After being away from home for close to two years now, it is great to be back in my familiar landscape. My long flight was punctuated with two days in Singapore. Here I was provided an opportunity to improve my street photography. But my true passion lies in landscape photography. Here are a few shots from Singapore:
Within two days of landing back in New Zealand I found myself en-route to back country New Zealand. My friend (Hugh) and I were to spend five days fly fishing and photographing while sleeping in the bush. This practice is commonplace in New Zealand but quite a rarity back in Switzerland. So it was important that I get out there as soon as possible. However, due to complications with the mountain weather we found ourselves heading towards the coast.
We would spend the first 2 staying in our beach house at Waimarama. From here we could fish the Southern Hawkes Bay rivers and photograph amazing beachside views looking out towards the Pacific Ocean. When photographing landscapes such as these, it is highly important (as it is with any photography) to consider the light. Naturally sunrise and sunset are important times but I find that photography under the night sky can look equally as impressive. Nighttime photography with long exposure times affords great creative opportunities.
The night shots below were taking using a Canon 5d mark iii on a tripod using a two second delay timer on all images. This stops any motion blur due to the depression of the shutter button (I haven't yet upgraded my remote shutter release). Exposure times range from 10 to 25 seconds in order to reduce the amount of start trailing. The lens used in all of these images is a 24-105 f4 lens, at f4 for most of the nighttime photography. ISO ranges from 1600 to 6400 depending on the exposure time. In order to create the bright colour trails below we used a hula hoop that was made for "Burning Man" and able to change colours very rapidly. The movements were roughly choreographed as a result of a lot of trial and error.
From the beach we headed inland as soon as the mountain weather settled. We loaded up a four wheel drive vehicle and drove to the road ended, from here our road was the river. We crashed at the river and threaded the needle through forestry until we could not drive any more. It was here that we would sleep. After setting up our humble abode and getting the fire started it was time to enjoy a cold beer. We set off fishing early next morning and were rewarded with one of the best days fishing I've ever experienced. Needless to say we did not go hungry that evening.
From here we travelled to back down the river and further inland via traditional roading methods. Over the next two days we would fish more rivers around the surrounding area. Each using different methods In an attempt to fool New Zealand's second smartest freshwater fish. With varying levels of success. After five days on the road it was fantastic to hit home for a hot shower, cold beer and a non-fish-based meal.
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