My friends and I went to New Zealand just for a photographic trip. We spent two and a half weeks to go around both North and South. I've personally been to NZ 4 times, and by far this is my fifth. Such a ridiculous thing to do. I was told why don't I just live there because I seem to love visiting New Zealand a lot. It does make sense. Anyway, here are some of the pics taken when we went. Places we visited are The Hobbiton (where the Lord of the Rings was done), Mt Tongariro, Pancake Rocks, Fox Glaciers, Lake Matheson, The Neck, Lake Wanaka, Queenstown, Milford Sound, and many more. Hope they're to your liking!
I personally like to organise Photography trips from time to time. Helps me to explore new avenues, themes, experiences that helps me enlarge my capacity of understanding photography, and meet new friends that will last a lifetime. It’s not always easy to do so, but you just got to try and try even though it never works out. Capturing every moment with your camera gives us a kind of art that not many of us would even bother noticing, which lead me to pursue photography. Originally, I’ve organised a trip to Caringbah High school over a month ago which has been abandoned since 2010. The school is huge, covering hectares of land. But due to an unstable foundation, Caringbah High School’s north campus was abandoned in 2010 leaving behind lessons on whiteboards and notes on desks. There are still areas in the school that aren’t abandoned, to which the students still goes to regularly. We were keen to go to the abandoned site, until one evening, somebody messaged me that it is no longer accessible. The place is highly guarded making it inaccessible for photographers to enter. I didn’t have a plan B so we had to improvise on that day. Mind you its not easy to find a location in the last minute. We all met together at Central station and decided to walk a few blocks towards Redfern direction. We took pictures of graffitis and did some architectural photography. We managed to discover a few abandoned sites, but majority are inaccessible due to security reasons. Some even have CCTV cameras in them that has facial recognition technology. So if you ever get spotted, knowing the sophistication of the technologies nowadays, you will eventually get in trouble by the authorities. We didn’t want to risk it knowing we have a Canadian, and an Egyptian with us. If you are a tourist or a business person doing a tour here, you will be deported immediately if you ever do get in trouble for trespassing. Photographers do take risks to venture in areas as such. Such is where you’ll get caught for, no 1, trespassing, breach of privacy, and even be killed. I understand the first two, but I hope none of us will experience the latter. God forbid.
After the experience we had at Redfern, I just gotta make up for all the failed attempts and organise another trip to an abandoned site by searching through Google. That’s when I discovered the Tooth & Brewery Co at Mittagong. We were glad to finally find an abandoned site. This time, only 3 of us went. There had been many photographers that have visited the site. Some even visited the place twice due to appealing symmetrical structures and ease of access. No security guards or property "owners" ordering us to leave the place. You just got to walk through tall grass and hope there are no snakes lying around! However, I'm sure there are other entries to the site, we just didn't bother searching for it. When entering the building, be mindful that there are still risks involved such as unstable beams and woods, asbestos (we only saw one pile), mozzies, drunk guys and teenagers smashing things around. You’ve got to expect that in an abandoned site. So if you ever visit the building, watch out for those. Always watch every step and bring an insect repellent. I got bitten by mosquitoes in one of the buildings. My other friend got bitten also. The third one didn't experience any! Seems that the Asian blood is more tasty than the Brazilian blood. Its probably all that rice and noodles, but you'll never know. Or it could be the Beef in black bean sauce and MSG! Okay I should just stop...
Also, apologies if I’m going to sound sexist with what I’m about to say, if you’re a female photographer planning a visit to the site, I would suggest to bring a male companion with you as it can get sketchy in there. If you believe you're more than capable of fending for yourself, go right ahead. Don’t let my comment hold you back.
There are 4 buildings in the area, but we only visited 2 due to lack of time, and loss of concentration due to hunger. The buildings are huge and you'll spend so much time taking a variety of shots of different spots and corners just in one building only. Being photographers, you gotta make sure you have that good shot so you end up taking tens, hundreds, if not thousands of shots that you almost overload your memory and run out of battery! Now, I never really delved into the history of the place, but I won't go into details. You can look it up in Google yourself. I'd like to keep my blogs short and simple. Other than that, enjoy the rest of the pics I've personally taken. If you have any questions, leave a comment below and I'll try to answer it promptly.
I should've written this blog a year ago. I guess better late than never! Let me just start off by saying that I wasn't really into photography to start with. Although, there had been times on my teenage years when there are memories of me taking many candid pictures of people with a cheap film kodak Camera. Yes! Kodak! Who remembers that? Anyway, I got invited by a friend to come to DaySpring Church at Castle Hill because there's a guest speaker who's actually a household name and a well known photographer in Australia by the name of Ken Duncan. During his presentation, he displayed countless breathtaking pictures. From mountains, to fields, to waterfalls, rivers, and oceans. You can never deny the skills he has utilised to bring all his image into a perfect shot. I personally can't find any flaw at all. Everything he has said are all based on how God instructed Him to take the pictures. So by the sounds of it, a divine intervention was at play all the time. Sounds crazy right? Especially if you're not a believer of God. But despite this "craziness", he became a well-known photographer here in Australia if not the world. He gets invited by companies and travels to different places and countries to capture particular moments that draws an emotion out from a beholder--revering the images. The WOW factor. The lines, the angles, the timing. Its all there! He displayed jaw dropping, breathtaking, "in your face" photos that somehow convinced me and converted me into a photographer. Why haven't I considered to be a photographer before? But then I thought to myself, its never too late. So I took the initiative. I managed to talk to him at the end of signing of books and he really introduced me to the world of photography. After his presentation, it seemed that I've been converted into a photographer without even realising it. I wanted to do what he does. I want to go places. I ended up buying a book of his, and studied how he took the pictures. However, it's not as easy as it looks because he has to consider every detail of the picture. I will try to take shots where moments and encounters becomes extra special. I'm a Christian and I believe the things I see are glimpses of what we will see in heaven. It is only a taste of that glory. We have seen nothing yet! This world is full of places with such beauty, history, and exciting twists. You don't have enough life span to see all of them! But you can only do what you can.
I also ended up buying an expensive camera, lenses, and other accessories. When I finally got everything I need, I didn't know what to do! I didn't know where to start! Should I start a photography course or should I just check Youtube videos on how to use your camera and understand the settings? Did I make a mistake on buying the camera? Do I really have the passion for photography? These are the questions that I've been asking myself. I was worried that I might've wasted my money for nothing. But I got to do something about this camera. Obviously, sitting around and doing nothing is not going to help, so I decided to study the camera settings, watch Youtube channels, go for crash courses, and TAKE PICTURES
Check out the images below. These are just the few shots I took from my beginnings.
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