Spring fields

It’s been a while since my last post but I still have my camera with me most of the time and take photos now and then – I just don’t seem to have the time to process or post them! Anyway, this is a field that I drive past on my way to work and I kept thinking that it would look good in a photo so I stopped and took some a few days ago… Enjoy 🙂

Abandoned farmhouse

This is an old house in Waikuku on State Highway 1 that I drive past most days on my way to work. I’ve been meaning to stop and take photos for ages and almost didn’t (I even slowed down, decided not to and kept driving, and then pulled over a did a U-turn a bit down the road) but fought the urge to keep driving and grabbed a few photos.

My wife hates driving with me when I’ve got my camera close because I always want to stop, and while I do feel sorry for all partners of people who like to take photos, it’s always worth stopping! So these photos are dedicated to the frustrated partners who have to sit and wait for photos to be taken…

December 31: Day 365/365!

Happy New Year! 365 days after starting this daily-photo project it feels weird (but good) to be finished. It’s been a crazy year in Canterbury so glad to say that 2011 is over and bring on 2012!

I thought it would be fitting to use some HDR images for my final day (sorry to those who aren’t a fan of HDR…) as it’s something that I have learnt a lot about during this project. These images are from our drive to Kaikoura yesterday, walking around Kaikoura and a surf spot about 15 minutes north where I spent 3 hours watching the boys surf some mediocre waves. Obviously I couldn’t get 3 shots of people surfing so I used 5 TIFF images from the RAW to create the HDR.

And that’s it for day 365 😀

December 24: Red fence

It’s Christmas Eve! I was going to try and post a Christmas-related photo but it’s been another massive day working around the house and we’ve got guests over for a Christmas Eve BBQ so to be honest I can’t really be bothered… This is an old fence that is being made into a gate and I liked the rustic look and colours – especially in HDR (just for you Adrian Lewis) so chose it as the photo for day 356. Merry Christmas for tomorrow! 😀

December 21: Big boys toys

I got the chance to head out this morning and take the end-of-year photo for Worthington Contracting. Have a look at the website for an older version of this photo featuring a grand total of 9 vehicles but this updated photo shows the huge amount of growth that has taken place in the last few years. Anyway, they had hired a cherry-picker for me that got up to about 14 meters which was pretty awesome for be able to choose the best vantage point for the photo. This was just one of the many photos I took but I wanted to try it in HDR so saved the original RAW image as 5 TIFF images bracketed by one stop from -2 to 2, then combined in Photomatix for the tone mapping before finishing off back in Photoshop. I like the final image with the clouds in the background and even though they probably wont want an HDR version, it was fun to play around with on day 353 🙂

December 19: Outdoor sink

We’ve finally started our somewhat large project consisting of the outside of our house and garden this summer! We are replacing the gardens, ripping off the deck to replace with a patio, scraping a new turning bay, sanding, replacing and painting the weatherboards among other things. Something tells me that this wont be a relaxing summer… But it will hopefully be worth it! 🙂 This is part of the wall by our back door with the little outside sink for washing up after the beach and it used to be covered in ivy which looked pretty cool but we had to rip it down to start sanding. Anyway, enough about our summer but enjoy the photo for day 351 🙂