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Last Rays of Sunlight - Mount Ngauruhoe

Photography can be an exercise in frustration. Making the time, finding great locations, planning, looking at weather forecasts, only for the light to fade as the clouds roll in. If all you wanted from a trip was great images then you could be bitterly disappointed. Of course there is a whole lot of other benefits that go along with photography trips like this, the people you venture out with, time in nature seeing the beauty, and the chance to get out of the work to home home to work patterns.

 In truth, great light doesn't happen all the time. It's rarity is part of it's allure. It's the reason we go back time and time again. Great light doesn't often happen in perfect weather, more often than not it happens when the weather is marginal or worse. We look for those situations where good conditions might occur, and then learn from watching, but in the end, there is always going to be an element of luck. 

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Lenticular Cloud Over Mount Taranaki

Lenticular Cloud Over Mount Taranakidh 112 Venom

There is no doubt that with landscape photography, a little planning can help you get luckier. But even the best planning in the world does not guarantee you the perfect results. In the end you still need a little luck on your side. Maybe there is a lesson there, it's not always down to us, luck will always play a role.

When someone says something like "wow, you were lucky to get that image!". It is tempting to think of the planning and effort that went into it and feel that putting it all down to luck is somehow wrong. But on some level it is true and they have a point. On the other hand, when we come back from a day out and the images lack that wow factor, secretly which do we blame?  

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New Zealand Drag Racing Finals 2018

First of all I would like to give a huge thanks to PitRat Racing for making us feel like part of the team for the day, both the highs and the lows. Just by hanging around with you for the day, I learned a lot about photographing this high octane sport, the nuances and the opportunities. I hope you enjoy the images and would love to do it again.

If you want to see the whole gallery of all the images, click on the slideshow or click here and it will take you to the gallery.

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A Bit Of Fun

Quick March2018 Art Deco Weekend, Napier

The past few weeks have been dominated by moving house and all the associated hassles. So for today's post I thought I would share an image from the Art Deco Festival a few weeks ago.

The Peacefulness of Sunrise

Soft Morning LightBlack Reef, Hawkes Bay

There is nothing quite like being on a beach at sunrise. The gentle sound of the waves rolling into and off the beach. The sea birds wheeling above, calling out to the others as the sun rises. As Simon and I walked along the beach towards Cape Kidnappers, we found this sea stack. What a beautiful place to watch the sunrise. That's one of the things I love about photography, how it gives you licence to enjoy the simple things both while you are there and later.