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Archive for September 2011

Friendship & the Rugby World Cup

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A bit of whimsy in honour of the All Blacks vs Canada on Sunday night.

The Canadians have gone mad. Well, they’ve always been a bit mad – rather terrifying to your bog standard Kiwi – though not on the Rugby field. I doubt it’s gonna be pretty on Sunday night… So a little reminder to my Canadian friends… We can still be friends.

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30/09/2011 at 10:45 pm

Once Upon a Sunset

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29/09/2011 at 11:07 pm

Waterfront at night

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I feel a little guilty putting up what is essentially just a pretty night-time reflection shot – but it’s been a busy time and I am so pleased with the shots  I got on Monday night – not that they are technically perfect, more that I am discovering the capabilities of the Canon 5D Mark II camera… This is really just me walking down the footpath overlooking the harbour and clicking away – no tripod or even time to compose… I’m pretty sure I’ve dreamed of this. But then I sometimes get this little sense of panic – I mean… the camera is so good – what is there for me to do once the clicking is complete?

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28/09/2011 at 10:09 pm

Rugby Fan

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When you need  to sit, everything looks like a seat…

Shot this on ISO 64oo with a cheap-as 50mm prime lens with the aperture set to f1.8… I am in total awe of what this camera is capable of… if I see it, it can capture it…

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27/09/2011 at 11:05 pm

I Love the Rugby World Cup

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I’ve never been much of a sport fan, despite living in a country that is mad for sport, and especially mad for rugby. And we’re in the middle of the Rugby World Cup – being hosted right here in New Zealand. So I’ve been a bit hesitant to go into the city – the evening news is full of crowds and glitches and international teeming hordes of the  rugby mad…Better to stay in the safety of the Titirangi bush…

But I hadn’t caught up with the eldest  in a while, so I ventured into town, camera in hand… No problem getting a table in our usual pub, right on Queen Street. The bartender filled our drinks request right away. We chatted, competing with the various televisions revving up for the game – Wales vs Namibia in New Plymouth (hardly a fair contest – the Welsh slaughtered the hapless Namibians 81-7.) Then we wandered downtown to take in the Fanzone… presumably things were jumping a bit more in New Plymouth, but it seemed rather ordinary here in Auckland.

Big excitement! A student protest marching down Queen Street protesting hikes in student fees – we joined the march for a few blocks, just to get the blood pumping. But when they turned to go up a hill, we continued on. Checked out the fanzone – cool, but most of it was closed for the night. No problem getting a good table in a restaurant, prompt service, good food, no price gouging.

It was a pretty great night out. I think I love the Rugby World Cup!

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26/09/2011 at 11:09 pm

When Grandma Came to Visit

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Gosh we just looked so cute, like three nice little kids… there’s a tot running around there somewhere as well… You’d never guess the mischief we got up to. Oh the stories I could tell…

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26/09/2011 at 12:34 am

Cabo Dawn

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The sun was just coming up and the town was nearly deserted, no vendors or hustlers or beautiful people. A water taxi driver offered to take us out around the harbour, charging little more than a song. A truly enchanted and enchanting experience, the honey light, the seals and pelicans, the turquoise sea and this guy who stopped to say hello for a sec.

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25/09/2011 at 12:17 am

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