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St John the Evangelist, Leeston

On my way back from Christchurch today, Mrs H and I took the back road out through Leeston to have a break from the main highway. I noticed as we drove through Leeston that the light on St John the Evangelist was looking particularly suited to a monochrome image (using my hazy mental A[url=http://photography.tutsplus.com/tutorials/understanding-using-ansel-adams-zone-system–photo-5607]dams and Arch zone system[/url] calculator), so I parked up and took this photo from the gate. As you can see the church is somewhat damaged; it’s still not in use following the September 2010 Earthquake, which caused structural damage to its brickwork exterior, as well […]

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Little Drops of Snow

It’s been a very industrious day, as I’ve been tackling a couple of big jobs with my neighbour. The Mayor of Blandswood (as we call him) is a top bloke; resourceful, enthusiastic and also in possession of a raft of earthmoving equipment, diggers, chainsaws etc etc. All of which came in very useful today as we got stuck in to fixing a drainage issue (thankfully all done now) as well as making a start on bringing down the oak tree in our front garden. Whilst it’s a quite impressive specimen, It’s a tree which is really out of place […]

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The Mob

It’s been a murky one in the foothills today – monochromatic would be one way to put it. So this afternoon I thought I’d head up the gorge once more to take some long exposure photos of Raules Creek in the mist. It was certainly gloomy amongst the hills, so much so that I really struggled to get some punchy photos of the stream, even in black and white. The lack of contrast just wasn’t helping me out! I’ll have to head back when the conditions are a bit more favourable. So for today’s blip I’ve chosen this shot […]

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Lyttelton: A Harbour Full of Colour

I’ve been in Christchurch again for work today, and in between appointments me and Mrs H went through the tunnel across to Lyttelton. I’m getting together shots for a Camera Club Calendar, which we’ve entitled “Colours of the Harbour” so I wanted to really capture Lyttelton as a working port, as well as all the colour on display.  And what better way to do it than to go down to the harbourside at Godley Quay and shoot back towards the port. Here’s a 9-shot panorama of the view.

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Dusk View of Mt Somers from Waikari Hills

After a day with pretty steady rain, this evening the clouds cleared and the sun made a brief appearance. As the late afternoon light faded, I decided to head up the Gorge Road to see the last light on the mountains. I received a new piece of kit today, so my trip up country was also to try it out. It’s a [url=http://www.turnspro.com/]TurnsPro[/url] rotating tripod head that’s designed for capturing timelapse movies and stills. It’s a project that I backed on Kickstarter earlier in the year. Thanks to many likeminded photographers, the project made its target. As part of […]

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Moonlit Silhouettes Under the Milky Way

After shooting [url=https://www.blipfoto.com/entry/2081759497650439930]last night’s Milky Way panorama[/url] on the other side of the river, I stopped on the way home at one of my usual night shooting spots. With it being on the other side of midnight, it also meant I had a ready made blip for Sunday 🙂 The first quarter moon was creating some wonderful silhouettes but amazingly was not quite bright enough to totally wash out the arch of the Milky Way.

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Milky Way and First Quarter Moon, Peel Forest

Well I finally got over to the other side of the river late tonight to get some shots I’ve been planning for a little while now. Initially I had in mind to shoot from this location without the moon, but with the bright light of First Quarter illuminating the foreground, I’m glad I decided on shooting at this point in the Moon’s cycle. This is a 12-shot panorama, shot with my 12mm f/2 Samyang lens. I don’t usually use such a wide lens for a panorama, but I forgot I had my 14mm in the car with me! You’ll […]

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