic exhibition named “The Gathering Of Life:
Capturing the Culture & Streets of Nepal” where more
than 200 of my photos were displayed.
The event was free entry but prints were for sale
and we collected donations. The full sum of money
accumulated was for a charity which provides
underprivileged children in Nepal study materials. For
me, the best feeling was seeing around 300 people
from different communities and cultures coming
together to support a noble cause and appreciate
the photos as well as the country.
You can read more about Parmeet and learn about her photography business Soulful Memories as well as her
Gathering Of Life series and exhibition on our blog.
By Brendon Gilchrist
ARGENTINEAN UPPER TRAIL
F16, 20s, ISO64
F16, 20s, ISO64
Continuing on my South American journey, in
this issue I want to introduce you to the natural
wonder of Iguacu Falls aka Iguazu Falls – The
first spelling if you’re standing on the Brazilian side, the
second spelling if you’re standing on the Argentinian
A FEW FACTS FIRST
• There are 275 separate waterfalls which cascade over
the same shelf from the same river also called Iguazu.
• The falls stretch around a horseshoe shape that
measures 2.7 km in length.
• The Iguazu river is a branch of the Parana River,
the second biggest in South America spanning
To put some scale to the size let’s compare it to home.
To drive from the tip of the North Island to the very
bottom it’s only 2083km. The Parana river is just under
twice the size of the length of New Zealand! The
longest river in New Zealand is the Tongariro, a tiny
604km long in comparison.
THE BRAZILIAN SIDE
The Brazilian side has the most panoramic views of the
2 sides and is the closest side for being able to touch
the waterfall. Maybe not so much in terms of you
touching it, but it touching you – the spray soaks you
to the bone when you walk the plank to the edge of
one very big drop!
It is hard to describe the feeling you get when you’re
in such a place.
Surrounded by water, surrounded by people
chattering away happily in many different languages,
the pitter patter of feet walking around as you lean on
the railings taking in the majestic view, capturing an
internal photograph and video of Iguacu’s tumbling
The wildlife at the falls is special to watch, it reminded
me how amazing nature is at adapting to its
environment. At first I thought I was seeing things but
birds called the Great Dusky Swift really do fly through
the water to reach their nests. The water is so powerful
I don’t know how they manage to fly through it. The
Vultures, aka nature’s clean up crew, were also out,
gliding so gracefully around the falls for hours (they
do not circle their prey like some say). I was in envy
of their view, it must be even more amazing than the
one I was getting at ground level.
Other wildlife at the falls included monkeys, Toucan’s
and other colourful birds, butterflies, giant ants, and
many, many Coati. The Coati is a member of the
raccoon family but reminded me of a small feisty yet
friendly dog, aggressive at times.
I found this location to be a difficult one to
photograph as it’s all been done before – Every
angle, every style. I knew it would be impossible to
take something completely fresh since over 1 million
people visit this place every year, many of whom are
professional photographers along with amateurs plus
the cell phone snapper’s but sometimes you have to
go somewhere and see it with your own eyes, hoping
that you are capturing something fresh through your
THE ARGENTINEAN SIDE
If you want to visit over 100 different waterfalls in one
day, and can manage 10km of walking, head over to
the Argentinean side as I did as part of an organized
The reported highlight of the trip within Iguacu
National Park on the Argentinean side is getting to
see the giant horseshoe-shaped cascade that is
Garganta del Diablo. It required a long train journey
followed by a long walk of 1.1km which went across
the river on a suspended walkway. This place was the
most powerful but also the most difficult place to take
any good photos because you’re standing on top of
a waterfall that is pouring thousands of liters of water
every second, the spray of the water as intense as the
sheer number of people.
Personally, I believe the best section of the
Argentinian side is not the Diablo, but the Upper and
Lower Circuits, each one measuring in at 1.7km long.
