Temporary Change Of Gear

I decided to go light, I decided I was carrying around too much heavy expensive gear for someone who isn’t a professional Photographer. I wanted to try Digital Mirrorless Technology. I’m currently enjoying the light weight, little bit hipster, retro’ish Olympus OM-D E-M5 MkII which is a hell of a mouthful for a camera name. I only have one multi purpose lens on the front which is an Olympus 14-150mm. I have to admit I’m not totally in love with this camera. I’m not as happy with the image quality as I had hoped I would be and I find it a bit small in my hands. It’s pretty much lacking in every department for what I want to achieve photographically. But it is light. I’ll be going back to a bigger DSLR set up when I can afford it. That said, here is a selection of images I’ve taken in the last couple of months with the little Olympus.

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Waikato somewhere, early.
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Cup of rosie.
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Sunset, Kapiti Coast
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On the way to French Pass.
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That’s D’Urville Island
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Remote woolshed, French Pass Road.
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Kapiti
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Mt Taranaki
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Kiwi Rail
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Lake Mangamahoe
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Cape Egmont Lighthouse
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Tasman Bay, Nelson
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Mt Doom?
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Tutukaka Coast
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Morning at Kaitoke
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Sunrise in the Waikato
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Mirror mirror
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Mouth of Queen Charlotte Sound.
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Tutukaka
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Flax
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Wellington Harbour

I don’t think it’s just a case of a poor workman blaming his tools, maybe it is though. I still want to go back to a full size DSLR, or mirrorless. This nice little camera is just too little for me.

Summer Sunsets, At The Beach

Luckily for me, I live 200 metres from the sea front on the Western Coast of the North Island of New Zealand. I can wander down to watch the sunset any day of the week. These are a selection from just three nights. Three nights from the last week. It’s mid summer here. So these were taken between 8:30 and 9pm. That short window when the sky really kicks off. Often the best light is after the sun has set. As you can see.

Himi Inlet sunset
Heading down to the beach, this is a little rivulet which empties into the sea a few metres to the left of this shot.
Beach driftwood stack
People make piles and structures out of driftwood, it helps me take a photo straight at the sun.
Himi beach people
I don’t usually have people in my photographs, but since I referenced people in the last photo, there are some. They’ll be making a driftwood sculpture later no doubt.
Evolution of a cloud bank 1
That’s a cloud bank developing, about to block out the sun.
Himi Beach sunset
Going….
Himi beach light
Going…..
Himi beach tree two
Almost gone…
Himi Beach post sunset
Gone, now the good stuff really kicks off…
Long Beach one
See? Lavender? Lilac? Pink? You choose. looking down the beach to the South. That’s Kapiti Island way off in the distance. You can also see the South Island from here, just not in this shot.
Kapiti
Hard to believe that’s the same evening as the previous shot, but it is. That’s Kapiti Island.
Beach fort
More cool stuff assembled from driftwood. Helping me take photos.
Sea, see
You could stand and look at this all day, except you can’t as it’s nearly night time.
Thursday Night Himatangi
Saving the best till last? Quite possibly. I do like this. Low tide, post sunset. Awesome New Zealand.

So there you go. Hope you enjoyed my evenings.