At a crib.

There are two colloquial words that are regional in New Zealand. In the north island, a “bach” is a holiday home, generally simple, small and plain, and somewhat scenic. In the photo shoot I have a ruined bach. In the south island they are called cribs.

And they are dying, beucase the scenic areas now have subdivisions. This one is between two subdivisions, and will soon be no more.

Photos taken with Nikon one and Olympus OM-10 mark II. Processed in Darktable.

Llamas, flowers.

All these are taken in Dunedin. Including the animals: they live in the hills above Dunedin.

Olympos OM-10, Zuiko 45 mm lens, processed in Darktable

Hong Kong Day Two

In which we caught a ferry.

I got obsessed with the way trees were reinforced and sculptures on the roof of the IFC tower

Two days, four places, two lens.

This set of photos started last night. It is close to the shortest day, and it was still and cold. We drove up to signal point, which is above Dunedin. Unfortunately, it being a Friday night, a bunch of teenagers were snogging. So I pulled out a 19 mm F 2.8 Sigma ART lens, stuck it on the Olympus M10 (original model) and walked down to the viewing area, past the various couples drinking, put the camera firmly on the ledge of the balcony — I was not going to set up a tripod — and took four second exposures.

It is worth noting that wide open you have a very narrow depth of field, and this shot demonstrates.


Today we went to Brighton, where the tide was in. In these situations you don’t use a camera bag so I attached a Panasonic 25 mm f 1.8 lens (normal for micro four thirds) to the camera and went walking.

We then travelled to St Clair, where we witnessed a sunset which made me again go wide-angle — the 19 mm ART is about 30 mm equivalent

All photos jpeg. Used darktable to adjust the exposures, some cropping and making one photo monochrome, but I have not fiddled with the colours. The sky was very yellow tonight, to the point that some shots were not taken because they would have looked over photoshopped directly from the camera.

Orchids, Butterflies.

The weather has turned horribly wintry over the last few days, and so yesterday we went to the butterfly house in the museum. Primarily because it is thirty degrees, and also because two very photogenic things are always there.

I took a micro 4/3 with a lumix 4.0 — 5.6 80 — 200 zoom into the enclosure. Once the lens defogged I got some good shots… however I needed more light. A fair number of shots, even wide open, were blurred (and this is with shake on) because with aperture priority they were two second shots. And the deliberately slowed shot I have here was only done because there was a rail I could hold the camera against.

Memo to self: need at least 2.8 for this kind of work.

Olympus OM-10, Lumix (Panasonic) Zoom, processed in Darktable.


One walk, one lens, one camera. As I set up for wildlife I have had to use Hugin to stitch scenery out of a panorama. All photos processed in Darktable and cropped to a golden cut.

Olympus M-10, Panasonic 45 – 200 zoom.

finally, the panorama: for the sake of size it is a JPEG: given that Hugin does not recognize raw files, this does make sense.

Projection: Rectilinear (0) FOV: 28 x 83 Ev: 11.02
Projection: Rectilinear (0)
FOV: 28 x 83
Ev: 11.02