Friday Photo: 19 June

July 19th, 2013 at 9:43 am by Chthoniid

I haven’t had much time to take pics of the local bird-life (or creepy-crawlies) so this edition is from a stream in the Waitakere  Ranges instead.

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It’s the if any Aucklanders are curious :)

 

 

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25 Responses to “Friday Photo: 19 June”

  1. Redbaiter (7,836 comments) says:

    Bland unimaginative and unimpressive.

    What is it exactly that leads you to assume that these continually amateurish snapshots are somehow special enough to feature on Kiwiblog?

    Beats me.

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  2. RRM (9,585 comments) says:

    What is it exactly that leads you to assume that these continually amateurish snapshots are somehow special enough to feature on Kiwiblog?

    I wonder the same thing every time one of your comments pops up :-P

    Remember the last time chth posted one of these stream photos, and you thought the water was some kind of photoshopped computer effect? Dumb fuck, you have no idea what you’re talking about, just get out.

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  3. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Red you are a miserable prick.

    If your indicative of a true “conservative” then don’t expect your party to get above its current 1.5%

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  4. nasska (10,819 comments) says:

    ….”Bland unimaginative and unimpressive.”…..

    Moss growing on a rock beats the hell out of another dissertation on Conservatism. :)

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  5. Redbaiter (7,836 comments) says:

    If anyone puts their pics up for public display they should be prepared for criticism good and or bad.

    It appears to me that this whole Friday Photo thing is driven by the photographer’s assumption that he is somehow capable of outstanding work.

    I think this assumption is wrong, and if one wants to test this one only has to make a comparison with Todd Sisson’s work. The difference is starkly obvious.

    IMHO Todd is a naturally gifted artist, Chthoniid is merely a self infatuated amateur.

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  6. Ed Snack (1,769 comments) says:

    I actually know the Mokoroa quite well, having lived not far from there some time ago. In fact we could walk through to the stream where it enters the reserve area just above the falls. There are a number of excellent swimming holes both above and below the falls. There’s a good loop track that runs along the stream on one leg, and it can be distinctly slippery and tricky at times.

    One walk I always wanted to try was heading on downstream from the lower track crossing (where you can walk on out to Constable Rd at the back of Muriwai) to I guess the start of the Hillary trail section at the back of Bethells. But it was always too hard to organise transport back to the start point and too far to walk easily

    And unlike Redbaiter, I appreciate the photo, thanks.

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  7. RRM (9,585 comments) says:

    The Sissons have a real talent for arranging magnificent landscapes with the kind of grandilloquent composition (and rose-tinted light & colour work) you’d expect a romantic painter to use.

    With Chthoniid’s stuff there’s less of that; the quality of his photos is all about what an excellent technician he is. Anyone could walk into the bush and take a photo of a stream. Some people could even set up a long exposure to create that rather affected water effect. But that photo above does all that, AND the ferns on the far side of the stream are every bit as in focus as the moss on the rock in the extreme foreground. You can’t *amateur* that.

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  8. Redbaiter (7,836 comments) says:

    “to create that rather affected water effect”

    Yes I agree, affected silly and trendy.

    Demonstrating a clear lack of originality when that is what artistry is meant to be about.

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  9. Fletch (6,092 comments) says:

    Nice. Did you need to use an ND filter because of the slow shutter speed? I’m thinking of buying a variable ND filter. What I’m finding really annoying is that (apart from Auckland City) there are no photographic shops anywhere locally that sell filters or 5-in-1 reflectors; anything other than really basic stuff. Years ago there used to be a camera shop in my local Westfield mall, but that has long gone.

    I think the problem is that everyone buys their cameras from places like Dick Smith, The Warehouse, or Noel Leeming – mostly compact point-and-shoot cameras – and so there aren’t many places that cater to real enthusiasts.

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  10. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Red, can you tell if Chthoniid is a “prog” from his photos ?

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  11. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    @Fletch – yes, I used a 3-stop ND filter. The exposure is about 3 minutes long, so a cable release and stopwatch was also helpful. I had to estimate the exposure length myself. Filters are very hard to find in NZ. I share your pain :) I use Hitech square filters with a Cokin-P holder & end up importing the Hitech filters myself.

