In early autumn, I climbed the loftiest hill in the Marlborough Sounds, Mount Stokes, with a modest altitude of 1203 metres. This involved driving for 4 hours via an interminable, winding road skirting the shoreline of Pelorus Sound. The road-trip here is, perhaps, the...

We reached this remote spot on schedule, as the afternoon sun broke through rain clouds, painting the farmland gold. I'd been here many times before to photograph the lighthouse, and watch the Yellow-Eyed Penguins waddle ashore. And I had 'seen' how the lonely rural ro...

To reach this landmark lighthouse requires a tedious gravel bash of seven kilometres. The pounding of hardened leather boots on unstable rocks had my feet screaming blue murder. Two hours elapsed before I arrived at the 18m-high structure, looming over Nelson Haven lik...

Sometimes the most interesting landscape shots are a combination of several critical factors; a perfect storm coming together at the right time. Call it serendipity if you like, or attribute it to careful planning and research.

Here, I needed low tide to access the beac...

Photographs are merely two-dimensional representations of a 3D reality.

To create the illusion of depth, we can layer the subject matter to overlap, implying that the foreground object is in front of an object in the background. Employing the vertical format (called Por...

Confession time. I am NOT a morning person. It takes a lot of commitment to set that alarm clock for 5am. But it pays big-time, when you score a stunning sunrise photo.


This image was taken on the way home from a failed photo shoot, as a Plan B.
Having already scouted...

Back story: I was visiting our capital city, Wellington, for a cousin's funeral. I rented a car and drove north to the remote rural outpost that is Castlepoint. The lighthouse here is well-photographed, usually from a prominent lookout point. I spent hours there c...

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