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I’d go to the ends of the earth

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09/02/2013 at 12:14 am


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The other day one of the photography blogs I follow, Less is More, put up a beautiful shot of some backlit people and cactus and the way the sun caught their silhouettes, it appeared they had halos. I loved the shot and was a wee bit envious, in the gentlest kind of way, where I tack a note in my brain reminding me to give that a go myself.

I am still going through my photos from my trip down to Wanaka at the end of May and came upon this idyllic, rather painterly shot of a couple of sheep grazing on a steep hill just in the early morning, backlit and all aglow! I would describe my joy as veritably frabjus! What pastoral bliss… And evocative of the early impressionists. Indeed, on another day I might have taken this into photoshop and added some brush strokes or other embellishments, but I don’t think this really needs it…

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10/06/2012 at 10:00 pm

One lady leaping

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Went through over 600 images shot last night. To be honest, most were plain crap… I deleted over 300. Then I deleted another 100. Then I starting culling in earnest… and in the end, came up with such a brilliant set of photos, I feel like I invented candy and can’t wait to tell all my friends…

I’ll probably end up posting most of them on here as the days go by, but I put together an album on facebook that you can access by clicking here. No need to friend me or be on facebook yourself.

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11/03/2012 at 9:01 pm

The Rose in My Garden

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Actually, this rose is NOT in my garden, it is in the Parnell Rose Garden, in Auckland. I love the phrase though as it is the title of one of my daughter’s favourite books books when she was small, by Anita and Arnold Lobel. (I think that’s their names, too late to look them up now…) It’s a clever little bit of growing repetition, beautifully illustrated. We still have the hard cover – waiting for another generation.

In the meantime, I was rather mesmerised by this passionate burst of a bloom. The roses were late this year, won’t be in their full splendour for another week or two… Fortunately this one had something to say.

And after a few days of missing out on my NaNoWriMo due to heavy work load, I was able to make up for lost words…

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11/11/2011 at 1:08 am

On our way

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07/11/2011 at 11:32 pm

Johnny Jump Up

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One of the sure signs that spring is here, despite the cold that just won’t quit is the annual Parnell Rose Festival, arts, crafts, and roses, roses, roses. Yes, I took some very nice photos of some of the roses, though I was with a friend who is not used to being with a photographer, so I had to restrain myself – no laying on the ground shooting flowers from below…

So I get home and look at some of my shots and this one, a long exposure under a tree, so I had time to play with the zoom on the lens, won the day for me. A bunch of Johnny Jump Ups growing under a big shady tree, so common, so ordinary, really just genteel weeds. They were one of my mother’s favourites and she was a grand gardener, but had a soft spot for these little guys, and now so do I.

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06/11/2011 at 10:10 pm

Karioitahi Beach

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OK – it has to be quick tonight – I was out at Karioitahi Beach a couple hours south of Auckland for most of the day. And whilst I love the beach and could shoot until I dropped, that’s pretty much exactly what I did – I am completely exhausted…

So – this slightly impressionist take on the surf at the end of the day. I stacked on the ND filters to increase the exposure time, which gives the waves that slightly dreamy, painterly effect.

And at the moment, it’s the final of the Rugby World Cup and the All Blacks are ahead of the French by one point with ten minutes to go in the match… I better go!

Woo hoo! An All Black victory! There’ll be dancing in the streets across the land tonight! But me, I’ll just go tuck myself in for a happy night’s sleep…

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23/10/2011 at 9:39 pm

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