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Third Time Lucky

Some trips are too good to be true. When I first came across images of the Owen Plateau, I put it right at the top of my wish list. The terrain looked like something from a fairy tale. Take the rolling limestone rockscape of Castle Hill, put it into Fiordland’s Valley of the Trolls, then blow it up tenfold. The result would look something like Kahurangi National Park’s Mount Owen and the surrounding open tops of the Marino Mountains. Our first […]

Novoflex VR Slim Panorama Head Review

For years I had been shooting alongside photographers who use panoramic heads. For my style of photography I never really saw the need. I would shoot the odd single-row panorama, but I was totally fine doing so with a standard tripod head. As more panoramas started creeping into my work, I encountered more issue with panoramas that would not stitch properly. Ridges in the distance would not align or my foregrounds had zig-zag patterns of misalignment running through them. The […]

Susan & Mike’s Wedding at Cossars

A German saying has it that you always meet twice in life. During my first years in New Zealand I worked for a local business. It was there that I first met Mike. He has what you would call a unique skill-set that ranges from ex-professional field hockey player to now-finance guru. He also has a worrying inclination to do the splits at every opportunity. Eventually I left my old job and became a camera jockey. As I was peddling my services […]

Mel & Tim’s Wedding

Who said that sequels cannot be better than the original? Almost a year ago two good friends of mine visited New Zealand. Mel and Tim travelled around the country, and somehow managed to fit a surprise engagement into their itinerary. Read the full story here. I was lucky enough to be invited along to capture the grand finale in Germany. It was good to be back with my sweethearts after somewhat of a commute. The plane flu struck me down the […]

Fujifilm GFX50s – First Impressions

Foreword This is not a fully fledged review. If you are after a comprehensive analysis by someone who has spent weeks with the GFX you will be bitterly disappointed. What you will find here are honest first impressions by a not-so-very-technical guy who makes a living with photography. Chances are that I got some things wrong in the little time that I had with the camera. I will trust you take my musings with a grain of salt. In the […]

Claire & David’s Wedding

Claire and David had me at ‘would you like to photograph our wedding?‘. Putting me in a helicopter to buzz around the mountains with them was not needed to convince me, but who am I to deny them their wedding wishes? 🙂 The chain of events that stranded me in one of the most photogenic places in the world started somewhere else. I have known Claire and David for as long as I have been in New Zealand. David and I […]

Mel & Tim’s Engagement

Friends visiting from the other side of the world must be one of my favourite things. Naturally I was elated when Mel and Tim announced themselves last year. We have known each other since the dawn of time. Over the past decade we were lucky to be able to meet up in random places around the world for little adventures. The next one turned out to be a home game for me! We immediately started making plans to tour around […]

Frankenpack – A Pain-Free Photo Backpack Mod

How to combine an ergonomic day pack and a camera insert to create a pain-free alternative to classic photography backpacks. I’m 38 years old, and I’m a bit of a wreck. A lifetime spent behind a desk combined with bad luck playing the genetic lottery will do that to you. I love tramping (aka hiking, if you are a non-Kiwi), but years ago I was not enjoying the experience any more. Back and neck pain had finally caught up with […]

Plan B

When a tropical storm sneaks up on your tramping adventure, you better have a backup plan. It was just before Easter when cyclone Cook slowly bumbled along the east coast and right into our long anticipated trip. Instead of packing, our evenings were spent with weather forecasts. Plans were amended, and nails were bit. The forecasts all seemed to agree that things were not looking quite as dire in the north-west corner of the South Island. Simultaneously however, the talking heads in the news were […]

Moraine Terrain

In war as in tramping there is one rule: No man left behind! So how did we end up on top of our little pile of rubble with one person missing? Let’s start at the beginning … My lovely Better Half (she asked me to capitalise due to her significance) and I enjoy open tops tramping. The biggest commitment to staying on tracks usually involves getting through a stretch of otherwise impenetrable New Zealand bush. Once above tree-line we tend […]