Drinking Pride

If you want to use flash your best chances of success are to get it off camera. I used a couple of flash accessories to get this shot, first I used a set of pocket wizards, which send the flash signal wirelessly. The flash had a flash xtender on it, this magnifies and focuses the beam further away. Lastly I had someone hold the flash and point it in the right direction. I set the flash to full power, my f stop as low as it would go, shutter speed to 100th of a second. I then started adjusting the iso on the camera to get the correct exposure. Sounds pretty easy doesn’t it?

 

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Sky tower under the stars

Another shot from one of the hills in Auckland, this one from Mt Eden. I got locked in the night I took this photo :).

 

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Auckland at Speed

If you like the motion blur effect in photos like in this one. Then the easiest way to achieve it is get into a vehicle, I happened to be on a speeding boat when I took this photo. Once in motion make sure you have a reasonably slow shutter speed, nothing higher than 1/60th of a second. Point your camera in the general direction you are going and take some shots, try out some different shutter speeds to get the amount of blur right, the slower the shutter the more blur you will get.

I took this photo on the way back to Auckland one evening we had been out fishing with some friends, it was a highly unsuccessful fishing trip, we spent more time pulling up the anchor than actually fishing, the  anchor winch broke so we had to do it by hand. It still felt good to be out on the sea, I’m not the kind of person that would go off sailing into the big blue ocean, but I do like going out for an hour or 10 on a boat to do some fishing, diving or sailing.

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Funky Rays

Take nearly any lens and put the sun in a corner and you will most likely end up with something like this in your screen. Sometimes you’ll even end up with a little rainbow in the image, if you look at the bottom right corner you will notice a faint one in this image. I’m sure there is a very dull technical explanation as to why you get these effects, probably something do with the reflection or refraction of the light as it passed through the elements of the lens. Whatever the cause is, I like it.

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Thinking of Home

I’ve been thinking about New Zealand quite a bit recently. Even though I haven’t lived there for many years now, more than half my life, I still consider it home.

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Two Hats

To finish of the black and white week of Zurich, here’s a photo of a man most likely waiting for his wife to finish her shopping on rennweg. I’m obviously assuming he’s waiting for his wife, the second hat is a bit of a hint.

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Ladies Bath – Frauenbad

Is it ladies bath or lady baths? Zurich has quite a few of these “baths” dotted around the city, this one is for ladies only. Louise tells me it’s for ladies only cause most of the ladies in there are nudists. They’re not thermal baths just a place for people to swim in a more secluded and comfortable place in the city.

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Havana Classic

No I haven’t been to Cuba, not yet at least. This classic chevy was outside the Fraumunster awaiting a wedding party.

I’m sensing a bit of a theme in my last 3 posts, black and white from Zurich, I didn’t plan this, I never really put much thought into the photo I am going to post. It’s rather random and wherever the mood takes me. Now that I’ve started with the theme I may as well see it out till the end of the week.

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Zurich Central

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Fraumunster Murals

I’ve been using the Fuji X-T1 quite a bit recently, it’s nice and light, quick and has a load of features that the more serious photographer will love. Manual control of shutter, aperture and ISO using dials has to be one of my favourite features, the only reason I ever go into the menu on this camera is to format the memory card. I also like the film mimicking it does. The fuji cameras are the only cameras I set to RAW+jpeg. I’ve been shooting exclusively RAW on the nikons since late 2008. The jpegs from the fuji cameras are impressive and it seems lightroom has some trouble with the RAW images from the fuji sensor, I’ve noticed issues on a few shots but I’m more than happy with what lightroom can do in all but a few images. For those few that lightroom can’t tackle I have the jpeg from the camera. None of these issues want me to change my workflow by adding another software that is supposed to be better at handling the RAW files.

These murals are on the walls of the courtyard of the Fraumunster church, It’s hard to know if they are very old murals that have recently been restored, or are new murals depicting historical scenes.

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