Monday Motivator – Anawhata Wonder

September 1st, 2014 at 11:51 am by Richard Hume

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Anawhata Wonder, Anawhata Beach, New Zealand

Anawhata is a stunning beach out on Auckland’s West Coast and is only accessible by foot. On this particular evening waiting till the sun had fully set paid off as I was treated to a spectacular display of light.

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Monday Motivator – Lower Mclean Falls

July 21st, 2014 at 10:40 am by Richard Hume

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Lower McLean Falls, Catlins Forest, New Zealand

I love The Catlins and have visited many times. On this occasion I found Lower McLean Falls in full winter flow and the low light conditions allowed me to capture the image with a long exposure showing the flow of the water nicely.

Seeing this now makes me want to get back down to explore more of The Catlins very soon.

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Monday Motivator – Westhaven Splendour

July 7th, 2014 at 1:31 pm by Richard Hume

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Westhaven Splendour, Auckland, New Zealand

This one is obviously for the Aucklanders amongst us – a classic view of Westhaven Marina and the harbour bridge.

Rising super early one morning I drove into the city in time for an incredible display of pre dawn light. This has always been a popular image with tourists and has literally sold to all corners of the world.

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Monday Motivator – Murawai Dream

June 16th, 2014 at 11:29 am by Richard Hume

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Murawai Dream, Murawai Beach, New Zealand

Heading out to Murawai I had quite a different idea in my mind for the type of photograph I was going to take. However after shooting a few options which were a little average I started to notice the amazing cloud formations and the amazing light the setting sun was having on them.

I quickly relocated to a vantage point high on the cliffs and  set to work capturing this image which I love.

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Monday Motivator – Waves In motion

May 26th, 2014 at 10:54 am by Richard Hume

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Wave In Motion, Bay of Islands, New Zealand

Driving towards Bland Bay in the Bay of Islands I came across this delightful little beach just upon dusk. The fairly even and consistent waves allowed me to set up a long exposure capturing the movement and creating a dramatic composition.

I have always loved the surrealness of this photograph.

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Monday Motivator – Misty Morning

May 5th, 2014 at 11:35 am by Richard Hume

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Misty Morning, Lake Tarawera, New Zealand

I have always liked the pure simplicity of this photograph – just a jetty protruding out into seemingly nothingness. The ‘nothingness’ is actually mist which was low and heavy across the lake that morning allowing me to shoot the image without the mountains in the background.

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Monday Motivator – Guardian Of The Coast

April 28th, 2014 at 12:21 pm by Richard Hume

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Guardian Of The Coast, Nugget Point, New Zealand

I love photographing lighthouses and this one found on the Catlins coast at Nugget Point is one of my favourites.

I will always remember climbing out to this vantage point in the hours before dawn and watching the stunning light show play out in front of me. A long exposure allowed me to capture the endless movement of the waves as they swirl around the rocky outcrop.

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Monday Motivator – Serene Fiordland Forest

April 21st, 2014 at 11:45 am by Richard Hume

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Serene Fiordland Forest, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand

I  have just returned from a week photographing around the lower South Island. It was an excellent trip and I look forward to seeing some new panoramics as I get the film processed in the coming days.

This photograph is from a previous trip and has always been a popular one capturing a little of the essence of the amazing Fiordland National Park.

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Monday Motivator – Hooker Valley

March 24th, 2014 at 11:15 am by Richard Hume

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Hooker Valley, Mt Cook/Aoraki National Park, New Zealand

The Hooker Valley track provides relatively simple access to some great views of Mt Cook/Aoraki via a couple of swing bridges suspended across the river. There is stunning scenery pretty much all along the way and multiple opportunities to take great photography

I captured this image late in the afternoon just as the emerging shadows were beginning to add some welcome contrast to the scene.  

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Monday Motivator – Wild Mahia Dusk

March 17th, 2014 at 10:42 am by Richard Hume

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Wild Mahia Dusk, Mahia Peninsula, New Zealand

The long expanse of black sand coastline set up an inviting scene to catch some of the magic of the Mahia Peninsula. Just as the sun was setting I stepped into the tide and started shooting frames with the waves riding up the beach in the foreground.

I have always loved the sense of drama encapsulated in this photograph.

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Monday Motivator – Hollyford Treasure

February 24th, 2014 at 10:41 am by Richard Hume

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Hollyford Treasure, Fiordland, New Zealand

Along the stunning drive toward Milford Sound there are literally countless opportunities to keep a landscape photographer excited  for a very long time. I came across this opening in the Hollyford River early in the morning which allowed me to use a long exposure to capture the clear flowing water and lushness of the forest behind.

I am looking forward to heading back to this area soon on my next South Island trip.

Cheers Richard

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Monday Motivator – Standing Guard

January 20th, 2014 at 10:01 am by Richard Hume

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Standing Guard, Bethells Beach (Te Henga)

I love heading out to the mighty west coast beaches (from Auckland) and am always amazed by the ruggedness and beauty of this coastline just within a stones throw of the city.

The possibilities are endless but on this occasion I decided to compose the photograph with the surf-club watch tower in a dominant front-and-centre position. The small figures on either side of the tower are people in the distance enjoying what was a magical sunset.

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Monday Motivator – Avalanche Falls

December 16th, 2013 at 10:30 am by Richard Hume

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Avalanche Creek Falls, Arthurs Pass National Park, New Zealand

I love shooting waterfalls and while some are more challenging than others this particular one was quite simple. If you are travelling through Arthurs Pass village through the break you can easily find it a short distance from the information centre.

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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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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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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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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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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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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 22 August | Winter Paddock Wedderburn, Central Otago

August 22nd, 2012 at 11:26 am by Todd Sisson
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Sheep graze in snow covered paddocks near Wedderburn with the Hawkdun range in the background. Winter, Central Otago, South Island New Zealand. Photo by Sarah Sisson.

Hello all and welcome to Wednesday Wallpaper for 22 August.

This week we head up the road from our home to Wedderburn for some snowy ovine action.  We have seen precious little snow around Central Otago this winter, so I presume that will translate to never ending rain during barbecue season - or  biblical grade droughts.

Speaking of the bible, there is one Hell of a ‘discussion’ flaring up on today’s General Debate  on the topic of  creationism in schools….too heated for this artistically inclined fruitcake.

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Cheers – Todd

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Wednesday Wallpaper 8 August | Autumnal Evening – Blue Lake, St Bathans

August 8th, 2012 at 11:54 am by Todd Sisson
Free iPad Wallpaper Photo - Blue Lake Central Otago New Zealand

Autumn mirror reflections on a very blue Blue Lake. St Bathans, Central Otago, New Zealand. Photography by Todd Sisson.

 

Back into some classic South Island scenery this week, the oft-photographed Blue Lake in St Bathans.  This image was made using the very last of the sun’s rays while leading a private workshop.  I will be visiting here again this weekend as part of our final winter landscape photography workshop – can’t wait!

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Have a great week – almost over ‘the hump’…..

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 | 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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