Nelson Lakes. Lake Rotorua

20 November 2016

On my visit to Blenheim, I managed to vsit Mapua on the Friday, and Nelson Lakes on Sunday.

I slept in the rental car for an hour waiting for the weather to clear and the sun to set.

2 October 2016     Lake Rotorua     Nikon D800     iso 200     105mm     f8.0     1/250sec     Nikon 70-200mm  f4

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Sally
Posted: 28 Nov 2016

What a serenicity photo Christopher. I'm attracted by the peacefilness. Thank you for sharing! I wondered how many sand flys bite you had suffered for getting the wonderful shot?🙏👍

Chris Bing replies: a lot more than getting love bites! Thank you Honey

brent higham
Posted: 29 Nov 2016

nice location,love the strange aura in the background(u.f.o.)?and the warm light caressing the green bush clad promontory.I feel distracted by the 2 ducks and their reflections,perhaps cropping close to the landmass leaving the ducks in or removing them entirely.

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Brent for your feedback.The strange aura was the disappearing rainbow, see images in the blog. As far as the ducks go I did shoot one to get it out of the picture hence there are only 2 ducks.
 

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Mapua Wharf Nelson

20 November 2016

Back in October I has the opportunity to visit one of my most favourite places in NZ.

See the Blog for more details.

1 October 2016    Mapua Wharf    Nikon D800     iso 200     14mm     f4.0     1/40sec     Nikon 14-24mm f2.8

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One of the profound questions that have haunted Mankind for centuries

27 October 2016

I was visiting the Nelson Lakes last month looking to do a bit of landscape photography. I came acoss this scene that I had often heard of but never seen. And I had a chance to photograph this rare phenomenon.

Some questions may never be answered, let alone be photographed.

Is there a god?

Whats beyond infinity?

Are we alone in the universe?

Is time travel possible?

Has there ever been a satisfactory answer to the question  photographed  below?

Just click on the thumbnail picture to get the question.

You are welcome to provide an answer in the comments section......

1.

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brent higham
Posted: 29 Nov 2016

Love it,and a question you came so close to answer.

 

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Melling Station

5 September 2016

Back in June I did a photo shoot for a very good musician.

Check out the details in my Blog.

13 June 2016     Nikon D3s     iso 6400     26mm     f5.6     1/90sec     

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Brent Loves to Shoot Cabbage Trees

1 May 2016

Brent and I did another day trip to the Wairarapa. Throughout the day the lighting was overcast so our shots were pretty dull.

Fortunately the sun and moon  came out on Boggy Pond.

Check out the Blogg to get Bogged down !

21 Feb 2016     Nikon D800     iso 200     130mm     f11     1/400sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4

Boggy Pond      21 Feb 2016        Nikon D800     iso 200     32mm     f6.3     1/30sec     Nikon 24-70mm f2.8  

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brent higham
Posted: 1 May 2016

love the composition of the top image how the tree trunk lines up with the fence post to frame the beast in the paddock.

Chris Bing replies: As regards Beast, are you referring to the camera or yourself?
 

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Pont du Gard

25 January 2016

 

Pont du Gard is an ancient roman acqueduct opened in 60AD and located in the South of France.

We were staying in Avignon and made it an important place to visit but at the end of the day to catch the setting sun.

My last visit to this site was on a Contiki tour over 30 years ago.

The river itself was beautiful and it was one of the few places in Europe that I could be by myself and only with camera and tripod for company.

Sally stayed on the bridge.

1.     27 September 2015     Nikon D3s     iso200     135mm     f11     1/180sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4.0

2     Nikon D3s     iso 200     75mm     f5.6     

3.     nikon D3s     iso 200     35mm     f4.8     1/125sec     Nikon 35mm f1.8

4.     Nikon D3s     iso 200     35mm     f4.0     1/180sec

5.     Nikon D750     iso 200     70mm     f5.6     1/125sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4.0

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Richard
Posted: 5 Apr 2016

Love the top shot of the river and the last shot of the aqueduct. Fantastic.

