Aramoana Field Trip

As part of the PSNZ Southern Regional Convention in Dunedin I went on a field trip to Aramoana. With a long breakwater (The Mole) reaching out into the sea the area is home to a variety of birds and wild life including penguins, sea lions and across at Taiaroa Head from The Mole is  a nesting place for the Northern Royal Albatross.

I am not really a wildlife photographer, I don’t really have the patience or a long enough lens so I had a good look around and managed to capture a variety of images from nature, landscape, macro and even a few PJ shots. If I wanted to I suspect I have image to use in our photographic club competitions for next year.


Rolling down the hill




Oyster Catcher


Been Fishing


Beach Flower




Rock Formations


Dalek Invasion…

My Photoshop portfolio is finally complete for my diploma course. Done, sent, complete. I now have a few months off until next semester starts in February. It is good to have a break; more time to take images for myself rather than for course work. Anyway just a short post today, the eight images for my portfolio follow, actually quite fun to do in the end and my kids love them.

01RichardLaing-They lurked in the shadows

 02RichardLaing-Moving into position


 04RichardLaing-The attack began


 06RichardLaing-Some tried to hide


 08RichardLaing-The end of the world


Firework Photography Tips

Last Saturday was Guy Fawkes night, celebrated in the UK but also in New Zealand. Despite the fact that I should have been doing my diploma work I went out and took some images of the fireworks. I didn’t get very close to the fireworks unfortunately so a 200mm lens had to be used and then a fair bit of cropping. Not ideal but the images came out not too badly.

Some tips for getting firework shots:

  • Use a tripod, you need longer exposures to capture the fireworks.
  • Shoot in manual mode.
  • Prefocus where you expect the fireworks.
  • Keep your ISO low to capture the best detail and colour.
  • Try shooting in build mode with a cable release.
  • Try different lengths of exposure, from a couple of seconds up.
  • Have fun!


This was a long exposure (about 60s)


Much shorter exposure, about 4s


And 8s for this

One of my favourite shots was taken before the fireworks started, just looking out to sea.


Very simple with the sea smoothed out with a 30s exposure.


Finishing Off

The last few weeks have been very busy with school holidays and now trying to finish off my Photoshop portfolio for my diploma course. Slow progress and not as enthusiastic as I should be. It takes a lot of time which I don’t really seem to have just now! Less than 10 days until the deadline so I had better get it finished.

On the positive side I did go to the PSNZ Southern Regional Convention in Dunedin last weekend, which was great fun, interesting and the talks were very inspiring, hopefully I will have time to write a more thorough review of the conference next week. In the meantime suffice to say I took lots of photos most of which I am yet to process, here are a couple to get started though. These were all taken en route to the convention.




Old Mill




Seascape Abstract


Moeraki Boulders