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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 […]

Kotare on a wire

Kotare on a wire

 Intuitions Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/4 Art Iso 100, 1/640s@f5.6       Kotare on a wire   In the mornings, when the sun is hiding behind the low hills beyond Taheke, preening itself just prior to making a Grand Entrance, I walk out onto the wet grass in front of the house, allowing its moist […]

Toroa Diaries- Oct. 2015

Toroa Diaries- Oct. 2015

Wharf, Te Karaka, Hokianga Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/f4 ART @ 52mm ISO 64, 1/250s @ f8   Kia ora whanau: It has been an extraordinary couple of months. After journeying for a long time, the road brought me to the Hokianga, and an encounter with my tupuna. I finished most of my mahi for Ngai […]

The Nisi Filter System-Chinese manufacturing at its best

The Nisi Filter System-Chinese manufacturing at its best

Homage to Timothy O’ Sullivan, Waimamaku, Aotearoa/New Zealand  Nikon D810, Tamron 15-30 VC USD. Nisi Soft Square Grad GND 0.9 + Nisi Square ND1000 Filter ISO 64, 15s @f5.6     Introduction I blinked when I opened the package and saw written on the box: Made in China. Made in China? At this price? I […]

Wandering in a daze-entering via the exit door.

Wandering in a daze-entering via the exit door.

Inaianei II  Nikon D810, Sigma 25-104/f4 ART ISO 100, 1/320s @ f8   “The artist is always beginning. Any work of art which is not a beginning, an invention, a discovery, is of little worth.” ― Ezra Pound This is the first article of two, offering some thoughts on what is shaping up to be […]

Approaching the Hokianga -Artist’s Notes

Approaching the Hokianga -Artist’s Notes

Piki Te Maramatanga I Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/f4 ART ISO 100, 1/100s @ f11   You’ve got to know when to hold ’em Know when to fold ’em Know when to walk away And know when to run. ~The Gambler, Kenny Rogers “A story has no beginning or end: arbitrarily one chooses that moment of […]

JOURNEY- Homecoming

JOURNEY- Homecoming

Tupuna II, Hokianga Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105/f4 ART ISO 100, 1/200s @ f8 Ancient History was waiting for me, and the disparate threads of my journey were beginning to weave together. It had been a long journey. It had been a hard journey, full of dark nights and crossing cold storm-driven, snow-furled winter passes. I […]

Toroa diaries V1.06

Toroa diaries V1.06

Arai te Uru, at sunset Nikon D810, Sigma 24-105 /f4 Art ISO 100, 1/320s @ f8 Kia ora tatou katoa: In a previous post back in March ( I think), I pointed out that I had sold up all my stuff and was heading to the Hokianga on a hikoi wairua/ hikoi whakapapa journey to […]

Framing the X-T1- Firmware Version 4.00

Framing the X-T1- Firmware Version 4.00

Wandering Albatross, Kaikoura Fujifilm X-T1, XF 16-55/2.8 @16MM ISO 200, I/400S @ F16     Introduction If you haven’t already installed the much-anticipated new firmware 4.00, then do it now. You owe yourself a new camera. One of the great things (among many) about Fujifilm has been the support they provide once you have made […]

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm

Approaching Storm, Hawkdun Water Race Nikon D810, Tamron AF SP 15-30mm f2.8 VC USD ISO 400, 1/30s @ f11 A storm was coming. I could feel it in the wind, in its sense of irritation. It flicked and twisted and snapped maliciously. It was over playing nice, of smearing balm and mildness across the landscape. […]

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 […]

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