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Richard. Brings back memories of Europe? At present I am in Bangkok ,banging away with my 1 inch.... sensor camera. Bought a Canon GX5 and for a one inch sensor point and shoot it performs really well. Handles better than my old Oly OMD. Maybe I should do a review on my website like CY does. That will be a first. Got a few keepers already but won't know for sure until I process them in lightroom and view them on a big monitor. Keep an eye on this website...

Richard
Posted: 14 Apr 2016

That sounds like a good one. I am hanging out for Nikon to release the DL 24-85 or the DL 24-500 in June sometime. Hopefully before we go away! If not I might have to look at other options. We must talk when you are back home.

 

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Flamenco Dancers Barcelona

6 December 2015

1.   22 September 2015     Nikon D3s     iso6400     98mm     f4.8     1/180sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4.0

2.     Nikon D3s     iso 6400     95mm     f4.8     1/180sec     Nikon 70-200 f4

3. iso 6400     86mm     f4.8     1/180sec

4.     iso 6400     86mm     f4.8     1/180sec

5.     iso 6400     140mm     f4.8     1/180sec

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brent higham
Posted: 17 Dec 2015

fantastic images gritty vibrant emotional excellent

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Brent.
 

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Hi Honey I'm Home.......

15 November 2015

A Yaah !  (Chinese exclamation sound similiar to Gee Whiz, OMG, J....C.....) its been over two months since my last posting.

Sorry to all those who have been waiting with bated breath and cliking onto to Clikbing every night (you are also welcome to clik on during the day...) in anticipation to what glorious images would appear before thee but there is a reason for this.

I have been travelling in Europe for the last month with my beautiful wife Sally in celebration of a significant birthday. No I'm not 21 but I can understand why you might be mistaken. Actually my plan was to spend 7 nights in Bangkok but that's a different story.

But now I'm back (as Arnie would say) 5000 photos later but not much to show for it in relation to this website. Lots of happy snappys but dam hard to get anything special-too many tourists (including me) and its all been shot before.

Anyway the plan is to put anything I regard as special on the Home page. My usual photo rant and photostudy themes in the blog and I'm starting a new page in the special projects sectioned titled "Europe" with "child" pages under that heading to illustrate my journey. These images will be helpful to those who want  to"see" Europe and where we had been as opposed to looking to see how clever I had been or not.  So over the following weeks and months new material will be coming out. Keep Cliking in.

Inside La Sagrada Familia Barcelona

15 November 2015

Actually in these two photos its the people inside.

The first photo is a family from Belgium. Mum was phtographing around the church while dad was helping his daughter rest.

Mum caught me stalking her family but was ok about it. Afterall she was a keen photographer as well carrying on her a real camera- an SLR and not a phone or GoPro on a selfie stick.

The second photo is one of the many shots I tried to capture of the workmen inside.

More photos of Sagrada Familia are in the Blog and Special Projects.

1.     21 September 2015     Nikon D750     iso 1600     135mm     f4.0     1/125sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4

2.     Nikon D750     iso 200     135mm     f4.0     1/125sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4

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Richard
Posted: 20 Nov 2015

Nice study Chris.

Chris Bing replies: Which one? Anyway thanks for your compliment.

brent higham
Posted: 21 Dec 2015

no.1 chris love the processing of this image .There could be a number of stories behind this image,if was melancholy then i would expect a darker toned image,but with the child well exposed and fathers hand caressing her head the image story is one of tenderness and loving,a very moving image.

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Brent. The parents do appreciate the image and it is one of the most memorable one I took in Europe.

Richard
Posted: 15 Jan 2016

Sorry Chris I meant at the time The father and child was a nice study, but the workmen is also good.

