Splash Of Colour

I’ve got a new thing, I found this cool App for my iPad which allows me to covert photos to Black and White then colour in certain parts, back to the original colour. Like a sort of Art Photo thing. What do you reckon?

 

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Kapuni
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Soho, London
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Monaco, 2010
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London
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Otaki River
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Island Bay
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Spitfire
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Manawatu
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Isle of Mull
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London
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Lille
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Ngati Wehi Wehi Marae, Horowhenua
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Himatangi Beach
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Taranaki
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Hawkes Bay
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Himatangi Beach
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Glen Dessary, Scotland
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Himatangi Beach
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Erskine College, Island Bay

Kiwi Greenery

A selection of New Zealand awesomeness, in predominantly green hues!

 

Bridal Veil
Bridal Veil Falls, Waikato
Mt Taranaki Print
Mt Taranaki
Bush dunny
Bush Dunny, Pukerua Bay
Mt Naki Rail Bridge
Taranaki Rail Bridge
Rangitikei Evening
Rangitikei
Tui and fern
Tui and Fern
Tui and Flax
Tui and Kowhai
Long Exposure stream
Long Exposure Stream
Bush Rays
Misty Rays
Bush Waterfall rays
Forest waterfall
Fence Light
Raetihi
Ruapehu Fence
Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe
Doubtful Sound Waterfall
Doubtful Sound
Doubtful Sound Forest
Doubtful Sound
Lake Manapouri Reflections
Lake Manapouri
Rain Forest Waterfall
Doubtful Sound
Estuary Birds
Manawatu River
Plimmerton
Porirua Harbour
Trees and Tararuas
Tararua Ranges
Fence
Fence to the Tararuas
HB Sunset star
Hawkes Bay
Letter boxes
Letter Boxes

Well mostly green.

Change Of Scenery

I travel around a large chunk of New Zealand a lot, I also regularly visit other parts of New Zealand than my local bit. I’m always on the lookout for something pleasing to Photograph as hopefully these pages will show. I trust you are enjoying the images so far.

However…On my travels, I see other stuff, the other New Zealand. The bits you don’t read about in the guide books, or don’t think of when you typically think of our country, or maybe you do but you take it for granted. I decided to document a bit of it. I set up a new Instagram account called @kiwiay for that purpose. Come and have a look, follow the account. I’ll be, or have been posting this sort of thing.

Driftwood
Rustic garden art or driftwood overload
Mural
Derelict dairy factory on the surf highway in Taranaki. In New Zealand we have many derelict buildings as monuments to our inability to pull derelict buildings down. So instead we often paint a cheery or quirky mural on one or more of the walls. This shows that as well as having a lack of efficient and effective reclamation facilities, we are also arty.
Old Holden
It’s road works season in New Zealand. Because it’s the end of the financial year, all the councils are spending the last of their budgets on dubious road maintenance projects to ensure they can maintain their road maintenance funding next year. In NZ we don’t have modern phased mobile traffic lights at our roadworks, we still have the Stop/Go sign being held by a person. This is Paul, a Stop/Go guy
Rail mural
Every old warehouse wall should have black and white murals and a dragons head sticking out of the wall
Surf Inn
We sometimes like to give amusing and trade or location associative names to our drinking establishments. Opunake on the ‘Surf Highway’ in Taranaki is known for its surfing opportunies as is the rest of the Taranaki Coast. This obviously was once simply the Opunake Hotel, but has been revitalised and rebranded the ‘Surf Inn’. I hope they didn’t pay anyone too much money to come up with that catchy title. Which reminds me I must go out to Scott’s Ferry in the Rangitikei again
Top dresser 7
Time to start chucking some fertiliser on the paddocks ay? The good old top dressing Bi-plane putting ‘super’ on the farms of NZ
Kaos pass
Kiwis like going really fast any chance we get. We’re pretty awesome at motor sports of many kinds. This is Power Boat racing on the Manawatu river.
Ormondville Viaduct
Old wooden viaduct above our old farm in Southern Hawkes Bay. Notice all the excellent ‘health and safety’ and harm prevention measures in place. I don’t think this rail line gets used anymore
Letter boxes side view
5a is a bit farther along the track.
Air NZ
An aircraft from our national airline Air New Zealand making its way into one of our provincial airports. flying around New Zealand can be a bit hairy sometimes
Gun Tunnel Grafitti_
It’s nice that young people want to put their own flavour on the relics of the 2nd World War in New Zealand. Like in these old Harbour defence Artillery Emplacement tunnels
Busy Bee Dairy
The great New Zealand dairy. This is a fine example of this iconic establishment.
Eltham Nana Jaques
Thats a nice memorial to Nana Jacques, obviously much loved, I bet she’d be very proud.
Hawkes Bay Wool Shed Shutes
Shutes, for when the shearing is complete
Canterbury Maori Haka
No day is complete in New Zealand without a rousing Maori haka, I think this was just a practice one though, or maybe these Wahine were saying hooray to the South Island.
Cuba Espressoholic
Kiwis drink more coffee than just about anyone. Often served by someone who looks and dresses like a gay lumberjack
tackle
Footy is the lifeblood of New Zealand, some good mates enjoying the day.
Marton Racecourse 2
Wonder when the next race meeting is, I believe the last one was in 1980.
Opunake Dairy
Classic dairy, with updated paint job. Tip Top work. I’ve never been in that dairy.
Kunekune
This is the New Zealand pig, the kunekune. This is a happy one because he isn’t being made into bacon.

