Nerdwriter: Ansel Adams

I have followed the Evan (who goes by the nickname Nerdwriter) on YouTube for the last year or so and have really enjoyed his take on quite a range of subjects. In his own words he does "a vlog every Wednesday on things that caught my eye that week. I have to confess up front: it's all a shameless ploy to get readers for my book. (Honesty is the best policy.) I figure why not make it interesting in the process? It's fun to do anyway."

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Reality versus Interpretation

Music is a profound mystery, as a creative artist I feel that if I know what I am doing, I am probably not doing not doing my job, I like to always be just outside of my comfort zone, asking new questions, exploring new territory, trying new things, occasionally discovering new sounds

John Luther Adams

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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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Papa Rock Patterns

Papa RockKai Iwi Beach, Wanganui

Beaches are ever changing, the sand gets moved from one area to another, debris gets washed up then washed away. The rocks change as well, weathered by the storms and the waves they take on interesting shapes and patterns, revealing the destructive forces at play.

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