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Moonlight on the Boatsheds, Paradise Bay

I’ve been in the Garden City again today, both for business and for photography related matters. It’s been a good day. This evening at the Diamond Harbour Camera Club we had an inspirational talk from local photographer Scott Fowler, who shared some of his insights and displayed some of his work. It certainly was useful; it’s given me some ideas of how I can work with some of my images from a conceptual point of view, as well as providing me with some tips from getting the most out of local adjustments in the Nik suite of software. Following […]

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MonoMonday #77 – (A Taste of) Summer…

Tricky challenge this week for MonoMonday – we’re stuck in the middle of Winter (we had snow on the ground until it melted this afternoon) so grabbing a summer pic is a little bit difficult to say the least. Still, what screams summer to me is Ice Cream. After all, you scream, I scream, we all scream for Ice Cream – right? Well it was worth a try. Just like this Tip Top Boysenberry Ripple. Enjoy ‘summer’, wherever you are….

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Golden Light Up Country at Boundary Stream

It’s been a lazy day for me and she today, just like Sundays should be. After a late night shooting at the ball, I was pleased to have a bit of a slow start. A quick trot with the dogs in the snow – we only had a couple of centimetres, so just enough to coat some of the bush with a layer of white – and then it was time to head into Ashburton to grab some stuff from the hardware store and supermarket, as well as the garden centre. All very middle aged. We topped off our […]

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Party Time in the Forest

Bit of a departure for me tonight, I’ve been photographing that most difficult and oddly rewarding of subjects – people. Those who frequent this blip journal will know that portraits take very much a back seat to every other genre in my photographic repertoire. I’m not sure why, but I suspect it’s because of my introverted character; I’m incredibly self-conscious when I’m behind the camera around people and sometimes I feel just plain awkward! However it’s something I’m looking to put behind me as I’m challenging myself to take portraits commercially – ideally environmental ones of people in the […]

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Stepping Stone Reflections, Clarke Flat

I’ve been a little lacking in blipinspiration over the last couple of weeks (we’ll chalk it up to winter blues!) so I really wanted to come up with something that was somewhere close by to home but also enabled me to take a different viewpoint. With grey, murky skies above only punctuated with flashes blue sky, I thought today’s blip would have to be a detail shot, rather than a big swooping landscape. Trying to narrow down a location, I eventually plumped for Clarke Flat, down by the Peel Forest Campground. I’ve been down here before, crossing these stones […]

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Fishing with Dad, Rakaia Gorge

Heading home from Christchurch today, we stopped off at the Rakaia Gorge bridge for a leg stretch as we made our way along the inland road. I walked down to the river’s edge to see if I could frame up a blip, when behind me  a car pulled up and this father and son jumped out with their fishing rods keen to see if they could grab a fish. As you can see the weather was closing in, lending the gorge a misty, murky atmosphere.

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Waiting for a Congregation, Mount Peel

I’m back at the Church of the Holy Innocents, Mount Peel, for todays blip. It’s a place of serenity; it’s elevation above the valley flats and the Rangitata River, nestled in the shadow of Mount Peel lends an air of contemplation, perfect for a place of spirituality and devotion. It’s also a place waiting for to be reborn. The earthquakes of 2010/11 reeked havoc; the wall behind the altar pretty much crumbled in the shakes, its magnificent window turned into a huge glass jigsaw puzzle – thankfully pieced together and now at the Quake City exhibition in Christchurch. In […]

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Thawing Out in the Shadow of Mount Peel

Much like Lynn Stream, pictured here, most of my day has been taken up with thawing out. Our pipes from the water tanks into the house have been frozen solid for the last three days, despite me lagging them last week .Three consecutive nights of temperatures nudging negative double figures have been disheartening both for us and fellow residents in the Forest.  With a Nor’Wester upon us again today, it gave me a good opportunity to disconnect the external pipes and attempt to  shift some of the ice. Like the stream here, a steady stream of water helps with […]

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Southern Cross Over Dennistoun Bush

It’s cold and clear outside, and the stars are shining bright in the crisp air. -5ºC out there tonight, and unfortunately it means another morning with frozen pipes. My lagging last weekend doesn’t seemed to have done any good, but having said that it was -9.5ºC last night, so maybe that’s unsurprising. This shot of the stars shows the Southern Cross and the two pointer stars of Alpha and Beta Centauri. I like the way the brightest stars have been softened in the exposure; this is the first time I’ve used my Fujinon 14mm f/2.8 for astro work (I […]

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Dance of the Planets Over Little Mount Peel

Venus and Jupiter have been in the same portion of the sky for a wee while now. Whilst they are now past their closest point if viewed from Earth  – conjunction as it’s known – they are still prominent in the Northern Sky, around twilight. Next week these two brilliant planets will be close to the crescent moon and Regulus, the main star in the constellation of Leo. It should be a beautiful sight, so here’s hoping the clouds stay away next Saturday night. Mrs H and I had a nice Sunday drive this afternoon (OMG – how middle […]

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