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ISSUE 15, January 2019
BY BRENDON GILCHRIST
2018 TOP 10 IMAGES
HOW TO CAPTURE:
STAR TRAIL PHOTOGRAPHY
WITH RICHARD YOUNG
WELCOME TO ISSUE 15 OF
NZ PHOTOGRAPHER MAGAZINE
Happy New Year!
Are you ready to make this
year your best one yet in terms
of photography? We are!
That's why you'll notice some
changes in this issue with the
colour scheme changing from
orange to turquoise, addition
of the Excio logo on the cover,
and our CEO's bio on the next
page – This is all in an effort to
align NZ Photographer more
closely with our app, Excio as we
continue to inspire and support
the photography community
Over the following pages, you'll
find a variety of inspiration to
get the year off to a good start
– We've interviewed the award-winning digital photographic artist Karen
Alsop, Richard Young shares some tips for capturing star trails, Brendon
Gilchrist takes us on a trip to Lake Marion, and we go to Piha Beach with
Ted Grenfell in Behind The Shot.
If you're looking for a challenge to get your teeth into over the
next couple of months, be sure to read the details of our Love Story
competition on page 32, there's a cash prize to be won!
Brendon is the man
behind ESB Photography.
He is an avid tramper
who treks from sea to
mountain, and back
again, capturing the
uniqueness of New
Co-founder of Excio,
journey started many
years ago with one of the
first Kodak film cameras.
She loves exploring the
unseen macro world and
capturing genuine people's
Richard is an awardwinning
wildlife photographer who
workshops and runs
photography tours. He
is the founder of New
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BEHIND THE SHOT
WITH TED GRENFELL
HOW DO WE
BEHIND THE SHOT
WITH TED GRENFELL
HOW TO CAPTURE: STAR TRAIL PHOTOGRAPHY
with Richard Young
A LAKE CALLED MARIAN
by Brendon Gilchrist
INTERVIEW WITH KAREN ALSOP
TOP 10 IMAGES OF 2018
35 BEST READERS' SUBMISSIONS THIS MONTH 13
A LAKE CALLED MARIAN
BY BRENDON GILCHRIST
18 INTERVIEW WITH KAREN ALSOP Photography is not about
with each other, but
helping each other.
TOP 10 IMAGES OF 2018
SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS AT
BEHIND THE SHOT
with Ted Grenfell
F11, 1/10s, ISO100
Behind The Shot with Ted Grenfell
TED, TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF AND YOUR
I’m a professional food and lifestyle / studio
portrait photographer and a landscape
photography enthusiast. I’m based in Titirangi,
near Piha in the Waitakere Ranges, just west of
Just over a year ago I quit my job in the NZ
telecommunications industry to pack the house
up and join my wife Catherine in Melbourne.
Following her sudden death in May, I moved all
our stuff back to NZ to be closer to family and
to focus solely on the photography business we
started together in 2014.
WHAT ARE YOU SHOOTING WITH?
Sometimes a Fujifilm X-H1, but I mostly use a Nikon
D850 now with lenses ranging from a wide-angle
16-35mm f/4G through to a 70-200mm f/2.8E. My
favourite at the moment is the 24-70mm f/2.8E
although I do also love my 85mm f/1.4G.
I have a carbon fibre Manfrotto 055 tripod with
a Really Right Stuff head, and a mix of the Lee
100 and Benro filter systems, plus a Phottix Aion
TELL US ABOUT THIS SHOT...
This photo, titled “Many Footsteps Before Me” was
taken at Piha beach in the Waitākere Ranges at
around 7pm on Friday September 14th, 2018. I’d
only just bought the D850 so this was one of the
first shots taken with it. A single image shot, I used
a Lee landscape CPL and a 0.6 soft GND on the
16-35mm f/4G lens.
