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Monday Motivator – Koh Russei Serenity

May 19th, 2014 at 11:13 am by Richard Hume

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Koh Russei Serenity, Koh Russei Island, Cambodia

Cambodia is an amazing country to visit and offers just so much to the traveller looking for a little more than the ‘usual’ – if you have been there you will know what I mean. One thing I didn’t expect was the amazing set of islands off the coast of Sihanoukville.

Located in the Gulf Of Thailand several kilometers of the mainland Koh Russei Island was a lovely place to spend a few days. Each evening I would make the short trek across the island through a forest and past a military base to this stunning and deserted beach to capture the sunset.

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Cheers

Richard [richardhume.com]

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Monday Motivator – Scenic Highway 163

January 13th, 2014 at 9:39 am by Richard Hume

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Scenic Highway 163, Monument Valley, USA

I love visiting the USA and am always blown away by the amazing photo opportunities this incredible country offers.

If you have ever been to Monument Valley then you will know how immense this landscape is. This photograph was taken early one morning along Sate Highway 163 as I looked for an alternative view of the famous spires.

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Monday Motivator – Delicate Arch

January 6th, 2014 at 9:35 am by Richard Hume

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Delicate Arch, Arches National Park, Utah, USA

A very happy 2014 to you all. I hope like me you have got out and about in the last few weeks either locally or overseas. I have hit some beaches in Northland and have some new photographs to look forward to seeing. I always get my motivation by planning my  next photographic trip, so for me I am just putting some final touches to a South Island trip which I think is going to be really special.

Being that today is the first day back to work for many a little motivation may be in order – I selected this photo simply because it is an awe inspiring location.

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Cheers

Richard [richardhume.com]

 

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Weekly Wallpaper | Mount Egmont / Taranaki From Wai-iti Beach

December 12th, 2013 at 2:27 pm by Todd Sisson
Mount Egmont at sunset, Waiiti Beach, Taranaki, New Zealand - stock photo, canvas, fine art print

Mount Taranaki / Egmont at sunset. Viewed from Waiiti Beach, Taranaki. New Zealand landscape photography by Sarah Sisson

My four week winning streak with posting Wednesday Wallpapers on an actual Wednesday came to a grinding halt yesterday due to flaky internet service all day.  The frustration was well worth it though –  as van-loads of embattled Chorus technicians were hooking up the new fibre cabinet down the road – our rural ADSL speeds have more than doubled overnight!

Today’s image was made by Sarah during our caravan delivery trip, last school holidays and I am posting this as a ‘reminder-to-self’ that the world will keep turning when school breaks up tomorrow ;-)

See you next week!

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Sunset From Punakaiki, West Coast

December 4th, 2013 at 9:25 am by Todd Sisson
Punakaiki Beach at Sunset, West Coast, South Island. Beautiful New Zealand landscape pictures by Todd Sisson.

Punakaiki Beach at Sunset, West Coast, South Island. New Zealand landscape photography by Todd Sisson.

This week’s wallpaper was made during the middle of ‘winter’ over on the West Coast – it was barely worth wearing a jersey.  This balminess was quickly remedied with an 8 hour drive back to Central Otago ;-)

There’s a little story about the making of this shot on the blog, including details of my questionable child-minding skills…

See you next week!

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Crown Range View, Queenstown NZ

November 27th, 2013 at 11:31 am by Todd Sisson
Late Afternoon, Crown Range Road, Queenstown, New Zealand - stock photo, canvas, fine art print

Late afternoon scenic view from the Crown Range saddle. Queenstown, New Zealand. Landscape photography by Sarah Sisson.

This week’s wallpaper was made, by Sarah, earlier this month during a workshop in Queenstown.

You can read a little more about it over on the blog, including shooting data (for any tech-heads or out there)

See you next week!

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Sunrise At Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes

November 20th, 2013 at 7:14 am by Todd Sisson
First light plays out on Mount Robert - viewed from the jetty at Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes.  New Zealand landscape photography by Todd Sisson.

First light plays out on Mount Robert – viewed from the jetty at Lake Rotoiti, Nelson Lakes. New Zealand landscape photography by Todd Sisson.

I love this spot.*

I grew up in Nelson and I recall many fun visits to Lake Rotoiti with family, schools and scouts over the years – I even learned to ski up at Mount Robert, before  global warming (cue flamefest) left it looking like this in mid winter…

This image was made the day after my Grandfather’s funeral back in August, adding another layer to my catalog of Lake Rotoiti memories.

