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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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Placeholder Post #693X

 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 […]

The Fujifilm 50-140 LM OIS WR- a first look

The Fujifilm 50-140 LM OIS WR- a first look

 Tiwai Smelter at dawn, Bluff, New Zealand Fujifilm X-T1, 50-140/2.8 LM OIS WR ISO200, 1/35s @ f8     Completing the Total Trifecta Introduction I am sorry, but gear does matter. Especially if you are a Pro. Nikon owners talk about the Holy Trinity. In my brief experience with a D800, I used all 3 […]

The cherry trees on Thomas Street

The cherry trees on Thomas Street

Cherry Tree, Thomas Street, Ranfurly Fujifilm X-E2, 18-55 f2.8-4 LM OIS ISO 2000, 1/100s @ f8     “I would like a window seat,” I said, imagining the stars streaming by. ― Ken Liu, Mono no Aware   I had made it to the other side of winter. The trees on Thomas Street told me so. As […]

Soho Moment-a critique

Soho Moment-a critique

I see echoes 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   I had a wonderful conversation a few days ago with Ian Poole, a colleague and fine photographer from […]

The Fujifilm XF 18-135 -The Swiss Army knife of lenses?

The Fujifilm XF 18-135 -The Swiss Army knife of lenses?

Window, George Street, Dunedin Fujifilm X-E2, XF 18-135 LM  OIS WR ISo 1600. 1/100s @ f11  Introduction   Just to make things really clear at the beginning, I have never had much time for one-size fits-all Swiss Army lenses. My prejudice came from seeing the results from an early Nikon 18-200 VR whatever. It was […]

Shout out September 2014

Shout out September 2014

War Memorial, Dunback, Central Otago Fujifilm X100S. ISO 400, 1/420s @ f11 “Why do you go away? So that you can come back. So that you can see the place you came from with new eyes and extra colors. And the people there see you differently, too. Coming back to where you started is not […]

On looking into Hoffman’s Dam

On looking into Hoffman’s Dam

     Tree, Hoffmans Dam  Fujifilm X-T1, 55-200 LM OIS ISO 200, 1/35s @ f11 “One is always at home in one’s past…”  ― Vladimir Nabokov “What matters in life is not what happens to you but what you remember and how you remember it.”  ― Gabriel Garcí­a Márquez   My father knew the Hoffmans, and so, […]

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 […]

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