I’d visited Piha three nights that week hoping
to capture both sun and clouds following a
spectacular sky display on the Tuesday night that
I missed. On Wednesday night there were no
clouds at all and I didn’t even get the camera
out. Thursday night was almost entirely overcast
and on Friday night as I set up, I wasn’t sure there
would be much in it either. I’m glad I hung around
though as I’d wanted to capture the beauty,
space and popularity of the beach at sunset
(South Piha car park had been almost full on the
At one point prior to this shot a wee lad wandered
along and started jumping around in the two
puddles in the foreground. Earlier, a large
group of walkers filled the frame as they quietly
meandered past. Neither event synced up too
well with sunset itself so I settled for capturing
people’s imprints in the sand instead as a way of
showing the beach’s popularity hence the title.
The only people in shot are a couple of tourists
from Edinburgh (who spent their sunset filming
surfers), and another photographer focused on
Lion Rock’s coastal background, to the right of
The several days effort to get a halfway decent
shot of Cath’s favourite beach was also an
attempt at proving to myself that I can keep
going there and taking photos even if she’s
not with me as we pretty much did everything
together. It’s hard to venture out at times but
perseverance is helping, and rewarding.
ANYTHING YOU’D LIKE TO CHANGE ABOUT
THIS PHOTO IF GIVEN A SECOND CHANCE?
For sure! I’ve now moved to the Adobe RGB
colour space in camera so my onscreen
histogram is slightly more accurate and I’d
probably have shot this at ISO 64. I’d also likely
have taken the advice of a mate and used a
14mm lens - to get more of Lion Rock in frame.
WHAT ARE YOUR PLANS FOR 2019?
In between settling back into client work in
Auckland and Dunedin this year, I’ve taken time
to go on a couple of landscape workshops and
attend some natural light and studio portraiture
courses, so early 2019 will see further development
of the portrait business.
I’ll also revamp the Piha photo branded clothing
and soft furnishings website my wife began in 2016
as well as help my brother Jac further develop
training courses for Adobe Photoshop and
Lightroom users. In there somewhere is a photo
tour to Northern India too so it’s going to be a
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
HOW TO CAPTURE: STAR TRAIL PHOTOGRAPHY
Astrophotography Tips with Richard Young
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Rimutaka Trig Point
The direction in which you shoot will determine the
shape of the star-trails in your final image. If you include
the south celestial pole in your composition all of the
other stars will seem to be spinning around this central
location, which can create a strong anchor point in the
photograph. You can use a star app on your phone or a
compass to find the location of the south celestial pole.
F3.5, 30m, ISO100
The stars on their own will not provide a very
interesting photograph, so, find a good foreground
like the trig point in the photo above. With the lack
of light, the foreground may show up as a silhouette.
If you want to have your star-trails over a well-lit
foreground you will need to photograph under a part
moon or use your head lamp to light the subject.
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To capture star-trails you will need a long exposure of at
least 30 minutes, your camera will have to be on a tripod
and the shutter speed set to ‘bulb’ in manual mode.
For the best photo you will need to find the darkest
sky possible, ideally near or during a new moon. Most
of our National Parks, far away from the light pollution
of the cities, offer stunning views of the night sky.
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A LAKE CALLED MARIAN
by Brendon Gilchrist
F16, 0.6s, ISO100
Summer is upon us and what better way to go
about a summer trip than with a trip to a lake?!
Lake Marian in Fiordland is an alpine lake
that was formed in the glaciation period. It is
bedded in a valley of huge cliffs and enclosed by
mountains towering up to 2474m called Mt. Christina.
Reflections of the Darren Mountains in the water have
attracted photographers to Lake Marian for years,
myself included this being my 3 rd visit to the lake with
each visit taking place at a different time of the year
allowing me a different view each and every time.
The adventure starts with a 90 minute treck through
the forest to reach the lake. As we enter the forest
from the car park we are instantly taken back-in-time
to a place where nature will always rule. The serenity
of the walk draws you into a place where the bird
life is like the radio playing; a constant sound of a
beautiful chirping chorus with the Kaka squawking
and the Kea screaming amongst the many other
feathered residents. It’s very pleasing to the ear and
helps the hike pass quickly as the mind leaves the
stresses of the modern world behind and becomes
fully engaged in the magic of Fiordland National Park.