Cheers – Todd

*the sandflies suck – those I don’t love…

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Spectacular Sunset Over Lake Pukaki

November 13th, 2013 at 1:36 pm by Todd Sisson
spectacular sunset and lenticular cloud formation over Lake Pukaki Mackenzie basin, south canterbury new zealand

We are on the road at present were blessed to witness this incredible sunset and lenticular cloud formation over Lake Pukaki last Saturday Night. Mackenzie Country, South Island New Zealand.  Photography By Todd Sisson

Yup – I’m back….

Apologies for the no-shows over the past month or so, the task of building our new website has proven significantly more taxing than expected – it feels as if we carved the thing out of granite (using our foreheads as chisels).

But the good news is that a bigger, better, faster site is now up and live (seemingly, after more budget and deadline blow-outs than a US defence force project).  Feel free to check it out – we even have a working blog (with real posts on it ;-)

As to the photo – this is one of dozens of killer  images that Sarah & I are collecting on a very productive one week road trip in Canterbury.  Check out Sarah’s (superior) version of this scene here.

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | West Coast Sunset

September 4th, 2013 at 10:01 am by Todd Sisson
dramatic clouds and pounding surf at Sunset over the Tasman Sea, from Gentle Annie Beach, West Coast.  New Zealand landscape photography by Todd Sisson.

Sunset over the Tasman Sea, from Gentle Annie Beach, West Coast. New Zealand landscape photography by Todd Sisson.

This is an image from a road trip we did with the kids two weeks ago to Nelson and the West Coast. The wheels fell off somewhat (figuratively) with a death in the family occuring and a whole lot of re-planning required – hence my absence once again.

Anyway, we are back into ‘normal’ life this week and busy at work trying to finish the new website that we started building 2 years ago…

Cheers – Todd

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‘Weekly’ Wallpaper | Sunset Silhouette From Somewhere Southern

August 8th, 2013 at 12:54 pm by Todd Sisson
Photo of Row of pine trees silhouetted against vibrant sunset clouds. Rangitata Valley, Canterbury NZ.

A vivid Nor’ west sunset silhouettes a pine shelter belt somewhere in Canterbury New Zealand.  Photography by Todd Sisson

 

This is another image pulled from our new photography eBook  Living Landscapes which, I am relieved to report, is selling well and garnering some great reviews now that it is out in the wild.

I have been writing some regular ‘how to’ posts over at the publisher’s website that may interest the photographers amongst you:

I think DPF has been reading this stuff somewhere – his travel photography is getting quite impressive, I’ll have to up my game!

See you next week.

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Sunrise over Moeraki Boulders

July 24th, 2013 at 12:17 pm by Todd Sisson
Cover image of landscape photography book Living Landscapes - Sunrise over Moeraki, North Otago New Zealand. Landscape photography by Todd Sisson.

Sunrise at Moeraki boulders, North Otago New Zealand. Landscape photography by Todd Sisson.

The cover shot for our new photography guide Living Landscapes, which went on sale today – check it out if you are interested in learning all of our nifty tricks and secrets ;-)

This image is one of a series of interesting shots that I managed to capture one very productive morning at Moeraki – I wish all of my 5AM starts worked out this well….  The wave motion is not photoshop jiggery-pokery, it  is a 2 second long exposure made while the waves were receding (wet and frozen feet are a must for seascape photography).

See you next week!

Cheers – Todd

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Weekly Wallpaper | Two Thumb Range & Rangitata River

July 18th, 2013 at 11:14 am by Todd Sisson
Sunbeams over the Two Thumb range, Rangitata valley. Canterbury New Zealand.  Landscape photography by Todd Sisson

Sunbeams over the Two Thumb range, Rangitata valley. Canterbury New Zealand. Landscape photography by Todd Sisson

I was super tempted to post another Milford image today – just to stir the pot on the tunnel news.  However, I am away on holiday and didn’t relish the prospect of  playing the role of  ‘burning sphincter through which a partially digested enviro-flamefest passed’ on a sunny winter’s day :-)  David has dutifully kicked off the debate over here though.

This image is another recent discovery from the archives that I used in our upcoming ebook (which will hit the e-shelves next Tuesday). Sorry about the PC-desktop unfriendly format, but I like this one a lot and just felt like sharing it.

