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.
We’re pretty sure we hear kiwis on a regular basis in the evenings around the bach. The locals tell us they are around in the bush, I’ve tried wacking my way through it and it’s pretty tough going to even get 10 metres, so I’m sure there are plenty of animals out there living in the bush with very little human interaction.
Kiwis make a rather freakish screeching noise, we also see quite a few other native birds, some reasonably rare like the huge wood pigeon. I am sure they run around all over the hills here at night.
I’ve posted a couple of photos of this place in recent months and I’ll be posting more for years to come. It’s such a great place to visit and as my parents now own a property here, it’s hard to have an excuse not to come. The best part about this beach is that it’s apparently busy with 20 people on it. I spent a couple hours early this morning taking photographs and I saw 4 runners and 1 swimmer, and I think 2 cars went by.
Some subjects are particularly hard to photograph, big kauri trees in a dense forest are a good example of this, while this photo does absolutely no justice to their size it does show one aspect of the tree, it’s rather odd scale like bark. It’s all too common to see people trying to photograph everything in front of them, sometimes you can get a better photograph by just including a small portion of your subject.
If you walk around at night without a torch for long enough your eyes will adjust to the amount of light available to them and you will be able to see, it will take a while maybe 10 or 15 minutes. If you happen to have a big bright moon like in this photo it’s even easier to see.
I don’t post many photos of the family on here, I’m not sure why, I guess it’s a personal thing. I just like this photo so thought I would share it.
It’s easy to forget that you don’t need to fill the frame with your subject to show what you are taking a photo off, what you do have to do is remove the clutter, if I had other people walking on the beach in this shot it would no where as good as it is.
It’s always a little harder when travelling to find time to post photos, there’s so much to do and people to meet, and now with Max in tow, there’s even more to do. I haven’t managed to get out and take many photos at all. It’s starting to bother me actually, hopefully i’ll get my head sorted in the next few days.
Here’s another shot from new years, I walked from my Parents bach to the local farm, the blazing bonfire was a pretty good beacon to show me the way.
New Zealand must have one of the most untouched coastlines I have seen, even the most popular beaches are left very much in their natural state.
I hope this post finds you all well and that you have already celebrated or are in the process of celebrating the beginning of 2015. I hope everyone had a great 2014 and that you are looking forward to 2015 as much as I am.
I can already say that I’m off to a good start, I left my job a few weeks ago with nothing new on the horizon, somehow everything became a little bit too much towards the end of the year and I had to make a change. So that’s the first one, while I have no plans on what my future holds, I will take these 5 odd weeks that I have in NZ to try to figure out what’s next.
Whatever that may be I won’t stop sharing photos here, and I hope that I get out of this rut and am able to motivate myself to do more.
Happy holidays everyone, hopefully NZ will bring back some of my photography spirit.