After crossing the swing bridge the path winds up
the Marian Creek and you arrive at the cascade of
waterfalls. All mossy and green they are sure to enrich
your sense of smell as you breathe in the scent of
nature. Get here in the late afternoon and admire
the way the light falls over the water – Just perfect,
although should it be raining you’ll get some moody
shots which are just as pleasing to the photographer’s
Continuing on, the track slowly leads you up, starting
at 450 meters above sea level and reaching lake level
at 700 meters - A steady climb with a rewarding view
at the end plus refreshingly cool water to jump into!
F16, 1/8s, ISO200
F16 , 1/2s, ISO100
F9, 1/500s, ISO160
There is an unofficial campsite a 5 minute walk
away as you enter the lake view, a nice flat
grassy area where you can pitch your tent and
cook your meals - I only found this out the second
time I visited! The first time I was at Lake Marian
I arrived at sunset so I dropped my pack, set up
my camera gear and started to shoot as the light
was fading fast – A truly stunning scene, but alas
I ended up pitching my tent near the toilet as I
didn’t know any better!
Should you tire of the lake view, or have some
extra nights available for exploring, there is a
large waterfall a 5 hour hike away called Lyttle
although don’t let the name mislead you – The
waterfall is 220 meters high and surrounded by
even steeper mountains than those near the
lake. I had imagined a nice grass area here
suitable for pitching the tent but to my surprise,
all I could find were large areas of rock fall. As I
explored around this area, mainly photographing
the waterfall, but looking for other places to take
some good sunset and sunrise shots I found it
challenging due to the mountains. They are just
enormous cliff faces, no steady way to climb up
them so I came to the conclusion that my tent
would be the best focal point for a sunset shot!
As night fell, the sun setting fast, I cooked my
dinner (a pasta packet and a can of tuna) and
went to bed having an uncomfortable nights
sleep on rocks which resulted in a sore back the
following morning. Packing up was hard and I
knew the walkout was going to be a challenge,
it had already been a challenge to get to this
point. I knew there was a canyon in this valley
but hadn’t seen it on the way up so I checked
the map and possible locations for it and headed
off, ready for all the spiders, the Bush bashing
and navigating through the thick Fiordland bush.
As we slowly made our way down, grazing our
legs, getting stuck, going back, finding another
way, all on the quest for reaching the stream
where the canyon might be, we were greeted by
inquisitive Kea, none of which had tags on their
feet, a really great sign that they were truly wild
We left our packs and walked back up the
stream in hope of finding this little canyon, and
sure enough there it was. Sitting in a large pool
of pure drinkable water that was so clear and
clean. We had a good drink, enjoyed the view
and then went back to our packs hoping they
would still be intact. Thankfully the Kea seemed
more interested in pulling the moss off the rocks
and eating it than touching our packs.
At the end of this tough day, we made it back to
the car, drove into Milford Sound and enjoyed a
real bed and a real meal.
As you know, I live for experiences that challenge
me mentally, physically and creatively, I love the
fact of not knowing quite what I will find and the
fact that I am going to a place very few people
visit. Lake Marian and the surrounding area never
3 TIPS FOR A GREAT MARIAN PHOTO
AND HIKING EXPERIENCE
• If you have a tent, do take it with you and
experience an easy access campsite at
a very amazing and iconic photographic
• Key times for capturing the best reflections
are early morning or at night but sometimes
it can get really windy here so expectations
should be that you will see beauty no
matter what conditions you get – Don’t be
disappointed if you can’t get the shot you
• I highly recommend using a Circular Polarizer
Filter aka a CPL - My go-to filter for 90% of my
stream and waterfall photos in the bush. When
you turn it you can see the glare disappear and
at times are able to see through the water.
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NATURE PEOPLE CREATIVE EVENTS
Karen Alsop of
the physical darkroom and the digital darkroom.
The skills that I learned in the darkroom developing
and printing my own works translated directly into
the digital environment and creating digital art has
always been a passion for me. Even in the 90’s, when
Photoshop was in its infancy, I was entrenched in
HOW WOULD YOU DESCRIBE YOUR CREATIVE
My mantra is making the impossible, possible. My
creations are very illustrative in nature but are
completely born of photographs that I’ve taken
myself. My work is light, hopeful and entertaining.
