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The view from Mount Maunganaui

Sep 15 2014

In the previous post, with the cloud shaped like a fish, I mentioned Mount Maunganaui. In this post I show you what it looked like from the top of this mountain. It is only just over 760ft high but it looks impressive. The walk up to the top is not for the faint hearted, even in July, which is New Zealand’s winter the temperature was around 21C and you would certainly need some water before making the walk up. We were expecting a clod windy assent but it was warm and one bottle of water barely lasted the way up. […]

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When you see it …

Sep 11 2014
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In an area of New Zealand called the Bay of Plenty, near Tauranga there is a town called Mount Maunganui.  Mount Maunganui is also the name of the huge extinct volcanic cone, 761 ft in height,  that somewhat dominates the town and is locally known simply as ‘The Mount’. We were just about to set out on a walk up the mountain when I took a photo of what I thought was a nice beach scene, as the huge waves and sea spray were catching the great sunlight of a spectacular winters day. Later on, when reviewing the photos, I […]

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Kingfisher type bird in New Zealand

Sep 08 2014
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On my recent trip to New Zealand we were in a town called Whakatane on the North Island. There is a very enjoyable river walk which brings you from the town, along the river, and back. Along the way you see many wading birds, sea gulls and many other birds. One of the birds I spotted on a branch was the one pictured below. In order not to disturb it, I quietly attached the 70-300mm zoom lens as it was about 10-15 metres away. I upped the ISO and increased the shutter speed and I also used the high-speed burst […]

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By the Waters Edge, New Zealand

Sep 06 2014
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Continuing from my previous post from Nelson Lakes, New Zealand, this shot is from the first of the lakes which we visited. The area has a wonderful variety of light and shade and in the evening sun I took this shot while a girl walked out onto the pier. Adding people to a shot really enhances any photo as long as it is done in the right way. I used a polarizing filter to get as much colour and reflection as possible and the lens was a Tamron 10-24 wide angle as far as I recall. This was one of […]

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New Zealand – Land of Reflections

Sep 02 2014
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New Zealand is a beautiful country and this year was my 3rd visit in 4 years. One of the features of New Zealand, especially the south island, is the number of reflective lakes which can be found. The ones I remember most were at Fox Glacier and also on the way to Milford Sound. This time we headed north from Christchurch to a place called Nelson and the Nelson Lakes National Park. The picture below was taken early in the morning, with winter frosts (in July) still on the ground. There was no way to get the lake perfectly smooth […]

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Revisiting old photos

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Feb 05 2014

I noticed that I had a lot of photos from 2010/2011 which I had backed up but very few were every touched up or had much editing done on them. There were 2 reasons for this; firstly I didn’t have very good editing software back then and secondly when tools I did have, were limited in what they could do. Now with better software and better understanding of what can be done, old photos can be re-edited and re-touched. Therefore you can  bring life into what was once a throwaway shot. One basic example is shown below. This photo was […]

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Travel Photography : Some Photos from New Zealand

Mar 08 2012

I have been going through some of my photos from New Zealand and doing a bit of cleaning up and Photoshop tweaking and I have uploaded some shots from New Zealand plus one from Singapore which I always liked but did a bit of fixing up of the image. I have placed some details about each image below the photos and I hope to put some more online via my Flickr account (see right of page for the Flickr Stream), and I hope to put up another few posts like this one with further New Zealand shots in the coming […]

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Photo Theme – Blue

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Oct 09 2011

A recent club competition was a photo theme “BLUE’ – therefore any photo which could fall under the style or theme of blue. I had a selection problem on my hands as I had 2 main contenders. Photo selection is critical when submitting your work to a portfolio or photography competition. Sometimes your personal feelings of a photo can overweigh the ‘better’ photo. Therefore you may have 2 or 3 photos which you can’t decide between – the wrong choice might be your favourite one, the right choice is the better photo. (I think on this occasion I let my […]

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Fox Glacier – Reflective Lakes, Lake Matheson – Photo Update

Jun 26 2011
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Having done some work on the Lake Matheson at Fox Glacier photo (see older post here) , I have finally retrieved the type of shot I was hoping for. The photo was taken in the late evening when there was a lot of shadow cast in the extreme right of the shot – so the trees were in total shadow. I created 3 exposures from the RAW file, one +1.65Ev, One original version with a bit of contrast and a final one with some extra saturation and some shadows -1Ev. These were then compiled into a HDR so that I […]

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Fox Glacier Reflective Lakes – Photo of the Week

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Jun 06 2011
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This Vertical Landscape shot was taken near the village of Fox Glacier in New Zealand. This reflective lake is Lake Matheson less than 10 minutes west of Fox Glacier. The Lake walk takes about 75 minutes to do the full circuit. This is the end result… There are some spectacular colours to be had if you visit the lakes around sunset. I might upload the sunset shots from Lake Matheson on Flickr later in the week.

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Milford Sound from the Township – Photo of the Week

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May 31 2011
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Milford Sound or Piopiotahi in Māori is a fjord (not actually a sound), located in the south west of New Zealand’s South Island. It is located within the Fiordland National Park and the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site. Having driven from Te Anau we were greeted by this sight on exiting the car part at Milford Sound Tourist Centre. A tricky shot to take as the sun was quite low and lens flare was creeping in – but I had no lens hood when traveling. The reflections in the waters is something I like. Milford Sound was judged as one […]

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Mount Hamilton Panorama – Photo of the Week

May 23 2011
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This panorama of Mount Hamilton was taken on the way from Dunedin to Te Anau on the South Island of New Zealand. The shot was taken with a wide angle lens and then cropped in a panorama format. Bit of photshop work was requried to bring out some of the detail hidden by the shadows created by the early morning sun. This whole area is amazing, with Te Anau and Milford Sound being stunningly picturesque, especially when the weather cooperates.

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