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  Sunday, 27 July 2008

Fantail by the river

This little fellow spent most of yesterday afternoon feeding on tiny flying insects down by the river in front of my house. He would perch of the same dead branch bent out over the water, watching and waiting for his prey. Occasionally he would dart off and pluck an insect, almost to small to detect with human eyes, from the air in mid flight. Fantails are incredible aviators and almost impossible to photograph in the air. Because of their speed, agility, and unpredictable flight paths, I've taken thousands of photos of empty airspace trying. I clicked off ninety frames within a matter of minutes trying with this one. One day I'll fluke it.

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  Saturday, 26 July 2008

Fifeshire Rock

Tahunanui Coastline - early morning

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  Friday, 25 July 2008

The Haven at half-tide

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  Sunday, 20 July 2008

The Blue Boat-builders Building

I've joined a new photographer forum recently. The Digital Rebels Yahoo group is pretty cool if you can keep up with them. Just a bunch of photographers who aren't up themselves and enjoy the hell out of taking pictures. Anyway they have regular assignments where a theme is posted and members are invited to post an image to suit. The image must be taken with the two weeks after the theme is posted (so there's no delving into the archive for entries). Each theme has a two week window and there is a new one posted every single week, so they overlap. The last two assignments have been "Reflection" and "Blue". I managed to satisfy both themes in one shoot on Friday. I stopped by this blue building by the boat-builders (which looks like it was once a church) to see if I could make it look interesting in a photo....

The shot above was my entry into the "Blue" assignment gallery. It's an HDR image, meaning its made up of three shots of the same scene exposed differently so I could get the bright sky and the building in shadow both clearly visible. I've never really tried HDR before.

Blue window reflection
This one I submitted to the "Reflection" assignment gallery.

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  Sunday, 13 July 2008

Sunday Morning Sun

Kaycee enjoying the first sun we've seen here in a few days this morning.

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  Tuesday, 8 July 2008


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  Sunday, 6 July 2008

I've been meaning to clean my bike for weeks now. In fact it hasn't been properly cleaned since I got back from my East Cape trip. A clean bike is a healthy bike. There just hasn't been any fine days on the weekends for a while, and it's not nice cleaning it when its already cold and wet outside. Anyway... yesterday I got around to it, and as usual I took some photos of my steed.

Spin I

Clean Xtracycle

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  Saturday, 5 July 2008

Snow on the Whangamoas

This shot is taken from my backyard using a 300mm lens. The snow is on the Whangamoa Ranges. Maybe once a year it gets a slight dusting of snow if anything. This is the thickest and lowest I've seen it snow since I've lived here (more than a decade). No wonder that breeze outside is cold!

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  Tuesday, 1 July 2008

The Chateau mountain view

From the front balcony of the Chateau Tongariru the view was quite spectacular on Sunday afternoon, once the snow cloud had lifted.

Ngauruhoe and Tongariru

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