 

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Lake Coleridge

13 September 2015

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1.     9 August 2015     Nikon D800     iso 200     70mm     f11     1/250sec     Nikon 24-70mm f2.8

2.     8 August 2015     Nikon D800     iso200     40mm     f6.3     1/30sec     Nikon 24-70mm f2.8

3.     8 August 2015     Nikon D800     iso200     32mm     f4.8     1/180sec     Nikon 24-70mm f2.8

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Toni
Posted: 24 Sep 2015

So beautiful, and each quite different! The first image looks more like a painting; the second is a spectacular black & white; and the 3rd is such a familiar scene - the colours and reflections as we really see them on our beautiful blue sky winter days. Thanks so much for sharing these special images of our area. Looking at your photos is a lovely reminder of the snowy scene we were living in a couple of months ago. Everything is very lush and green now. A bonus for us is that your photos have also helped us finally identify a popular photo location - we hadn't ourselves really noticed the 3 distinctive trees in the pond before, but did recognise them from other people's photos. Finally we've worked out where this shot is taken! Hope to see you down our way again some time. Toni :)

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Toni for spending time giving me your thoughts. I agree that the third scene is a familiar (ordinary?)image but I love it and it gives context to the other tree studies as in the blog.
 

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The Locals, Yuanyang County.

2 August 2015

1.     14 Jan 2015     Nikon D3s     iso6400     55mm     f2.8     1/30sec     Nikon 24-70mm f2.8

2.     17 Jan 2015     Nikon D3s     iso 400     200mm     f4.8     1/125sec     Nikon 70-200mmf4

3.     15 Jan 2015     Nikon D750     iso200     70mm     f19     1/125sec     Nikon 24-70mmf2.8

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Peter Leung
Posted: 9 Aug 2015

Sensitive and keen eyes ... in consideration of the fact that there was so little time to shoot while passing by these places and so many things around that might as well catch your attention.

Chris Bing replies: Some people call it wandering eyes......

Richard
Posted: 6 Oct 2015

Superb Chris. I love this one!

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Richard,feel like noodles now?
 

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Boggy Pond     25 April 2015     D800     iso 200     14mm     f5.6     1/50sec     

Bogged down in Boggy Pond, the Journey begins....

22 June 2015

The last place to truly inspire me was Yellow Mountain in China.  Who would have thought a small bit of swamp 90min drive from home could inspire me so much.  Maybe my standards are dropping.....   but I will let you be the judge in the following pages.

Check out my Home page, Blog and Special Projects for my swampy marsh  adventure.

Boggy Pond-Colour and Texture

1.     3 May 2015     D800     iso200     200mm     f5.6     1/40sec

Boggy Pond-Landscapes

2.     31 May 2015     D800     iso200     200mm     f/11     1/500sec  

Boggy Pond-the Swamp

3.     23 May 2015     D800     iso200     14mm     f/7.1     1/250sec

Boggy Pond-the Visitors

4.     23 May2015     D3s     iso1600     34mm     f/2.8     1/125sec     

Comments

brent higham
Posted: 29 Jun 2015

well chris i believe you have done well to capture this interesting area,the images are great and i am sure you have not finished with boggy pond.

Chris Bing replies: Thats right Brent. We still got the early morning haze lifting off the water shots to get, and wait till summer when we can wade out to the middle of the pond as it becomes shallower.

Brian Harmer
Posted: 30 Jun 2015

I like them all but especially the swamp ones 3 May and 23 May. You have a good eye

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Brian

Richard
Posted: 1 Jul 2015

Nice Chris, I'm sure you have more. Such an interesting subject. I like them!

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Richard there ain't no more! Until the next visit..... ps did you go to the special projects page?

David Lo
Posted: 2 Jul 2015

Nice boggy pond pics, love them. Should include a like button on your website like the one Facebook.

Chris Bing replies: Thanks David, I will look into it.