Why do I think this? Because there are so many more
individual waterfalls to see and photography, not
just the main falls that are seen from Brazil or from the
The Upper Circuit has magical panoramic views
towards the Diablo and towards Salto San Martin. So
magical that you have to pinch yourself to make sure
it’s real and you’re not dreaming.
It was here that I could get my telephoto lens out
and capture some long exposures of some of the
waterfalls. I managed to get 12 in one photo, that’s
right 12 waterfalls in one frame. After capturing one
lookout, packing up my gear, walking through the
bush, listening to the birds, taking in this magical
place, I kept asking myself what more can this place
offer, can it get any better than this?
It did! I was not disappointed and despite the 30
degree heat (in their Winter time!) it was well worth the
suffering to be able to witness the magic of the Upper
Circuit. The lower Circuit had more what I might call
‘intimate falls’, smaller in size and surrounded in bush
with smaller drops with less water, but still impressive.
The magic of this place is something that will last
forever. Places like this, you visit once for a small
amount of time, but the memories never fade away
unlike so many other fleeting moments in our lifetime.
3 TIPS FOR CAPTURING A WONDER OF THE
• Understand that you will be surrounded by many
people who will push and shove so having a tripod
is not always possible.
• The best time to visit is late in the day as there are
less people around, all the tourist buses having
been and gone.
• Due to the amount of water that is sprayed around,
it is very hard to do long exposures. A short 10
second exposure is better then a long 30 second
exposure as you won’t get as many water droplets
on your lens and therefore in your photo.
On the Brazilian side looking towards
the Garganta del Diablo.
F11, 1/125s, ISO200
12 FALLS IN ONE SHOT
F16, 30s, ISO64
How Photography Can Contribute To
Meeting Each Of Our Emotional Needs
As well as the obvious ‘basic needs’ for water,
food, and shelter, humans have a set of 9
emotional needs, which are not so obvious but
are just as essential to our wellbeing and happiness.
In fact, our moment to moment decisions and actions
are almost ALWAYS driven by our need to meet one
or more of our emotional needs.
Unfortunately, all too often in modern western culture,
our emotional needs are not well understood or
treated with the attention they deserve, and this is
reflected in the current high levels of stress, anxiety,
and depression within the population. The good news
is, that once we understand our emotional needs,
and how well we are currently meeting them, we can
take action. In this way, people are able to create
breakthrough changes in their behaviours leading to
more fulfilling happier, healthier lives.
Let’s take a look at those 9 needs and how
photography is already helping us to meet them.
OUR 9 EMOTIONAL NEEDS
Achievement: In order to maintain our self-esteem,
we need to have a sense that we are accomplishing
things of value. Photography enables us to recognise,
and use, our existing competencies, skills, and
resources. It also provides us with an opportunity
to develop new skills and knowledge. Every photo
we take increases our skill and capabilities as a
photographer and provides us with an opportunity
to extend ourselves beyond our comfort zone. We
can set, and achieve, ever more challenging goals
for ourselves (e. g. take a photo a day, get a photo
published in NZP or the local paper, win a prize). And
when we achieve our goal(s) we get a wonderful
‘feel-good’ sense of achievement.
Security: We all need to feel a sense of security that
things will be okay and we can lead our lives without
experiencing undue fear. Routine and predictability
are things that give us a sense of control, assurance
and safety. If we are lacking a sense of security in our
lives, even a small sense of predictability can give us
something to hold onto. The process of taking a photo
is predictable as is the outcome (most of the time!).
Often when we are feeling stressed, anxious, or
depressed we may find it difficult to express our
thoughts and feelings verbally. We may feel ashamed,
afraid, or embarrassed. Photography acts as
by Tony Yuile
non-verbal communication through which we can
express our fears and feelings, in a way that feels safe.
Community: We need to feel connected to a
community and have a sense that we contribute.
