NO BARRIERS 2019 – Small Island BIG IDEAS!
September 7, 2019
September 7, 2019
October 5, 2019
November 4, 2019
Orama is excited to offer an intensive, week long nature photography workshop featuring renowned nature photographers, Tamzin Henderson and Andy MacDonald. The workshops will focus on the flora and fauna of Aotea Great Barrier Island in the Hauraki Gulf, New Zealand. Aotea Great Barrier Island is home to unique bird-life and flora including Kereru, Kingfisher, Tui, Gannet, Pateke, Banded Rail, and Black Petrel.
Places are limited so register soon at https://www.orama.org.nz/landing-exploring-nature/
November 30, 2019
July 23, 2019
This was an extremely exciting and interesting competition to judge. The overall caliber of the entries was superb and was a challenge to whittle down to a 1st, 2nd and a 3rd. I combined all entries into one folder and started a slide show and slowly trolled through them. After doing this multiple times and noting the images that, for me, provided the wow-factor, I then began to look at the technical aspects of my preferred photos. From here I placed the photos that could be winners in a new folder and followed the same process. After some time and with a certain amount of turmoil, I arrived at what, in my subjective opinion, are the three winners.
Here’s a few general comments that may help contestants in future competitions…
1st – Bioluminance by Talman.
This is a superb shot – and one that encapsulates much of what the Great Barrier Island has to offer – stars, sea, beaches, hills and bio-luminance. The layout is beautiful, and the bio-luminance almost looks like a terrestrial milky way. The detail in the Galaxy is exquisite and the colour is nicely done. I love the dark lanes in the Milky Way. The photographer also captured the greenish air glow in this ~southeast facing photo, a layer of air about 100 km up that is excited by solar insolation from earlier in the day and that softly radiants light in the green part of the spectrum. Very nice work!
2nd – Kingston-Pano.
A lovely mosaic of the Milky Way and Magellanic Clouds over the hills and sea. This also illustrates the far-reaching effects of light pollution from many kilometers away. Nicely stitched with no evidence of seams. The Galaxy colour looks good – as does the structure and dark lanes imbedded in it. Perhaps less foreground and more sky could have been captured – i.e. tilt the lens up a bit, however, the black of the foreground adds drama and contrast to reveal just how light the night sky is. Many people would like a large poster of this scene on their wall! Excellent work.
3rd – Mabey Beach by Ben Assado.
I love this picture in that it makes me feel like I’m walking the beach at night. The vast expanse of sand matches the immensity of the sky. This width of space (so to speak) was the result of a short focal length, wide-angle lens – great for getting longer exposures without star trailing. The soft white of the movement of waves during a longer exposure adds to the mystery. Just looking at this picture gives me a sense of peace. The streak is a slight turn-off. At first glance I thought, ‘Oh no, they’ve ruined the photo with a laser’, however, I now believe it to be a satellite trail due to its white colour, atmospheric extension as it gets lower, and that the end (where the laser holder would be) would be in the sea. Perhaps the sky could be reduced in the blue hue a fraction, however, the closest footprint shows a shadow, revealing that perhaps a slight moon was up – which makes the sky bluer during time exposures. Can anyone see the ‘Kiwi’?
Highly Commended – St Johns Church- Amongst the stars by Frank Hopfler.
This is a stunning image that initially made me say, ‘Wow’. However, upon closer inspection, under magnification, I saw quite a lot of clone stamping and disturbing artifacts that were rather obvious. In addition, there is a strange mix of in-focus with out-of-focus stars. I showed it to a professional photographer who judges Camera Club competitions for other cities, and he agreed. A little less processing would make it more authentic. Nevertheless, it is a good attempt to capture the beauty of the sky and foreground objects. Well done.
Well done to all.
John Drummond, Fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society of New Zealand, July 2019.
Tryphena nights by Frank Hopfler
Whangapoua-Beach by Stevie Mabey
Taiko Windy Canyon by Isobel Mabey
Reaching Jupiter by Isobel Mabey
Pohutukawas on Medlands by Steve Wardle
Puriri Bay by Kevin Fox
Orama by Jo Burgeois
Photographers Paradise by Carol Comer
Orama pano by David Jensen
No-limits by Isobel Mabey
Mermaid Pool by Night by Carol Comer
Medlands-Beach by Ian Preece
Medlands Beach by Steve Wardle
Kaitoke Creek by Ian Preece
Kaitoke Beach Reflections by Carol Comer
Jo Burgeios 1
Jo Burgeios 2
Puriri Bay by Bruce Maxwell
Norfolk Pine, Medland by Bruce Maxwell
Medland Beach by Bruce Maxwell
Guiding Light 1 by Talman
Guiding Light 2 by Talman
Bach on Medlands by Steve Wardle
Blackwell Drive by Ben Assado
Auckland Glow by Kevin Fox
Awana Beach by Ian Preece
Arid by Stevie Mabey
Arch from Aotea to Auckland by Frank Hopfler
3 Shot Pano Core by David-Jensen
Orama Oasis by Rob Fall
Orama Oasis 4am by Rob Fall
Medlands Church by Chris Neilsen
Aotea by Mark Russell
Aotea by Nadege Buisson
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