Early december is when the best of everything that ever was, or at least in the last 11 months, is hoisted onto our screens as if nothing else ever mattered.
Instagram has several helpful apps that use fancy algorithms (actually I think they just count) to give you your best nine. Here's mine.
It's summer, and the heat is here already, so feel free to dive into the comments with your best of 2017, summer photos or whatever the heck you feel like. You can add up to three images per post by selecting 'Edit' after the first picture.
Wishing you all a wonderful silly season, and see you in the thread, at the beach, or the many concerts in the New Year. I can't wait.
Nga mihi maioha.
Hello. Long time, no photos. Yada yada. Life, be in it.
Spring is passing by, and I've lacked the inspiration for the usual petal show, although those in the know will see I'm still instagramming plenty of floral arrangements.
This weekend The Very Vintage Day Out has been on at Shed 10, and it seemed like a good opportunity to take the scooter out of the shed and the camera out of the bag.
On arrival I somehow ended up joining in on a Canon New Zealand photo salon, where two wonderfully patient models, Casey and Caleb, provided some keen amateurs the opportunity to shoot with different lenses and using some studio lighting. The first four shots are from this session. Always wanted to learn more about portraiture, so was good fun.
Shooting with an 85mm f1.2 Canon prime lens wasn't too bad either. Unfortunately they didn't want to swap for my 24 - 105. Something about a $3000 price difference.
The other shots were incidental, with people seeming keen to pose or in the middle of setups for other photographers. It was a snap happy place.
The last shot is to show the shirt I bought for summer. The one on the right, so you can't have it.
It would be great if some of the usual crew wanted to get vintage in the comments. Or just post your spring photos, I'm not fussy.
Capture is back...
It doesn't feel like Autumn here in the North, and it still only looks autumnal round the edges. I've had to scrape together pictures suggesting autumn in their colour more than content.
How's it looking further south?
It's been a while since we last threw some seasonal photos up here . Summer's sliding fast into Autumn, so fast I can't deny it any longer. Looking back over summer I see a lot of time on beaches, in the bush, barbeques, basil harvest and home maintenance. It seemed to take a long time to get started, and now, it's flown.
How has everyone's summer been?
Back in 2010, when the Pixies last played Vector Arena, we all thought this would be the last, and ultimate, Pixies concert of all time, and that seeing them re-formed with Kim Deal made life worth living, and nothing could ever compare. They should give up and go home.
Well, thanks for proving me wrong. Last night in a way surpassed the earlier show. Maybe my expectations had changed, but also I think because the audience, made up of a cross section of die-hard fans from the eighties and nineties, with newly minted Pixies aficionados, were totally up for it.
Kicking off with Where Is My Mind and Here Comes Your Man, the scene was set for a night of crowd pleasing tunes, played with unfaltering acumen by all, including the not so new Kim, who is actually Paz Lenchantin, formerly of The Perfect Circle.
The setlist will give you the best taste of the night. Interestingly they played 28 songs in 2010 also. Remembering your average Pixies song is shorter than you'd think, this took around 90 minutes, but that was absolutely enough. It was unflinching and relentless, without any breaks for banter. The only time you might have thought he was engaging with the audience was at the beginning of Hey.
If you want three hour sets, go see The Cure*.
Special thanks to Josie at Great Things for the chance to shoot one of my all time favourite bands.