Cobbled together while taking a break on Waiheke, it seems there is some pent up need for a pohutukawa post.
You may have heard about the six Pohutukawa that are under threat to make way for a hyperspace bypass [sic], and in their honour, and just because they do seem to be particularly beautiful this year, here's a kick start for sharing your best pohutukawa shots.
We're not fussy about varieties either. Well, I'm not, as my favourite and most photographed tree in our front yard is a Kermadec.
Happy New Year.
Alan Whicker once said that you should write down everything that amazes you on the first day you arrive in a new place – because what amazes you on the first day will seem like the norm the next day. I carry a notebook everywhere I go but rarely rely on it to write down what I find amazing in my very fortunate travels. Instead I rely on my camera – currently a Canon G1X – which I don't ever leave home without.
Most of the shots here were taken in Old Delhi, a small part of the massive (17.5m) modern Delhi metropolis that looks like it hasn't changed since the Moghul emperors were enthroned just down the hill in the Red Fort. Of course the power lines and omnipresent smartphones give the lie to that, but this is still a place where rickshaws and bullock carts are primary forms of transport.
I felt unthreatened mostly (aside from being chased towards the main street by a fairly demented looking guy on all fours at one time). However I was also aware that I – unlike when I walk in most Asian countries taking photos – quite clearly did not belong there and I was a little uncomfortable as a gora pushing a lens into other's lives.
The other place I most wanted to photograph was the inside of a subway carriage at rush hour, but the pressure of several hundred in small box meant it was physically impossible to find space to get my camera, or even my phone out.
It felt like we were overdue for a post, and when I took the time to look back at what had come before, I realised yesterday we turned three. So before we get into it, thanks once again for another year of fine imagery, thoughtful comments, and general all round support and wonderfulness.
Capturing objects in motion, with either high shutter speeds, freezing action as it happens, or slow speeds, creating movement with artistic blurs, often brings unexpected results.
We'd like you to have a go, and because it's been a long time since we had a competition on here, we'll give away a copy of this fantastic book Tell You What, edited by PA luminary Jolisa Gracewood, and Susanna Andrew at AUP, for the shot which best captures movement.
Entries close Wednesday 17th December. Prize will hopefully reach the lucky winner by Christmas.
Jakob playing at Galatos to launch their new album 'Sines', on Friday November 14 2014. They are playing dates in Australia at the end of this month and will play at Laneway in Auckland on January 26 2015. The shots below are of Jeff Boyle on guitar and Maurice Beckett on bass. Unfortunately, due to the lack of any lights on the back of the stage, I was unable to get any clear shots of their amazing drummer, Jason Johnston.
Last night at Galatos, over three levels, and starting on time at 7pm (meaning I missed the first band Little Bark while eating my ramen), the Going Global Showcase was like putting your favourite contemporary New Zealand music playlist on the stereo, and wallowing in the vibe.
Before running out of steam, I managed to catch Jesse Sheehan, Kaitlin Riegel, Arthur Ahbez, Anthonie Tonnan and band, Ha The Unclear, Race Banyon, and She's So Rad. Then home and in bed by 10.30pm!
Hanging out with Russell and Jimmy, and bumping into all the usual suspects, it was pretty much the perfect night out.