Above all my illustrative work is filled with story. The
story told often has several layers of depth to it that
has viewers taking a second look.
It is my hope that my animal work will inspire other
creative photographers to try something a little
different. It’s a lot of fun making animals human like!
HI KAREN, PLEASE INTRODUCE YOURSELF
My name is Karen Alsop and I am an award-winning
Digital Photographic Artist from Melbourne, Australia.
I am married with two children, Asher (5) and Jazzlyn
(7) who often feature in my artwork.
I love bringing the art in my mind to life. My work is
filled with hope, joy, and humour, often featuring
children or animals. The fantastical pieces develop
first as a picture in my mind and I then set to work
photographing all the pieces of the puzzle and finish
by putting everything together with hundreds of layers
in Adobe Photoshop.
HOW DID YOUR PHOTOGRAPHY JOURNEY
My love for photography was inspired by my
Grandfather. Popa was an avid photographer and
he introduced me to the camera and the darkroom.
At the beginning of my photography journey, aged
14, I was blessed to be able to experience both
HOW DO YOU COME UP WITH THE CONCEPTS?
Ideas are often inspired by stories, sayings, or
locations. If I’m creating for a client, or for a heart
project recipient, I find out about their stories, their
interests, their loves. I draw from these thoughts to
create a story that is uniquely theirs. Once the idea
takes hold, I then use Pinterest and art searches to
help me formulate concepts in my mind. As I can’t
draw, these Pinterest boards act as a mood board
for me, each pin inspiring a different element in the
image, pose, colour, style, and story.
HOW LONG DOES IT TYPICALLY TAKE YOU
TO CREATE A FINAL IMAGE AND WHAT IS
I like to work in a committed fashion on one, maybe
two images at once. Once the idea is solidified
I try and shoot all the elements over a day or two,
or search my personal library for elements. The
background scene is always the first part to be
created, as I need to use that as a reference for
lighting, perspective, and tone when I photograph the
TELL US ABOUT YOUR STORY ART EDUCATION
I love teaching. It’s a big part of who I am as a person.
I actually studied teaching and taught classroom
music for 8 years earlier in my life.
Story Art Education is an education platform I’ve created
that offers anyone, anywhere in the world, access to
composite photography and Photoshop tutorials and
resources. I have a library of over 100 tutorials and
hundreds of downloadable elements available to
members. I regularly add new tutorial videos to the library.
I also offer workshops and online and in person oneon-one
mentoring. I recognise that everyone has
different learning styles. While some will gain all the
information they need from watching videos, others
need feedback and interaction to learn.
WHY IS STORYTELLING SO IMPORTANT TO YOU?
Stories have the ability to go beyond the surface and
communicate messages not always heard. Storytellers
like Aesop, CS Lewis and even parables in the Bible,
communicate messages by telling a story and the
reader discovering the hidden meaning.
Stories in imagery can do the same thing. I’m always
intrigued to hear people translate my work into a
meaningful dialogue. At times these observations are
in line with my original meaning, but at other times,
the viewer will bring new stories and new meanings
to my work. It is the story behind the story that can
often move someone into a deeper understanding of
themselves, others and the world around them.
TELL US ABOUT YOUR INVOLVEMENT WITH THE
HEART PROJECT AND HOW THIS LED TO MORE
INVOLVEMENT IN THE NZ PHOTOGRAPHIC
Of all the work I create, the most meaningful, the work
that means the most to me is the work I do for sick
children through TheHeartProject. Many of our stories
are available to read and watch on the website and
there is the opportunity to sign up to be part of this
worldwide movement on the contact page.
Once the scene is created, usually roughed out over
several hours in Photoshop, I arrange for the photo
shoot. I usually use the green screen and Elinchrom
strobes to control the lighting in the studio. The photo
shoot of the subject takes 45 minutes on average, and
it’s usually that very last image that is the ‘golden ticket’.