Photography provides an opportunity for us to
connect and interact more with people, especially
fellow photographers, for example by joining a
photography club/group, whether a local group or an
online community. Belonging to part of a community
means that there are likely to be opportunities to
contribute whether to a project, a competition, or
simply help others to learn their camera and improve
Status / Respect: It’s not enough to just be part of a
group, we need to have a sense of our value within
the group dynamics we’re a part of. We need to feel
that we have something worthwhile to contribute, we
need to feel we are respected and acknowledged
and that others appreciate our talents. By creating
photos that we are proud of, we can start to build a
reputation amongst family, friends, and others, as a
good or even expert photographer. People may start
approaching us for tips and advice. When others start
to pay attention to us and appreciate and respect
us, this appreciation and recognition helps establish
and maintain our sense of self-esteem and self-worth.
When we say “I am a photographer” or “I am a visual
artist” we are expressing an identity, having a positive
identity is essential to good mental health.
Privacy: The need and right to obtain privacy,
time and space to reflect on and learn from our
experiences. With so many things vying for our
attention 24/7 nowadays it’s easy to become
overstimulated and/or overwhelmed. Photography
provides a reason and the motivation to get outside
and connect with nature and enjoy some alone time.
When we are in nature we can clear our minds, be
grounded in the present moment, and reconnect to
how beautiful and diverse our world is. This gives our
brain a welcome, and much needed, break from
negative thoughts and worries.
Purpose & Meaning: In the same vein of feeling that
we’re accomplishing things of value, we all need to
have a sense that we’re part of something greater
than ourselves that has purpose, meaning and value.
Each of us has a reason why we take photographs,
and each photograph we take is created for a
particular reason whether we consciously know it
or not. Photography gives us a voice; we can bring
attention to issues big or small and inspire people to
take action, creating positive change in the world. We
can enrich other people’s lives.
Attention: We need to receive attention from those
we care about and also give them our attention in
return. Images are able to grab our attention easily,
and we are immediately drawn to them. By showing
our photography to family, friends, and the public we
can receive positive attention and positive feedback.
The very act of taking a photograph provides a
shift in perspective (we’re literally looking through a
different lens, seeing the world in a new way). We can
‘reframe’ how we perceive the world, our problems,
and our lives.
Control: We all need a sense of autonomy and
control, to feel like we have the power to direct our
own lives and exist autonomously. For people whose
life seems to be spiralling out of control, photography
can provide a vital sense of autonomy and control.
As photographers, we are in total control of the whole
creative process. With a camera in hand, we control
what the lens captures, we decide whether to keep
that image or not, whether to edit it and how to
display it, if at all.
Emotional Connection: To be emotionally fulfilled
we need to feel connected to other people. We
need to experience friendship, love, and intimacy. We
need to feel a sense of intimacy with at least 1 other
person, someone who accepts us totally for who we
are, ‘warts n all’. Photography can be a wonderful
catalyst for creating friendships, as we meet fellow
photographers and people who are interested in
our work. The value of friendship is incalculable, it is
not the number of friends that counts but the quality
of the friendship. True friends share one another’s
interests and successes as well as failures. With a true
friend, you can express yourself and be accepted for
what and who you are.
See some of Tony’s photos on the following pages where he’s paired an
emotional need with one of his images.
Tony Yuile qualified as a life coach and
clinical hypnotherapist 6 years ago, a
redundancy in the financial services industry
followed by the recommendation of an
NLP course, being the catalyst for personal
transformation and a subsequent career
change which lead to him forming
Today, Tony specialises in helping people
manage stress, avoid anxiety and lift
depression, he also helps people overcome
a range of common problems such as fear
of public speaking, weight management
issues, phobias, breaking unhealthy/
unwanted habits, building self-esteem
and goal achievement. His approach to
coaching is solution-focused, practical,
and evidence based. He focuses on giving
people the skills and support they need to
manage their own well-being and success.
As a keen photographer, Tony understands
only too well the benefits a hobby such as
photography can have on our mental well
being. He bought his first camera a Canon
AE‐1 Program in 1986 on arrival in NZ from the
UK. He’s been an avid Canon user ever since
and currently owns a EOS700D. We look at
some of his photos on the following pages.