I’ll keep you posted, as it were.

Back Home

By back home, I mean I traded the Olympus Mirrorless camera back in for a Canon. I missed having what I feel is a proper camera. A big Digital Single Reflex Camera. I like Canons so I bought the Canon 6D MkII. Actually it’s not quite as simple as that. The 6D MkII is the camera almost made for me. It’s more clever as one of Canons best ever camera’s, the 5D mkIII. I’ve also had one of those, a second hand one which I traded in for the Olympus Camera as I thought I would enjoy the drop in camera weight. It wasn’t worth the change sadly, still, you live and learn.

I wanted my own new Canon DSLR camera though and the 6D MkII came along at the perfect time. It’s got great image quality, plenty of pixels, it does a bunch of stuff I don’t care about or understand and it has built in wifi which is awesome in so many ways. It does what it says on the tin and has delivered a number of quite fetching images already. My only issue with it is that the shutter isn’t as quiet as I’d like. I know right? That’s literally the only issue. I love this camera and I’m looking forward to getting to know it better. Herewith some imagery from my 6D MkII. It’s not all about the camera though. For those who are interested, I mostly, currently only, have a Canon 24-105 L series walking round lens on the front of my camera.

Ariana and Millie
People standing in my shot, I may have asked them to.
Shed door
Door, needs work
Shepherds Delight
Shepherds Delight, Himatangi Beach. This is home.
St Andrews Side
St Andrews Church, Turakina.
Turakina Cottage
I like this building.
Wake boarding one handed
KIte surfer, practicing at the new place in Foxton. It’s called ‘Off The Loop’ Cable wake boarding among other awesome adventure activities.
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Home, of an evening.
Akld Roads
Auckland at night
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City Lights, Auckland
Cottage
It’s still there.
Dry as
Been a bit dry off late.
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Portrait of Miss J, Wearing my hat.
Mt Taranaki early am
Mt ‘Naki
Muapoko Street
That’s my street at night. Awesome sunset.

Eclectic mix. See you soon.

Cuba Street

Cuba Street in Wellington is pretty Iconic. Cuba Street is where the cool people go, the bearded hipsters, the fashionable in mind and spirit. The wannabe’s and the once were. The right on, right now and the faded jadeds. The tattooed ladies and the skater boys. Cuba Street is a place of street food, expensive food and retro shopping. Vinyl records and vinyl furniture, probably. Quirky things on the street and in the shops. Cuba Street is colourful. I decided to spend a morning taking photos in Cuba Street. This is the work of one hour, one morning. This Sunday Morning in March.

There are many photos and (almost) no captions. Sometimes images speak for themselves.Cuba crossingCuba flamingoCuba CosmicCuba Corner graffitiCuba BurgerCuba BUBCuba BristolCuba Bristol walkCuba bookshopCuba blurred strollCuba 178 CubaCuba barbers at workCuba barbersCuba fixCuba FidelsCuba Fidels super cutsCuba EspressoholicCuba emporiumCuba Ekim BurgerCuba Dog graffitiCuba daytime moonCuba Cuba Bistro

Cuba Callum
That’s Callum, this isn’t Cuba Street, but is in Glover Park. Glover Park is just round the corner from Cuba Street. So almost Cuba Street
Cuba Craft Beer
Also not actually in Cuba Street, but nearby in Glover Park

Cuba flatsCuba flesh woundCuba FloriditaCuba FruttiCuba graffiti strollCuba IconCuba IrishCuba Karo DriveCuba Logan BrownCuba MallCuba matchboxCuba Wall ArtCuba VietnameseCuba ValhallaCuba touristsCuba topsCuba tattooCuba Swan_Cuba SanFranCuba RPRCuba RecordsCuba record shop

Berhampore Bus stop
OK, this isn’t in Cuba Street. This is Berhampore. But it’s very colourful. 