Jayden
Posted: 13 Jan 2016

Chris, I have simply scrolled down your home page and have seen many photos that have wanted to comment on but thought perhaps just to wait and discuss in person but I cant ignore this photo (#4 from 23 May 2015). You really feel the connection between 'a man and his best friend'. Its almost as if "we're isolated but we have each other'. I just love it. It really makes me yearn for that dog I've always wanted. Once the kids are grown, and the house we live in is bigger, than maybe I can get that dog and have a connection like the two topics in your photograph clearly have!

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Jayden. Yes I do like the image a lot- thats why it gets to be on the "Home" page. Check out the "Blog" and "Special Projects" as well. I have just bought a DVD from Real Groovy in Auckland called "The Wonder of Dogs". SBS production. It is very interesting and I'm sure my Dog loving patients would enjoy it immensely. You are welcome to borrow it.
 

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Yuanyang Rice terraces

24 May 2015

15 January  2015     Nikon D3s     iso200     200mm     f5.6     1/30sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4

The rice terraces are in Yunnan Province, China.  Apparently the terraces were built by the Hani People 2500 years ago. Now they are recognised by Unesco as a World Cultural and Natural Heritage site.

Please go to the Blog for more.......

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wk7leung
Posted: 9 Aug 2015

That little patch of reddish hue was obviously the focus of attention of many a visitor who was taking sunrise shots of this paddy field that morning. The weathers were no good that morning but the shot has done enough justice for the interesting perspective arising from the patterns on the paddy field.

 

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"Gee, that looks like a painting" Section

20 May 2015  

Well I can't draw or paint. My staff say I can't write also. And there are times I can't even read my own hand writing. Maybe I am just trying too hard to be a doctor.........

Here are 3 of my favourite photos that include the sea as a theme.

1.  Lake Grassmere Marlborough     18 May 2014     

2.   Piha Beach Auckland     28July 2013

3.  Marlborough Sounds     12 February 2010

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The Capture

The Capture

1.     15 Feb 2015     Nikon D3s     iso 6400     175mm     f4.0     1/90sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4

The Review

The Review

2.     15 Feb 2015     Nikon D3s     iso6400     165mm     f4.0     1/90sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4.0

16 March 2015

I was one of the volunteer photographers photographing the Chinese New Year event in Wellington this year.

One of the advantages of being an official photographer is that you can go behind the scenes and capture the atmosphere and activites behind stage. This is where photographically, most of the interesting images lie.

Please click on the  blog  to see some dressing room shots.

Please Click on  Special Projects  to see my favourite images from a photographers point of view

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Richard
Posted: 26 Mar 2015

Lovely lighting Chris

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Richard
 

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Nam Sang Wai Rd, New Territories, Hong Kong

16 February 2015

Hi Folks, sorry for the lack of content over December and January.

Went to Hong Kong and China after Christmas.  Managed to get lots of new photos for the web site.  In China we visited the famous YuanYang rice terraces and had a great time photographing the people and rice terraces.  In Hong kong I did plenty of Night photography and Street photography. So look out over the year for the results of my efforts - after extensive post processing!

Last weekend I covered the Chinese New Year Festivities (again) in Wellington. So I have another  3000 shots to edit! Hopefully something good would come out of that as well!

Nam Sang Wai Rd is a popular place for Bird Photography. It is a narrow road through some wet lands close to the China Border.

My friend James took Sally and I here one beautiful Hong Kong evening.

Check out James's work in the Guest section. 

1 January 2015        Nikon D3s     iso200     200mm     f4.0     1/250sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4

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Road Trip

27 January 2015

I took this shot close to the Peter Yealands Winery one late afternoon.

This is a typical rural South Island road that I use to go for drives on when I was a teenager.

I use this image as my screensaver on my Chrome book. Every time I see it I feel like stepping into the picture to savour the past and enjoy the clarity and emptyness.