The garden in which this statue was located
in Vietnam was one of the most serene
places I’ve ever visited
The glass ball on the right looks like it has
been cast out of the group by the two balls
on the left and is now alone.
To satisfy their need for achievement
humans like to challenge themselves even if
it sometimes means taking risks.
When it comes to paying attention, the Eagle
is an expert. I got this shot of a carved eagle
in Vancouver, Canada.
HOW TO CAPTURE: RIVER LANDSCAPES
River Photography Tips with Richard Young
Tasman River, Mt Cook
Using a longer shutter speed will allow you to capture
the movement of the river but you'll need to use a
tripod. Look for an area of fast flowing or white water
to capture. Including some foreground rocks will also
help to add some depth to the image.
FIND A SUBJECT:
Decide if you want to capture the whole river or
isolate a part of it. If only a small part of the river is
interesting then a tele-zoom lens will pick this out. For
wide sweeping river vistas you will likely need to use a
wide lens to include everything. If using a wide angle
lens, move around to find some foreground interest,
otherwise an image can easily become boring. Also,
think about your height above the river, as this will
dramatically change the view.
GET YOUR FEET WET:
Often, you'll get the best view and photo of a river
by standing in the middle of it! Try to fill the frame
with water, a large rock, or a bridge. These can also
provide an excellent viewpoint, as can a bend in the
river which may offer an open view upstream.
F11, 5s, ISO64, 35mm
Photographing upstream with the water coming
towards you normally works best, as it draws your
attention into the photograph, not out of the
photograph which can happen with a downstream
view. Use the shape and flow of the river to lead you
into a background subject. This can be a distant peak
or a prominent feature such as an overhanging tree.
Shooting directly across the river to a subject on the
opposite bank can also work well sometimes.
LEARN HOW TO CREATE FINE ART BLACK & WHITE LANDSCAPE PHOTOGRAPHS ON A 4-DAY LONG EXPOSURE
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REVIEW OF THE NIKON Z7
by Mark Gee
The Nikon Z7 is the flagship model of Nikon’s first full
frame mirrorless camera range equipped with a
45.7MP full frame CMOS sensor. As an owner of a
Nikon D850, I was quite keen to get my hands on the
Z7 to test out its capabilities.
My main focus in photography is astrophotography
so I was especially interested to see how it performed
in low light situations. I received the Nikon Z7 just in
time for the new moon period and lucked out with
perfectly fine weather in Wellington, which can
certainly be a rare combination in this part of the
The test camera came with the new Z Mount 24–
70mm f/4 lens. I was eager to test this lens as I had
heard how sharp, from corner to corner, the quality
of the images are when shot with the Z Mount lenses.
However, for my astro shoot I was going to use the FTZ
converter so that I could use my Nikon 14–24mm f/2.8
lens. One thing to note with using the converter is that
you don’t have any autofocus capabilities but for me,
that’s not an issue as I only use manual focus for astro.
Before I headed out to Wellington’s south coast in the
dark for the astro shoot, I spent some time at home
familiarising myself with the camera. The first thing
I noticed was the obvious size and weight difference
compared to other DSLR cameras. At first, it felt a little
awkward for me to hold as I was so used to my Nikon
D850, but it didn’t take long to get comfortable with.
The camera itself is really well built and weather
sealed as with the Nikon DSLR range. It didn’t take me
long to work out all the controls even though some
of them are different from what I’m used to with the
D850. In the end, I found I navigated the menus and
changed most of the settings on the LCD screen,
which was really intuitive and easy to use.
The electronic viewfinder on the Z7 is top notch! It’s so
sharp that you don’t see any granularity, and if felt like
I was just looking through a regular optical viewfinder.
The really useful thing I found with the EVF was that
you could review the photos you’ve taken through it,
this is great in situations where you have a lot of light
around which would usually make for difficult viewing
on the LCD screen.
