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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 […]

Shipping News-January 2014

Shipping News-January 2014

 Gentians, North Canterbury. Fujifilm X-E2, 60/2.4 Macro, ISO 640, 1/60@f11 Silence is, after all, the context for the deepest appreciation of art: the only important evaluations are finally, personal, interior ones. – Robert Adams – “Beauty in Photography” 1996 Kia ora tatou: The Christmas holiday period in New Zealand has always seemed to me to […]

What is art?

What is art?

A colour-managed work flow and other terrors. With a nod to Robert Henri… Kia ora tatou: From time to time somebody will show me a piece of writing which I want to share. David is a dear friend, a wonderful photographer and a foundation member of Alf’s Imperial Army, who is also a deep thinker. […]

Shoutout- the final Santa edition

Shoutout- the final Santa edition

 “Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn’t before! What if Christmas, he thought, doesn’t come from a store? What if Christmas…perhaps…means a little bit more!” ― Dr. Seuss, How the Grinch Stole Christmas! “In the old days, it was not called the Holiday Season; the Christians called it ‘Christmas’ and went to church; the […]

Dear Mr. God

Dear Mr. God

Unser Glaube. Composite image from 6 files; Sony Nex-5, Nex 7, Alpha 900. 2010-11   Dear Mr God: It has been a huge year, a busy year, a wild roller-coaster of a year I have clung to as best I could, but I just wanted to pause, to take a little time to write to […]

 The Fujifilm X-E2: evolution or revolution?

The Fujifilm X-E2: evolution or revolution?

Mask, Oamaru. Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55 LM OIS, ISO 400, f8 @ 1/125s From time to time I write reviews for f11 magazine, over and above my monthly column. As part of that, the Honourable Ed. gets first dibs on reviews. I dutifully wait  until it has been out in the wild for a couple of […]

Shoutout- the Santa edition

Shoutout- the Santa edition

Kia ora tatou: Website Welcome to the new look website. For some time I have been dithering and trying to make sense of what the site should be and where to take it. So I came up with the ultimate concept about how to purpose it. My web designer, Michelle, who is a web design […]

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