The full Photoshop process can take anywhere from
10–40 hours depending on complexity.
WHAT ARE YOU SHOOTING AND EDITING
I have recently started shooting with the new Nikon
Z7 mirrorless camera. As a composite artist, I spend a
lot of time in the field gathering stock for my personal
collection. I have over 25,000 images from the past
5 years in my Lightroom CC cloud to draw from. The
Nikon is the perfect camera for me as it is light and
portable, but also works fantastically in the studio.
I also do a lot of behind the scenes video to share
with my process with viewers and the Nikon Z6 and
Z7 are perfect for this also. I can even pass the Z to a
photographer who has never shot video before and
have them capture steady, 100fps footage to later
create an epic BTS video.
I edit on a Wacom Mobile Studio Pro on the go, an
all in one computer and tablet and in my studio, I use
an Imac Pro and EIZO 4k monitor for perfect colour
DO YOU HAVE 1 OVERALL FAVOURITE IMAGE?
My current favourite image is ‘Elephant in the Room
and Other Puns’.
I drew inspiration from illustrators, one in particular, an
Australian author called Graeme Base. His best-selling
children’s books, Animalia and The Eleventh Hour, are
filled with animals in humanlike situations.
I’ve always loved anthropomorphising animals, and
this particular image was a creative endeavour from
start to finish. I photographed the zoo animals on a
recent trip to Auckland, at the Auckland Zoo.
My favourite part about this piece is that it is a game,
and captures viewers in a way I haven’t seen before in a
photographic composite. I represented 20+ animal puns
in this one image, and it’s up to the viewer to find them.
Of course, the obvious one is the ‘Elephant in the Room’,
but I love watching people as they discover all of the
other animal puns. So many lightbulb moments.
This was a personal project created for the AIPP
Awards. It won Highest Scoring Print in the Pet Animal
Category and along with that I was awarded with the
title of Pet/Animal Photographer of the Year which
was a thrilling moment for me. Recognition of my work
from those I esteem most in the industry is a great
reward, especially after dedicating so much time and
commitment into my entries.
The background for the Santa photo was taken
on our way from Wellington to Auckland in July
when my children had the opportunity to see snow
for the very first time. So when we photographed
families in Auckland for Christmas Wish, I knew that
I wanted to include that scene in one of the families
special images. I added some trees, a sleigh and
of course Santa with the family. I love that the work
I create for others often contains many of our own
family memories within them because of the photo
adventures we go on and the images I take along the
As well as being involved in other projects with me,
Nikon offered to partner with us for Christmas Wish
2018, and have gone above and beyond with their
support of this global project. They have been on the
ground with us at the various hospitals, helping with
gear and shooting behind the scenes, and have also
helped with funding.
Since a trip to New Zealand was scheduled for the
Auckland Hospital Christmas Wish, we decided it
would be a great opportunity for me to also run
some talks and Photo walks in New Zealand for the
photographic community. These were incredibly
successful, attracting sold out crowds in Auckland and
Christchurch. The attendees had the opportunity to
try out the new Nikon Z’s and various lenses on photo
walks through the zoo and I had the opportunity to
share my story and a little about my Heart Project
work and my 'Elephant in the Room' creation in the
The New Zealand Photographic Community
embraced me as one of their own so it feels like family
now whenever I visit.
CAN YOU GIVE US SOME TIPS FOR CREATING
A SUCCESSFUL COMPOSITE?
When people first start compositing they are often
just focused on getting a clean cutout and placing it
into a new scene. The mistake many make (and don’t
realise) is that just as important is matching the subject
to the scene. Consideration must be made of light
direction in the background and that light matching
on the subject, both in direction and in quality of light.
This is then closely followed by the importance of
shadows and embedding it into a scene. Perspective
is also often forgotten. Matching perspective is
incredibly important in the quest for a convincing
I often hear people say Photoshop compositing is not
‘Photography’. I agree that it’s not ‘A’ Photograph
(because it’s many photographs). But I have had
to polish my photography knowledge and skill
set far beyond what I needed as a wedding and
portrait photographer. The understanding of light,
perspective, depth of field, shade, and more are a
prerequisite to a successful piece of photographic art.
