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Sunset peak
Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay
This is a record of an accidental adventure- we were trying to scope out an astrophotography spot on the eastern side of Te Mata Peak, and from where we parked it looked like an easy 20-minute jaunt; little did we know it would take over 2 hours to walk there and back, over steep hills and as darkness was falling. We got to witness this special moment of light spilling over the ranges as the sun went down though, from an angle many people would never see. It's an image I never wanted to forget, so I took this picture to remember.
Sunset peak
Te Mata Peak, Hawkes Bay
This is a record of an accidental adventure- we were trying to scope out an astrophotography spot on the eastern side of Te Mata Peak, and from where we parked it looked like an easy 20-minute jaunt; little did we know it would take over 2 hours to walk there and back, over steep hills and as darkness was falling. We got to witness this special moment of light spilling over the ranges as the sun went down though, from an angle many people would never see. It's an image I never wanted to forget, so I took this picture to remember.
Hands up
The Cabana, Napier
Concerts are fleeting moments by design, made to suck you into the experience; with the crowd, flashing lights and blaring music, it's all supposed to be immersive. That's why taking a step back to really observe can be so rewarding- you get to hear the music, watch the crowd and enjoy the moment from a calmer place, and this can help to really appreciate the moment you are in.
Listening man
The Cabana, Napier
This man stood out in the crowd. He was stood right up the front but wasn’t moving with the rest; Instead, he was calmly watching the performance, listening intently. The way the light spilled off the stage, combined with his focus on the performance, created a fantastic moment that when I saw I had to capture.
Layback
Orewa Skatepark, North Auckland
This photo was taken in on the way up to Kerikeri. Davon and I stopped to stretch our legs, and I met this guy who was doing this odd rock-to-fakie; he brought such style to the trick I had to photograph it. He was very gracious and let me take his photo, and I managed to capture the relaxed approach that he brought to the trick.
Looking back
Sixtus lodge, Manawatu
This photo was taken on a vintage lens that I had bought the week before for $20 and really proves to be the fact that it's not about the gear you use to take the shot, but rather the stories you choose to tell with that gear. Despite its obvious drawbacks, those being a lack of autofocus and soft focus when the aperture is opened to max-width, it is still very capable of creating breathtaking images.
Catch
Hastings Skate Park, Hastings
A kickflip perfectly caught on Madi’s front foot as he came flying out of the launch ramp at the Hastings skate park. Perfect timing, the result of a crazy amount of practice.
Over the rippled mountains
Te Paki Giant Sand Dunes, Northland
When Davon and I traveled North to his sister's wedding in Kerikeri, I was adamant that we go right up to Cape Reinga since we were already halfway there. Davon grew up in Northland, but I’d never been past Auckland so I felt a strong obligation to see it. I am so glad we did, it was a great trip and we got to explore these huge sand dunes at the North end of 90 Mile Beach. The far north has to be my favorite part of the island- the consistent untouched beauty of its landscape is truly something special.
Light
Napier CBD
This photo is the result of pure curiosity- I was driving through Napier central, and saw a grouping of people. My curiosity led me to turn around and find out what was happening, and I found out that the Napier Arts Festival was having an opening with a light show. I ended up taking this photo as kids danced in the streets, and its turned out to be one of my favorite photos to date. The lesson here is to embrace your curiosity; do not be afraid to act without knowing what the outcome might be. You might end up with a special memory, or even your best photo.