17 May 2014     Seddon, South Island, NewZealand     Nikon D800     iso 200     70mm     f18     1/50sec     Nikon 70-200 f4.0

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Peter Leung
Posted: 7 Feb 2015

Love the serenity of the environment. The fondness is especial for me dwelling in Hong Kong, a concrete jungle. The picture is freshness. Sweetness flows. Senses ... renewed.

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Peter, you are such a poet!
 

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Abercrombie & Fitch

23 November 2014

I only discovered this Brand when in Ginza Japan last year. It was quite an amazing store with lighting more like a night club than a department store.  They wouldn't allow photography in the Japanese store and all the shop assistants were watching me like a hawk.

I managed to deduce 3 reasons why that may be so: I am so good looking that they couldn't take their eyes off me; my NikonD3 is a great chick magnet; or my dress sense is so sloppy that it could do with an improvement.

Anyway I must have been better dressed in Hong kong as I managed to get this shot.....

See Blog page for more photos.

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4 April 2013     Hong Kong     Nikon D3s     iso6400     110mm     f4.0     1/60sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4.0     

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The Pipa Player

27  October  2014

Kong Jingyuan  performing

See Blog for further details

9 September 2014     Nikon D3s     iso 6400     200mm     f4.0     1/125sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4.0     

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Jon Ossher
Posted: 4 Nov 2014

a beautiful image...the purity and tranquility of focus - almost a meditation - to make the purest musical sounds Lovely, harmonious colours, and interesting leaving a significant amount of dark space above the image...for the music to resonate and disperse

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Jon, that's very poetic of you. And, I agree with your description. If you follow the link in the blog showing photos of the evening you will get an understanding of the bland lighting I had to work with!
 

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What's New?

14 October 2014

People are telling me less talk and more action- ie less words, more pictures.  Check out my "special projects" by  clicking on the thumbnails below.

Early Morning Geraldine

14 September 2014

10 August 2014    Nikon D3s    iso 200    200mm    f5.6    1/125sec    Nikon 70-200mm f4

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Kim Anh Mumford
Posted: 18 Sep 2014

Very interesting!

 

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Diwali 2010

25 August 2014

Diwali is also known as the "festival of lights".  This is an ancient Hindu festival that is held in Autumn and celebrated in Wellington every year.

From a photographers point of view the 2010 year was better than the following two years, especially with regards to overseas acts.

This is a great place to get a cultural experience of India and is probably as close as I will get to India in the following years. 

1.    24 Oct 2010    Nikon D3s    iso 1600    105mm    f2.8    1/180sec    Nikon 105mm f2.8

2    Nikon D3s    iso 1600    105mm    f2.8    1/180sec    Nikon 105mm f2.8

3.    Nikon D3s    iso 1600    105mm    f2.8    1/125sec    Nikon 105mm f2.8

4.    Nikon D3    iso 1600    24mm    f2.8    1/125sec    Nikon 14-24mm f2.8

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Richard
Posted: 3 Sep 2014

Love the first shot in particular, but the dance shots are simply stunning! Great colour and movement.

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Richard

Kim Anh Mumford
Posted: 14 Dec 2014

What can I say? Fantastic work, Chris!

Chris Bing replies: Thanks again kim
 

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Wedding Meiji Shrine Tokyo

13 July 2014

The Meiji shrine is where Shinto wedding ceremonies are held.  The respect for tradition provides a visual feast to any visitor to Japan .

Temples, Priests, gardens, cherry blossoms, saki, kimonos, it all here in one place.

30  March 2013     Nikon D3s    iso 800    200mm f4.0    1/125sec    Nikon 70-200mm f4

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Kim Anh Mumford
Posted: 22 Aug 2014

Simply stunning!

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Kim, I discovered these two shots when I revisited my Tokyo photos in search for some wedding stalker photos! Rule of thumb- after any photo expedition, delay or revisit your shots much later! In my case a year later.
 

