The Perfect Shoulder Bag for X-Series Zooms?

One thing that most photographers can agree on – no matter what gear they use – is that finding the ‘perfect’ camera bag is nigh on impossible. It’s why there’s such a rush of excitement whenever someone breaks into the market with the next big thing, or re-shapes the thinking behind carrying our gear. Since moving to the mirrorless Fujifilm X Series from Nikon dSLRs, I’ve found this ‘quest’ to be even more involved, particularly if like me you’re a user of the X Series larger ‘red badge’ zooms. The thing that drove many people to mirrorless was the […]

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Winter calm

Shot this morning on the outskirts of the village, looking back towards Little Mount Peel across this little pond, a favourite for a few local pukeko. As I wrote winter is making itself felt, with cold sleety showers and snow bringing a chill to our hillside. I have a feeling we’re going to wake up to a bit more snow than what’s on the lawn at the moment…

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MonoMonday #181: Curves

This evening’s aerial view over the braids of the Orari River inland from Geraldine. I shot this with my Phantom 3 drone, here it’s hovering about 40m above ground level. In the extras you’ll see the view north towards Mt Peel and the Orari Gorge. Thanks to [url=http://blipfoto.com/60plus]60plus[/url] for again hosting this week’s MonoMonday

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View towards Waihi Peak, Four Peaks Range

I love exploring our local area, so today we headed inland for a bit of a recce. I’m in the process of prepping for a photo calendar so I’m doing a bit of location scouting for the final shots. I’m one of those people who enjoys planning to take photos as much as taking them, so today’s journey was a bit of a trip into the unknown as I’ve never ventured up this ‘road’ before. Needless to say it’s another one of those tracks that makes you glad you have four wheel drive and plenty of clearance – there […]

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My Unofficial Office

Geraldine is buzzing at the moment; Ukefest is on so there are lots of visitors with ukuleles at the ready and with the school just started there are a lot of people passing through. I’d been a the Duck for a few hours for meetings, so it made sense when me and Mrs H were in Geraldine last night to take some long exposures of my favourite cafe (with the passing traffic) before heading in for an awesome burger and craft beer. Plus its always great to catch up with the proprietors Anna and Al, who came and had […]

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Contre-jour Little Mt Peel

Another beautiful afternoon after a cold, frosty morning. I love this time of year, the quality of light is just amazing. Thought I’d give some contre-jour photography a go by way of a change – find out more [url=http://www.amateurphotographer.co.uk/technique/landscape_photography-technique/shooting-into-the-light-mastering-the-contre-jour-technique-60472]here[/url].

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Ready to Play?

Late this afternoon Jack and I walked down the driveway, both of us needing a leg stretched after being cooped up for the last couple of days. Jack was full of beans, picking up lots of stray sticks that had blown off the trees and generally inviting me to throw them for him. As you can see, it was pretty cold – the hail we had on Monday night has still not thawed in the shady areas on the hill. I think it’s going to be a cold clear night tonight too.

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Resting Silvereye

This sort of shot is the reason why I keep my camera and long lens on my desk when I’m working. Living surrounded by trees there’s always plenty of birds around, so when I saw this little silvereye ([i]Zosterops lateralis)[/i] resting on the hebe outside my study window I grabbed the camera and rattle off a few shots. There was also a grey warbler bobbling around, but she was moving a little bit too quickly to capture. Next time!

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