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On conversation and acknowledgement

On conversation and acknowledgement

Two men, Wellington Waterfont Market Fujifilm X-T1, 16-55/2.8 ISO 400, 1/1600s @ f8   “Photography is about finding out what can happen in the frame. When you put four edges around some facts, you change those facts.” – Gary Winogrand “Knowledge is in the end based on acknowledgement.” ― Ludwig Wittgenstein   There are pictures […]

Visible at 60- a book you must have

Visible at 60- a book you must have

VISIBLE: 60 WOMEN AT 60 PHOTOGRAPHY BY JENNY O’CONNOR PHANTOM HOUSE BOOKS WELLINGTON, NEW ZEALAND www.phantomhouse.com www.visibleat60.com In a world increasingly populated by the E-Book, you have to wonder about the place of the Hard copy book. I mean, logic dictates that an E-Book should be much more practical. You can put a whole library […]

The Fujifilm X100T- the best just got better

The Fujifilm X100T- the best just got better

Alien, Cathedral Square Fujifilm X1ooT ISO 200, 1/2700s@ f8 But is it worth the (facelift) upgrade? I am coming to the conclusion that Fujifilm X100/S/T owners are a quirky lot, somewhat prone to minimalism and probably into the small home movement. They definitely sit at the opposite end of the kitchen sink approach to photography […]

Of Spiders and Diamonds

Of Spiders and Diamonds

Web in Garden, Ranfurly Fujifilm X-T1, 60/2.4R ISO 200,1/55s@ f2.8     It appears to me that almost any man may like the spider spin from his own inwards his own airy citadel. John Keats Two things were becoming very clear to me, two things which told me it was autumn. Firstly, it was dark […]

Going up North

Going up North

Approaching Rawene Sony A900, CZ 16-35/2.8 ISO 200, 1/200s @ f11     The Mission of Photography is to explain Man to Man, and each man to himself. ~ Edward Steichen   Kia ora koutou: It is time. It is time. Yesterday I booked and paid for a ferry ticket to the North Island. A […]

On surviving judges-a rant.

On surviving judges-a rant.

Concrete building, Birdlings Flat (A homage) Fujifilm X-T1, XF 16-55 /2.8 LM R WR ISO200, 1/150s @ f11     Sometimes those photographic judges we meet, you know, the nasty spiteful, ego-obsessed ones, for whom it is all about them, can do us a favour. Not long ago, I had a teary, highly-upset person on […]

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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 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 […]

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