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30 March 2013    Nikon D3s     iso 800     200mm    f4.0    1/125sec     Nikon 70-200mm f4

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Kim Anh Mumford
Posted: 22 Aug 2014

Gorgeous!

Jill Sutton
Posted: 29 Oct 2014

Chris, I know we talked about it but I am going to have to paint this photograph in the New Year though I am not sure that I can do it justice!It is amazing.

Chris Bing replies: We should make it a trifecta. I have a friend who does beautiful quiltwork.
 

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Gulangyu Island

30 June 2014

Gulangyu is a small island of around 2 sq km about a 10 min ferry ride from Xiamen, China.

Its creation is the result of China's loss in the opium wars of 1842 and it became a treaty port housing many European nations. This explains the Victorian style architecture around the island. There are no cars but lots of paths for pedestrians. 

We came across this bride and groom getting their wedding photos done. Naturally I joined in as well.......

I must say that the setting is better (in my opinion) than the Hong Kong setting shown in my blog. And the bride, she looked stunning but I think the groom needs a haircut!  Normally ornate coloured wedding gowns don't appeal to me (maybe I am a traditionalist) but she looked very very nice. Very.  Any comments girls?

 

reference Wikipedia

  23 Dec 2009   Nikon D3   iso400    24mm f4.8    1/180sec    Nikon 24-70mm f2.8

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Cosplay

18 June 2014

Armageddon Westpac Stadium, Wellington.

"Cosplay" is short for costumeplay. Some people get their "kicks" by holding big cameras and pretending to be professional photographers.

While others dress up as their favourite anime, manga, comic book, video game or movie character.  Armageddon is a great place to go to photograph an alternative culture. This is where fantasy meets reality. I think Wonder Woman was there.........

I photographed babes in fur, babes in uniform, babes in short skirts, but Captain America saved the day.

31 May 2014    Nikon D3s    iso 1100    24mm    f2.8    1/180sec    Nikon 14-24mm f2.8

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Kim Anh Mumford
Posted: 26 Jun 2014

Hi Chris, hope that you saw Cat woman there too, she is my youngest son's partner. She appeared in other different costumes too. Anyway, great shot!

Chris Bing replies: I will check my files for Cat Women (but if its your sons girlfriend, its probably Cat Girl). And I better keep my beady eyes off her!

Kim Anh Mumford
Posted: 28 Jun 2014

Yes, that is Tah-lee, Cat woman. She appeared on the front page of our Dominion Post after the event. Hahaha, you are so wicked Chris!!!

Chris Bing replies: I Know.........

Jon O
Posted: 27 Jun 2014

Such a perfect moment captured, it almost looks like it was a set up...lighting and all

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Jon, if it were a set up I would have Captain America posing with one knee on the ground, head down and shield facing the camera. And it probably would look silly as I am no good at setting up shots!
 

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Is this the cat woman you are referring to?

Ngawi

11 June 2014

The surfers had just packed up and left. The only remains of their stay were the embers of the fire reflected upon the driftwood.

2 June 2014      Nikon D800     iso800    95mm    f4.5    0.5sec    Nikon 70-200mm f4

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Kim Anh Mumford
Posted: 26 Jun 2014

Beautiful and mysterious hue!

 

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More DANZ photos

11 June 2014

1.    16 November 2013    Jarrah McArthur and Tynan Woods    NZ School of Dance

Nikon D3    iso6400    70mm    f4.0    1/350sec    Nikon 70-200mm f4

2.    Nikon D3    iso6400    98mm    f4.0    1/180sec    Nikon 70-200mm f4

3.    Nikon D3    iso6400    98mm    f6.7    1/180sec    Nikon 70-200 f4

4.    Emily Gare    Wellington Circus Trust

Nikon D3    iso 6400    98mm    f6.7    1/180sec    Nikon 70-200 f4

5.    Nikon D3s    iso6400    90mm    f4    1/180sec    Nikon 70-200 f4

6.    Nikon D3s    iso 6400    56mm    f2.8    1/180sec    Nikon 24-70mm f2.8

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Richard
Posted: 24 Jun 2014

Love the first shot!

