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Week 26: June 27 to July 4

I took Kid 3 with me on an expedition yesterday to explore a protected reserve, in the Tāwharanui Regional Park. One of the highlights was spotting a pōpokotea. This is a rare NZ forest bird. It has vanished from Northland and numbers pick up only much further south of Auckland.

The European name is the unimaginative whitehead, while the scientific name is Mohoua albicilla

You can learn more about this species at https://www.doc.govt.nz/nature/native-animals/birds/birds-a-z/whitehead-popokotea/

So this will be my telephoto shot for this week
#1 (Pic 80) Pōpokotea

Unsurprisingly, this shot was taken with the Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500mm at 500mm. And cropped. It is small.
α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
 



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After a long absence I'll try to do better commenting on my co 150 challenge participants

Your bird pictures are always impressive, we now use the same lens but there's still a lot I need to learn to get anywhere close to this quality, especially the ones in flight but also the grounded ones.

Another top shot for me is the tree silhouette on the previous page, well composed and interesting to look at.
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Howard_S Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 04 July 2022 at 13:15
I have been remiss in commenting too and I am about to be away for a couple of weeks and may not get the chance to comment for a while.

Your takapu photos (I'm not sure what the plural of the native name is) are always enjoyable, conveying a relaxed elegance. Pic 72 is nice and dramatic and more effective for me than the tree photo at the bottom of page. The mynah up the page is very nicely rendered as well.

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Ngā mihi Pieter, the Tamron is turning out to be quite versatile in this challenge. Especially as the price of petrol is deferring long trips to remote beaches on the chance I can get some good seascapes...

I think as with all things, getting good bird shots takes some practice. I'm sure you'll get there. The Tamron really is a good lens.

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Ngā mihi Howard- in Māori there is no difference between the singular and plural. So takapu or pōpokotea or pūkeko can refer to one bird, or many. I'm glad you're enjoying the tākapu shots. I will probably be posting more...
α7riii, α9- Voigtländer 15/4.5, 110/2.5 M; Zeiss Loxia- 21/2.8, 35/2, 50/2 & 85/2.4, Zeiss Batis- 85/1.8 & 135/2.8; Sony 24-105/4 G; Sigma 70/2.8 M; Tamron 150-500 f5-6.7; Sony SAL 135/2.8 STF
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Originally posted by onsplekkie onsplekkie wrote:

Nice tonality in this B&W image


Thanks Maarten, it wasn't part of any planned shot. But I thought it would make a good black and white at the time.
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Week 26: June 27 to July 4

Good news if you like Takapu. This week's scenic shot is of Takapu nesting at Muriwai

#2 (Pic 81) Scenic Theme


And I'm going to use another wildcard for my 3rd shot for this week. A toutouwai (or NZ robin- unrelated to European or N American robins). also photographed during my hike with Kid 3 at Tāwharanui.

#3 (Pic 82) Toutouwai (Wildcard 7)

a9 with Tamron 150-500mm. Cropped image.

Small, dull birds in gloomy NZ forests are quite the challenge to photograph...

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Week 27: July 4 to 11th

This week's telephoto shot is of one of the rarest ducks in the world- the pāteke. I was present at Tāwharanui when the pāteke was first released in 2008 and it's a shame its taken this long to see them there again.
The shiny head marks this as a male. I know the water is not very photogenic, but they quite like it.

#1 (Pic 83) Pāteke (telephoto theme)

This was another Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500 shot.

#2 (pic 84) Incoming storm at Te Henga (creative theme- black and white)

Sony a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 50/2

#3 (Pic 85) Mānuka (scenic theme)

Sony a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 50/2


Edited by Wētāpunga - 21 July 2022 at 02:44
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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 11 July 2022 at 08:01
I wonder if the duck pond (or whatever this location is) would allow you to get lower to shoot at water level? I think that would make this sort of waterfowl pictures more interesting.
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Thanks Henzu- at this part of the ponds the banks were too steep to get down low. But you're right a lower perspective would make a better photo. I will have to go back when I have more time and wait for them to swim to a more photogenic place. It's more of a 'record' shot than a wildlife photo.

I'm honestly though excited to have got a pic. These ducks have been wiped out over almost all their range in the last 30 years by mustelid invaders. So to see one again was for me, rewarding.
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Week 28: July 11 to 18th

Well, I've been hoping this would be a good week for seascape and landscape photography, but instead it's been a steady, constant rain. Anyway, while opportunities are fewer than I've liked, I've been busier with the camera.

First up, is the telephoto shot of a pūtakitaki. This is NZ's only shelduck species, and unusually for birds, the female is more colourful than the male. They are reasonably common around ponds and pastures.

#1 (Pic 86) Pūtakitaki (telephoto theme)

If you guessed this was taken with my a9 and Tamron 150-500, you'd be right. I know it's not exactly a 'pro bid-photographer' set up, but I've been very happy with what it can capture.

#2 (Pic 87) On'Neill Bay waves (scenic theme)

Taken with my Sony a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 50/2, and ND64 filter.

#2b Close up of the rocks from above


#3 (Pic 88) Surf at O'Neill Bay (creative theme- long exposure)

Sony a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 50/2 with ND64 filter. I like to slow the waves down a tad, just to leave motion lines in the water. It's difficult appreciating the scale here but both the waves coming in are very high (they'd wash me off the rocks and drown me easily) as well as the basalt rocks before me. It's a pretty wild scene.

Edited by Wētāpunga - 21 July 2022 at 02:45
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Week 29: July 18 to 25th

As you can see, I'm still plugging away with pictures.

There is an adage that the worse the weather, the better the pictures, so it was with some disappointment my most recent trip to Te Henga, the weather kept improving as I drove (then hiked) my way there.

So first up, is a shot of part of O'Neill Bay, looking toward Kauwahaia Island and Erangi Point. I used the dunes to create a bit of foreground interest.
#1 (Pic 89)

a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 21/2.8

The second is my telephoto shot for this week. The peculiar tapered hood of the Voigtlander 110/2 makes it easier to avoid sea spray getting on the lens element.
#3 (Pic 90)

a7Riii and Voigtlander 110/2

The third is my creative shot for the week. An Asiatic lily against a black background, and a stack of 27 different images.
#3 (Pic 91)

Sony a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 50/2

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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 24 July 2022 at 21:27
Your waves of week 28 work well, especially #3 (pic 88). The exposure is just timed right that there is real movement in that image. I also like the landscape of photo #1 of week 29, seems a place I would enjoy visiting. Nice effort on the yellow lilly, maybe framed a bit too tight for my taste (especially with your watermark obscuring a petal-end) but both the sharpness and colours come out real well. Keepém coming I would say
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Week 30: July 25 to August 1

More of the Asiatic lily had bloomed by the start of the week, so that inspired the latest creative shot. This was photographed with the a7Riii and Zeiss Loxia 50/2 lens, on a Nisi macro-rail. The 24 shots were combined in the Helicon Focus 8 stacking program. To minimise any camera movement, I used the Sony Imaging Edge Mobile App with 2 second timer to action the shutter.

#1 (Pic 92) Asiatic Lily Blooms (creative theme)

(I really enjoy using my Loxia lenses for these manual focus images. The precise, physical manual focus ring makes this kind of image a pleasure to shoot).
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