Sunday was Children’s Day here in New Zealand, all sorts of events and activities were organised and this year we had the first Kaiapoi Children’s Day event. Lots of fun on a stunningly warm afternoon. The Kaiapoi Photographic Club were asked to take a few photographs…
Yesterday I went to the Christchurch Holi Festival, Nikon New Zealand organised a guided tour, along with the user of some lenses and cameras. The event itself was great fun, very enjoyable with a very happy atmosphere. It was also very messy, it involved a lot of dry paint being thrown around and everyone was very colourful by the end. After some discussion I chose to stick with my 50mm prime lens, fewer moving parts for dust and paint to get into and the Nikon team wrapped my camera and my hand in plastic to protect it. It was effective but did make it hard to adjust a lot of settings, I shot pretty wide open for most of the event which worked well as long as I was very aware of my focus.
All in all a great event, well worth doing, and doing again, whether to photograph or just take part.
One other change for today, I have been playing with Capture One Pro for processing my images rather than Lightroom, so far I like the results but I still have a lot to learn.
A few more from my shoot at Pines Beach Forest, it seems to be taking a while to get through them all and there are a few I want to work with as composites which I haven’t even started yet. Thanks to Poppy Jo and Lesley Hamel for modelling, Samantha Cat Dane for makeup and Cheryl Muirson for assisting.
And behind the scenes…
This is a Kaka, seen in this case at Zealandia in Wellington, an incredible ecosanctuary where native birds and animals are protected from predators. The birds are free to come and go and Kaka can be seen around Wellington incline of the house where I was staying. Amazing intelligent parrots!