Capture by A photoblog

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Emma in Egypt

by Emma Hart

There are several places in Egypt you're not allowed to take cameras. They're not allowed inside the temples at Abu Simbel, for instance, or anywhere in the Valley of the Kings. There are other places, like most of the museums, where you can't use a flash, and the rooms are very dark.

In other places, like inside the temples that still have rooves, you get caught in a dilemma: a grainy no-flash image that catches what you're actually seeing, or a brighter one that changes the colours and washes out the details? In Egypt, photography could be difficult, and I have to assume that's the reason why, in winnowing these photos down for Capture, I've ended up with mostly photos of Jordan.

My travelling companion and I ended up taking complementary strategies. He took a waterproof travel camera, that could handle the dust and sand. I took a more temperamental beast with excellent optical zoom. I don't know that it made a lot of difference most of the time.

And still, the best shot I took of the Treasury at Petra, I took on my iPhone.

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BDO - Post Hoc

by Jackson Perry

There was no shortage of hype for this year's Big Day Out, The Comeback Tour. Then when Blur pulled out, there was no shortage of gripe. I was certainly looking forward to seeing them.

Looking back on last Friday, after 40 minutes in the 'bladder control' queue, 40 minutes in the 'this grey beard is painted on' age verification queue, and giving up before the 'died of dehydration' queue, I could easily get drawn into the post mortem. Make an orderly line here.

However, it certainly wasn't their fault Vodafone's 3G service was down the whole time I was there, coming back just in time for me to post a photo of a letterbox on twitter as we left. It was a nice letterbox. I mean look.

Let's face it, there were some issues. They have been acknowledged, and next year the organisers have promised to do better. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt for now.

Overall I liked the venue. The trees, grass and readily available shade were a welcome change from the gravel pit Mt Smart had become.

My highlights of the day, in no particular order;

Naked and Famous - I was convinced.

Arcade Fire - I saw them at BDO 2008, and they just keep getting better.

Hives - If he would only SHUDDUP! Also, calling fans 'Hobbitses' doesn't necessarily endear them towards you. M'kay?

Ladi6 - She always wins the '100% into her performance' prize.

Possibly my favourite of all was Tom Lark with Lydia Cole in the MetroMag Cube. They were wonderful. I'd like a whole gig just with them.

It is possible that not being allowed my bag in the D has meant the main stage photos are a little 'distant'.

Feel free to add your own photos/memories in the comments.

Capture away.

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Coast to Coast

by Lilith Grace

Seasoned Greetings.

This will be our last post of 2013. I'd just like to thank everyone for their contributions throughout another great year on Capture, and continuing the wonderful visual cornucopia. Corny copia? I'll leave the puns to Ian.

Before we all run off to the beach with Lilith Grace, we need to announce the winner of our Travel Photography contest.

After narrowing it down to a list of 11, the judges unanimous decision was ChrisW, who posted a number of excellent photos, but the ones that clinched it were the photos of the ruins in Tokomaru Bay.

Chris, if you could drop me a line by clicking reply, it would be nice to get the prize to you for Christmas.

Capture away.

At the beach...

...you see the vast open space between the sky and sea, all the way to the horizon. Reflections mingle and confuse the shapes of coast and clouds. Wet sand and water amplify the colours of sun and sky. Waves beat hypnotically. Spray fills the air with brine.

At the interface of land and sea, change is constant. Shifting weather transforms the beach from serene to dramatic to frightening, and back again. Storms leave unpredictable flotsam at the tideline. Sand and sediment shift in the wind and water. The outgoing tide conjures a subtly different beach each time.

There are so many forms of life here: flying, walking, crawling, burrowing, growing, swimming, opening and closing.
Sandy, rocky and muddy beaches support different sets of living things. Differing exposures to air and wind and water create widely varying ecosystems. Every rockpool has slightly different inhabitants. The more you look, the more there is to see.

The pictures below are some of the things I saw on my coastal holiday in Otago recently. I've visited this area, south of Dunedin, since I was a child, and I'll be moving there next February.

New Zealand has a lot of coast, and most of us have beaches that we have special feelings for. I look forward to seeing your favourite bits of coast. And tell us what you do in your summer holidays, coastal or otherwise.

Keep safe, and happy holidays, everyone.

by Lilith Grace

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Tomatina In Henderson

by Jonathan Ganley

March 9 2013: a blazing hot Saturday afternoon at the Henderson Valley Studios. With Jeff Smith directing, and a small crew standing by with handfuls of softened tomatoes, Chris Knox and Rackets went to work on a new video. The track is called 'Gagarin' and is credited to Knoxious. It was first released on Record Store day last year, but will be re-released again soon. Turn up the volume and go full screen to enjoy the high-def slo-mo video and animation, before checking  out some 'behind the scenes' photos from the video shoot.

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Travels Without a Map

by Jackson Perry and Nora Leggs

Capture is two! That happened quickly.

We seem to still be having fun, and you all keep posting fantastic photos in the comments, and generally supporting us with your awesomeness, so we might keep it going, if that's alright with the rest of you.

Although this is our anniversary post, and later we'll talk about a competition, we do like to have a theme, so today we're focusing on travel photography.

Much has been written about the propensity for antipodeans to venture forth into the wild on their OEs. Europe, the Americas, or increasingly into Asia, for both work and play, before settling down at home (or abroad).

We would like to see your memories of such travels, which might require dragging out the scanner, or they could be recent trips taken on holidays.

Because we're an inclusive bunch, you could also post travel photography from within New Zealand (or Australia - I said 'inclusive').

Photo series intro.

Jackson's shots.

The first half below are photos taken during 9 months travel through North America and Europe in 1993. Good times.

Nora's shots.

A short trip to Nevada City and San Francisco last year resulted in a bunch of photos malingering on my computer.  In amongst all the pictures of American Cats and and American Meals there are at least a few of interesting details that caught my eye.   I was amazed at the number of Psychic businesses I saw in San Francisco.  I'd forgotten that pharmacies are drugstores in the US. 

Competition.

As we did last year, we'll run the photo competition for a month until 21 December, and then hopefully get the prize to the winner for Christmas.

Hit us with your best travel shots.

The Prize.

This seems kind of obvious this year. The winner will receive a copy of the wonderful book Self-Portrait  by Marti Friedlander, from AUP. As some of you may already have this, we'll include an exchange card from the awesome people at Time Out Bookstore.

Capture away.