I forgot to push publish on yesterday’s post, so today there are two in quick succession.
A few years back I was on the sardine run, it can get pretty wild at times. Like trying to photograph dolphins jumping in front of the massive freighters while going full speed on a rhib (type of spead boat) in the rough waters. Trying to balance, hold a camera and press the shutter as the boat reaches the top of the wave rather than the bottom. These types of situation make the D4 invaluable, it has a huge buffer, shoots as fast as a machine gun and has brilliant autofocus.
It’s been well over a year now since i’ve used my big heavy telephoto lenses and I’m really not sure when the next chance will be. I only ever get them out when I go to Africa, perhaps I should take up local bird photography.
There must be something about having things in 3s, it just seems to work.
Switzerland’s little forests are full of these huts, some of them are free for everyone to use for an afternoon of bbqing or the like. I’ve never done it myself but have been to a few organised by mates.
We returned from NZ a few weeks ago now, most of that time it’s been pretty foggy and a slow start to trying to figure out the next step in life. Finding a new job or doing something completely different…
Winter is in full tilt here, and there’s snow all around. We should be heading up to the mountains but haven’t found the time to do it yet. It’s been pretty clear above the fog.
I took this photo last winter up in Arosa, we go up there regularly as my cousins allow us to stay in their chalet in the middle of this photo.
I like taking photos in stormy weather, there’s something more dramatic about them. Perhaps it’s the fact that fewer people venture outside when there is a storm and probably even less people would take a camera. This makes the photos more unique.
Not sure if this place is even called Okahu pier, it’s pretty long and there’s always fisherman at the end of it.
I’m still working on the photos from NZ. I didn’t do much for the first few days back. There’s a bit of snow outside, I was thinking about going out and taking some photos, it’s pretty cold though.
That’s how long’s it’s taken for the jet lag to wear off and how long the fire smouldered for after New Years Eve.
While we were in NZ Max reached the young age of 6 months. All the warnings are true, life has changed drastically, for the better. As he get’s a little older it get’s a little easier, maybe we’ve gotten used to taking care of him, or just as he grows and becomes more aware of what’s going on around him it becomes more interesting for us.
As the few of you that read this blog have noticed since the arrival of Max I have posted less. Finding the time to take photographs, edit them and share them is a bit harder. It doesn’t mean that I have lost interest in doing it, I still enjoy sharing my photos and writing on this blog, so there will be plenty of posts to come over the years.
Woolleys beach is stunning and it’s good to know that the farmers that own the most of the land have no intentions of carving it up and selling it to developers. I had the pleasure of spending New Years eve on the farm with the Woolleys family and listening to Lyle’s stories of the way it used to be. Looking around it hasn’t changed much in the last 70 odd years by the sound of it. There are many beaches in New Zealand that have become little towns full of houses and have removed the natural beauty of the place. As a new father I somehow hope that there are lot’s of people in this world like the Woolleys family, who have the ability and the want to keep things the way they are, and are happy with what they have and they don’t need more.
There is something to be said about the simpler life that many New Zealanders seem to live, they are happier and enjoy life and worry less than their european cousins. Perhaps it’s the good weather and food.
It’s easier to go out in the evenings to take photos, as long as you have a good tripod, you can photograph all night long. Going out in the morning you have a limited amount of time until the bright sun washes out all the colours and shadows and makes everything rather dull. Plus getting out of bed in the early morning is hard thing to do.
I don’t mention gear that much except in the tags of my posts. Every year I add a bit more equipment to my bag, I’ve kind of stopped with the whole craziness of buying the latest and greatest as it comes out, i’ve become quite a bit more methodical and find myself swapping gear, rather than adding to my collection.
My most recent purchase was a filter kit, a set of Lee graduated ND filters and the Lee Big Stopper. Although quite a bit can be done in lightroom and photoshop, the filters do add an element to a photograph that is not that quickly reproduced in software. There is no way to reproduce the effect of the big stopper and I think this is such a great filter especially when used with moving water and clouds. It’s gives such a unique effect.