This year has been one of extremes, hot sunshine to cyclones, and that new go to media phrase, weather bombs has been mentioned a few times. These rains have left the landscape far greener than normal for this time of year and with all the added grass growth there will be more feed for the animals as we head into winter.
After yet another storm made it's way over the land, I decided it was a good chance to take the new lens for a walk and get to know it a little better. Along the river walk a lot of properties have planted flax and native bushes to help keep their area tidy without making it too hard to maintain. But one resident has planted a flower garden and it certainly brightens up the place.
Most people have taken an image of a beautiful scene in front of them, only to be disappointed when they saw the finished image. This can be confusing and frustrating. Landscape photography looks easy, after all hasn't nature done all the work already? In some ways yes but there is so much more to it.
At the end of February, the Royal New Zealand Air Force celebrated their 80th year of service by hosting a two day air show at the Ohakea Air Base. With aircraft from several nations (including the US, UK, Australia, Canada, Singapore, France) joining in, the event promised to be a great chance to see some new aircraft. Despite a rather fickle summer so far, the weekend was held under mostly clear blue skies with the hot summer sun beaming down.
While most people have less than fond memories of the air show held there 5 years ago, for me I had a great time. Thanks to a bunch of pro photographers who gave me some hints and tips along the way I came away with images which I was very happy with and I learn't a lot.