For the astro shoot, I decided to shoot with both the
Nikon Z7 and the Nikon D850 for comparison of image
quality. After I shot the first few frames, I was super
impressed with the quality I got out of the Z7. Even
when I was shooting with an ISO of 10,000 the amount
of noise in the image wasn’t bad at all compared to
shooting with other brands of cameras.
I ended up sticking with my typical exposure settings
for astro which is a 30 second shutter at f/4.0 and an
ISO of 6400. After getting home and having a close
look at the images, I would say that the Z7 had slightly
less noise and a slightly better dynamic range than
what I had shot on the D850, that could be the result
of the Z7’s newer Expeed 6 image processor.
This was really great for me and I’m now confident
that the Z7 would be a great astro camera. It
would even be better for shooting astro timelapse
compared to the DSLRs, since you don’t have to worry
about shutter wear and tear, and you have an inbuilt
intervalometer just like the other Nikon DSLR models.
I wanted to further test the camera’s dynamic range
capabilities, so I headed down to my local beach
for a sunrise shoot. I went with the Z Mount 24–70mm
f/4 lens for this session, wanting to try a combination
of longer and shorter exposures. On this particular
morning, there was some great light and interesting
cloud formations so it was the perfect day for it. I shot
both handheld and on a tripod for some of the longer
exposures, although I was surprised at how sharp I was
able to get a shot when I did a 1 second exposure
handheld. This was most likely due to the Z7’s 5-axis
optical image stabilisation which is built into the body.
After getting home and doing a processing session on
the images I shot that morning, I was really impressed
with the dynamic range of the Z7. Even on some of
my underexposed images, I was able to pull out good
clear detail from the shadows and blacks. And on
some of the more overexposed images, I was able
to rein in some of the extreme highlights. But the
thing that excited me most was the sharpness of the
images, even in the corners, when using the Z Mount
The Nikon Z7 full frame mirrorless camera has certainly
wowed me with its performance. The build and
handling of the camera are second to none, and
the image quality, especially when using the native Z
Mount lenses, is some of the best quality I’ve seen. The
biggest gripe I’ve heard with this camera is the single
memory card slot, but for me personally, that doesn’t
even factor when there are so many other great
things about this camera.
So if you have a chance, go check it out for yourself –
I believe Nikon has done a great job with their first full
frame mirrorless camera.
See the post-processed images I took on the following
F4, 30s, ISO6400
F22, 1s, ISO64
F16, 1/8s, ISO64
F16, 1/8s, ISO64
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Interview with Werner Kaffl
HI WERNER, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
LETTING US KNOW WHO YOU ARE AND
WHAT YOU DO!
I was born and raised close to Munich, Germany
and came to Wellington in 2010. I became
a NZ citizen a few weeks ago! I have always
been interested in technical stuff and artwork
in general. I like doing creative things with my
own hands – or with the help of a camera and
computer to edit images and from the age of 15
worked with airbrushes, doing this at a hobby level
for quite some time. I enjoy leaving the beaten
track behind and experimenting with things that
most others don’t even try. I love challenges,
going to the limit, and beyond.
I started my professional career as an electrician,
then studied and switched to IT as a systems
engineer. In 2016 I had a breakdown and couldn’t
handle the IT environment anymore. Running out
of options, I thought of what other talents I had,
trying photography as a profession was the next
natural thing to do. I started a business, did some
part time study about business management,
and now I do a wide range of photography and
related services. Those services range from fine art
photography to portrait photography to business
related photos, product photos, and family or
I also started using my IT experience in different
ways, offering social media management, content
production, website design (to a certain degree).
Some of my clients simply don’t have the time to
do their social media posts or don’t want stock
images on their websites. In such an environment,
borders are pretty blurred. Taking photos of an
event and then posting them in an album on a
Facebook page for the client, is actually three
different jobs in one – event photography, content
production, social media management.
