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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 […]

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 […]

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