Lone Pohutukawa on a hill, Waiheke Island Auckland New Zealand.
The pohutukawa tree (Metrosideros excelsa) with its crimson flower has become an established part of the New Zealand Christmas tradition. This iconic Kiwi Christmas tree, which often features on greeting cards and in poems and songs, has become an important symbol for New Zealanders at home and abroad.
Canon 5D MK3, 70-200 f2.8
1/3200 sec, f2.8, ISO 100
I was recently contacted by Fairfax Media, the owners of various New Zealand publications and stuff.co.nz about the old Bristol Freighter that I had shot in North Auckland a few years ago, they were running a story on the aircraft and had come across my blog post about it. They asked if they could use some of the images online, which I allowed. A link to the article as well as a link to the old log post are below.
The old Bristol Freighter
The News Article
The Old Blog Post
There was natural light falling through a vent in the ceiling of this subterranean vault, I lit the ceiling, walls and floor with an LED torch which to the eye has a white light, but playing around with the White Balance in CS6 brought out a pleasing blue hue. Thanks to Roland for holding the pose without moving for 30 seconds.
30 Second exposure ISO500 f9
Canon 5D MK3
Canon 24-105mm f4
Manfrotto Carbon Fiber Tripod
LED Lenser Torch
Well it’s nearly the end of the year again. 2014 seems to have gone quicker than all those before it, a symptom of getting older perhaps?
It’s been a hell of a year for me, massive upheaval at leaving my old job and emigrating with the family to New Zealand.
Moving from a city of over a million people to a town of around 50,000 has brought new subject challenges for me, gone are much of the gritty urban shots and urban dereliction which defined my style and content, and in have come more natural landscapes and seascapes, not subject matters with which I am totally comfortable, still it’s good to test yourself and put yourself outside your comfort zone.
Below is a selection of my favorite images taken in 2014, one from each month.
I would like to wish all my followers old and new a very Happy Christmas, and a healthy and prosperous New Year.
All shots taken at a petrochemical tank farm on Aucklands water front. There were SO many shots to be had here, so many different angles, shadows, colours and textures. It was a bright sunny day but the sun kept disappearing behind clouds which created different shadows almost continuously.
Add to that the many different ways I liked to process the final images created more image possibilities from one location than I have found before.
A return trip is a must.
Trying a different viewpoint for a well photographed subject.
Shot from the tank farm on Aucklands waterfront.
Rangitoto Island is a volcanic island in the Hauraki Gulf near Auckland, New Zealand. The 5.5 km wide island is an iconic and widely visible landmark of Auckland with its distinctive symmetrical shield volcano cone rising 260 meters (850 ft) high over the Hauraki Gulf.
80 second exposure, f22, ISO 100