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Limitations

The enemy of art is the absence of limitations. — ORSON WELLS

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Distracted

DistractedCloud Platform, Napier

Today has been the coldest of the year so far, with wind, rain and a cold southerly working up the country. But as the day has gone on the rain has faded out and at sunset, even though there was thick cloud on the western horizon the fading sun lit up the eastern sky.

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Experimentation

Sunrise 4Ohawe Beach

Photography is both a technical and an artistic endeavor. If it was just a technical, then there would be just one way (the right way) to process an image. But it's not, there are a myriad of ways you can approach an image depending on what suits the image and communicates your intent.

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Mates

MatesPatea Breakwater

A couple of weeks ago we went out to Patea as a storm system began to roll in, to capture the big seas and breaking waves. But we weren't the only ones, in fact there was probably 15-20 people at the beach while we there. It's no wonder really, it's an impressive site to see, to feel, both relaxing and invigorating.

But there was one group who were making better use of the conditions than most. A group of teenage surfers were making the best of the conditions as the tide reached it's peak and then began to move out. I couldn't help but be drawn to thinking about the influence friends (or as we are more likely to say in Kiwi-ish 'mates) have in our lives.

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Ohawe Beach 2

Sunrise 2Ohawe Beach

The temptation is to always shoot a landscape image in the orientation named after the genre, landscape. After all, it must work right? But to do so would mean limiting the possible compositions without any good reasons. In fact many years ago I heard this expression which has stayed with me ever since, "When is the best time to shoot a portrait version of a landscape, after capturing the same image in landscape"

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