Monday Motivator – Reflected Glory

December 9th, 2013 at 10:01 am by Richard Hume

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Ahipara – Southern End of Ninety Mile Beach

Often when you step out onto a beach or stretch of coastline in the early hours of the pre-dawn you have to make quick decisions about what you might hope to capture in terms of a photograph as you can be steered away in a certain direction which may or may not work at the expense of another opportunity.  The magic light which exists in these moments passes by very quickly.

I will always remember stepping out onto this most southerly end of Ninety Mile Beach and immediately seeing the amazing reflections of the sky and clouds which seemed to stretch on forever up the coastline. I made a quick decesion to focus on these and set about capturing this photograph.

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Monday Motivator – Sacred Waters

November 25th, 2013 at 10:05 am by Richard Hume

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Legendary French photographer Henri Cartier-Bresson coined a phrase – Le moment decisif / The decisive moment – which I loved from  the moment I heard it. I have carried it with me in all my photographic travels as it encapsulates all the elements that come together in the moment when you press the shutter to capture a photograph. This was particularly the case with Cartier-Bresson’s amazing people photography.

For me all the elements of the decisive moment came together in the extraordinary ancient Indian city of Varanasi where I captured this photograph ‘Sacred Waters’. It was an experience I will never forget as I sat by the River Ganges at sun rise and watched as these incredibly devoted worshippers made their way to the Ghats and into the sacred waters of the river. As an outsider it was an incredible scene to witness and I felt extra privileged to be able to capture a little of the essence of this timeless ritual on film.

This photograph was captured in a single frame with a half second exposure on Fuji Velvia 50 ASA film at f32.

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Monday Motivator – Te Whaiti-Nui-a-Toi Canyon

November 18th, 2013 at 10:00 am by Richard Hume

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This week we venture into the North Islands Whirinaki Forest to a wee gem of a location. I love being out in nature and discovering amazing places such as this. I’ll never forget arriving at this canyon which is located beneath a large canopy of trees and just feeling the awe and spirit of the scene. It was simply beautiful and I was determined to capture a photograph that resonated some of the mood and feeling of this ageless canyon.

I loved this perspective as soon as I found it – the steep heavily mossed canyon walls just seemed to drop away beneath me and the rushing water at the bottom sparkled like a jewel. This photograph was captured in a single frame with an exposure over a minute – this is how I was able to capture the beautiful surreal-like water which makes this such an enduring photograph.

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Monday Motivator – Rangitoto

November 11th, 2013 at 10:00 am by Richard Hume

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For this weeks Monday Motivator I decided to bring you a photograph which works on a couple of levels for me. In amongst our busy lives I love the absolute calm and simplicity of this image. A classic case of  where ‘less is more‘ – relying on the simple composition and strong colours to create something stirring.

I often find myself making multiple visits to locations before I ‘get the shot’ – and in this case I visited this location over a dozen times in the very early morning before finally getting what I was looking for. I had taken some very nice images on those earlier trips but for Rangitoto I wanted something special. It all came together beautifully on this particular morning when the harbour was still and I was treated to an absolutely stunning pre-dawn light show.

This photograph was captured with a six second exposure taken at f45 on Fuji Velvia 50 asa film.

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Monday Motivator – Blue Hut On SH8

November 4th, 2013 at 10:00 am by Richard Hume

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Welcome to this new spot on Kiwiblog – your Monday Motivator – a landscape photograph usually in the panoramic format from New Zealand or overseas designed to bring you a little inspiration for the week ahead.

I thought I would start with a classic New Zealand scene taken on the road between Twizel and Lake Tekapo which has a certain element of ‘kiwiana’ about it. Very rarely does it occur that you happen to be driving by when all the elements (especially the light) for a photograph are present at that very moment. But that was the case with this image and after a quick u-turn and setting up the tripod in the middle of the highway I set about capturing what has become a very special photograph.

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Cheers Richard [richardhume.com]

 

 

 

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Wednesday Wallpaper 29 August | Sunrise Mt Taranaki From Pouakai Ridge

August 29th, 2012 at 9:53 am by Todd Sisson
New Zealand Pictures | Sunrise Mt Egmont / Taranaki

New Zealand alpine tussocks in early morning sun with Mt Taranaki in background. Pouakai ridge Mt Egmont National Park. Photography by Todd Sisson

Hello all and welcome to this week’s edition of the Wednesday Wallpaper.

I’ve decided to mix it up again with another vertically oriented image for this week’s wallpaper – this will work nicely on an iPad and on a vertically mounted monitor array like this crazy gamer guy has rigged up….

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See you next week!

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper 15 August | Kaikoura Sunset

August 15th, 2012 at 2:14 pm by Todd Sisson
New Zealand Photos | Nor' West clouds over Seaward Kaikoura Mountains By Todd Sisson

Sunset plays out on a Nor’ west arch over the Seaward Kaikoura Mountains, South Island New Zealand. Photography by Todd Sisson.

 

Hello all and welcome to the PM edition of Wednesday Wallpaper.

I have avoided contentious photos of Victorian-era industrial wastelands this week, though no doubt we’ll be able to fire up some kind of debate with this photo, foreshore…

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See you next week!

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper 1 August | Sunrise From Pouakai Ridge, Mt Egmont National Park

August 1st, 2012 at 10:45 am by Todd Sisson
New Zealand Landscape Photos | Red Sunrise Pouakai Ridge Taranaki

Sunrise from the Pouakai ridge Mt Egmont National Park, Taranaki New Zealand

Welcome to Wednesday (and August).

A little respite from South Island scenery this week, this image was made from the Pouakai Ridge on the Northern flank of Mt Taranaki.  Sarah & I hiked up in the dark on the previous evening – fortunately the sun broke through, as it would have been a lot of effort for a photo of fog & mist shrouded tusssocks….

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Thanks again to David for hosting Wednesday Wallpaper.  Have a great week.

Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper 11 July | Sunrise, Moeraki Boulders

July 11th, 2012 at 8:15 am by Todd Sisson
Sunrise Over The Moeraki Boulders, Coastal Otago, New Zealand

Sunrise Over The Moeraki Boulders, Coastal Otago, New Zealand

 

Welcome to Wednesday folks.

This week’s wallpaper is from my favourite coastal photography location – Moeraki, North Otago.  The spherical forms of the Moeraki Boulders combined with the mercurial nature of the tides make for endless shooting options – toss in a fleeting sunrise, and you have a truly memorable photographic experience on your hands :-)

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Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper | 4 July

July 4th, 2012 at 9:34 am by Todd Sisson
Sunset Reflection Lake Matheson & The Southern Alps New Zealand

Sunset Reflection From Lake Matheson, Westland New Zealand

Welcome to the Wednesday Wallpaper – your midweek, scenic seque towards Chthoniid‘s wonderful Friday Photo.

Each week Sarah or I will be sharing an image from our New Zealand photography portfolio.  Each photo will be available for free download as a high resolution (2048px) wallpaper image – suitable for the new iPad or your PC desktop.

First up is Lake Matheson at sunset, truly one of New Zealand’s most stunning vistas.  This image was made from Reflection Island on the Matheson walkway on a summer’s evening.  The afternoon breeze dropped off, as it often does, right on sunset revealing this mirror reflection of the Southern Alps.

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Thanks to David for this opportunity to share a little of our country’s beauty with the Kiwiblog audience. Enjoy!

Cheers – Todd Sisson

 

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