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Good Things Take Time

Wharf PilesPatea, South Taranaki

Some times processing images is easy. Some images take a little more. A little more time, thought and exploration. Maybe it takes time to let the initial thoughts and ideas you have about the images fade. To allow new ideas to creep in, new possibilities.

This image was captured last summer, but due a whole lot of reasons, I am still working through these and many other images. This year has been one of change and new beginnings, of investing in things which are important, and enjoying the rewards from it. Some things do happen in a hundredth of a second, to use an old quote, but some take much longer. Still it gives you time to ask questions, consider and choose what you think feels best.

The image above has many possibilities, a faster shutter speed would have yielded quite a different result. On the other hand I could have used a really long exposure to soften the water to mist. But the emotion that I felt, the thought which stayed in my mind, was of how the water surged and flowed. Pushing me away from the wharf piles, all broken and worn. Yet for all its power, the sea had not won, not yet. These piles stand as a reminder of the past, of a river port that was once the busiest in the area. Of a young nation trying to make its way in the world. Of the bounty and productivity of the region.

With better roads, trucks and larger ships, little ports like this have had their time but that doesn't mean that they should be forgotten. They will fade, as all memories do, but not yet!  

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.

Out Near The Cape

Cape KidnappersHawkes Bay

Anything more than 500 yds from the car just isn't photogenic. - Brett Weston

The best landscape images are not always when the sky is on fire or the peace of the blue hour leaves stills the world. If the landscape only looked great around sunrise and sunset then why can it take our breath away, just simply driving around a corner. Landscape images show us the world in all its moods and find the beauty within them.

Ten Thousand Steps To Sunrise

Dawn ColourCape Kidnappers, Hawkes Bay

That might seem like an exaggeration right, a bit of poetic licence to make a cool title? Maybe I meant, it was ten thousand steps, including the return trip, that would be slightly more sane wouldn't it? Nope, according to Simon's pedometer it was pretty close, it may have even been a few more who knows? So how did we wind up walking so far before sunrise, we decided to walk out to Cape Kidnappers from Clifton. According to the website, that's about eight to nine kilometers, depending on where you stop. With the tides and the time of sunrise factored in, we hoped we would have just enough time. In the end, I doubt we could have left any earlier as we had to wait every now and then to let the tide recede enough for us to continue to walk out.

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2017 - Review

It's hard to believe another year has passed. 2017 was a fun, sometimes frenetic, often busy year. With its passing, there is now a chance to take a moment over the break reflect, to look back at the year that has been. Why do we feel the need to do this, maybe it's all the review programmes on TV, or it's the same urge that drives people to make resolutions on New Years eve, I'm not really sure. But it is a tradition I have developed over the last four or five years. Reviewing the images I have captured over the year, looking at what I have enjoyed, what has worked well, and what I can learn going forward? 

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