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"People observe the colors of a day only at its beginnings and ends, but to me it's quite clear that a day merges through a multitude of shades and intonations with each passing moment. A single hour can consist of thousands of different colors. Waxy yellows, cloud-spot blues. Murky darkness. In my line of work, I make it a point to notice them."

— Markus Zusak


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I love coming across images I have exported to create a panorama, and then forget about them until now. There is so much going on in this shot, it would take me a while to list them!


Taken on the rocks (nearly got my gear wet) at Ocean Beach, Bluff, with Eddie, Josh and Co :)


This one is specially for wifey-poos :)



There's a fair bit going on in this shot :)

• 2 MCs

• Milky Way

• Faint Aurora Australis

• Airglow

• Iridiam Flare

• Light pollution from Cromwell

And a very still lake :)



Maori Bay.


Loving the 200mm ƒ2.8 lens :)

This guy was enjoying a paddle ;o)

A crisp autumn morning on Lake Benmore, Waitaki valley, North Otago, New Zealand. Those are Canadian geese & some mallards on the lake.

Shot from a the weekend :) 10 shot panorama on Waiheke Island.

2nd edit of a previous shot, just with a better dish and different editing :)

Te Toto is a short drive (20 mins) along a gravel road from Raglan, we drove the motorhome up there and stayed the night in the carpark. Looking forward to getting back to this wonderful place! Did someone say astro shot?


The three natural coastal amphitheatres at Te Toto were once the site of extensive Maori gardens. Remnants of stone rows which would have outlined garden plots can still be seen in places, as well two small pa, storage pits and terraces.


There is little recorded tradition about this area but the rather eroded state of the earthworks suggests it was occupied between about 1700 and 1800.

Clyde Dam, Cluther River.

Watching the moonrise from the marina. I forgot my tripod so tried to stabilize the camera on a bollard, kinda worked :)

Because I have to work ;) i miss out on the odd sunset. When I arrived at this location I had no idea there was still some light popping through, luckily the camera picked it up :)

Yesterday I showed you my arty picture of Cathedral Cove beach, today you can see the reality. The enormous arch that I'm under while taking this shot is the reason for the name of the beach, and its heavily advertised as a tourist destination, with bus loads of people walking along the path to this beach. At the time of day we were there, there was no possibility of getting a shot through here without loads of people in shot. Maybe I should have come back in the evening/early morning, but it was a long walk in the heat!


The rock you can see there, is the one in yesterday's picture.... those who thought it looked as if it might topple, maybe you'll change your mind now, I think it'll be a while yet :)

If you visit New Zealand, visit Fiordland, and Milford Sound if at all possible. My images do not do it justice.


This is a 7 stop (and 7 exposure) hand held HDR image captured with my D700 from an overnight cruise. The hand held aspect works because everything is a long way away. Parallax isn't a big issue. Hell, the boat was even under way when I took this.


It was processed from raw using entirely open source tools including dcraw, align_image_stack (part of hugin), pfstools and gimp. Who says you need photomatrix/photoshop to pull off great results? There are no presets or anything else to help all that much, but once you understand (really understand) what is going on, all the tools are there. Also, it doesn't hurt to be in one of the most beautiful places in the world.


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Another edit from a shoot a few weeks ago :) quite happy with how this one turned out, even though I accidentally caught myself setting up my other camera.

Church of the Good Shepherd, Lake Tekapo.


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3rd exposure of the night, clouds were being a bastard :(

Last night Tim and I headed out to Whatipu to capture the elusive aurora from the Auckland area. There was extremely faint activity way in the distance, fun night in the windy rainy cloudy starry Whatipu!

Yep, that tree again, yep.

Taken on the way to Thames in New Zealand on what turned out to be their answer to Australia's Great Ocean Road. Highly recommended.

The full 'Blue' Moon rises behind Auckland's Sky Tower.

Me and my friends hanging out on the famous Wanaka Tree.


Canon 6D + Samyang 24mm ƒ1.4 @ ƒ3.5.



I got this shot while driving back to Wanaka from Twizel. Although I was wanting to get some shots of Lindis Pass on this trip I wasn't too hopeful given I was passing through at midday.


But thanks to some gaps in the thick clouds the sun managed to break through and create a bit of drama, for a few minutes anyway.


No group invites or glittery graphics, thanks.


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Sorry, that tree again. Not as many birds as the previous shot (from the week before). By the time I took this it was just after sunrise and most of the birds had woken up and gone off looking for breakfast.


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I call this a Frankenrama, plagued by clouds every 15 mins, in turn making me wait for another clear spell to carry on shooting, sometimes the wait was so long and the stars had moved significantly. So have combined a few shots from 3 attempts at shooting this :)

Once we arrived at Whatipu, we were welcomed to a view of wind, seaspray, rain and just generally, not the best conditions. However, all we wanted was a small window of clouds, and patience certainly pays off.

7 shot panorama of Aucklands Harbour Bridge at night, shot from Westhaven Marina using my EF 200mm ƒ2.8 lens.

This was stitched using Lightrooms stitching engine, done a pretty good job of i! Certainly helps with the flat perspective of a telephoto lens.

Here's another shot of the beautiful sunset at Bethells Beach a few weeks ago.


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