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Of mangroves and the leathery slap of water

Of mangroves and the leathery slap of water

Mangroves, Te Karaka  Nikon D810, Sigma Art 24-105/f4 ISO64, 1/100s @ f8     Water has its own personality, its own character, its own mauri, or essence. Actually it has many personalities, as many, in fact, as there are stars fixed to the underside of the night. And the water of Hokianga is a particular […]

Going hybrid

Going hybrid

Hine Moana I X-Pro 2, XF 10-24/4 OIS @ 10mm ISO 200, 1/500s @ f6.4     I am not sure whether this post belongs with the one on the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 or the recent ones on phone photography. Maybe it belongs with both.   Plottings More and more I have been using my […]

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part II

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part II

Creek, North Hokianga Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Snapseed, Lightroom F=4.3mm, ISO 40, 1/350s @f1.9     “Life can only be understood backwards; but it must be lived forwards.” ― Søren Kierkegaard   I have always thought of myself as a bit of an early adopter, but the more I think about it, the more I […]

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part I

Rise of the smartphone (getting with the programme) Part I

Hayes Engineering works, Oturehua, Central Otago Samsung Galaxy Note 5, Snapseed F=4.3mm, ISO 1000, 1/11s @ f1.9   “You realize that our mistrust of the future makes it hard to give up the past.” ― Chuck Palahniuk, Survivor  This article is part one of a 2-part article on the rise of the phone as camera. […]

The X-Pro 2 Pt III-a jolly good slapping

The X-Pro 2 Pt III-a jolly good slapping

Approaching Rawene Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 16-55/2.8 LM WR ISO 200, 1/60s @f8 Tena koe: I have a confession. I hate tripods. I have 2 of them and I don’t particularly like either. One is a lovely little foldaway and the other is a big Induro with a 229 head. Both of them are great tripods, […]

Walking the X-Pro 2 Pt II- it’s getting under my skin

Walking the X-Pro 2 Pt II- it’s getting under my skin

Ute, Rawene, early am Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 16-55/2.8 LM WR ISO 400, 1/850s @ f8   Tena koe: It has been a while since I had a camera that got under my skin in the way that this one has. I have, over the years, handled more than my fair share. Some I hated from […]

Mind and Heart-walking the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 for the first time

Mind and Heart-walking the Fujifilm X-Pro 2 for the first time

Jared Wahake, Panguru Tavern Fujifilm X-Pro 2, 16-55/2.8 LM WR ISO 10000. 1/60s@ f5.6 Background Tena koe:  This review is a few days overdue. On Saturday, a big storm blew through Hokianga and took out the power, along with crippling the ferry upon which the district depends. Power was restored only in the early hours […]

An invisible conversation

An invisible conversation

An Invisible Conversation, near Kohukohu   Nikon D810, Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC USD ISO 100, 1/1250s @f8   “Photography came out of painting and is now going back to it” ~ David Hockney Sometimes realisation can lurk back in the shadows, back beyond the light of recognition, waiting for the opportune moment to emerge and pounce. […]

Te Wairua Waima- the making of a work

Te Wairua Waima- the making of a work

Te Wairua Waima Nikon D810,Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC USD ISO 64, 1/640s @ f8 “Our bodies have five senses: touch, smell, taste, sight, hearing. But not to be overlooked are the senses of our souls: intuition, peace, foresight, trust, empathy. The differences between people lie in their use of these senses; most people don’t know anything […]

Learning from the masters

Learning from the masters

Last light, Grace Cottage, Rawene Fujifilm  X100T ISO 640, 1/60s @f8     “Your own photography is never enough. Every photographer who has lasted has depended on other peoples pictures too – photographs that may be public or private, serious or funny but that carry with them a reminder of community.” – Robert Adams   […]

A shift in the flux of the heart

A shift in the flux of the heart

 Ngapuke, from Arai te Uru  Nikon D810, Tamron 15-30 /2.8 VC USD ISO 64, 1/640s @f9     The weather was turning. A storm was coming. I could feel the fingers of its unspoken intention plucking with calloused and experienced fingers at the strings of the heavens, tendrils of intention reaching out and beyond the […]

Kotare on a wire

Kotare on a wire

 Intuitions Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 Art Iso 100, 1/640s@f5.6       Kotare on a wire   In the mornings, when the sun is hiding behind the low hills beyond Taheke, preening itself just prior to making a Grand Entrance, I walk out onto the wet grass in front of the house, allowing its moist […]

A Ring around The Moon

A Ring around The Moon

 Moon and Cloud, Hokianga Harbour  Nikon D810, Tamron 70-200/2.8 ISO 100, 1/250s @ f8 There is a ring around the Moon. I see it on certain nights, usually close to full moon, when its energy is at its peak. If I look at it, I will see a glowing, pulsing corona, shimmering with blue energy, […]

Toroa Diaries- Oct. 2015

Toroa Diaries- Oct. 2015

Wharf, Te Karaka, Hokianga Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/f4 ART @ 52mm ISO 64, 1/250s @ f8   Kia ora whanau: It has been an extraordinary couple of months. After journeying for a long time, the road brought me to the Hokianga, and an encounter with my tupuna. I finished most of my mahi for Ngai […]

The Nisi Filter System-Chinese manufacturing at its best

The Nisi Filter System-Chinese manufacturing at its best

Homage to Timothy O’ Sullivan, Waimamaku, Aotearoa/New Zealand  Nikon D810, Tamron 15-30 VC USD. Nisi Soft Square Grad GND 0.9 + Nisi Square ND1000 Filter ISO 64, 15s @f5.6     Introduction I blinked when I opened the package and saw written on the box: Made in China. Made in China? At this price? I […]

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