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 xpro-2, 27mm, f/13, 1,2s, ISO 200
One of the fascinating things about river long exposures is the patterns that appear in the water from the direction of the flow. In shooting the Kaituna River down from Okere Falls, I wasn’t expecting it would be so apparent.
Fuji XPro-2, 50mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
I suppose you could see a scene like this anywhere, but here in Hong Kong (and elsewhere in China) there is really the sense that people are constantly glued to their device to the absolute ignorance of anything going on around them. I must have been maybe three meters away from the lady when I shot this, took my time, framed… she never looked up.
Fuji X-Pro 2, 45mm, f/4, 1/10s, ISO 6400
Just next to where I live – in Tai Hang – is a tiny temple full of character. It’s very dark inside, and when I went there with my fastest lens (the 85mm 1.4) I realised I couldn’t shoot anything, it was too small ! So I used my stabilized 15-55 at the maximum workable settings (very slow, high ISO) and this is what came out. Quite proud of that one, and it really shows a side of Hong Kong that tourists rarely get to see.
The Mangrove’s Mouth
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/60s, ISO 200
Langkawi’s Bat Cave doesn’t feature sleek black automobiles or bat-shaped weaponry, just hundreds upon hundreds of bats. The cave mouth open’s directly on the Mangrove, and the stalactite there caught my eye. I like the contrast between the stone and the vibrant green of the mangrove itself.
Overlooking the Islands
Fuji XPro-2, 80mm, f/8, 1/300s, ISO 200
From the top of the cable car station, you have a stunning 360 view on Langkawi and the surrounding islands. It was dusk when we were there, but there was something wonderfully melancholy about this blue on blue landscape.
Looking at Paradise
Fuji XPro-2, 27mm, f/8, 1/600s, ISO 200
As soon as I set foot on Pasir Tengkorak Beach on the Northern shore of Langkawi I knew I had to take a shot using those two branches to frame the island out at sea. I did several attempts, but the photo was missing something, I felt, so I asked my son to sit on the branch. I think this balances the composition nicely.
Fuji XPro-2, 30mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
Tai Hang is full of garages, and some of them are clearly more… specialized than others. I don’t know what’s so particular about the windshields of Japanese cars, but it looks like this guy has got you covered !