New Zealand Autumn Colours

Kia ora,

New Zealand in autumn is meant to be beautiful, especially for landscape photography. I have travelled to New Zealand numerous times but never when the trees are in full colour. Otago is the central area where I will be able to find the colours. These colours will go from yellow, orange and red. The trees have been brought in by the original settlers in the areas of Tekapo, Mount Cook, Wanaka, Arrowtown and Queenstown.

I start off in Christchurch where I pick up a Hitop Camper from Apollo. I will then be touring for a couple weeks, searching the best vistas, colours, clouds and mountains that the South Island of New Zealand has to offer.

This is the scenery I hope to find again. This photo was taken in spring a few years back. You can see the deciduous trees in the foreground which should be in full colour when I get there.

Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook seen from the eastern shore of Lake Pukaki.

I’ll be visiting place like Lake Pukaki, Twizel, Omarama and Macetown. I hope to get a chance to do some night photography, especially in Tekapo where they are renowned for their clear skies.

As I travel along the back roads of New Zealand, Internet access will be patchy I suspect but I’ll attempt to keep the blog updated as I stop at campgrounds that have wifi.

Capture NX2 and Color Efex Pro 3 updated

Another update from Nikon and also from Nik Software. Capture NX2 v2.3.1 was released to support the D800/E and the D4.

Nik Software have also released their Color Efex Pro 3 for Capture NX2 that is now compatible with 64bit.

Nikon Releases ViewNX 2 Version 2.3

Nikon released the latest version of their free tool ViewNX 2, version 2.3. This is a 64bit version and on my Mac, runs much faster.

Current Versions of Nikon Software http://nikonasia-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/162

Still around

Haven’t had a chance to put much on the blog lately. Hope to change that soon.

Humpback Whale Missing Fluke

Recently, we visited Tonga to snorkel with the humpback whales and their calves. We had a wonderful time and some amazing experiences. We started the trip on the islands of Vava’u, then Ha’apai with the last night on Eua. While on a whale swim cruise with Whale Discoveries in Ha’apai, we came across this female humpback whale that had most of its right fluke missing!

Even with most of her right fluke missing, she looked very healthy and had a healthy calf with her. Prior to getting this photo of her fluke, both her and her calf were breaching a number of times.

Here is 100% crop of the fluke.

More whale photos coming up soon.

APPA Awards 2011

This year was the first time that I have entered in the Canon AIPP Australian Professional Photographer Awards(APPA). I have been an Emerging of the AIPP now for a couple years and decided to get my photos submitted in the APPA’s. As an emerging member, I am allowed to submit 3 photos. I submitted my 3 photos in the Science Environment and Nature category.

I was extremely happy with my results. I earned a Silver with distinction, a Silver and my third photo just missed out by one point to get a silver. It will still earn me 1/2 point towards getting my Associate of the AIPP.

Global Melt – Silver with Distinction

Global Melt

Double Take – Silver

Double Take

Family Reunion – Certificate of Attainment

Family Reunion

A special mention should also go to a great photographer and all around nice guy, Christian Fletcher, the 2011 AIPP Australian Landscape Photographer of the Year.

First Nations don’t want the Enbridge pipeline

First nations speak for themselves on pipelines proposed to link the Alberta tar sands to Kitimat on BC’s coast. See more at the Vancouver Sun.

spOIL – A must watch video

Back in 2009, we visited and photographed in the Great Bear Rainforest of British Columbia, Canada.

Spirit Bear Trapeze

The following year, the International League of Conservation Photographers (iLCP) did a Rapid Assessment Visual Expedition (RAVE) in the Great Bear Rainforest. They teamed up with Pacific Wild, the Gitga’at First Nation and others to bring awareness to the fact that large companies, such as Enbridge, want to build a pipeline from the tar sands in Alberta to the BC coast town of Kitimat. From there oil tankers will have to zig zag through one of the most ecologically sensitive area on the planet to take this oil to Asian markets. These mega tankers will have to navigate a number of 90-degree turns, just begging for trouble and an oil spill that could wreck total destruction of this pristine environment.

A new documentary film called “spOIL” talks about the Great Bear Rainforest and the plans to build the pipeline. It won “Best Environmental Film” at the Vancouver International Mountain film Festival 2011. You can now watch it on Vimeo.

On May 2,2011, Canadians elected a majority Conservative government. There certainly is serious concern that the Harper government will allow the mega tankers to sail through this highly sensitive eco-system. If you reside in Canada, make your voice be heard  and that you don’t want this pipeline to happen.

Take action to protect the Great Bear Rainforest here.

And more from the Sierra Club BC here

What’s Happening?

It has been way too long since I have last posted on the blog. I now have a good backlog of content that needs publishing. So what is in the pipeline?

I’ve got a few reviews coming:

  • F-Stop Gear Tilopa BC camera pack
  • Kiboko Camera Bag by Gura Gear
  • Workshop by Darren Jew
  • A number of e-books to review
  • Nikon lenses
  • Gitzo tripod
  • Really Right Stuff gear
  • plus plenty of photos

So stay tuned, we are about to get going.

Back Home

Arrived by back home, safe and sound. The ocean crossings were all very smooth on the voyage with Aurora Expeditions, Patagonia scenery has been breathtaking. I have just been busy helping out with nursing my mother-in-law following a hip replacement. I have been going through photos but they aren’t quite ready to post. That will happen between Christmas and New Year.

As a teaser, I had this king penguin wondering if I was using Nikon or Canon. He just couldn’t tell due to the LensCoat ;-)

I’ll take this opportunity to wish you all a very festive season and a happy New Year.

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