Summer House (in Winter)
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/11, 1/60s, ISO 250
It was in Finland last December that I truly experienced the beauty of the winter sun for the first time, this golden light during all the (short) hours of the day. There are a few summer houses on Seurasaari that I would really have liked to see the inside of…
Fuji xpro-2, 75mm, f/10, 1/210s, ISO 200
Got up at 5 AM and walked down the beach while the light was slowly getting brighter. It was surprisingly busy with a mix of joggers, dog-owners and fishermen. Just as the sun was proparly rising I spotted this fisherman which made for a nice silhouette. An hour later, it was raining cats and dogs…
Gateway to Hell
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/1100s, ISO 200
White Island is the single active volcano in New Zealand. As the name says, it’s an island an hour out of Whakatane, and you can walk (with due precautions, namely a guide, a hardhat and a gas mask) all the way to the edge of the crater where fumeroles and sulfur pools are the only trace of activity (but still pretty impressive). I made use of my new wide angle 10-24mm lens here.
Fuji xpro-2, 80mm, f/4, 1/420s, ISO 200
Whenever I’m faced with a waterfall, the temptation is to take the filters out for long exposure, but the viewpoint over Waipunga falls was too high for the tripod, and I’m glad it was. I chose a narrow depth of field for this shot and I’m glad I did, it gives it a bit of an ethereal feel.
The Sea in Napier
Fuji xpro-2, 54mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 250
Truth is, we got lousy weather in Napier. As a consequence, what I was hoping to shoot (the art deco buildings) I didn’t manage to get any good shot out of. But within minutes of arriving, this break in the clouds gave me a minimalist shot I really liked. I rarely post photos of my kids, but here is one!
Fuji xpro-2, 27mm, f/16, 0,6s, ISO 200
Another spectacular waterfall near Rotorua. The challenge in shooting this one was to avoid the rafts and kayaks either coming down the fall (for the latter) or going up to it (for the former).
Fuji xpro-2, 27mm, f/16, 12s, ISO 200
I know this doesn’t look exactly like the best holiday weather (and it wasn’t), but you make the most of what you have, and I definitely like this haunting long exposure of the fractured rocks by the Cook Straight in Wellington.
Fuji x-pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/4s, ISO 200
When you have the appropriate filters, there’s always a temptation to do really long exposures over rushing water. In my experience though, it doesn’t really work to render the flow. Exposure times around 1s or less work best in my experience, and this is what I did here at Huka falls, probably the most impressive rush of water I’ve seen in my life to date.
Fuji x-Pro2, 38mm, f/16, 10s, ISO 200
I arrived in Wellington in late December (so early Summer) to abysmal weather (although the locals told me it wasn’t all that bad…) Still, the coast south of city was such a perfect spot for long exposure that I decided to brave the rain. This is the result, which I think made it worth it!
Back to Reality
Fuji x100f, 35mm, f/11, 1/100s, ISO 200
There I was, wandering around Seurasaari feeling like city and civilization were far away and then… I came back to reality.