Faith “The Immortal” Van Duin

I recently had the privilege of photographing Faith Van Duin at her home gym here in Mount Maunganui; Gym 101. Until recently, Faith was a relatively unknown mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter with only one fight (a win) under her belt. When I photographed her, she had...

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Moturiki Island, Mount Maunganui

It's been far too long since I've taken my camera out. Life gets busy sometimes, and something's gotta give. Unfortunately, photography is often that thing. I found a spare hour this weekend so I grabbed my gear and headed down to one of my favourite locations to...

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Lake Taupo

Lake Taupo sits right in the centre of New Zealand's North Island. It is the largest lake in New Zealand with a perimeter of almost 200km. The town of Taupo at the lake's north-eastern shore on Tapuaeharuru Bay is a hub for the many outdoor adventure and tourist...

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Mount Maunganui Rocks at Twilight

At the base of Mount Maunganui in New Zealand's Bay Of Plenty are some pretty cool rock formations jutting out of the sea. They are pretty much the whole way around, which is a landscape photographer's dream. It means I can find a great composition any time of day, no...

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For Sale: Nikkor 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens

Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 Lens UPDATE: Lens has gone to a new happy, loving home. I've been umming and ahhing about the decision to sell this lens for some time. It's just a piece of glass, but man I've gotten attached to it. I knew before I ever used it that this was the...

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Turn Around!

I was reminded recently while out capturing this Mt Maunganui landscape of the importance of not getting so focused on one scene that you miss something potentially beautiful elsewhere.  This is especially important when photographing sunrises and sunsets, which...

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Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

Mount Maunganui (Mauao) In keeping with my resolution to have a second look around my hometown after this little experience, I grabbed my gear the other evening and went out to photograph a scene I've wanted to for some time, but haven't yet got around to. Of course,...

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Review: Nik HDR Efex Pro 2

Nik Software have made awesome plugins for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, and Aperture for some time now, but recently the search giant Google acquired Nik and all the goodies they have created.  Of course there has been the usual palaver on photography blogs and...

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Tauranga Bridge Marina

This marina lies on the main route between my home and my work. I've driven past it a thousand times and I never really paid a lot of attention to it.  I'm sure many photographers can relate.  Sometimes we can be oblivious to the environment around us due to its...

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August 2012 Desktop Wallpaper

As you can see from my recent posts, I have been unusually inactive here on the blog over the last few months.  This is mainly due to some big moves and changes for me.  After returning to New Zealand in November 2011 after 6 months traveling and photographing...

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Sao Paulo Favelas, Brazil

Sao Paulo, Brazil's largest city, and the world's 7th with almost 20 million people, is also home to some of the largest slums in Latin America. Brazil's favelas are everything you imagine an urban slum to be: overcrowded, unsanitary, and run by crime. Of course,...

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Rabari – Encounters With The Nomadic Tribe

Mitchell Kanashkevich's travel and documentary images have long been a source of inspiration to me. The Sydney-based photographer has an incredible ability to create images of people and cultures that make you feel like you know them personally. Rabari is Mitchell's...

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December 2011 Desktop Wallpaper

I had about a week of downtime in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil following my time with Iris Ministries Brazil in Sao Paulo and Nova Friburgo, so I was dragged from one tourist location to another by our local friends there whether I wanted to or not.  I was quickly reminded...

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Iris Ministries, Pemba, Mozambique

For 16 years, Heidi and Rolland Baker have been rescuing children off the streets of Mozambique and giving them a life they would never have had otherwise. Under Iris Ministries, they house, feed, and love these children in a way I have rarely seen elsewhere. I had...

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Children’s Day, Mozambique

In Mozambique, one of the world’s five poorest countries, Children’s Day is one of the biggest events of the year.  It’s bigger than Christmas.  It seems ironic that children would be celebrated this way given the heartbreaking poverty and abuse that they are...

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