 

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Lets Tango

1 June 2014

I was asked to be the photographer for the 20th anniversary celebration concert of Dance Aotearoa New Zealand (DANZ).

The advantage of being the official photographer is that I have freedom of travel around the venue. This allowed me to photograph behind the scenes which I find sometimes more interesting than the audience view. Fortunately there was a full dress rehearsal including the final lighting setup.  There were two sets of white stage lights individually positioned on each side of the stage.  I stood on the side of the stage just behind the curtains waiting for Matthew and Mira to pass in front of a stage light. This provided the halo backlit effect. The stage light  beside me, burning my ear, provided the fill.

The dance itself was very emotive with great style and passion-that is Argentine tango. This also inspired me and my partner (Mrs Nikon) to move with them capturing the moment to the  sensuous rhythm of the music 

1.     16 November2013      MatthewCivil and Mira Barakat  

Nikon D3s  Iso 6400  120mm f4.0   1/125sec  Nikon 70-200mm  f4

2.      Nikon D3s    Iso 6400   155mm    f4.8   1/125sec   Nikon 70-200mm   f4.0

3.     Iso 6400     70mm  F3.3    1/180sec   Nikon 24-70mm f2.8

4.      iso 6400  70mm  f2.8  nikon 24-70mm f2.8

5.      iso6400  70mm    f5.6    180sec   Nikon 24-70mm f2.8

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Kim Anh Mumford
Posted: 6 Jun 2014

Beautiful set of B&W, Chris! Love it!

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Kim, shall we tango........

Richard
Posted: 24 Jun 2014

Wow Chris I love these Tango shots, I almost hear the music. Lots of emotion!

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Richard, I won't ask you to tango with me, I'll stick to Kim.....

Peter Lechte
Posted: 3 Jan 2015

I can hear & feel the music just as the two are lost in the dance

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Peter, keep on tangoing...... I'm sure you show just as much emotion! Nice meeting you in Hong Kong.
 

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Lake Heron

24 May2014  

My daughter Elizabeth loves this shot and uses it as a screen saver. Thats good enough reason to include it on the home page.

12.August 2013    Nikon D800   Iso200    14mm   F22    1/60sec    Nikon 14-24 f2.8

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David Lo
Posted: 25 May 2014

Wow!! love the reflections and peacefulness. Perfect shot.

David Lo
Posted: 25 May 2014

I love this too. Care to share the original to see how much work was put in to make this pic?

Chris Bing replies: Just for you David........ A photographic image comprises of two parts. 1. Capture 2. Post processing

Richard
Posted: 30 May 2014

So so much better than the original! Some good post processing there Chris.

Sue B
Posted: 11 Jun 2014

Too good just for a screen saver, I'd like this on my wall, love it!

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Sue
 

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Lake Heron Original Raw File

Canterbury Plains

19 May 2014

February, 2010.  Road trip with my eldest daughter Jessica.

I was driving her to Dunedin with a car full of  furniture for her flat.

I spotted this scene while driving along the Canterbury Straight towards Ashburton. Having overtaken a few slow moving vehicles the decision is "do I stop for a photo and have those overtaken cars, over take me ?".

Male Ego or Photographic Interest is the decision.

A quick U turn and 20 minutes later a photographic history of that spot in time had been recorded! 

I think it was worth the delay in the journey. (Jessica was very patient......)

Canterbury Plains Redux

Canterbury Plains Redux

Well, peer pressure  forced me to revisit the picture.  I cropped back the cloud and desaturated the cloud so there is less distracting colour. Then I increased the vibrance of the whole scene.  Happy Brent and Richard? I think you were both "right".

The original file

The original file

As a matter of interest I thought I would show everyone the original scene I saw .

