Monthly Archives: March 2015

The Cricket World Cup Final

We had an amazing run but my dreams of New Zealand winning the Cricket World Cup were ultimately dashed by a dominant Australian team in the final last night at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. I was bummed with the result (really bummed) but even in defeat the team were a class act, they are great role models and sitting with so many other NZ supporters I felt proud to be a Kiwi!

I climbed to the top of one of the stands after the lights came on to get a nice wide angle photo of the MCG but came to the conclusion that it looked best about two-thirds of the way up where you could see both the roof and the lights. I probably should have brought my 12mm lens with me but the corners are so much sharper with the Sony full frame 16mm that I rarely use the wider one anymore.

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A Night at the Burj Al Arab

Trey and I headed out to the beach to finish our time in Dubai and it felt a lot more relaxed than the downtown area. We stayed near the Burj Al Arab which is apparently a 7-star hotel, I’m not even sure I understand what that means, do they have extra towels? Maybe higher minibar prices? Who knows. It was fun taking photos along the beach and we even had a few drinks way up there at the Burj Al Arab’s Skyview Bar. It was expensive of course but still totally worth it! YOLO baby!

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Atlantis The Palm from a Helicopter

Wow this was amazing! Today we took an open door helicopter flight around Dubai, circling around the Burj Khalifa, Burj Al Arab and other amazing buildings, so much fun! I hung my feet out the door, blasted music and went photo crazy! Happy I didn’t drop any lenses from the helicopter, that would have been kinda awkward… We swung by Atlantis The Palm at one point and got a great perspective of the resort, what a project that must have been! OK I will take deep breaths now as I return to planet earth, I really felt like a kid again up there! Thanks to Dubai Films for organizing.

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Big Boats at the Dubai Marina

Time for a leisurely stroll down at the Dubai Marina, just me and the ‘tripod police’, haha how romantic! I can’t believe how much energy is put in to stopping people taking photos here in Dubai, aren’t pretty photos of your city a good thing?? Anyway I did manage to take this photo (yay for me!) and I really like it! What a cool spot, I wonder how often these boats leave the marina? Possibly never to answer my own question, owning a big boat is all about owning a big boat, have you seen my big boat? It’s in the Dubai Marina. It’a a big boat.

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Under the Burj Khalifa

I’ve been walking around downtown Dubai today taking photos of the Burj Khalifa, it’s fun trying to come up with interesting compositions and also really challenging so I got a little creative with this one. I’m here taking photos for a few days with my pal (and photographer extraordinaire) Trey Ratcliff, let the good times roll!

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A Church Under the Stars

Tekapo is famous for it’s crystal clear night skies so what better place for some astrophotography! The last time I was here was probably about 7 years ago when I worked for a science centre in Christchurch called ‘Science Alive!’. Some of the educators and I did a field trip to the Mt John Observatory, staying a few nights so we could get the full blown astronomy experience. I remember seeing Saturn through one of their telescopes and having my mind completely blown, it was so beautiful! The guy in charge also had the most epic laser pointer, which the 8 year old in me found equally compelling.

Anyway here I was again, this time staying closer to the township so I could take photos of the Church of the Good Shepherd. This is a popular landmark (by New Zealand standards) so there were tourist buses constantly coming and going. It was quieter at night but I was still surprised by the number of people there taking photos, which was kinda fun!…and kind annoying! Haha mostly because of the car headlights, but even they could at times be useful for illuminating the church.

I don’t have a good lens for astrophotography at the moment but the Sony A7s is so freaky fast that I got away with some wide angle shots at f4 over about 20 seconds. Including this one that benefited from some whispy clouds that were lurking that night.

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