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  12. Redbaiter (7,836 comments) says:

    “Red, can you tell if Chthoniid is a “prog” from his photos ?”

    Well, I already know he is, but yes, it’s made more apparent by means of the fact that every photo he puts up here is all about himself. As RRM suggests, “the quality of his photos is all about what an excellent technician he is.”

    This is clearly the assumption Chthoniid makes about himself. His follow up comments inevitably reinforce this impression. Narcissism and self focus is a big part of Progressivism.

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  13. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Chthoniid, is it true ? Are you really a god hating communist prog out to destroy all that is good and decent in the world ? :)

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  14. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    @Ed Snack

    It is a marvelous piece of native bush. The stream track is best done from the Constable Road side, then looping back- I’ve tried it both ways. What I like about this reserve is the double-waterfall at the start. Surprisingly it seems less well known than say Fairy Falls or the like.

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  15. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    @Kea

    I’ve never given a fuck about what Red thinks. That’s my greatest sin in his eyes. He can’t stand that anyone would think him so utterly inconsequential. So he has this pathetic campaign to try to get my attention. That’s all. The problem for him, is I *really* don’t give a fuck what he thinks.

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  16. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    @RRM

    yep, the Sissons are exceptional landscape photographers. I enjoy their work. They have an eye for composition and colour that I envy.

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  17. Redbaiter (7,836 comments) says:

    “So he has this pathetic campaign to try to get my attention.”

    Kea- see what I mean about narcissism? If you didn’t know it from his oh so chic handle, you’d soon come to realise that Chthoniid is someone super special because why else would Redbaiter write here only to get his attention.

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  18. RRM (9,585 comments) says:

    Narcissism and self focus is a big part of Progressivism.

    :neutral: Really?

    You might just as well talk about how you can see socialist realism in the jingoistically-patriotic NEW ZEALAND LANDSCAPES of the Sissons, the arguments in favour would be about as compelling…

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  19. Kea (11,878 comments) says:

    Chthoniid, I noticed you avoided answering my question. I suspect you hate baby jesus and are indeed a commie loving prog. ;)

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  20. Chthoniid (2,029 comments) says:

    @Kea

    …damn, and to think I almost had you fooled for a second.

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  21. Elaycee (4,318 comments) says:

    Jeez – clearly someone has their head so far up their arse that they can’t see (and can’t appreciate) quality photography. And no surprises it’s the same person who wakes up each day and has an argument with the sad old fart he sees in the bathroom mirror. Sad, really. Someone must have swapped his Prozac for tic tacs.

    @Chthoniid: Thanks for continuing to share your portfolio. Much appreciated. :)

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  22. Redbaiter (7,836 comments) says:

    “You might just as well talk about how you can see socialist realism in the jingoistically-patriotic NEW ZEALAND LANDSCAPES of the Sissons,”

    Not really. The Sisson photos are all about capturing light and shade and a particularly compelling event in nature. At a fleeting moment. It is clear they are focused on their work and subjects.

    Chthoniid’s work on the other hand just reeks of arrant self obsession.

    Just my opinion of course. Feel quite free to disagree.

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  23. OneTrack (2,726 comments) says:

    Looks good to me. Have to give that a go myself.

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  24. beautox (433 comments) says:

    RRM – your analysis of why this guy is not an amateur is, well, one big amateur mistake? Why?

    Well what he did was slap an ND filter on the cam, put on a tripod, select a very small aperture and shoot. In such a case it would be virtually impossible to get anything other than everything in focus.

    Also it’s a very amateur mistake to think that the quality of a photograph has got anything to do with how sharp it is. The easiest camera to take sharp from foreground-to-background shots is a smartphone due to it’s small sensor.

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  25. Peter (1,652 comments) says:

    They’re both equally dull, in my humble opinion.

    Well executed dullness. The theme is always exactly same: “look at this pretty holiday scene/thing”

    So what?

    How about a photo that makes a commentary? Mans impact on wilderness. The insignificance of man in nature. The cruelty of nature. The ironic. The ugliness.

    Farrahs photos are much more interesting, simply because there is some context and story. Technical proficiency, in itself, just isn’t interesting.

    Rather, have something to communicate, other than ” isn’t this pretty”

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