Generally, I’m open to any ideas my clients
may have, from plain photos of their real estate
property to elaborate compositions for their
lounge or office wall or a campaign to raise
awareness for certain causes.
HOW DID YOU GET STARTED IN
My mum was an educated photographer, my
dad was an SLR enthusiast, and I was always
good at drawing. In 2000 I bought my first digital
camera, followed by better and better point-andshoot
cameras. Finally, around 2013, I got my first
DSLR camera. I saw some astro photographs and
started to try astro myself, asked accomplished
photographers for their settings, and learned
by doing (and reading occasional articles).
Everything I do is self-taught, from my beginnings
in drawing and airbrush, to my most elaborate
YOU COVER A WIDE RANGE OF GENRES –
IS THERE ONE THAT’S CLOSEST TO YOUR
Generally, I prefer soft light and darkness. So I
love the golden and blue hours, as well as the
dead of night. Photography is an Ancient Greek
expression, which means “drawing with light”.
The best way to draw with lights is in a dark
environment. For the most part I prefer landscapes
and panoramas, but I also enjoy doing working
with people (some are models), in the same
WHAT’S YOUR ALL-TIME FAVOURITE
I think it’s my first milky way panorama, with the
moon in the center. When I got to my planned
location, I discovered the Moon was out too.
The Moon should have spoiled the whole thing,
but I decided to try anyway – You’ve nothing
to lose after a one hour drive. The result is my
first (and favourite) astro panorama – and an
encouragement for me to ignore boundaries set
WHAT EQUIPMENT DO YOU USE?
I have 3 camera bodies; Canon EOS6D, 5D M2
and 5D M3 plus a variety of lenses:
Canon 24–104mm f4
Sigma 15mm f2.8
Sigma 24mm and 50mm f1.4 ART lenses
Tamron 24–70mm f2.8
TELL US ABOUT YOUR RECENT VIP PHOTO
I met a good friend of mine in Cuba Street by
chance for the first time in ages. We had a quick
chat and she told me their company would have
a VIP going to their offices for a visit. So she asked
me if I were free for a general shooting, and if
I could also get staff images of the visit. I agreed,
got a shooting date confirmed, and just 2 days
before the shoot, learned that the VIP in question
was our Prime Minister, Jacinda Ardern. I felt
incredibly honoured and got pretty nervous, but
all went extremely well. I’m pretty proud of this
TELL US ABOUT THE FASHION CREATIVE…
The Fashion Creative is a group of very
enthusiastic and extremely talented people. As
the name suggests, we are very interested in
fashion and related photography. For me that
means, everything involving models, make-up
artists, designers, hair stylists, photographers, and
the creativity we all share, to make incredible
Once a year we all come together (in 2018 it was roughly
100 people), to do creative photo shoots. Everyone
has people assigned to their projects, and for a whole
weekend, we are all working on our ideas. None of us
gets paid for this, we do it just because we love what we
do. For any readers who are interested in learning more
and perhaps joining us, click on the Fashion Creative link
or get in contact with me for more information.
WHAT TIPS CAN YOU SHARE WITH OUR
READERS WHO WANT TO MAKE A LIVING
FROM THEIR PHOTOGRAPHY?
Making a living from photography is quite hard. I think
you need a big amount of optimism and to start as
a side business first. What I found most important is
developing one’s personal style, experimenting a lot,
and not believing in limits!
ANYTHING ELSE WE SHOULD KNOW ABOUT
I work on both sides of the lens. Sometimes I’m a
model for portrait shoots and I have also been an
extra in a few movies and commercials.
I’ve been extra in “Wellington Paranormal”, “Mortal
Engines” (coming to cinemas in December), “Palisades”
(for the History Channel). I also did BTS and still photos
for “Stolen Senses”, a not yet published short film, which
gave me my first taste for the movie business, and
another short film called “The way it is”. I also had the
opportunity to do the lighting for a special short film “The
Phone Awakens”, which was filmed in super 8x8, and
had to be filmed in the final sequence, no cuts. I even
make my own props for some of my shoots!