Muriwai Gannet Colony

8 May 2014

I bought the Nikon D800 (36mp) for this type of image.  Because of the extremely high resolution, the sensor records any error in technique and deficiency in lenses.  I made a point of bringing my tripod with me from Wellington to Auckland. The occassion was my Aunty Marions 80th Birthday. I purposely booked an extra day so I could drive to Muriwai .  I discovered the Muriwai colony by looking at photographs from a wonderful bird  photographer Steve Richards . Judging by the scene I thought you would need to walk for miles and camp yourself on a precarious  slope. No he said, its just 5min walk above the car park. Talk about accessible! Great for an outdoors wimp like me.

 I mentioned in the previous article about shooting images that have been done before. Well this is another one.... Just Google the heading and see all the different images. 

Well it was raining when we drove north of Auckland.  The Occassional Photographer (see about me) doesn't plan much, relies  on dumb luck and the presence of Sally, his wife as a good luck charm. Just like when we went to China , Yellow Mountain, the weather was overcast and raining. i was thinking dark clouds ahead and a waste of a tour. But that rain brought an unusual late snow to the mountain and when we got to the top it was like a white Chrismas. But thats another story.....

When we got to the colony after having lunch at the Muriwai golf course the weather started to clear up. Then I realised I left my tripod in the suitcase in the motel. I blame the jet lag. Thats me the occassional photographer. Anyway we walked around the various tracks above the carpark and I stoppped upon this scene. When fortunately there was a fence post to support my elbows at just the right place!  And the Sun was coming out! Thats me the occassonally forgetful but sometimes lucky photographer.


26 July 2013    Nikon D800   iso 200  18mm f 4.5  1/500sec  (no tripod!)   lens14-24 f2.8

Comments

Jeff
Posted: 9 May 2014

Amazing photo!

chris
Posted: 11 May 2014

Thanks Jeff. Great web support also

Richard
Posted: 17 May 2014

Love the light!

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Richard

Priscilla
Posted: 17 May 2014

Great photograph. I can almost feel the breeze.

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Priscilla. Did you feel the bird droppings also?

priscilla
Posted: 20 May 2014

No, but now you mention it I did wonder what the smell was! Sorry to lower the tone of your website but you did start it!!

Denyse
Posted: 20 May 2014

Thank you Chris, That was was a lovely tribute to write about Dad (Brian Paul. Great website! Kind regards Denyse Saunders

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Denyse

Jean
Posted: 20 May 2014

Your mother was right when she described you as dreamy ( not in the romantic sense) and artistic - and that was when you were a baby.....

Jon Ossher
Posted: 21 May 2014

Beautiful and dramatic

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Jon

Dave Rattenbury
Posted: 23 May 2014

As an ex cine photographer who over twentyeight years worked for many production company's including the BBC in Bristol and finishing my career here in New Zealand with TVNZ, was able to bring my subject to life shooting 35mm film at 24 frames per second, you Chris use just one frame. It is known in the business as having the EYE. All shots can be inhanced by using filters and gadgetry and any professional can be accused of this and most have and do use it but only a very few and you are one Chris, could bring a shot to life using a Box Brownie. I'm really jealous!!! Please bring them on as they bring pleasure by transporting us, through your eyes to another place.

Chris Bing replies: Thanks Dave, my head is really swollen now.......

David Lo
Posted: 25 May 2014

I love this too. Care to share the original to see how much work was put in to make this pic?

Ian McIlraith
Posted: 26 May 2014

Beautifully composed shot, Chris. The shafts of sunlight in the top right are balanced by the surf on the middle left. I love the flying gannet too. I might have cloned out the fence posts or whatever they are in the colony. Hell, I might even have increased the colony's population the same way! I gotta say, though, who needs a tripod at 1/500s?

Sue Brown
Posted: 30 Jun 2015

This is Cool too...clearly I have a theme preference

 

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Muriwai Original Raw File


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