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New Zealand Autumn Colours

Kia ora,

New Zealand in autumn is meant to be beautiful, especially for landscape photography. I have travelled to New Zealand numerous times but never when the trees are in full colour. Otago is the central area where I will be able to find the colours. These colours will go from yellow, orange and red. The trees have been brought in by the original settlers in the areas of Tekapo, Mount Cook, Wanaka, Arrowtown and Queenstown.

I start off in Christchurch where I pick up a Hitop Camper from Apollo. I will then be touring for a couple weeks, searching the best vistas, colours, clouds and mountains that the South Island of New Zealand has to offer.

This is the scenery I hope to find again. This photo was taken in spring a few years back. You can see the deciduous trees in the foreground which should be in full colour when I get there.

Mount Cook

Aoraki Mount Cook seen from the eastern shore of Lake Pukaki.

I’ll be visiting place like Lake Pukaki, Twizel, Omarama and Macetown. I hope to get a chance to do some night photography, especially in Tekapo where they are renowned for their clear skies.

As I travel along the back roads of New Zealand, Internet access will be patchy I suspect but I’ll attempt to keep the blog updated as I stop at campgrounds that have wifi.

Capture NX2 and Color Efex Pro 3 updated

Another update from Nikon and also from Nik Software. Capture NX2 v2.3.1 was released to support the D800/E and the D4.

Nik Software have also released their Color Efex Pro 3 for Capture NX2 that is now compatible with 64bit.

Nikon Releases ViewNX 2 Version 2.3

Nikon released the latest version of their free tool ViewNX 2, version 2.3. This is a 64bit version and on my Mac, runs much faster.

Current Versions of Nikon Software http://nikonasia-en.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/162

The Next Adventure

On the road again, and no I’m not going to visit Willie Nelson 😉 This time, we are off to South America, specifically Argentinian Patagonia. We have someone moving to our place to look after the dogs. We drove to Sydney and boarded a Qantas flight for Buenos Aires. I hadn’t flow Qantas internationally for a lot of years. I was pleasantly surprised by the smooth checkin, loading of the airplane, a 747 in this case and the in-flight service.

It is a long flight to Buenos Aires as we skirt the edge of Antarctica. Mariola has brushed up on her Spanish and I’m very impressed by her progress so far. I remember a bit of my high school Spanish and a bit of a refresher course a couple of years ago.

I’ll attempt to keep the blog updated as we go but there may be some quiet days along the way as there are places where we won’t be able to get Internet access.

Hunter LIfestyle Magazine Article

In the current edition of the Hunter Lifestyle Magazine, Marilyn Collins wrote a nice article about me. She talked about my photography, moving to Newcastle, our involvement with guide dogs, the fundraising for the Leukaemia Foundation that was done on the exhibition opening night. I also got to display a number of my photos.

The highlight is that they are using one of my Squids Ink photos for the front cover of Issue forty six. When Marilyn asked me if they could use one of my photos for the front cover, I was understandably very pleased to say the least :-). The article is named Leave Only Footprints and opens with a full page of my Golden Tumble photo taken at Karijini National Park back in April.

The magazine hit the newstand in the Hunter on Thursday 28 October. Some select newsagents also carry the magazine in the Sydney and Central Coast regions.