I teach all this and more in my education site and am
offering 1 month free access for NZP readers. To claim
just visit www.storyart.education/mygift/
WHERE CAN WE FIND YOU ONLINE?
TOP 10 IMAGES OF 2018
A SPIRAL OF
Looking back at the last 12 months
makes us very proud of the photography
community around us that is going stronger
and stronger every day. Thinking of the
achievements all of you made this year, of the
photos you took at home and abroad, and
the stories you shared – It’s a privilege to be
able to share these moments with our creative
community to inspire and motivate them but to
also be able to show those who aren’t able to
travel, a small slice of our big-wide-world.
We talked to and featured so many people
who took us along on their journeys, shared
experiences, and wholeheartedly shared
their knowledge of photography so that we
can learn from each other and grow. Think of
Parmeet Sahni’s amazing trip to Nepal and
her exhibition to raise funds for charity. Think
of Susan Blick who showed us the streets of
India and our very own Brendon Gilchrist who
travelled to South America, bringing back the
feelings and wonders of Iguacu Falls.
Our goal as a magazine and community is to
make sure that the information is spread as
widely as possible, reaching far corners of the
globe, so that people everywhere can have
access to these amazing photographs and
stories, and of course, learn more about New
Therefore we decided to highlight and
celebrate the Top 10 photos from 2018 Readers’
Submissions. It would have been an impossible
mission for the team to rate them, so we looked
at Excio statistics to determine the favourites.
If you’re not sure what Excio is, it’s our very own
home-grown app where we feature the best
submissions from every issue on our worldwide
gallery. It delivers culture and discovery to
screens around the world, making it a safe
environment for creatives to tell their story
without the clutter of social media.
Excio has reached nearly 250,000 installs all over
the world which means together with you, we
made 250,000 lives brighter and more exciting,
as well as raising awareness of important causes
and sharing a variety of events that ordinarily
wouldn’t have been discovered. By creating
a place where photographers don’t need to
worry about their copyrights and protection of
their work, nor feeling ‘buried in the crowd’,
Excio enables visual storytellers to share their
vision and get their message across in a much
more powerful and engaging way than social
The numbers you will see on the following pages
are truly empowering, these images getting
hundreds of hours of display time on screens all
over the world, night and day, Excio being like
a digital pocket billboard. Just think about it,
hundreds of hours of screen time, not fleeting
moments as with Instagram and Facebook! It’s
not just the photo that captures user’s attention
either, on Excio the story is as important as the
image which is why we included how many
times people clicked to learn more about what
our contributors have to say.
If your photo isn’t in the Top 10 on the following
pages but you’re wondering if it was featured
and how many views and engagement it might
have got, download Excio free of charge
from the Google Play store (coming soon to
iOS) and take a look at the stats. You can
also visit the Web Albums if you don’t have an
Android device, click onto the NZ Photographer
magazine profile and see the best images from
the back issues.
In 2019 we aim to uncover as many talented
creatives as we can and to empower and help
amateur photographers reach a new level in
their photography game. So submit your photos,
share your journeys, and help us unite and grow
the photography community in New Zealand
and around the world.
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F3.5, 1/15s, ISO250
I rarely use image stabilisation on my lenses and
thought candlelight would be a good test to try out the
stabilisation on the Canon 85mm F1.4 lens.
CHILLAXING IN THE SUN
F7.1, 1/400s, ISO400
This little spider monkey got bored watching me fiddle
around with the camera and eventually nodded off in the sun.
F8, 1/160s, ISO500
The colourful Kereru, otherwise
known as the New Zealand pigeon.
BUT SOME ARE
F2.8, 1/2000s, ISO100
Inquisitive Fawns checking
out the photographer
in the Wairarapa sun.
YOSEMITE, CALIFORNIA, U.S.A
The Chapel in the last daylight hour during a
A Bellbird enjoying nectar from my garden.
She is watching me, as I am watching her.
