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JOURNEY- Homecoming

JOURNEY- Homecoming

Tupuna II, Hokianga Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/f4 ART ISO 100, 1/200s @ f8 Ancient History was waiting for me, and the disparate threads of my journey were beginning to weave together. It had been a long journey. It had been a hard journey, full of dark nights and crossing cold storm-driven, snow-furled winter passes. I […]

Toroa diaries V1.06

Toroa diaries V1.06

Arai te Uru, at sunset Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105 /f4 Art ISO 100, 1/320s @ f8 Kia ora tatou katoa: In a previous post back in March ( I think), I pointed out that I had sold up all my stuff and was heading to the Hokianga on a hikoi wairua/ hikoi whakapapa journey to […]

Framing the X-T1- Firmware Version 4.00

Framing the X-T1- Firmware Version 4.00

Wandering Albatross, Kaikoura Fujifilm X-T1, XF 16-55/2.8 @16MM ISO 200, I/400S @ F16     Introduction If you haven’t already installed the much-anticipated new firmware 4.00, then do it now. You owe yourself a new camera. One of the great things (among many) about Fujifilm has been the support they provide once you have made […]

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm, Hawkdun Water Race Nikon D810, Tamron AF SP 15-30mm f2.8 VC USD ISO 400, 1/30s @ f11 A storm was coming. I could feel it in the wind, in its sense of irritation. It flicked and twisted and snapped maliciously. It was over playing nice, of smearing balm and mildness across the landscape. […]

On conversation and acknowledgement

On conversation and acknowledgement

Two men, Wellington Waterfont Market Fujifilm X-T1, 16-55/2.8 ISO 400, 1/1600s @ f8   “Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.” – Gary Winogrand “Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein   There are pictures […]

Visible at 60- a book you must have

Visible at 60- a book you must have

VISIBLE: 60 WOMEN AT 60 PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNY O’CONNOR PHANTOM HOUSE BOOKS WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND www.phantomhouse.com www.visibleat60.com In a world increasingly populated by the E-Book, you have to wonder about the place of the Hard copy book. I mean, logic dictates that an E-Book should be much more practical. You can put a whole library […]

The Fujifilm X100T- the best just got better

The Fujifilm X100T- the best just got better

Alien, Cathedral Square Fujifilm X1ooT ISO 200, 1/2700s@ f8 But is it worth the (facelift) upgrade? I am coming to the conclusion that Fujifilm X100/S/T owners are a quirky lot, somewhat prone to minimalism and probably into the small home movement. They definitely sit at the opposite end of the kitchen sink approach to photography […]

Of Spiders and Diamonds

Of Spiders and Diamonds

Web in Garden, Ranfurly Fujifilm X-T1, 60/2.4R ISO 200,1/55s@ f2.8     It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel. John Keats Two things were becoming very clear to me, two things which told me it was autumn. Firstly, it was dark […]

Going up North

Going up North

Approaching Rawene Sony A900, CZ 16-35/2.8 ISO 200, 1/200s @ f11     The Mission of Photography is to explain Man to Man, and each man to himself. ~ Edward Steichen   Kia ora koutou: It is time. It is time. Yesterday I booked and paid for a ferry ticket to the North Island. A […]

On surviving judges-a rant.

On surviving judges-a rant.

Concrete building, Birdlings Flat (A homage) Fujifilm X-T1, XF 16-55 /2.8 LM R WR ISO200, 1/150s @ f11     Sometimes those photographic judges we meet, you know, the nasty spiteful, ego-obsessed ones, for whom it is all about them, can do us a favour. Not long ago, I had a teary, highly-upset person on […]

Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 LM R WR- a working dog worth the money.

Fujinon XF16-55mm F2.8 LM R WR- a working dog worth the money.

 Keiran O’Neill and his dogs, Ranfurly, Central Otago Fujifilm X-T1, 16-55 F2.8 LM R WR ISO 200, 1/125s @ f11 Background I have been waiting for this lens for some time. When Fujifilm entered the market with the X-Pro 1 and its 3 old-school prime lenses, a 28, 50 and 90mm full-frame equivalent, they were […]

Of Silence and Angels

Of Silence and Angels

Angel, Hamiltons Cemetery, Maniototo  Fujifilm X-T1, XF 10-24 f4 ISO 200, 1/640s @ f10 “Within its gates I heard the sound Of winds in cypress caverns caught Of huddling tress that moaned, and sought To whisper what their roots had found. (“A Dream of Fear”)” ― George Sterling, The Thirst of Satan: Poems of Fantasy […]

Of Jessie, Maude and Connie

Of Jessie, Maude and Connie

Roses, Ranfurly Fujifilm X-T1, XF 60/2.4 ISO 200, 1.4s @f16   “I feel as if I had opened a book and found roses of yesterday sweet and fragrant, between its leaves.”  ― L.M. Montgomery, Anne of the Island “There is nothing more difficult for a truly creative painter than to paint a rose, because before he can do […]

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 Maniototo at dawn, from Barneys Lane Pentax 645Z, 51.4MP,  PENTAX-DA645 28-45mm f/4.5 ED AW SR ISO 100, 1/24s @f14   “A quiet secluded life in the country, with the possibility of being useful to people to whom it is easy to do good, and who are not accustomed to have it done to them; then […]

Jane Davis-Making a likeness

Jane Davis-Making a likeness

 Fujifilm X-T1, 56/1.2 ISO 1250, 1/60s @f5.6 “There are only two styles of portrait painting: the serious and the smirk.” ― Charles Dickens “Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter. The sitter is merely the accident, the occasion. It is not he who is revealed […]

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