Archive for March, 2010

Home of the Lost Soles

Taken with speedlight on full power in the middle of the day at Castle Point, New Zealand.

Went out as a day trip after looking at a map and thinking it would only take an hour and a half to get there from Wellington. 3 Hours later we arrive and only get to spend 30 minutes before we have to leave to get back to Wellington to pick up the family from work and creche.

Very cool place to take photos, must go back and camp sometime.

Sometimes it feels like my D70s has more dust than sensor.

More Mushroom Hunting

This time the mushroom hunting is literal.

Speedlight directly above the mushroom but quite close so there is alot of light fall off.

Shot on Nikon F5 with Velvia 50 film

The Fall of the Last Tree Standing

This is the fall of the last tree left standing on a lone hill next to a power pylon.

I shot this wide because the tree was on a massive lean towards said power pylon and the tree fellers truck (which he moved before the tree came down).

It ended up being a bit of an anticlimax due to the fact that they tied a steel cable to the digger and pulled it down before it was cut all the way through.

Original series was 17 images but have narrowed it down a bit. I also kooked the focus due to using slow film so have made it small and “Lomofied” it a bit. Yes I know im a hypicrite

Ukulele Festival

Ukulele Festival in Wellington 20th March 2010

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Stopped past to pick up the girls on my way home from work and snapped a couple of shots


Collaboration with Dining With Gunz

Amusing because both of us were thinking of doing this but neither of us wanted to ask the other.

Hopefully there will be more collaboratons in the future.

Death of a Tree

Sequence of a pine tree being felled.

Amusing things to note: Shot on Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO film so had to shoot at f2.8 so not to get motion blur and had 9 month old Samantha in the backpack trying desparatley to grab the camera strap.

More tree related shots coming.

Fatherhood Friday 2

Just finished developing these last night (yay black and white film)

All I can say is “when the heck did you grow up so much?!

This picture really sums up Samantha in my opinion “its all about me!”  It is possible at 9 months that she has a diabolical plan to rule the world.

This is a picture of Emily posing, not quite sure what she’s being… I only put it in because one of this weeks big things was watching them cut down the trees that she is standing in front of…Those pics with action sequences of trees being felled coming soon 🙂

Surfer and the Storm

Shot after a big storm overnight… It still seems crazy that these guys wait for the big waves to go past and then jump onto the back of them from the rocks to get into the water… I guess it saves lots of time paddling.

Photography while Driving

Taking photos with your camera stuck to the inside of the windscreen produces some interesting results… Using remote of some sort is a must if you are by yourself… Still havent been pulled over by the police for this one yet.

A couple of macro shots (aka mushroom hunting)

Underside of a dead rose

Underside of a leaf

I have always enjoyed playing round with macro lenses (in this case extension tubes) and find that you usually dont get interesting images unless you spend a bit of time looking for different angles. Both these images were shot underneath so you dont get the cliche’d looking straight down on the rose (yawn) shot.



Typical New Zealand Photo

On the way back from a Castle mission had to stop for some cows crossing the road… Had camera, will take photos

This is for all the Non New Zealanders out there… Apparently there are more cows in NZ than people, not to mention a couple of sheep

Lost Printer

Ive noticed over the last couple of weeks that my printer has been starting to fade into the background, possibly because it is out of ink. After purchasing some ink (which cost more than I initially paid for the printer) I cant find it anywhere…. Weird. This pic is of a slightly cleaner desk as I used a camera, speedlite and off shoe TTL cable that was otherwise on the desk.

The situation has gotten worse… Amanda actually needsd something printed (ukulele music) and the printer cartridge has also been eaten by my desk…

Might have to tidy somewhat before work today.

Fatherhood Friday

Amanda and Emily

They both have the knack of saying things unintentionally that make me laugh my ass off

Amandas best this week: Lip Waash instead of whiplash

Emilys best this week: ” That necklass looks really pretty mum. When you die can I have it?”


Had a hard week teething. 1 top tooth down 1 to go!

Balance by Torchlight

Fort Balance, Wellington

Nikon F5, Ilford Delta 3200 film, f1.8  30 secs with fill light from torch

Pre WWII gun emplacement… Abandoned by military, Adopted by graffiti artists.

Part of a series I am currently working on about abandoned gun emplacements around Wellington.

Snail on a Wire

As the title suggests it a snail on a power line… Not sure where it was going or even where it had come from… All I know is it had a long way to go.

Infrared Stable

Reconstructed Stable in Old Cromwell Town, Cromwell, Central Otago, New Zealand

Nikon  D70s  ISO 200  f22  for 15 seconds with a Cokin 007 IR filter

The composition of this shot was based on Lawrence Aberhart’s style ( I wish I could have shot it on an 8×10 camera like Mr Aberhart)

Macro Stitch Image “Back of a Gargoyle”

Nikon D70s ISO 200 50mm f1.8 with PK13 extension tube f8 1/125sec with 1 studio light

This image is actually made up of 9 images stitched togeather in Photoshop

The overall dimensions are something like 100cm x 25cm at 300 dpi

This was an experiment to see if I could combine macro photography and stitching to make a macro panoramic image. This was done by moving the camera along a macro rail rather than rotating it like when you make a landscape pano… I am really tempted to make a turntable of some sort to put an object on and then make a 360 degree stitched image of it…

As a test I thought this worked pretty well.

Red Splat

Red Splat

Originally shot for the Canon Eos Photo5 Competition

Nikon D70s ISO 200 f8 1/640 sec (which is kinda odd cause the D70s is only supposed to sync up to 1/500 sec)

Red Splat 2

This one didnt make the cut for the comp but was kinda cool

Nikon D70s ISO 200 f8 1/640 sec

A small setup montage.

I really like how crap the setup is (random piece of perspex with holes drilled into it balanced on an upsidedown chair on the family table) but how good the end result looks… I feel its a good example of what you can do without spending a whole heap of money on fancy equipment.

Light Graffiti

Test shot for Portrait sometime (model in foreground right)

Nikon D70s ISO 200 F22 66secs with 10W torch and lots of running up and down

Cross Processed Emily Lion

Cross Processed uji Velvia 50

Facepaint from launch of the “Giggles” TV show

Same shot two different ways 2

Shot 1 mostly for composition reasons

Courtneay Place, Wellington, New Zealand

Nikon D70s at ISO 200 f8 1/500 sec

Shot 2 with a Cokin NDX filter (which reduces light by a bigillion stops)

Nikon D70s ISO 200 f8 364 sec

This one feels slightly post apocalyptic with the lack of people and the crazy magenta cast from the filter

Motorcycle Wisdom

Seen on Courtneay Place… Before it was illegal to use cell phones in cars.

Not the best photo but it amused me at the time.


This is my fridge… Used for storing film and alcohol… Sometimes I put food in it also….