NEW YEAR FIREWORKS
F7.1, 3.2s, ISO200
The 2018 New Years fireworks display in Timaru with a
lone kayaker on the water watching on.
CLOUDS OVER LAKE HERON
F22, 1/40s, ISO125
HAKATERE CONSERVATION PARK
Looking across the baron landscape
towards Lake Heron on a cloudy spring day.
LAKE CHAPARRAL AFTER SNOWSTORM
F22, 1/13s ISO100
LAKE CHAPARRAL, CALGARY, CANADA
October is Fall in Calgary Canada and the weather is meant to be mild. On the
night of October 1st, 2018 the largest dump of snow took place since recording
began in the mid 1800's.
F8, 1/320s, IS0100
MURIWAI, WEST AUCKLAND
During a recent trip to Auckland I took advantage of the one fine
day and shot out to an old favourite place of mine, the gannet
colony at Muriwai Beach.
F2.8, 1/500s, IS0400
I spotted this little overgrown stone shed
during a recent visit to Wanaka.
F1.4, 1/160s, 50mm
In an area spanning over 4,000 square miles with hundreds of islands, it's hard to
pinpoint exactly where in Polynesia fire dancing began. However, it is believed that
the Maori people of New Zealand were the first pioneers as the originators of poi. In
Samoa, Ailao was originally used by warriors to show off their skill with the war-club,
twirling, throwing and catching it in ceremonial displays.
F5.6, 1/170s, IS0200
Captured early morning in a fishing port, Honfleur
F22, 1/15s, ISO125
"Feathering an edge" with a 1915
honeysuckle smoothing plane.
CRESTWOOD VILLAGE, WEST AUCKLAND
There is a wood outside my window and we see quite a few Kingfishers
but they don't often stay long enough for me to get my camera. I find playing the
kingfisher call on the computer helps to get them to stay longer!
F4.1, 1/180s, ISO800
Such a beautiful flower at the
entrance to a bush walk in Paihia.
NEW ZEALAND DOTTEREL
F5.4, 1/500s, ISO2000
TE TI BAY, WAITANGI
One of NZ's endangered bird species that I
happened to see on a walk.
VIEW FROM DUFFER'S SADDLE
F14, 1/160s, IS0200
DUFFER'S SADDLE, NEVIS RD, CENTRAL OTAGO
The high point on the highest public road in New Zealand gives
wonderful views of Central Otago landscapes.
THE DEPARTURE OF A DREAM
MOULAY BOUSSELHAM, MOROCCO
Mehdi El Baqali
F25, 1/8s, ISO100
I was back in NZ for a bit in November and did the Tongariro
Crossing with an old mate. This is one of the pics taken.
Nick Van de Water
TARANAKI IN GOOD SPIRITS
F11, 1/60s, ISO100
EGMONT NATIONAL PARK
It is said that if you see Mt Taranaki behind clouds, it is the mountain
hiding his tears for his first love, the female mountain Pihanga. On
this magnificent evening, Taranaki was in good spirits.
THE SACRED SPIRIT OF NEVERLAND
F8, 1/5000s, ISO400
A near-mythical place where sunlight goes, like the old elephants, to
part gracefully with its earthly presence. The enlightened destination, not
necessarily a habitat, will re-ferment disparate visitors' souls connecting
them with love of humanity and wonder of nature.
F11, 1/400s, ISO400
A few of the standing stones at The Ring of Brodgar in Orkney. The
stone on the right was hit by lightning in 1980 which caused it to split.
LIGHTNING OVER AUCKLAND
F7.1, 5s, ISO100
SULPHUR BEACH BOAT RAMP, AUCKLAND
An incredible display of power and light over the city.
F16, 5s, ISO200
I tried to make the most of a wet day
by shooting that tree on Lake Taupo.
F16, 20s, ISO100
PERTH, WESTERN AUSTRALIA
The Crawley Edge boat shed is one of the most popular landmarks to
photograph on the Swan River in Perth.
BELIEVE YOU CAN, AND
YOU'RE HALFWAY THERE.