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Te Wairua O te Wai- the spirit of water. Walking with a camera

Te Wairua O te Wai- the spirit of water. Walking with a camera

Te Wairua O Te Wai Fujifilm X-T2, XF 16-55/2.8 ISO 400, 1/140s @ f11     Sometimes walking with a camera is a way of seeing beyond the walls of your own inexperience, beyond the illusion of the reality in which you have wrapped yourself. I had been busy, working through the back catalogue of […]

Te korowai o te wai-Lessons in a creek bed

Te korowai o te wai-Lessons in a creek bed

Te Korowai O Te Wai, Ahipara Nikon D810, Sigma Art 24-105/4 ISO 64, 1/30s@ f11     You can learn a lot by being quiet, and just looking and listening. After all, you have two eyes, two ears and only one mouth. And perhaps, in doing so, you will come to find that what is […]

Blood in the Water-an Adobe rant

Blood in the Water-an Adobe rant

Delirium I Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 ART ISO64, 1/160s@f8   There is blood in the water and the sharks are circling… And the bloated corpse of the whale, Adobe, is doing little to help itself… And I am thrilled. Let me explain. I use Adobe products because I must. My workflow is a rather complicated […]

On the nature of Beauty and the passing of ages

On the nature of Beauty and the passing of ages

Water film, Rāwene Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 Art  ISO 64, 1/125s @ f8     “Be still within yourself until the object of your attention affirms your presence.” – Minor White     When you focus on your subject, and really begin to listen to it, then you will begin to hear the song it […]

Reveille-returning from the outer darkness

Reveille-returning from the outer darkness

Multiple suns, Paponga Nikon D810, Tamron 70-200/2.8 VC Di ISO 64, 1/400s @ f8     “Someone I loved once gave me a box full of darkness. It took me years to understand that this too, was a gift.”  ― Mary Oliver   Kia ora e te whānau: Those of you close to me know that […]

A last post as the earth turns towards the east- a letter to my friends

A last post as the earth turns towards the east- a letter to my friends

  Te Rerenga Wairua Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Shoot data immaterial   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 […]

Passing a series of Dark Gates-A letter to Josh

Passing a series of Dark Gates-A letter to Josh

The Dragons of Belkw’inith (near Ratana Paa) Canon EOS 1Ds Mk III, 16-35/2.8     Tena koe: The following is a letter I wrote to a young photographer, beginning his journey. He had been seeking my advice for some time. However, this letter is also addressed to all the photographers who realise that our medium […]

The is-ness of water and light- a paradox

The is-ness of water and light- a paradox

Te Ara O Te Aorangi, Hokianga  Nikon D810, Tamron 70-200/2.8 Di VC USD @70mm ISO 64, 1/1000s (x10) @ f8    “Faeries, come take me out of this dull world, For I would ride with you upon the wind, Run on the top of the dishevelled tide, And dance upon the mountains like a flame.” […]

Landscape Pro-AI hits the photography world- a review

Landscape Pro-AI hits the photography world- a review

Hills Run  Rd, Maniototo, Central Otago  Fujifilm X-T1, XF 10-24/4 @ 14mm ISO 200, f11 @ 1/160s     “We become what we behold. We shape our tools, and thereafter our tools shape us.” ― Marshall McLuhan   Background I am bemused. And I can feel the winds of the future beating on my face […]

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 […]

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