Archive for July, 2010

Fatherhood Friday 17: Ummm Make That Saturday

Been busy for the last couple of weeks so have got a couple of oldies from my camera phone… Both are a few years old now

Wow looking at these I can’t believe how much she has grown up 🙂

No pics of Sam this week but she has started walking a little bit and decided to do it when Amanda was working late for the first time since Sam has been born 😦

More recent pictures next week I promise.

Foam Attack/Art

A weekend of Foam related street art maybe?

Cuba Street

Te Aro Park Fountain

Foam Clean-up on Cuba Street

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film

Another Oldie

All I can say is YAY for Monkeys

Mamaya RB67, 90mm Lens + Extension Tube, Fuji Velvia 50 ISO

An Oldie But a Goodie

This is kinda one of my favourite images from about 5 years ago

Mamaya RB67, 127mm Lens, Fuji Velvia 50 ISO film

Ticker Tape Journey

Seen at last weeks parade.

This shows the short life of ticker tape from being shot out of a canon to being swept up…Enjoy

It was basically a CO2 cylinder strapped to a box with a tube stuck on one end… Nice

Nothing like a whole heap of different coloured tape to throw off your exposure meter 🙂

Shock horror its in colour! Ran out of black and white and had a roll of Kodak Supra 400 (which was horrendously expired… Thanks the person who gave it to me…you know who you are)

Not sure I would want to be this guy.

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film and Kodak Supra 400 ISO Colour Negative Film.

Stilt Walker in Civic Square

One of the few times I have been a little frustrated with my 50mm. Would have been easier to frame the shot with a wide-angle which would have ment I could have got her all in the shot showing how much taller she was than everyone else. Couldnt get back any further without getting other people in front.

Seen at Civic Square in Wellington at the All Whites (NZ Football Team) parade. The name comes from the fact they wear all white uniforms.

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film.

Civic Square Ball

New wooden sculpture on top of the bridge going over the road from Civic Square in Wellington.

New opportunities for framing the ball hanging in the middle of the square.

Have taken this again with better framing but film is still in the camera.

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO film… (this mostly doesnt change) 🙂

Reflection Sculpture and Diver

It was kind of a nothing happening day so I decided to go shoot the statue/sculpture I had seen a couple of days ago on the Wellington waterfront. The sky was pretty overcast so the conditions were pretty good (although I will go back at nigh and shoot with flash sometime in the future).

So I get there and start taking some shots when all of a sudden people start jumping off the wharf directly behind the sculpture…wtf… some sort of training for dive people I guess… They started doing circuits on the dock so it gave me a good opportunity to get some pics.

P N D S was written on their wetsuits but didn’t get anything from google and they were going pretty hard out so was thinking they were possibly Navy… If anyone knows?

I love it when stuff like this happens 🙂


The one on the right is a sculpture.

Jumping with Fins

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film

Mr Key

Shot at the start of the parade for the All Whites Football team after their undefeated record at the world cup (didn’t win a game but got 3 draws).

The person in the middle of the scrum is the Prime Minister of New Zealand John Key. The thing I really like about New Zealand is that we are all pretty relaxed and it was cool to see the PM hang around after the parade had left and talk and pose for photos with the large amount of kids who stayed. Even if I don’t agree with his politics at least he hung round and had his photo taken with pretty much anyone.

The funniest thing that happened was a dancer from a Salsa Dancing float tried to get her picture taken with the PM and had to run to catch up with her float which had left without her. unfortunately I was changing a roll of film at the time and missed shooting it…

It also seemed like entrance to the fenced off area was by the look of your camera rather than any type of Press Pass, I was tempted but liked the angles I was getting so decided not to try…

I possibly pissed off some newspaper photographers by using my 50mm and getting close and getting in their way while they were all shooting 70-200s.  Ngh like I cared 🙂

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO film.

More Knitting Graffiti

More knitting graffiti seen this time in the Leftbank Mall off Cuba Street.

No someone didn’t lose a scarf it was definitely knitted on to the post.

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO film.

Bubble Man

Man blowing bubbles in Manners Mall, Wellington.

He wasnt too happy with me taking his photo and stopped whenever I was in his sight. I sniped this one while walking past from the other end of the mall.

This image is kinda inspired by THIS IMAGE which is much more impressive… Cheers Fergus.

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO film.

Puddle Reflection

Seen opposite The Beehive in Wellington after a heavy rain and a blocked drain.

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5 400 ISO Film.

Protest 2

Protest on Cuba Street about prisioners being held at Guantanamo Bay

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5 400 ISO Film.

Pigeon Houses

Pigeons roosting near the back entrance of where I work.

Possibly needs a bit of straightening but what the hey…

Home Along

Minding the Nest

Apartment Living

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film.

Fatherhood Friday 16: Sam and I Street Shooting

Not as Dead Flower

Not as dead as the last one

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, PK13 Extension Tube, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film

Dead Flower

Dont you just love it when your walking along (admittedly in a cemetery) and you go “Hey, that dead looking flower is pretty cool, I just happen to have an extension tube  and a 50mm on my F5, This could be a cool image”

And it was True Story

🙂 Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, PK13 Extension Tube, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO film, Gold toning care of Photoshop.


Thistle at the Cemetery

Flash situated above the head of the thistle just out of frame in order to have more light fall-off.

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens, Velvia 50 ISO film, SB80DX Speedlite, Radio Remote Flash Trigger.

Abandoned Car

Guess no one wanted it any more…

Nikon F5, 19-35mm lens, Ilford HP5 400 ISO film

Bannockburn Sluicings

Located in Central Otago, New Zealand, this is an area that was extensively gold mined at the end of the 1800’s.

Its kinda impressive to look at since you can see how high the land used to be and this was done without machinery.

There are several mine shafts as well as the general sluicing areas

Nikon F5, 19-35mm Lens, Ilford HP5 400 ISO film

Old Burned Out House

An old partially burned out house in Tapanui… Dont think it is there anymore.

Nikon F5, 19-35mm Lens, Ilford HP5 400 ISO film and bad scanning from a lab… must find negs and rescan properly

Swing Lens Goodness

Borrowed a swing lens camera a couple of years back and took it to the cemetery across the road from where I live just as it was getting dark loaded with Ilford Delta 3200 ISO film (one of my favourites). Even though the sky is still blown out the images have a bit of a surreal feel due to the lack of any shadows.

Darkroom Printing Session

Spent 6 hours in a darkroom on Wednesday. Managedto print these images at 12 x 16 inches on some heavy weight gloss RC paper.

Hopefully I will get to go again in a week or so andf print the other 5 – 7 images that will hopefully make up an exhibition.

Fatherhood Friday 15: Teething…You Want Sleep With That?

Samantha is currently working on a couple of molars as well as a coupler of eye teeth. She has pretty much stopped eating solids and is relying mostly on breast milk. This means that she is waking every couple of hours at night because she is hungry and mostly grumpy during the day because Amanda is at work and only feeds her once at lunch time.

Emily is excited about going to see her cousin Alex this weekend after missing her birthday last weekend due to a vomiting bug.

At least no-one is sick…Touch Wood!

Luc the cat comes to visit on rainy days… Not sure why.