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The Coalpit Dam-a placeholder

The Coalpit Dam-a placeholder

Trinity in ice, Coalpit Dam, Naseby , Central Otago Fujifilm X-T1, 55-200 LM OIS. ISO 200, 1/10s @ f11 The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart. -Helen Keller   With time on my hands, sticky, clinging and refusing to […]

A trick of the wind

A trick of the wind

 Cloud over the Hawkduns, from Little Mt. Ida Fujifilm X-T1, XF 10-24/f4. ISO 200, 1/30s @ f8   “Art is creative for the sake of realization, not for amusement: for transfiguration, not for the sake of play. It is the quest of our self that drives us along the eternal and never-ending journey we must all […]

Of moods and metaphors

Of moods and metaphors

Leaves and Grass, Coalpit Dam, Naseby, New Zealand Fujifilm X-T1, XF 56/1.2.  ISO 2500, 1/60s @f11 “The best teacher is experience and not through someone’s distorted point of view”  ― Jack Kerouac, On the Road   The wind had been whispering around my cabin on the plains all night, peering in the windows, picking up a corner of the […]

Channelling Braques

Channelling Braques

 Fujifilm X-T1, XF 23/f1.4. ISO 3200, 1/25s@f11 No matter what the illusion created, it is a flat canvas and it has to be organized into shapes… – David Hockney “Watch out he’s winding the watch of his wit, by and by it will strike.”  ― William Shakespeare, The Tempest It was Wellington at its most awe-some and I […]

On sexism in camera shopping

On sexism in camera shopping

A feminist is anyone who recognizes the equality and full humanity of women and men.  ― Gloria Steinem It could be that start of a very bad joke, but it isn’t. A middle-aged woman goes into a New Zealand urban camera store, looking for a new lens for her DSLR. She is keen to purchase and she has […]

On honesty in photography- an opinion piece

On honesty in photography- an opinion piece

Salt mountain, Lake Grasmere Fujifilm X-E2, 23/1.4. ISO 200. 1/300s @ f11     “You ask me what forces me to speak? a strange thing; my conscience.” ― Victor Hugo, Les Misérables A number of streams in the river have converged for me, come together in a pool, where they will assemble and mingle for a time before […]

Natex 2014-some thoughts.

Natex 2014-some thoughts.

 Photograph by Brian Harmer   Canon EOS 7D, 24-105/f4L @ 24mm, ISO 100, 1/160s @f8   “You want to remember that while you’re judging the book, the book is also judging you.” ― Stephen King, Night Shift “There’s nothing wrong with enjoying looking at the surface of the ocean itself, except that when you finally […]

The Fujifilm X-T1-the wheel comes full circle

The Fujifilm X-T1-the wheel comes full circle

 Fujifilm X-T1, 60/2.4 R.  ISO 200, 1/80s @ f2.4 As soon as the X-T1 was announced, a friend emailed me rather grumpily. I suppose, he said, you are going to do a rave review of it. It would be nice if you could point out a few shortcomings. Well, X ( you know who you […]

 On French Pass, alone and palely loitering

On French Pass, alone and palely loitering

Nikon D800, 24-70 IF-ED. ISO 200, 1/25s @f9   The soul that sees beauty may sometimes walk alone. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe It’s the hardest thing to be alone in being satisfied with what one’s done. ~Claude Monet   Once I got there, I couldn’t believe it had taken so long to visit. What blind […]

Eating my hat- Sigma lenses

Eating my hat- Sigma lenses

 Storm, Lake Tekapo. Nikon D800, Sigma 35/1.4 DG HSM A.  ISO 100. 1/400s @f9   Kia ora tatou: I have despised Sigma lenses for years. But no more. A long time ago I owned a series of Sigma lenses for my Canons and Nikons. And they barked like a shantytown dog. There was the 14mm […]

RAW vs. DNG-some (opinionated) thoughts

RAW vs. DNG-some (opinionated) thoughts

Street art and door, Nelson. Fujifilm X-E2, XF-18-55. ISO 3200, 1/30s @f10 I am probably afraid that some spectator will not understand my photography – therefore I proceed to make it really less understandable by writing defensibly about it.  - Ansel Adams Kia ora tatou: I have not really thought about this one for some years, but […]

Of memories and villages

Of memories and villages

Canon IDS Mk II. 24-70/2.8L. ISO 200, 1/160s @f7.1 What we call landscape is a stretch of earth overlaid with memory, expectation, and thought. Land is everything that is actually there, independent of us; landscape is what we allow in through the doors of perception. ~Scott R Sanders.  Hunting for Hope: a Father’s Journeys. [ […]

Of chapters without headings and Indra’s Net

Of chapters without headings and Indra’s Net

Fujifilm X-T1, 60/2.4. ISO 200, 1/220s @ f2.8 There is a simple and profound joy to be had from photographing simple but profound things. I have often wondered why people photograph the world writ small and what they see. Until now it hasn’t been a great motivation for me, because, for the last 30 years, […]

X-T1- how do I love thee? Let me count five ways...

X-T1- how do I love thee? Let me count five ways…

  Bumblebee in red hot pokers. Fujifilm X-T1, 60mm/2.4. 1/160s @ f2.4   Kia ora tatou; After less than 48 hours with Fujifilm New Zealand’s pre-production X-T1 DSLR, I am excited and, given the emails and phone calls I have been receiving, I have decided to put up a super-first look. I have it for another […]

Beyond the static

Beyond the static

Fujifilm X-E2, 14mm/2.8. ISO 200, 1/240s @f11 “Veil after veil of thin dusky gauze is lifted, and by degrees the forms and colours of things are restored to them, and we watch the dawn remaking the world in its antique pattern.” ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray   There is an energy in […]

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