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Koru

I decided to go for another walk through the bush today, this time electing to go for the full loop around Dennistoun rather than just to the bench and back. Taking the left turn at the large totara,  I eventually passed by some of the impressive tree ferns that line the path. These [i][url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Koru]koru[/url][/i] – the unfurling fronds of new growth – were starting to show at the top of the [i][url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dicksonia_fibrosa]wheki[/url], [/i]so I put my X-T1 on my walking monopod to steady myself as I took the shot in the low light of the bush. Another day in the Garden […]

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Alstroemeria Abstract

It’s been a long day in the Garden City, so what better way than to wrap it up with a floral blip of some white and purple alstroemeria which are sitting in a vase on the dining room table. At camera club tonight we had a guest speaker, Lyttelton photographer Mick Stephenson who gave a talk about black and white photography. Inspired by the interesting talk, I decided to put this otherwise colourful flower into a monochrome setting. I like the soft toning here, I think it gives it a bit of an art deco feel.

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Hound’s Tongue on the turn

I thought I’d go for a walk in the bush opposite this afternoon, just to clear my head from a day when I’ve been trying to get my head around building a website for a new client. It’s not a big job, but it’s got a few niggles, so once my brain had reached saturation point, a stroll through the forest was just what I needed. It’s difficult to see the photo for the trees sometimes when it comes to shooting in the bush. Sure, there’s plenty of magnificent sights, from mighty totara to tiny epiphyes, but isolating a […]

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Queen of the Night

With the warmer temperatures, and a liberal dosing of Nor’West spillover rain over the last few days, our purple tulips are just starting to bloom. These lovely flowers sit in an old copper tub that’s outside our sunroom. The deep purple colour really is striking – it’s no wonder their variety is called ‘Queen of the Night’….

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Three Totara In the Drizzle

It’s been a bit of a murky day here in the Forest today, one of those days on which you just want to stay home and chill out. On my way back from the village this morning (getting milk and a little treat for morning tea) I decided to come back via Brake Road, past the deer paddocks and through the sycamore wood which surrounds the road. Just as I reached Dennistoun Bush I noticed these three totara in the paddock opposite the reserve, isolated from the usual forest background by the thick drizzle. I’ve passed by these trees […]

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Jersey Boys Above Waitohi

Another gorgeous Spring day here in South Canterbury, perfect for a little tiki tour on my way back from a day in Timaru. I decided to head back via Pleasant Point and Waitohi, but as I got to the latter I decided to turn back on myself and head up the hill above the Centennial Hall. After a few K’s I found this mob of Jersey bulls strip grazing above the Opihi basin down below. With all the dairy cows around we get to see plenty of Jersey girls, but the boys are not so common. Initially they were […]

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Child’s Play

Today I did a shoot down at our local pre-school and, unsurprisingly, it was a heap of fun. They say never work with children or animals but sometimes being in amongst the chaos of a whole bunch of little ones just makes you smile. To get this shot I used the built in 3 stop ND filter on the X100T, as well as an extra 3 stop ND and polariser on the front of the lens. This enabled me to shoot a longish exposure in the midday sun – just slow enough to capture the kids running around in […]

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The Tower

It’s been another Christchurch Tuesday but before heading home I had to make a stop at Tower Junction in Addington to grab some dog food for the fur kids as well as dropping off my damaged jacket at Macpac for repair. It’s been a long time since I last photographed the old water tower that used to stand amongst the railway yards at what are now the large retail park.  This old tower is quite significant – built in 1883 it was one of the the first reinforced concrete buildings in New Zealand and has been designated a Heritage […]

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MonoMonday #89: The ROCK

When I saw the theme for today’s MonoMonday I knew exactly what I wanted to shoot – the rock that stands on the rise above the ford at the end of the road. As I took this the sun was starting to dip down behind the south ridge of Little Mount Peel whilst clouds accumulated around the summit of the mountain. [i]Tech note:[/i] [i]This shot is a perfect example of why I love shooting with the Fujifilm X100T as my main camera. The leaf shutter on the 23mm f/2 lens means that I can shoot with fill flash at […]

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