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This is the face of climate change, an image of the sun setting through the plume of smoke from the Pigeon Valley forest fire burning since Tues 5 Feb in Tasman District, in NZ's South Island, just a few kms away from where I live. 2000 ha had burned by Thursday evening, when I made this image, and the numbers were still climbing. You can see the bone dry state of land in our highly agricultural and horticultural region.
After shooting birds, I went over to the rock shelf on the northern side to shoot seascapes. We had rotten luck when it came to sunsets for the entire trip & this was the best one. It was slippery & I had to be careful not to fall forward & slip away into the gap with my gear.
The things we do to take photos. I think that for photographers, signs like "no people beyond this point" or "climbing on the cliffs prohibited" mean "this is where you need to go with your camera to take a good shot"
Silver gelatin paper negative process. Ernmann Globus 5 x 7 LF Camera. Brass projection lense ...which I can't remember...maybe an element, maybe the an intact Ernmann projection lense. Tetenal Vario matt paper for the negatives. Moersch Eco paper developer. Scanned, inverted and processed gently using Nik Silver FX.
There are a small group of us that have a weekly photo competition. the winner each week sets the subject for next one. The subject was "Cold" This was my winning entry. Taken at 7.00pm and the thermometer was reading -4 degrees. See some of my other "Cold" Photos.
This tree is the most photographed tree in New Zealand and it has been seen in many guises and moods. Every morning expect to find keen photographers trying to get an even better image. The tree sits in lake Wanaka. This particular morning the two photographers pictured were from a post card company, and they had waterproof gear up to their arms and the cameras sat dangerously close to the waves.
Up onto the Port Hills, Canterbury, NZ. Didn't look like much so we moved further around the road then turned and came back to Gibralter Rock. The lights turned on and we were treated to a shaft of light coming over the brow of the hill behind us and it hit the tip of the hill and well out into the Canterbury Plains.
I have wanted to see this bird ever since I came to NZ. I eventually saw this one in a zoo and could only photograph it in very poor light. The morepork is New Zealand’s only surviving native owl. They are found in mainland New Zealand’s forests and on many offshore islands. At dusk, the melancholy sound of the morepork (Ninox novaeseelandiae) can be heard in forests and parks as it calls to other moreporks and claims territory.
Up early to see what opportunities were there for a photographer on a misty morning over the floods in Te Aroha. This again is usually a rough paddock next to the Waihou River with browsing cattle. The floods were a major hassle for farmers but presented picturesque views and photo opportunities for others...... Like me!
I've returned from a month in New Zealand's South Island and have gone from down jackets to flip-flops and shorts. I've run an interesting experiment on my most-used Sony gear - check the results here: Sony Gear Breakdown
Mueller Lake, Aoraki Mt. Cook National Park, South Island, New Zealand
My 5th fav pic of 2016 was made at dawn in July on the South Island at Lake Wanaka. This is an iconic spot & the lone willow tree was fortunately located a 1/8th mile walk from my hotel, sheer luck. My son and I saw a painting of this in the hotel, when I asked where it was, the waiter smiled & pointed out the window. Not sure what type of birds these were but glad they held still for the 30" exposure, one of my 1st of the morning, which in turn, allowed for some subtle movement with the clouds
On Saturday 30th May, a few Aminus3 members at last had our meetup. Philnz efficiently organised us and we met at the Auckland Winter Gardens at 9am. The weather was perfect and we enjoyed the morning photographing, sharing photography tips and getting to know one another. It was wonderful.
I am as a rule not happy about asking people in the street who I do not know if I can take their photo.But I was at the market day and this chap saw my camera, and said. "Do you take a lot of photos"? I replied yes upped the camera and clicked. He was a bit surprised, as you can see I was right in his face. But I love his Smile.
Mount Ngauruhoe is an active volcano, made up from layers of lava and tephra she rises to 2291m. It is the youngest vent in the Tongariro National Park and first erupted about 2,500 years ago. Although seen by most as a volcano in its own right, it is technically a secondary cone of Mount Tongariro.
i called this one "Morning Hope" to reflect my feeling of anticipation and hope that the sunrise would bring at least a bit of colour to the scene... i was relieved to see my hopes realised and it was great to see the red colours appearing in the clouds of the mountain on the eastern shore...
When you decide to capture an image of the rising moon you are reminded how quickly it moves. When I saw the moon from my window and thought I would try some shots it was among some interesting small clouds and there was a lovely golden tone about the scene, especially on the water, but by the time I was setup and ready it had risen well clear of them, fortunately the golden glow was still there. I took some images anyway ;-)
Wherever you look while walking along the Charming Creek Walkway, it’s a marvel. I’ve posted a series of pics from the walk done twice, two days apart, with the second after a heavy overnight rain that changed the whole atmosphere. Where is Charming Creek? Near Granity and Hector, villages on the west coast of New Zealand’s South Island.
Hot Water Beach is on the east coast of the Coromandel Peninsula, and its name comes from the underground hot springs which filter up through the sand between the high and low water tidal reaches. Within two hours either side of low tide, it is possible to dig into the sand allowing hot water to escape to the surface forming a hot water pool.
I remember as a kid of 6yrs, being fascinated by the Dr Seuss story, 'Are You My Mother'. This image represents that feeling of the small character confronting the towering steam shovel, and asking "Are you my mother?"
My gallery, www.Gallery259.com is situated by an historic museum with the largest collection of Packard cars in the world.
This image is totally analogue image. A pinhole paper negative, and that used to make a positive silver gelatin print.
Wharariki Beach near Cape Farewell at the top of the South Island of New Zealand is home to the Archway Islands looming just offshore they seem to be like the guardians of this area.
it is one of the most interesting locations i have visited. You literally feel small there, everything is so big around you - the rocks, the beach, the open space
it gets very windy, we had to abandon one of our evenings, as the wind was too strong. This was taken on a quieter evening.
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