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Kereru in the Kowhai

One of our resident New Zealand wood pigeons took up residence in the kowhai just outside my study today, spending quite a bit of the afternoon browsing on the fresh leaves. It’s great to be able to capture all of their beautiful colours from such a close distance. I also liked how he seemed to have his fluffy trousers on for winter!

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Sunrise on the Mt Peel Range

After last night’s sunset we were greeted with another display of colour this morning.  I’d decided as soon as I woke to head out to capture the sunrise, so I headed down towards Arundel to get this view of the first light hitting the peaks of Mt Peel (with the snow on the left) and Little Mount Peel. On the right you’ll see the snow on the distant Mt Taylor. [i]Another vintage lens shot today, this time a Soligor 28mm f/2.8 at f/11. I used a ND0.3 Grad and ND0.3 Filter, together with the polariser, to lengthen the exposure […]

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Sunset over Little Mount Peel

What a beautiful sunset to round off the weekend. Shot from the upstairs balcony, looking straight across to the summit of the mountain (you might be able to spot the Trig point on the very peak if you go large). [i]I shot this with my vintage Helios 58mm f/2 lens (once again I forgot to set the EXIF manually) with a 3 stop ND filter to lengthen out the exposure to 10 seconds to emphasise the movement in the clouds.[/i]

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Mt Peel and the Orari River from Shackleton’s Gate

This evening we headed out for a ‘drive round the block’, crossing over the Orari and heading inlands through Orari Gorge Station. Here’s the view towards a snow-capped Mt Peel across the Orari River, just before the entrance to the gorge. Another gorgeous day in South Canterbury – such a beautiful place to be at this time of year. [i]For this shot I wanted to slow the river ripples a little, so I used a circular polariser, ND0.6 filter and balanced the sky with a ND0.6 graduated filter. This is a 6 frame panorama, stitched in Lightroom.[/i]

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Making Tracks at Birdling’s Flat

A quick trip back onto my old stomping ground today with a visit to Birdling’s Flat. These quadbike tracks (four wheel motorbikes are a favourite of local fisherman, certainly easier than making their way through the heavy gravel) drew my eye to this composition with the beautiful cliffs of Oashore bay and Magnet Bay in the distance. This was shot with a polariser, ND3.0 and ND0.9 filters for around about 14 stops of light reduction, allowing me to do a 50″ exposure mid morning, slow enough for me to smooth the pounding pacific waves to a gentle millpond.

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Morning Milky Way at Mesopotamia

I had an early and cold start to the day for me to capture the Milky Way over the Two Thumb Range at Mesopotamia. By the time I reached my destination just after 5.30am the temperature was -6ºC and the short icy scrub crunched under my feet. You might just be able to spot me on the track here… This is a 8 shot, 225º panorama, taken with the help of my Syrp Mini Genie panoramic and time-lapse head. A great bit of kit! The stars here were so bright, even as the first vestiges of light were showing […]

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Outgoing Tide at the Governor’s Bay Wharf

Another Wednesday in Christchurch, so I thought I’d head out of town a little to quiet Governor’s Bay in Lyttleton Harbour. The wharf has been closed since the 2010/2011 Earthquakes, and it’s future is still in doubt. This long exposure was shot with circular polariser, Grad ND1.2 and ND3.0 Neutral Density Filter to smooth out the clouds and water, allowing me to take a two minute exposure in the middle of the day.

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