Away from the camera, I’m passionate about raising
awareness of invisible illnesses. I run a Facebook
page concerning invisible illnesses such as cancer,
depression, etc. and one Facebook page just around
depression. I’m currently working on a project with the
Wellington Multiple Sclerosis Society, raising awareness
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
BEST READERS' SUBMISSIONS THIS MONTH
F5.6, 1/3200s, ISO1000
CARMEL, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A
Dragonfly flying in sunlight with the
background in shadow.
F5.6, 1/1000s, ISO100
CARMEL, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A
Gliding pelicans in a smoky sunset
thanks to numerous forest fires.
LAKE HAYES SPRING SNOW
F20, 1/125s, ISO400
LAKE HAYES, QUEENSTOWN
The heaviest snow fall of the year, in September,
bought so many photo opportunities.
RAGLAN, NEW ZEALAND
A beautiful sunset engagement
photo with a fun and happy couple.
NUGGET POINT SUNRISE
NUGGET POINT, OTAGO
My first time visiting the eastern part of the South Island
and witnessing a beautiful sunrise at the infamous Nugget
LAKE REFLECTIONS TWIZEL
A beautiful and calm morning in Twizel with a display of
autumn colours and Jake reflections.
F11, 1-180s, ISO200
The Hollyford River in strong mid-morning light and
reflecting the surrounding mountains, allowing me to
create this 10-image panorama.
KAKANUI MOUNTAINS PANORAMA
F11, 1-80s, ISO100
The Kakanui Mountains snow covered and
with beautiful clouds creating a spectacular
scenery for this 12-image panorama.
F4, 1/5s, ISO800
An image with light, water, mist and sunrise all
combining for a brief minute.
F11, 1/60s, IS0200
SALEN, ISLE OF MULL, SCOTLAND
Had a trip to the Isle of Mull in August. These are two of three
wrecks just on the outskirts of the village of Salen. Had to
wait a while to make sure my shot was clear of people, the
rain clouds rolled in.
GRAND CANYON, ARIZONA, USA
Bright Angle Point can be seen in the far distance. Mule
teams regularly carry passengers down these slopes.
Playing with my 10 stop filter on the river near home... I saw
this branch and thought it would be a good subject looking
down on it high up the river bank.
F8, 1/750s, ISO320
I am a leader at Scouts here in Te Anau - We were on a winter camp for the
weekend recently and I took a group of kids and parents up Key Summit on the
Milford Road for a walk. It was a stunning clear frosty chilly beautiful day.... We
were sitting on Key Summit enjoying the vista around us when a Kea decided
to join us for about 30min. It climbed all around us and over our bags, having a
wee tug at anything shiny to see if it could take anything away.
A White Heron flying gracefully away
on a sunny afternoon.
F5.6, 1/1000s, IS0400
BAROON POCKET DAM,
We took a little trip to Australia a couple of weeks
ago and found some great spots to photograph. This
is from a dam on the Sunshine Coast.
F16, 1/50s, IS0100
MAPLETON, QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA
Another stunning sunset taken while on
holiday in the Sunshine Coast.
F5, 1/100s, ISO200
URUMCHI BAZAAR, XINJIANG,CHINA.
A sadness in contrast to the bright silk she sells.
O'CONNELL ST REFLECTIONS
F5.6, 1/100s, ISO100
O'CONNELL ST., AUCKLAND CBD
A lane-way in Auckland CBD has a disk suspended between
the buildings that turns in the breeze. The mirror on one side
creating a contrast with the surrounding buildings.
November 2018 77
NOT JUST AN OLD SHED
This old shed is beloved by NZ photographers.
It got damaged by one of the storms this year,
and everyone hopes it can be fixed soon.
OHAKUNE TOWN AT NIGHT
F11, 6s, IS0100
While shooting some night scenes in Ohakune town
centre I was experimenting with long exposures of vehicles
passing to give the image a surreal look.
