Tag Archives: Northland

Calmer Waters

We’re heading back to NZ for christmas this year.

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Classic Kiwi Farm

This farm has been owned by the same family for generations, let’s hope it stays that way for a few more.

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Morning Bliss

I don’t get up for sunrise very often but when I do I am generally rewarded well.

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Bush and Beach

I survived my first day at the new job. I’ll stop with the new jobs posts once I’m a little less pre occupied by the whole thing, give me a couple of days.

Here’s a shot from the “family beach” woolleys.

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Simple Lines

Photos don’t always have to have interesting subjects in them to be appealing. Not that the ocean is uninteresting, it’s just this is a rather simple photo of it.

To me this photo is very calm and portrays a sense of serenity, it also makes me dream of what’s under the surface, having dived in many places on the planet I do have some sense of what lies beneath. I am sure there are plenty of people out there that think it’s full of dangerous man eating beasts. In reality, at least when diving, what lies under the surface is as calming and serene as this photo. I have been up close and personal with many sharks and have only once been afraid. It’s jaws did open a few inches in front of my face as it was biting our dive masters “shark prodder”, I left the water very quickly after that. Though I do now realise it was only reacting to getting poked at with a sharp stick. Similar to what we would do.

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Stormy Coast

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.

 

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3 Days to Burn

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.

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Woolleys Farm

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.

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Hey Big Stopper

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.

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Kiwi Country

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.

 

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