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | The Road to Mount Cook, Autumn

July 10th, 2013 at 1:34 pm by Todd Sisson
Aoraki / Mount Cook from Peter's Lookout in Autumn, Canterbury, South Island, New Zealand - stock photo, canvas, fine art print

Mount Cook and SH 80 to the Hermitage – from Peter’s lookout. New Zealand landscape photography by Sarah Sisson.

I really should post one of my images again soon, but I keep finding nice ones by Sarah during my travels through the archive.

The beauty of this image is that up-and-coming landscapers like @Beautox and @FredInTheGrass can’t replicate it – some wandering greeny task-force have bowled the infestation of wilding larches that give this scene its Nordic Autumnal vibe….

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Whale Bay

July 3rd, 2013 at 1:28 pm by Todd Sisson
Summer time view of Whale Bay, Tutukaka Coast, North Island. New Zealand photography by Sarah Sisson.

Summertime view of Whale Bay, Tutukaka Coast, North Island. New Zealand photography by Sarah Sisson.

Yet again I find myself drawn to another warm beach image….

The landscape photography eBook that has consumed my life for the past month is now in the hands of the designer and should be hitting the ‘shelves’ late this month.

In more uncharacteristically collaborative news – Sarah & I will be instructing at the first of celebrity HDR photographer Trey Ratcliff’s New Zealand Photo Adventures in late October (don’t hate me @Beautox! ;-).  Check out the details – not cheap, but certainly a world class experience.

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Cathedral Cove Sunrise, Coromandel

June 19th, 2013 at 11:31 am by Todd Sisson
Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand.  Landscape photography by Sarah Sisson

Sunrise through the cave at Cathedral Cove, Coromandel Peninsula New Zealand. Landscape photography by Sarah Sisson

This beautiful scene was beautifully captured by Sarah during our very productive visit to Cathedral Cove last December.  A little warm beach action would not go amiss at present – I tells ya!

I’ve been chained to my computer for the past month (largely unconnected to the web) in order to write a behemoth ebook on the art of landscape photography.  It is off  for editing and design at present and should be back in the next few weeks – I’ll keep you posted….

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Morning Mist, South Westland

June 5th, 2013 at 9:24 am by Todd Sisson
Early morning mist near Fox Glacier.  West Coast, South Island New Zealand.  Photography by Todd Sisson.

Early morning mist near Fox Glacier. West Coast, South Island New Zealand. Photography by Todd Sisson.

Morning mist and mellowness is the tone of today’s wallpaper. This was made somewhere on the Fox Glacier flats, near Lake Matheson – if you look closely, the Southern Alps are visible in the top right.

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Mitre Peak Mirror Reflection – Milford Sound

May 15th, 2013 at 10:21 am by Todd Sisson
Mirror reflection of Mitre Peak in Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park. South Island, New Zealand.  Photography by Todd Sisson

Mirror reflection of Mitre Peak in Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park. South Island, New Zealand. Photography by Todd Sisson

It’s Wednesday Wallpaper / (Fortnightly Foto?) time again.

This week we return to Fiordland for a majestic morning view of Mitre Peak & Milford Sound.

Apologies for the gratuitous use of alliteration…

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Rainbow over Ben Ohau Range

April 17th, 2013 at 12:22 pm by Todd Sisson
Intense rainbow &  red sunrise colour, over Ben Ohau range, Mackenzie basin NZ.

Rainbow at dawn, over the Ben Ohau Range, Mckenzie Country. New Zealand landscape photography by Sarah Sisson.

This stunning rainbow was captured by Sarah near the turnoff to Mount Cook Village several years ago. Such moments of natural beauty are all too rare (and fleeting).

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Autumn Vineyard, Clyde, Central Otago

March 27th, 2013 at 10:01 am by Todd Sisson
Sunrise over a vineyard near harvest, between Alexandra and Clyde, Central Otago, South Island, New Zealand.

Autumnal sunrise over McArthur Ridge pinot noir vineyard. Clyde, Central Otago. New Zealand landscape photography by Todd Sisson.

 

I fear that we may not be seeing too much of this juicy colour in 2013 – most of the trees seem to be kicking it in early after a summer of interminable thirst.  Speaking of slaking one’s thirst – I understand that the pinot noir from this vineyard is pretty good value (according to someone who knows about these things).

Have a great Easter break – see you on the other side…

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Lake Rotoma

March 20th, 2013 at 12:08 pm by Todd Sisson
Summer evening fishing on the jetty at Lake Rotoma.  New Zealand landscape photography by Todd Sisson.

