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Christchurch CBD

Steve and I went for one of our coffee walks. This is where we take our cameras and photograph anything that interests us and then sit down for a chat over a cup of coffee (and sometimes a muffin). These shots are around Victoria St through to Colombo St or thereabouts!

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Photo Slideshow

some sample images as a slideshow

September PODs

Today’s PODs are mainly from my trip to Nelson last weekend.My aim had been to try and find some landscape scenes worth photographing and though I did succeed to some extent I was rather distracted by other finds!

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These two landscapes were taken near the top end of Neudorf Road.





These next two are composite photos, showing views through the broken windows, of ‘Wyperserfontein’, an abandoned house on Neudorf road near Upper Moutere, Nelson.





Another abandoned house a few km west of Richmond on Appleby Highway. This photo has been edited to remove some distracting features to the left of the house.



Finally one from Sumner beach near Shag Rock just after high tide. As the water retreated it left these patterns in the sand. The contrasts in colour and texture intrigued me and the lack of clues regarding scale was also intriguing.



Today I’m being all biological. These fungi shots were taken in a rainy day (yes, they were all rainy days actually – I did tell you that in my last posting!). I had to lay down in the rain, on the very wet ground to get these shots. What a sacrifices I make for you people!

The ones on the forest floor were taken at ISO 2000, f8 1/10s, the others were ISO 640 f8 1/50s. All hand held as my tripod was, of course, back in the car keeping dry and warm.

Hope you enjoy this departure from my usual fare; though, I wonder if maybe I’m becoming more of a generalist in my photography?

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Governors Bay Astrophotography

I noticed that we had clear skies last night and with bad weather on the way decided it was time to get out and take a few astro-photographic landscape shots. I only stayed an hour so was quite pleased to get a few reasonable shots in that short time.

Both shots are taken from near the jetty at Governors Bay.


This first shot shows Lyttelton Port, near Christchurch New Zealand, in the background with the boar cradle/ramp in the foreground and of course the milky way to the right of centre.

Lyttelton Harbour with Milky Way

Lyttelton Harbour with Milky Way


This photo is taken at the entrance to the blocked off jetty looking towards Diamond harbour which is just over the ridge from the lights appearing on the shore line across the other side of the harbour.


Milky way over Dia mond Harbour

Te Anau trip

I travelled down to Te Anau last week to visit a friend and see the sights. Sadly it rained most of the time I was there but I still managed to take a few photos (around  900 actually!).

The first of these photographs were taken on the trip down towards Queenstown before the bad weather hit me! The last photo was taken when I visited Bluff, it was actually sunny there but turned back to rain as I traveled back towards Te Anau. 🙁

Hills North of Fairlie


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Lake Pukaki, Mt Cook is out of sight to the left hidden in thick cloud.


Ponds on the side of the road showing autumn colouration. South of Twizel


South of Lindis Pass.


Couldn’t resist this one. Rainbow (its actually a double rainbow but it doesn’t show too well in this photo) looking South over Foveaux Strait. The photo was taken from the top of Flagstaff Hill in Bluff. Stewart island is vaguely visible.


Astro Photography

I was recently reintroduced to the world of astro-photography by a friend. What a world of difference modern digital cameras, fast lenses and high ISO makes. I couldn’t believe how much easier it is to get a reasonable looking result compared with the old film days!

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Aurora near Lake Ellesmere




Blood Moon eclipse




Milky way with Lake Ellesmere to the left




Aurora over lake Ellesmere




Kaituana Quarry




Bridge on The Rail Trail with Milky way




Aurora over Lake Ellesmere, Moon setting to the right




Milkyway over Kaituna Quarry
I even did a quick and dirty 360×180 degree interactive panorama: