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Ngā mihi nui- many thanks @waldo_posth
I thought the editing gave a good final result.

Anyway, I need to catch up on things, so the next few posts may be a bit rushed.


Week 42: October 17 to 24 cont.

For my 'scenic shot' I have a the upper reach of the Fairy Falls from 2015, reworked with Capture One.
#2 (Pic 130) Fairy Falls

This was taken with the a900 and 17-35mm G, at 8s

The telephoto shot is of Hine who after getting an operation on her neck, was put into a makeshift hospital gown based on a baby's T-shirt.

#3 (Pic 131) The patient



Edited by Wētāpunga - 15 November 2022 at 20:05
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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Week 43: October 24 to 31

The first pic is a telephoto of Alien (with a9 and Zeiss Batis 135/2.8)

#1 (Pic 132) Alien (Telephoto Theme)


#2 (Pic 133) Devonport Beach (Creative Theme)

Here I slowed the shutter down and dragged the camera from left to right to create this more abstract feel. Shot with Sony a7Riii and Sony 24-105mm G

#3 (Pic 134) Esplanade Hotel (Scenic theme)
Taken with Sony a7Riii and 24-105mm f4 G, at 51mm.


Edited by Wētāpunga - 15 November 2022 at 02:33
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Week 44: November 1 to 7

One of the ubiquitouss features of every small town and city in NZ is War memorials to World War 1. With the tendency of the NZ Government to provide combat troops rather than support personnel, and the involvement in campaigns like Gallipoli and the Western Front, on a per capita basis NZ had one of the highest casualty rates of any country in this war.

Of the 6 male relatives in my family who served, only 1 came back alive.

So before Takapuna was part of Auckland, it had a memorial also.

#1 (Pic 135) War Memorial (scenic theme)


This week I also dabbled with some self portraits with the Sony a7Riii and Zeiss Batis 85. In part because the staff display board needed an update...

#2 (Pic 136) Self-Portrait (telephoto theme)


And this made a black and white shot an option
#3 (Pic 137) Black and white Portrait (creative theme)



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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 16 November 2022 at 10:53
That's what they call "catching up" Kai, three weeks posted within less than an hour

I like the self portraits, especially the different facial expressions and they really fit the colour and the B&W versions.

The Fairy Falls is also a great rework, allthough personally I would have liked a bit more structure and texture in the water, I'm not a great fan of milk-falls
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Thanks Pieter- unfortunately I can't return to these falls as they're in the Waitakere Ranges. Almost all tracks have been closed now to protect the Kauri trees.

The Staff Noticeboard requires us to supply our own photos, so I couldn't bear the 'cell phone snap'. It was an good excuse to try out the Sony Imaging Edge mobile app, with the Batis 85.
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Week 45: November 7 to 13

Ok, a bit of a tumultuous week. My mother's health has deteriorated and she's now in Hospital Wing of Rest Home. So it was road trip time over the weekend- which was extended with annual leave. For my own self-care I'd go out and take photos after each visit.

I took my 15/4 Voigtlander, 35/2 Zeiss Loxia and Tamron 150-500.

One of the places I visited was the Ahuriri Lagoon and attached, Westshore Wildlife Refuge.

This provided several bird-photography opportunities, but my favourite is (probably) this shot across the Wildlife Refuge. I'm roughly facing west.

#1 (Pic 138) Wildlife Refuge (Scenic Theme)

Sony a7Riii with Zeiss Loxia 35/2, and 6-stop ND filter

#2 (Pic 139) Kawau (telephoto theme)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500, at 500mm.

I liked the way this Kawau was posing as it dried off its feathers.

Edited by Wētāpunga - 17 November 2022 at 20:40
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Post Options Post Options   Quote pegelli Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 18 November 2022 at 13:50
Nice landscape from the Ahuriri lagoon, but trumped by the Kawau. That bird looks a bit like a cormorant having a bad hairday
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Originally posted by pegelli pegelli wrote:

Nice landscape from the Ahuriri lagoon, but trumped by the Kawau. That bird looks a bit like a cormorant having a bad hairday
Apparently Kawau is the name of great cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo) in Maori language. And I think that particular individual is a youngster.

I think I still prefer the landscape over the bird though, although I have to mention that somehow in this particular picture the watermark (especially the flower part) in the corner stands out annoyingly well and steals attention from the actual scene.
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Thanks Pieter and Hess, I prefer the wetlands shot myself but I take your point about the watermark Hezu. It's done automatically on with the galleries on my website (hosted by Zenfolio).

The Kawau is what we we also call a Black Shag. For some reason in NZ we use the less common term 'shag' to refer to cormorants. Another interesting zoological fact, is that there are 36 species of Cormorants and 12 of these are found in NZ. Seabirds (including penguins) seem to like it here.

Anyway, I still need my 3rd pic for Week 45 and it is another picture from the Ahuriri estuary.
This time an Kakīānau cygnet. I didn't notice the birds (there was also a nest in the reeds) until I heard the warning his of the parents. So I kept my distance and trusted to the Tamron 150-500's reach. The kakīānau is the black swan from Australia, introduced in the 1860s.

#3 (Pic 140) Kakīānau cygnet (wildcard #9)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500, at 259mm. ISO2000, 1/3200s, f6.3. The image was also run through the One1 AI Noise Reduction plugin.
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Week 46: November 14 to 21

One of the useful things about my trip to the Hawkes Bay is is fell within the range of 2 Photo150 week. The advantage of taking an extended weekend.

So part of the trip included a drive out to the Boundary Stream Reserve. This is a main-island reserve- its an area of forest surrounded by famrland and can be kept free of pests. Kiwi are within it.

My goal was actually to take a pic of the Shine Falls. Last time I was traveling with my a7R and Minolta 17-35/G and 17mm was not quite wide enough for the composition I wanted. this time I had the Voigtlander 15mm (And Sony a7Riii).

The first is just a scenic shot of part of the reserve. I was trying to capture the scale of the cliffs and trees in the forest.
#1 (Pic 141) Boundary Stream Reserve (Scenic Theme)

Sony a7Riii and Voigtlander 15/4 at f11

The second is my creative shot- its a long exposure of the stream.
#2 (Pic 142) Boundary Stream (creative theme)

Sony a7Riii and Voigtlander 15/4 at f11 and 1.6s.

Unfortunately at the Shine Falls there were persistent wind gusts that caused the vegetation to thrash about, and covered my lens element in fine spray every instance I tried getting a composition, so I gave up there.

As the motel I was staying at was within walking distance of the Ahuriri Lagoon and Westshore Wildlife Refuge, I was able to bag some telephoto shots there however. I got lucky when a matuka moana (white-faced heron) landed almost in front of my position behind some reeds.

#3 (Pic 143) Matuka Moana (telephoto theme)

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Post Options Post Options   Quote Hezu Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 21 November 2022 at 21:59
Again, I prefer the landscapes (or is it riverscapes?) over the latest telephoto theme entry. The bird photo is ok, but darn I would prefer if the whole reflection of the bird was in the frame!
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My gosh I have fallen behind in commenting, so here's a catchup from week 41:

41: The re-edits of week 41 are striking, and I like the sky in #1 and the stark beauty of the flower in #3

42: The Maori carving works (#1) isolated from the background, though this site's limit to 1024px width doesn't help discern the detail of the carving. And the Fairy Falls photo works being so close to the action, and well framed by the ferns!

43: #2's ICM has an appealing texture and might have benefitted from a longer exposure to take the beach setting away?

44: A fine memorial to the sacrifices countries and families made in WWI (#1). Good self-portraits too.
45: I hope your mother is comfortable in the new home and the two photos that followed are lovely. The sunset has a subtle drama and the Kawau a soft humour.

46: I love the boundary stream photo, the vegetation there is beautifully exotic to this northern hemisphere, temperate-latitude eye. I have a lot of time for herons, who can be most obliging in their posings and closeness to people. The array of feathers in the stretched wing is nicely recorded.
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Hi Hezu

I agree, I think the Boundary Stream shot is one of my favourites this year. I like the Matuka moana shot, but I'd class it as average rather than exceptional. A bit more of the reflection would help. Still, it's a nice environmental shot.

And ngā mihi Howard. Thanks for the feedback. I can assure you that at a large scale, the carvings are more impressive.

I was quite happy with the self portraits also.

I also thought the Boundary Stream shot comes together quite well. I could have used a longer lens to isolate more of the stream, but as you have noted, the vegetation adds a lot to the scene.

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Week 47: November 21 to 28

A less inspiring week this week, after the expedition to Napier.

First, we have an old railway bridge at dusk. This was done as a long exposure (13s) with my Sony a7Riii and Voigtlander 15/4

#1 (Pic 144) Old Railway Bridge (creative theme)


The second is of a Poaka in flight. This is a common coastal bird, but small. I've had to do some cropping to get this image.

#2 (Pic 145) Poaka (telephoto theme)

As you'd probably expect, this was taken with the Sony a9 and Tamron 150-500mm.

And it's that time of the year when thoughts turn to takapu. As I've already taken a telephoto shot, this will be my Wildcard.

#3 (Pic 146) A pair of Takapu (wildcard 10)

Sony a9 with Tamron 150-500

EDIT: looking back I see I 'jumped forward/miscounted' in Week 8, starting on Pic 24 when I should have started on Pic 22. So I'm really only on Pic 144 at this stage. 2 weeks to go...

Edited by Wētāpunga - 02 December 2022 at 06:03
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