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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 […]

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 […]

Wandering in a daze-entering via the exit door.

Wandering in a daze-entering via the exit door.

Inaianei II  Nikon D810, Sigma 25-104/f4 ART ISO 100, 1/320s @ f8   “The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery, is of little worth.” ― Ezra Pound This is the first article of two, offering some thoughts on what is shaping up to be […]

Approaching the Hokianga -Artist’s Notes

Approaching the Hokianga -Artist’s Notes

Piki Te Maramatanga I Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/f4 ART ISO 100, 1/100s @ f11   You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run. ~The Gambler, Kenny Rogers “A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of […]

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 […]

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