ON TOP OF THE WORLD
F10, 70/1s, ISO100
These are the moments I live for. Waking up at 3am, dragging your sick friend out of
bed to go on a hike in almost 0 degree conditions. I had been wanting to climb this
mountain for a while. It took under 3 hours to reach the peak, arriving just in time for
the sunrise. I felt so alive being here. This was definitely one of the most rewarding
sunrise missions, as the views were literally breathtaking.
THAT TAUPO TREE
An early morning mission to find this spot. I was greeted
with a beautiful pink sky as the sun was rising.
SUNSET PETONE BEACH
A wonderful unplanned afternoon spent at the
beach. I decided to stick around for sunset and
was not disappointed with this beauty.
BROKEN BITS AND PIECES
iPhone 7 Plus
NORTH SHEEN, LONDON
I liked the vivid and vibrant colour on this driveway!
Panorama from my OJI Mavic Pro
HUKA FALLS, TAUPO
My first trip to Huka falls, a cold morning and a misty
sunrise but a beautiful, peaceful moment before the
morning tourists arrived.
F14, 2.5s, ISO50
PORT CHALMERS, DUNEDIN
Back Beach in Port Chalmers is bathed in
pink during golden hour.
MOUNT COOK BLUES
F4.5, 20s, ISO50
MOUNT COOK NATIONAL PARK
Mount Cook in hues of blue with Hooker Lake in the
foreground. This was actually taken in the evening
under a darkening sky.
November 2018 93
Horses enjoy the freedom to run in a large meadow
without halters. This is a composite image, the horses
transplanted to a more interesting meadow!
F5.6, 1/125s, ISO200
EPUPA FALLS, NAMIBIA
Getting up early while on vacation is never easy, but when I
have a specific shot in mind, I often find myself lying awake
way before my alarm goes off. It was the last day at Epupa
and even the clouds played along with my idea of a shot.
Mariette Du Tait
Despite generous feeding over the last few
years the local sparrows keep a respectful
distance, hence the need for a good telephoto
lens even in the backyard. The bird was heavily
backlit, so I had override the exposure by 4
stops to get the shadow to open up.
F4, 1/250s, ISO200
Close up of new peach blossom taken with
telephoto zoom to create minimal depth of field
and smooth bokeh.
F8, 1/200s, ISO400
Tiny jumping spider only about 5mm long sitting
on a flower. Photo taken at 4:1 magnification,
and focus stacked from 4 images, creating a
greater depth of field.
November 2018 101
BETHELL'S BEACH, AUCKLAND
Auckland's West coast beaches are fantastic places to
watch the sunset over the ocean. The serene landscapes and
dramatic skies there are fascinating.
November 2018 103
On the centre of the road with frame. Model: Kelley
November 2018 105
Sunrise on a beautiful clear spring day
at the Moeraki Boulders
KAREKARE FALLS BACKWATER
F14, 10s, ISO200
I originally visited Karekare Beach to capture the Karekare
Falls. It was mid morning by the time I arrived and the light was
not great. The sun had already placed itself directly on the
crest of the falls meaning I had to shoot directly into it. Looking
for alternatives I ventured into the adjacent waterway and
found a multitude of smaller falls cascading through the bush.
November 2018 107
SUNRISE AT CALTON HILL
A famous monument in Edinburgh and a beautiful sunrise.
November 2018 109
Two seaplanes berthing on Lake Taupo.
TE HENGA WALKWAY
F16, 8s, ISO100
TE HENGA WALKWAY, AUCKLAND'S WEST COAST
The Te Henga walkway is a pristine peace of real
estate on Auckland's west coast. Although it was a fairly bleak
day I tried to find a composition that represented its rugged
beauty regardless of the weather conditions.
F6.3, 1/640s, ISO1000
Head shot of one of our frequent visitors as we walk
through the park.
November 2018 115
IS ABOUT DEPTH OF
FEELING, NOT DEPTH