Sunday, November 28, 2010

The month of November - that was...

I don't know where it went, but then that is a different story.

After tarting myself down to Manukau Photographic Soc. I went back to the old haunt at Howick Camera Club. Not a lot has changed there. The club seems to be quite a bit bigger, with a goodly number there on the night. They also have "C", "Intermediate" and "Elite" categories for membership. NEAT!! They even have a "m-a-g" person who passed on the fact that I was an ex- returning to the fold as it were. No on rushed over to shake my hand or even acknowledge me so to that extent, nothing much has changed.

I think I might concentrate on set subject again, if only because I enjoy the challenge. I have the list for next year and most are pretty standard. "Hot", "Sport" come to mind in that category of "standard".

There are two which I think will be a real challenge.

"White on white". Got an idea for this; involves a plate, a white infinity sheet, and multiple exposure. Thoughts processing furiously on how to achieve the kind of light/shadow I want...

"Eyes". Given I am not good at people photos, this is a real challenge. It strikes me as "real, in your face" photography.

One to have fun with - "Privacy". Potential for political comment here is endless. I might visit Q St one afternoon and line up unsuspecting peds and ask them to hide their faces from me. Hopefully I will also have some police in the same frame... Hmmm and evil grin on that one.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

On getting the opportunity...

There are times when I wish I had a camera that I could attach to the back of my eye, or perhaps to the side, which I could trigger automatically...

To give a f'rinstance, we were in Opononi this past weekend. A morning trip to Rawene and a good lunch and we were heading back to Opo.

On the 8km road between Rawene and SH12 there is a left bend followed by a right sweeper. On the left is a farmhouse with all of the usual things going on.

This time around there was a rather large goose in the long grass at the side of the road, its neck outstretched, guarding its nest in the grass. Hovering overhead was a harrier hawk with its wings thrashing to keep itself out of reach of the goose and its talons outstretched...

At 85-90 kph that little tableau lasted for perhap no more than half a second and it was past. There was no chance to stop and grab what would have been an amazing shot. A second earlier, a second later, and it would probably not have existed.


I find it difficulty to get regular with the photohunt thing. I must keep trying.

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Photohunter - miniature

Our bay tree is in flower. It is about 3mm across - a very miniature flower indeed!

NZ is a small country. Our big lndscapes are well known and mostly well photographed to the point where getting a new or better image is difficult. So I started to look for other landscapes. This was one of the first I found on a walk from ocean beach to carpark at Omapere. The canyon wall on the left is about 18" high. The smooth area in the middle is the front edge of a step in the track...


Saturday, September 25, 2010

Photohunter - Natural...

The weather down these parts is about as natural as it comes in a maritime climate.
Taken mid-August in a local park. Tech details not material as it has been processed from colour RAW file to B/W.
I like it.

Sunday, September 19, 2010

Friday, September 10, 2010

Photohunter - Anniversary

Granddaughter number two celebrating her second "anniversary". Sorry, best I could do...

Monday, September 6, 2010

Photohunter - hot

This is about the most fiery that I could think of.

We had our second trip tp Vanuatu about 6 years back and one of the highlights was a trip to Tanna and climbing Yasur at dusk. A very recommended trip if ever you get the chance.

For the tekkies,

Minolta SRT101, 55mm lens, f8, 30 secs.

Saturday, August 28, 2010


We have had a tough week of it. Adult children...

We went out for a drive to Parakai and had a hot(ish) soak for a bit then went into Helensville for lunch which we "found" at the (now disused) railway station.

Over the tracks from the station was this "bridge to nowhere". Perspective frames old shed, on old boat, on old bridge...