Abstract stuff

While I usually take photos of the great New Zealandness of New Zealand, or travel photos, or NZ Native birds, or sports. Lately I’ve been trying to see art in other things, trying to take photos you might describe as ‘Abstract’. I’m sure there is a definition somewhere. I looked up Abstract on the internet and hopefully most of these images fit that description. You tell me. Here I’m trying to see art in the everyday or the unusual. Sometimes you have to look twice, and in a different way, to see a potentially artistic photo where you might not have thought any sort of intriguing image was on offer.

Art?

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Infrastructure Awaiting
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Ladder
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Tate Modern, The Outside
bench
Blue Chair
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3 flats
containers
Contained.
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Out Of Service.
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The Other Side Of The Fence.
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Cruise Ship Inmates.
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Closed.
modern-art-creation
Space Age.

Art, Abstract? I don’t mind what you call it, It’s good to step outside your comfort zone sometimes. I think I’ll do it more often.

‘The Big Smoke’. Auckland

In New Zealand, as I believe they do in some other places, we refer to the big city as ‘The Big Smoke’. Auckland is the nearest thing we have to a big city, however it’s not very big and is more like a collection of villages. The population of Auckland is about 1.4 Million which is a big chunk of our total population of around 4.4 Million. New Zealand is quite empty of people. I have attempted to convey that by photographing some parts the inner city of our largest city. The Auckland CBD between 8.30 and 9.30am on a Saturday morning. Plus some other bits during the day.

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No Smoking
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Walk on by
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No Parking
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Closed
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Belgian beer at the Occidental, the pub was built by an American sailor.
stables
No horses
fountain
Tiled
arcade
Arcade
art-gallery-front
Art house
art-gallery
Open soon
library
No books here today
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Feeding winged rats at Wynard Quarter.
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Smoko break, probably.
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The Wharf bit of North Wharf.
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Queen Street, Auckland City.
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Apartments and Sky tower
ponsonby-bus
Ponsonby Road.
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The Esplanade, I once won a surfing competition in there.
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Mt Eden Road, Mt Eden Village, 8:30am, Sunday Morning.
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Looking the other way, towards the city
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Mt Eden art stuff
bakery
Paris, Mt Eden.
st-heliers
Busy Saturday at the beach
boat-sheds
Boat sheds beside Tamaki Drive.
city-cloud
City Skyline, from Stanley Bay.
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The view rich people on Paraitai Drive have.

Auckland, it’s not always what you think.

Sunrise in the centre

The centre being the central North Island, rather than the coast. So many people take wonderful photographs of the sun coming up over the sea. That’s easy to do, all you need is an alarm clock and to point your camera East in the morning. Inland it’s a bit more of a challenge. There are hills and stuff in the way. Here are a handful of local sunrises I’ve been lucky enough to witness.

Cold cows, early
Cold cows, early
Halcombe, guess what time?
Halcombe, 7 am or so
Rangitkei River. Steam off the water looks cool
Rangitkei River. Steam off the water looks cool
Derelict house, early, the ghosts aren't even up yet.
Derelict house, early, the ghosts aren’t even up yet.
Manawatu Morning
Manawatu Morning
7am or so, from the Feilding-Halcombe road
7am or so, from the Feilding-Halcombe road
7ish, looking across the Rangitikei
7ish, looking across the Rangitikei
Still 7ish, bit of a theme of the hour in the morning setting in here.
Still 7ish, bit of a theme of the hour in the morning setting in here.
Mt's Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, about 120 kilometres away
Mt’s Ruapehu and Ngauruhoe, about 120 kilometres away
7am over Feilding. Manawatu
7am over Feilding. Manawatu
Ruapehu again, over there, miles away in the morning
Ruapehu again, over there, miles away in the morning
You've heard of the Verve song, 'The drugs don't work'? This is the rural version 'The cows don't care'. Sunrise in the Manawatu.
You’ve heard of the Verve song, ‘The drugs don’t work’? This is the rural version ‘The cows don’t care’. Sunrise in the Manawatu.