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photographing trees - misty trees morrisons bush

Photographing Trees

Photographing Trees   I never really stopped to think about taking photographs of trees as a specific niche genre of photography. But apparently, it is! A Google search throws up dozens and dozens of pages on how to photograph trees,

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ferry reserve as seen from the old manawatu gorge bridge

Ferry Reserve Freedom Camping Area

  Back in April I wrote a story called Our Favourite Freedom Camping Sites – Part 1. This isn’t Part 2 – that is still to come – probably after we finish our jaunt around the lower half of the

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Postcards From The North Island

Postcards From The North Island Growing up I remember listening to a radio programme by Alistair Cook called Letter From America. I loved his mellifluous voice, and the stories he told, and often thought it would be wonderful to be

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Re-tyred Beetle in a car wrekcers yard, Invercargill black and white street views

Awesome Black And White Street Views

It might be strange for me to say this, but this collection of photographs of black and white street views was inspired by – or rather motivated by – Canadian photographer Kyle McDougall’s visual story called An American Mile which

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tomatoes on the vine captured with a nifty fifty type lens

A Nifty Fifty for Micro Four-Thirds

In the photography world nifty fifty refers to a 50mm lens, normally with a decent wide aperture of f1.8 or thereabouts; a prime lens many photographers recommend as a “must-have“ But of course, those in the know will understand that

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flirting with auto iso new growth koru on a NZ bush fern alongside the grandjeans walkway

Flirting with Auto ISO

  I have always been aware that most digital cameras have an Auto ISO feature but was never inspired to work with Auto ISO as my default setting. This came about in part because I soon discovered that my first

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Roads Less Travelled - A tui feasting on flax at the Bluff Hill Lookout

Roads Less Travelled

As we spent Christmas at home this year, and as the weather was really kind to us, we decided to do a few day trips on roads less travelled (by us anyway) in Southland. Roads less travelled – just an

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Jackson Bay Sandflies Are Huge!

The Jackson Bay sandflies are huge…. But this is not actually a sandfly. It is a urepetala carovei…a New Zealand bush giant dragonfly. This incredible flying machine can grow up to 86mm long and have a wingspan of 130mm. We

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