Sunrise Sunset

12 11 2009

Ever notice how it is every time you have other commitments or couldn’t be bothered there always seems to be a spectacular sunset/sunrise?

Then when you make the effort like as not the sunset was a fizz-er. Well that’s the way it often seems to me.There is a certain element of luck as well as planning involved in getting those spectacular shots . The planning part is finding a location and knowing where and when the sun will rise or set because blundering around in the dark of the morning looking for a location isn’t going to work. At sunset you have the opportunity of getting there an hour or so prior in order to find the ideal shot. The luck part is over to the weather but if your not there you won’t get the shot so  to a certain degree we have to make our luck. 

Clear skys are invariably disappointing you need a few clouds to show some colour of course too many clouds can be problem too because you won’t see the sun at all . The most colourful sunsets/sunrise are often when there are lots of cloud with a clear area just on the horizon allow the sun to light up the clouds underneath.Many times it all won’t come together as you had hoped but its always enjoyable to have got out in nature and often you come back with a compelling image even if it didn’t happen as you had hoped. Then there are the times when it all comes together and that makes up for the disappointments. The biggest technical challenge in photographing at these times is controlling the contrast,  making the use of graduated neutral density filters very helpful to retain detail in all parts of the image.

As a landscape photographer I favour these times of the day when the light is warm and directional showing creations splendor to it best advantage.



27 06 2009

One of the reasons winter is my favourite season water. The rivers streams and waterfalls come alive with flowing water a great photographic subject. Tastes vary in how people like to see flowing water in a photograph. A faster shutter speed will freeze the motion and show the droplets in the water. A slower shutter speed blurs the motion and shows the flow of the water some like one others don’t. I’m a fan of the blurs. Upper NihitipuThe essential accessory’s for water are a polarizing filter and tripod.
Those pervading overcast skies also help to control contrast and enable longer shutter speeds.

Down The Gurgler

See this article I wrote over at AFN


19 06 2009

I think winter is probably the best season photographically everything is much more dramatic.  The weather much more exciting storms frost rain even snow.

The good light lasts longer in the day and you don’t have to rise at 4 am and stay out till 10pm to get sunrise and sunset. Even the overcast skies offer opportunity with forest and water so much better with the softer light.Mahuia Rapids

David Ward a UK based photographer makes the point that there is no such thing as bad light we just need to match our subject matter to the light. I think this is true what we often lack is the ability to see the possibilities .  These shots are from one of my favourite locations Tongariro National Park taken last winter.

Lake Rotokura Walking Track

The light was predominately overcast on this trip but still there were opportunity’s and many more I missed .


17 06 2009

Farley Point # 3

Originally uploaded by Rdugmore2009

My first post to this blog is about the idea of previsualisation. Ansel Adams made much of this idea and I think for myself this works.

Landscape photography is very much about light and as the light is fleeting you need to be in place with a good idea of what you want or you miss the magic.I find it frustrating to be experiencing good light but not be in place to take advantage of it.   It is essential to plan and previsualise .

This is a recent example I had visited this location a few weeks prior and the light wasn’t great but I visualised what it could be if the conditions and light came together so on returning when the light was right here is the result