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There is a popular track for off-roaders at West Melton in Christchurch. I took time out from photographing the speedway next door to catch some shots of the NZ championships. The event yielded some great shots:

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A little way out of Christchurch at West Melton is the Ronnie Moore Speedway Park, a track for motorcycles only. The club is run by volunteers, which makes for a tremendous camaraderie and spirit. There are no lights, so the meetings are held in the afternoons or early evenings. No massive fences and railings, just a low wooden rail. All of this is great news for a photographer, so I’ve got some wonderful action shots here over the past four years.  But first some pictures about the club itself.
The park is named after speedway great Ronnie Moore, world champion in 1954 and again in 1959 and a Canterbury man still.

Ronnie Moore, speedway World Champion

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Fur seals can be found all around the New Zealand coast. These shots are from the Otago Peninsula, taken rather late in the evening.

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This year I intend to include regular posts of my images, along with some background descriptions.  Why not start in the very far north:  Cape Rienga?   The approaches to this northernmost point in New Zealand are characterised by wonderful beaches, beautiful coves like this:

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I came across a fantastic aid for planning photographic field trips: The Photographer’s Ephemeris by Stephen Trainor.  This neat tool combines with Google Maps to display not only sunrise and sunset times, but also where it will be rising and setting. Here’s an example, for my hometown Nelson:

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Our Pohutukawa tree is showing a few more flowers today, which are proving a real attraction for birds.  Here’s one: I’m sure there will be more to come.

I miss my local camera store!

For most of the time we spent in Christchurch, from late 2005 through to a year ago, we lived in a suburb called Merivale, only 400 metres or so from New Zealand’s best camera store.

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Here’s a technique for close-up photography which could save you hundreds of dollars. It’s possible to get results as good as a ring flash using only a sheet of white paper!

example of the 'ring flash'
example taken with the paper 'ring flash'

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For several years now I have been following the work of a Louisana photographer, Ronnie Gaubert.  In my opinion he sets a standard in macrophotography for all of us to aspire to. You can find his galleries on the pBase photo sharing site:  here is his  “Nature of Louisiana”.  At latest count, his galleries presenting the wildlife and nature scenes of Louisiana have scored a little over 5 million page views (more than 10 times mine on pBase!). He has been very willing to share his techniques with others, e.g. in the DPReview discussion forums.  I am sure this is another reason why he has so many admirers. This is one of his images, uplifted with permission from his gallery “IT’S A SMALL WORLD by Ronnie Gaubert” .

Shortly before I left my job at Lincoln Ventures, one of my staff told me that she and her family would be coming up to Nelson in July for a gymnastics competition. I jumped at the chance to photograph a new sport, even if it would mean getting up very early on a Sunday morning. It turned out to be quite a challenge: only competitors, officials and the accredited photographer were allowed on the floor. All the rest of us were up in the gallery seats.  The light was not good at all, so there was no hope of sharp action photographs.  I would have to choose my moments carefully to make the most of a slow shutter speed. Luckily, I found two very helpful assistants in a couple of senior grade contestants from Wellington. These 11 year-old girls were able to advise me about the routines: which moves were…

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