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Posts Tagged ‘New Zealand’

Catlins

mouse-over for before view. During the recent summer holidays we paid a visit to the Catlins, a beautiful unspoilt coastal area to the south of Dunedin. The day we visited it wasn’t very summery, but looking on the bright side, the overcast showery conditions did lead to wonderfully moody photos, the kind that are so […]


Remembering Sam

  First of all, we’ve had a message from Nik regarding the problem some of you were having adding the new presets into Analog 2, they’ve sent me instructions on a fix with screenshots which we can’t figure out how to post here, but we’re happy to forward it to anyone who wants  it, just […]


Albatross

  At Taiaroa Head at the entrance to Otago Harbour is a breeding colony of Northern Royal Albatross, the only such colony on inhabited mainland. These huge birds which have a wing-span of up to 3 metres, nest on the hills overlooking the harbour and if you’re lucky you can see them in flight, windy […]


On the Beach

  We are so fortunate having such lovely beaches here in southern New Zealand and the fact that so many of them are so accessible and while I love deserted beaches, for my photos I like to have a human element. I tend to lag behind in my beach walks so I can get my […]


One

  As we’ve often said, its the softer images that are the easiest to texture, that’s not to say that bright ones don’t work with textures, but overcast days with soft light are so much easier to work with. This photo was taken on the very last day of 2012, midsummer here in New Zealand […]


Peninsula

  Yesterday afternoon we went for a quick drive out to Otago Peninsula and  got some much needed exercise walking up the hill to the Highcliff War memorial, it was a short but steep climb but the views from the top are wonderful and it was worth the walk. This is one of the shots […]


Kings of the Hill

  First of all for those of you that missed the announcement, at last we have page numbers at the bottom of our Blog so you can visit our older posts more easily. We’ve also added a brand new Tag cloud page (accessed from the drop down menu under Blog. It is still having some […]


The Swimmer

swimmer

  We are enjoying a lovely hot summer here in southern New Zealand, it makes a change from last year when it was often overcast and cool. It was an especially hot day yesterday and the beach was the place to be, like many New Zealand beaches especially on a week day this one was […]


Rain

  Sometimes it’s the unintentional photos that work the best! Yesterday afternoon I noticed some storm clouds brewing to the south so we rushed out to the beach to see if I could get some photos with dramatic skies over the sea but the heavens opened before I got there and it absolutely poured down, […]


Gentle Annie

  I have just returned from a lovely weeks holiday on the West Coast of New Zealand’s South Island. It’s one of my favourite areas in this country with it’s mountains, temperate rain forests and wonderfully wild and unspoiled beaches. It does get a lot of rainfall but we were lucky in the week we […]


Dance

  It’s midwinter here in New Zealand and to celebrate the winter solstice Dunedin holds a midwinter festival, the highlight of which is the lantern parade. This years one was held on Sunday night after being cancelled on Saturday due to rain, paper lanterns and rain aren’t a good combination!  It’s a magical evening with […]


Riders

Horse riding after

  Yesterday afternoon I put the Lensbaby Edge 8o on the camera and went for a walk on a  beach little to the south of the city,  a cold front and rain was predicted so I went armed with a jacket only to find it surprisingly warm. The sky was dramatic though, you could see […]


Play

Play after

  You can definitely feel winter is on its way  here in southern New Zealand. On the day that this photo was taken the wind was decidedly brisk to say the least. As we walked down the beach  I for one  wished I’d brought a jacket.  When we were almost back to the car  I […]


Sheep on the Hill

First of all, we’d like to thank you all for your support over the past year and to wish you a peaceful and happy Christmas. I’ve just finished wrapping the presents, the baking is done and it’s Christmas eve as I write this. I’m looking forward to a family BBQ followed by a relaxing holiday. […]


Looking North

Another photo of my favourite beach, taken on a warmer and sunnier day than the previous photo of it I posted here.  I was lucky that I managed to catch a passing gull when I snapped this. Onto the  processing… Beau Linge Paysage @ Soft Light 13% masked from the lower portion of the photo […]


Stormy Sunday

Yesterday our daylight saving/summer time started here in New Zealand, the weather was far from summery with showers and a biting cold wind. In the afternoon we decided to go for a walk at one of the city beaches but on arriving we discovered that the tide was too high to actually get down to […]


Another Beach

I textured and posted this one to flickr soon after we launched the spring painterly set, I especially loved the effect the impressionist Sisley texture gives here. Often you can get away with using just one texture in processing, but I tend to build up the layers to add depth, even repeating the same texture […]


Daydream

I’m just back from a short holiday at Kaikoura, a lovely coastal town several hundred kilometres north of here. Kaikoura is famed for its whale watching but there’s much more to do…wildlife, fishing seals, wild beaches, walks etc etc…. My holiday coincided with one of the most widespread snow falls we’ve had in New Zealand […]


National Grid

This was taken when I visited the lovely hot pools resort village of Hanmer Springs NZ, last weekend. Just over the hill from town the countryside becomes much wilder and  very picturesque with largely unspoiled tussock land and snowy mountains -that is  apart from the ever present power pylons which follow the road. They take […]


Sunday Stroll

I’ve got lots of photos like this with distant people walking on the beach, at one stage I’d have wanted an completely deserted beach but now I seek out opportunities like this.  Luckily our beaches down here are often all but deserted, especially at this time of the year. Now the processing, I think I […]


Wish you were here….

This was taken at a lovely little beach called Bobby’s Head about half an hour north of Dunedin which is now a wildlife reserve,  there’s been much planting over the past 15 or so years to restore the area to its natural state after years of farming. The beach has wonderfully golden sands and is […]


Snow Road

I have just returned from a wonderful long weekend at Lake Tekapo which is nestled at  the base of New Zealand’s Southern Alps. While the weather wasn’t perfect, the magnificent snowy mountains were hidden from view by low cloud most of the time. Fortunately, I did manage to capture several soft misty atmospheric scenes, which […]


Watching

Paul is having connection problems at the moment so  yet another photo from me here and one with a human subject for a change 🙂 This is the lovely Katiki beach adjacent to the  main highway north to Oamaru, it’s a beautiful long golden beach and is one of the highlights of the drive north. […]


A little late lunch

Hanmer springs is a lovely alpine village famed for its beautiful natural hot springs, it also has some great tracks to walk and cycle. I spotted this guy -a mule if I’m not mistaken, when we were out for a walk. He wasn’t going to stop eating for anything, or come any closer. Almost forgot! […]