Summer evening fishing on the jetty at Lake Rotoma. New Zealand landscape photography by Todd Sisson.

A change of scene from all of last week’s mountainous drama-filled glory.  I made this image while taking my little guy, Jack, out for a spot of fishing in January – if you look hard  you can see his camo-clad figure at the end of the wharf.  We caught nothing, but we made a significant blood donation to the local sandfly population.

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Weekly Wallpaper | Evening Light Southern Alps, Rangitata Valley

March 14th, 2013 at 2:46 pm by Todd Sisson
Spectacular sunset light, Southern Alps. Road to Mesopotamia Station, Rangitata Valley. Canterbury NZ

Evening light near Mesopotamia station, Rangitata Valley Canterbury. Photography by Todd Sisson

Did you see how I did that?  Adjusting this week’s post title to ‘Weekly’ in order to deftly wallpaper over my Wednesday tardiness, all the while retaining my beloved ‘W’ alliteration….

This image was made many moons ago and I have had a bit of fun playing in Adobe Lightroom to enhance the drama in the scene.

Thanks to Davidinnz for pointing out that I was directing you to our website development site over the past few weeks – I have moved a pile of wallpapers to the correct gallery now – sorry about that!

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Cathedral Square & Full Moon, Christchurch

March 6th, 2013 at 2:57 pm by Todd Sisson
Cathedral Square at night with the Christchurch Cathedral and the Chalice Sculpture (by Neil Dawson) Canterbury, New Zealand - stock photo, canvas, fine art print

Cathedral Square, Christchurch at night with full moon and fire poi guys (and gals?). Post first Canterbury earthquake. Photography by Sarah Sisson

Sarah made this image in October 2010, after the first Canterbury earthquake.  We were both amazed at how well the city was rebounding from those first earthquakes – Cantabrians had done an incredible job of getting most of the core CBD landmarks up and going even within 6 weeks of the quake.  We have a gallery of Christchurch CBD images up on our stock photography site from that October shoot that some of you may find to be a pleasant use of five minutes.

Sorry for posting and running last week – I forgot about my Canon v Nikon question.  Beautox nailed the answer – yes it was made on the Canon.  And we’re great thanks Bob – must catch up soon!

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Mt Cook & Tasman River

February 27th, 2013 at 2:21 pm by Todd Sisson
Winter sunrise looking across the Tasman River towards Aoraki / Mt Cook covered in snow, Mackenzie Country, Canterbury, New Zealand - stock photo, canvas, fine art print

Winter sunrise looking across the Tasman River towards Aoraki / Mt Cook. New Zealand landscape photography by Sarah Sisson.

Brrrrr….

The mornings are getting dark and chilly down this way – we are not too many weeks away from scenes like this appearing on my lawn (minus the 3,700m mountain peak and glacier fed river obviously).  Fortunately for me, this image was made by Sarah a couple of years ago, while I slept in my nice warm bed.

Here’s a question for the photographers amongst you.  At the time that this image was made we were shooting on both Canon and Nikon equipment – can you guess from the colours which brand this was made on?

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Pataua South, Northland

February 20th, 2013 at 2:46 pm by Todd Sisson
early morning view of Pataua South beach

Early Morning, Pataua South, Northland. New Zealand landscape photography by Todd Sisson

This is one of my favourite images from last month’s Northern sojourn.  On the previous evening I had headed out barefoot to wash my coffee cup and half an hour later found myself at the top of this hill (with very sore feet).  I resolved to return the next morning to chance my arm at a shot (suitably be-hooved this time) – and this was the pick of the bunch IMHO.

Enjoy!

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Wednesday Wallpaper | Hamurana Springs, Lake Rotorua

February 13th, 2013 at 12:03 pm by Todd Sisson
Hamurana Springs - Rotorua, New Zealand

Source of Hamurana Springs, Lake Rotorua. New Zealand landscape photography by Sarah Sisson.

This is another image from our recent North Island adventures, this one is by Sarah – @fredinthegrass is hiding somewhere in the bush wrangling our kids out of shot :-)

Hamurana springs was one of my favourite finds on this trip. The crystal clear waters are on a par with pupu springs in Golden Bay with the addition of plentiful trout.  To boot, the bush walk along the stream is fantastic – thanks to the restoration planting undertaken by the local community and DOC.  A great family outing.

Have a great week.

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