Author Archives: Graeme Robertson

A closer look at the Britten 1100 motorcycle

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A tribute to John Britten, creator of the famous Britten motorbike, the most beautiful bike in the world.

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Early morning images from Lewis Pass after a taste of an early winter.

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Images from a popular rock climbing area in the Canterbury high country

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A brief stay at Flock Hill Lodge

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An attempt to photograph the almost deserted suburban ‘red zone’ in suburban Christchurch, with limited success.

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Images from a brief stay at Lewis Pass Motels, close to nature.

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During a recent trip to Golden Bay, instead of magical sunrises and sunsets the dull overcast weather forced us to look for other subjects.  There were plenty. The rain eased off early on our first morning so I walked a 100 m or so to the estuary where I found a damp shag: and some Royal Spoonbills feeding. (That picture doesn’t look as if it was taken not long after sunrise on a dull, drizzly morning. Thanks to modern digital cameras, happy shooting at ISO 4000, and to the wonders of Lightroom!) Here’s another when it should have been too dark for a ‘bird-in-flight’ shot: The next day we found a spot (Milnthorp Quay, at the entrance to Parapara Inlet) which gave us a good view of a favourite spoonbill hangout. Lots of other birds there too.  Pied oystercatchers (hundreds of them): A kingfisher didn’t hang around long at one of…

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I stayed up last night to catch the total lunar eclipse.  Here are some shots of that event, most taken with my Nikon D200, 300 mm f/4 AF-S plus 1.4 teleconverter: Twenty minutes later: Slowly it’s nibbled away:     and finally (well, probably a little later than the total eclipse to be exact): That last one was taken with my D700.  I was struggling to focus, Live View wasn’t working very well and my eyesight isn’t up to fine focus on a dim subject.  But the colour is the main feature here.

An historic moment: the official opening of SPATnz’s hatchery marks a major step forward towards the domestication of Greenshell Mussels

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