Image Post: Tasman Lake, South Island, New Zealand

Seeing the glacial Tasman Lake and it’s icebergs was something I had dreamed about and was high on my list of Must-dos when I went to the South Island this year. Was really happy to have some nice colour at sunset to get this shot!

Let me know if you like these image posts! will keep doing more 🙂

Tasman Lake, Glacial Lake, South Island, New Zealand, Photographer
Tasman Lake, Glacial Lake, South Island, New Zealand
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Lake Rotoiti: Nelson Lakes, South Island, New Zealand

Lake Rotoiti, St Arnaud, South Island, New Zealand Photographer
Lake Rotoiti, St Arnaud, South Island, New Zealand

A Personal Blog: – How to manage time – Photoshoot vs Spending Time with Family featuring images from Days Bay Wellington

 

I have never had a hobby before…

 

NOTE: This post is a personal blog a thought an experience and maybe a conversation. One I felt inspired to share…

 

For me I am 34 years old and I have never really had that thing that I’ve had to make time for other than work, wife, kids and some time for myself, generally just to blob and not do too much.

Approximately two years ago I got into photography, this was when I would intentionally go out to take photos on my own and play with settings and create images to share online, and since then photography has been a big part of my life, always on my mind and always something I wish I would make more time for.

Therefore as someone who works full time, commutes, has family commitments (wife/kids) and needs downtime during the week, this leaves me my weekends.

Maybe I’m not prioritising photography enough or not pushing myself hard enough but truly I don’t want this thing to kill me or be stressful in any manner, because right now, I love anytime I spend behind my camera.

This is where my photography can cross over into important family time, ie, weekend outings with wife and kids, and our small dog.

This was the case this weekend, we had a stunner of a day happen right smack bang in the middle of winter! where up until this day the weather really had not been desirable.

So we packed up and went out, taking the dog also.

After a brief visit to one location (where the weather wasn’t so good) we then went to Days Bay, towards Eastbourne, Wellington. It was Gorgeous, warm, sunny, kids were playing in the water and plenty of people were out and about. It was late afternoon and getting into that beautiful optimum time to take photos.

This creates a challenge, I am bursting to spend a few hours taking photos but then who watches the kids (they are older now so can fend for themselves but it’s nice to interact and enjoy these moments) and who minds the dog.

Historically I have had a great experience fitting photography into our outings I have produced some of my favourite images and experiences with my wife and kids around, or at times we are out together.

Until I have a foolproof solution I don’t think this will ever be easy, but I really enjoy having my family along for these things.

Winter's Evening Days Bay Wharf Wellington Photographer Blogger
Winter’s Evening | Days Bay Wharf Wellington

Then comes editing, at times which can also take up some hours, I generally do at night. Oddly for this set of images the editing process was not long. For this set of images I really enjoyed quite a raw, soft style. Which in one case you are seeing a shot straight from camera, with zero editing!

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Do you have this challenge?

How do you manage your desire to be one with your camera?

 

Winter's Night Days Bay Wharf Wellington
Note: This is the raw shot straight out of camera! Winter’s Night | Days Bay Wharf Wellington

 

WHAT I LEARNED PHOTOGRAPHING ARTSPLASH 2016 IN WELLINGTON

Last night, my son Justin participated as part of the choir for the Music and Wearable arts performance at Artsplash 2016, at the Michael Fowler centre in Wellington.

This was the first time I had attended such an event, first time at the Michael Fowler centre and one of the first indoor events I have photographed since starting to learn photography not so long ago.

As a parent I took along my camera to try and get some shots of my son, at his first performance event, it was not my intention to go in full photography mode and do my best to capture the event. But I was quickly inspired.

The theatre was quite full, we arrived on time (ok I admit we were almost late) and picked our seats, near the back, to settle ourselves in for the performance. I then spotted that there was no one seated in the front rows, this had me curious.

The performances starting to begin I picked my moment, camera in hand, adjusted my settings and headed to the front row of seats to see if I could get a better shot of my son and find out why no one was sitting there. Were the seats reserved? Were there important people meant to be there and they were just fashionably late? gosh I don’t know, I digress.

QUICK PHOTOGRAPHY BIT

I run a Fujifilm XT1 and I brought along the Fujinon XF 18-55mm, so with limited telephoto capability from the back rows, I needed to move closer to the action to get the tighter shots but I had just enough width to be able to get the whole stage and the full choir.

I manually adjusted my settings to a shutter speed of 1/250th – 1/60th and had my ISO between 2000 – 1600 and had my aperture between 4-5.

BACK TO THE SHOW…

So the performances started and I soon realised the front row was most likely empty as the stage was quite high, it was ok though and leant itself to some good low angle opportunities.

Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand

As I dotted around I was happily clicking my shutter to performances of musical numbers such as a star wars style composition and the theme song from James Bond.

The performance I saw included a combination of Choir, Orchestra and an awesome display of wearable arts. The students who participated came from Primary and Intermediate Schools of the wider Wellington Region including schools from Wairarapa and Kapiti Coast. Students were accompanied by Wellington’s Sinfonietta Orchestra, Chilton Amadeus Orchestra and the Artsplash Festival Band.

Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand

I was really impressed by this event, I learned that artsplash has been running for 29 years, which is super impressive (When I learn the age of events such as this I always wonder what the first ones are like) and I feel artsplash as an event showcasing young people being creative and honouring the arts it is a real fine piece of art as a whole for Wellington.

My son did a super awesome job I am a very proud Dad!

Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand
My son is in there somewhere! Artsplash 2016 Wellington New Zealand

 

QUICK PHOTOGRAPHY BIT

As one of my first indoor events I was really happy with the outcome, I feel there was enough available light on stage to capture what I saw without having to go too far on the ISO and not have just blur and blackness.

Thanks for reading!

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Did you go to Artsplash?

Are these any of your students or kids in these shots?

Hi-res images are available on request please feel free to email me on philip.windley@gmail.com