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  Sunday, 23 September 2007

My kind of pad

I've got heaps of KAP jobs to do. Waiting for the right conditions for kite aerial photography when there's a long list of places I want/need to shoot is one of the toughest things for me to do. I just want to get out there and risk my expensive equipment just so I can tick a few of them off.

I've been waiting to get back out onto the Boulder Bank to do shoot of the old baches out there, but for the last two weekends the weather forecasts have threatened rain. Its a loooong walk and I've been caught in heavy rain out there before. Yesterday the forecast was for rain again but the wind was good, so I went for it. I set of late afternoon hoping to catch the low evening sun and walk back by moonlight. It all went well. I didn't get rained on but unfortunately rain clouds settled on the horizon blocking the warm, low sunlight I was hoping for.

Boulder Bank

This is one of the first shots I took, before the cloud closed in. I'll have to go back to get the baches in the light I want, but it won't be today. Its bucketing down outside right now.

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  Wednesday, 19 September 2007

Sheep lives here

Watching me bike up the Gentle Annie Hill on my way to work this morning, was this sheep. Standing up there like it owned the place I thought it looked like it was posing for a photo, so I obliged.

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  Sunday, 16 September 2007

I'm playing around with panoramas from my kite. The tricky part is keeping the kite and camera in one place for the few minutes it takes to get the 360 degrees of photos. This is made of nine photos taken a couple of weekends ago, above the marina in Port Nelson. The file is less than 1mb. Click here to see it in a separate player. Click and drag the image to look around. Shift key zooms in and Ctrl key zooms out. (Quicktime required)

Update.... after heaps more fiddly photoshop work, here is a seamless, widescreen, high-resolution version of the same view. Its about 5mb so if you don't have broadband be prepared for a bit of a wait.

Oh and btw the Kite 'n Click website is now under construction. It is still very much a work in progress but the enquiries about our services have been coming from all directions, thick and fast, so we thought we'd better get onto it. This is the company that put on my little exhibition last week.

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  Tuesday, 11 September 2007


An interesting abstract from the kite aerial photography shoot I did over the center of New Zealand hill recently.

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  Friday, 7 September 2007

I just got home from the opening of the first (off-line) public exhibition of my photography. I'm beaming. People showed up. They bought prints. They bought calendars. We held a successful auction for one A1 framed print of this shot. About 30 prints, up to A1 size, most of which are kite aerial photos, are on display for the next two day (Saturday 8th & Sunday 9th of September) at the Nayland College Library on Nayland Road in Stoke.

This has happened because a group of business studies students saw my work with kite aerial photography and wanted to build a real business around the idea. I take pictures... and they brainstorm, research, do paper work, make phone calls, market,organise, prioritise, advertise, pay the bills, do the books, book the gigs, mail invitations, hang the signage, vacuum the floor, chill the wine, serve the finger food, entertain, and hopefully count the money. All this on top of school work right in the middle of exam season. The company is called Kite 'n Click and if you are in Nelson NZ this weekend, come and have a look.

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  Sunday, 2 September 2007

I've been pottering around the garden this morning. Not really doing much in the way of planting or anything (to early here, we're still getting frosts), but rather planning what I'll plant, when, and where. My garlic crop is well under way, the raspberrys and black current are starting to bud, and last years rhubarb has just poked it's head up through the pea-straw again.

The tree lucerne on the river bank is covered with lost of fresh young shoots the the native pigeons are enjoying.


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One empty space - Nelson Marina

Perfect blue skies and a gentle Northerlie breeze yesterday afternoon allowed me to get some aerial shots over the Nelson Marina.

Nelson Marina

Fishing Boats

North Nelson

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  Saturday, 1 September 2007

Friday evenings sky

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