The Tail End

The Tail EndToday we were lucky enough to have a team afternoon with work at the Auckland Zoo. My boss, who somehow fits the time in to also work there gave us an afternoon guided tour full of interesting and fun facts. I brought my Sony Nex along with both the kit lens and the 55-210mm zoom. The 210 stayed on for the day after the first 2 or 3 images. I captured a good range of images I will look through and show at some stage, but, for now, here is the tail end of it all…


Out to Dinner

Quick post Thursday. Out to dinner at the bosses for our Summer Christmas dinner (much belated). Great out of town relaxing atmosphere. Today’s shot, looking up the drive reminded me of Bonds Skyfall.

Without Focus

without focus 1On occasion I like to take out of focus images. I think what I like is the ‘focus’ on shape and colour as opposed to detail. Todays two images were shot in Hamilton aside the Waikato River.

without focus 2


EDC/Whats in my Bag – Lite Edition

edcliteOccasionally when I have time to kill and am online, the ‘things’ photographer in me enjoys viewing ‘Whats in my Bag’ posts. You-tube is full of them, as are general online blogs (Japan Camera Hunter being a great one).

On those lazy image days (e.g. today), I though I’d share my ‘bag’. As I have several cameras and image taking devices, I’ll span them out over various posts now and then. For me, I don’t have a specific, all-time set up. It depends on the day, the mood and what (if anything) I have planned to shoot.

With the absolute standardising of smart devices on the market/that people carry today, my ‘Lite edition’ may well be similar to so many photographers and non-photographers alike. For this ‘Edition’ I leave the bag behind – its comparatively cumbersome and gets in my way. All I need is a pocket. I think I have spoken before about choosing to not use a smartphone anymore, but, I do still have my iPod touch. Certainly not the most amazing camera around, but for the ultra slim size, and ability to edit and post on the run, its my favourite choice when I don’t feel like carrying much. Linked with my leather card holder, and trusty Victorinox Tinker, it’s ultra light, and good to go.

Although nothing to do with camera’s, I almost always have my Swiss Army Knife on me. The ‘toolkit in your pocket’ comes in handy more than one would think, and being Victorinox, is a well crafted and reliable tool.

Thats all for today. Next time I feature ‘Whats in my Bag’, I might even have a bag!


Up Up Up in the Sky

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAToday for Auckland Anniversary a strong breeze, turning to a stronger wind hit the Shore today. Out came a few kites, but with the swirling wind, down they came also. Series below shot on Olympus E-500.






Garden Snaps

Sunday Garden 1 Sunday Garden 2A day servicing and cleaning vehicles = little time to take any photos. Played around with Sony’s stitch panorama at relatively close-up positions. Chillies getting near harvest time now!


Fly High

This afternoon I found myself on the other side of the lens, but did manage to grab a few snaps of the gulls soaring the slopes on a nearby hill.

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