Newsletter September/October

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Maggies Awards 2014 - WINNER!

The Maggies Awards celebrate New Zealand’s top magazine covers. My photo of the Kapiti Aquatic Centre was the cover image for the March/April 2014 issue of ArchitectureNZ magazine. This cover won the Business and Trade category and has been named Supreme Winner! Top magazine cover in NZ for 2014. Congratulations to the magazine editor Justine Harvey and the team at AGM publishing. 

ADNZ National Architectural Design Awards - SPACE Architecture

Continuing their success in the ADNZ local awards, the SPACE Architecture team have picked up 3 national finalist awards in the ADNZ National Architectural Design awards for their project - Otoparae Beach House.

- National Finalist - Residential Alterations and Additions.
- National Finalist - Residential Interiors
- National Finalist - Resene Colour in Design award.

The is a beautiful and incredibly detailed alteration. It was a pleasure to shoot and the recognition is well deserved.

Featured Shoot

Sometimes I find it challenging to explain shoot concepts and photographic methods to clients and how I envisage the final imagery is going to look. I am not selling a physical product I can hand over for consideration. With that in mind this newsletter's feature is a personal portfolio shoot which I will use to provide you with a little insight into my work-processes. This shoot was of the incredible One Market Lane building, designed by Studio Pacific Architecture and developed by Willis Bond & Co.

The photo below is highly edited, much more so than the majority of my work. It was a conceptual exercise for me to test what was possible and to push my post-production skills.

I wanted to challenge my ‘style’ and step outside my comfort zone. Usually I would shoot buildings such as this at dusk or dawn - a text-book approach. Recently however, I have been intrigued by how direct sunlight interacts with a building facade and what it can do to highlight features, form, details etc. So my brief for this shoot was to create a composite image that included late afternoon directional sunlight, with a dusk sky and car light trails from after sunset. I shot two different images over 2.5 hours and edited them into one.

I know a few of you are interested in the technical shoot details so here is my gear list for this shoot:

Canon 5D MkIII  - Camera body - used to capture the magic
Canon 24mm TS-E Shift Lens - Wide angle perspective corrected lens
Manfrotto Carbon Fibre Tripod - Sturdy, lightweight tripod legs
Manfrotto 410 geared head - Geared tripod head for precision adjustments
Camranger - Allows me to see images as they are shot on my ipad for review
Ipad  - Used to review images, check sun direction, daylight hours, dusk/dawn times etc
Lee 4 Stop ND Filter - Slows down the shutter speed which is useful in creating light trails.
Patience - It was a long shoot with a lot of down time!

Behind the Scenes

Here is a video that I have created to show the part no one ever really sees: the post-production workflow. Here I explain each step of the process to give you a little insight into what went into this image.  Be sure to click the 'full screen' option in the bottom right-hand corner of the video player so that you can clearly see what is going on. 


Recent Work 

Trade Me

Herriot & Melhuish Architecture

Ministry of Building, Innovation and Employment

Warren and Mahoney, Vidak, The Building Intelligence Group

Callaghan Innovations

Catalyst Consulting

Kensington Swan

Hawkins Construction, Warren & Mahoney 

Personal Shot

 Volcanic Rock - Tongariro National Park 

Following on from last month, here is another shot taken on a recent tramp in the Tongariro National Park. We intended to get to the top of Mt Ngauruhoe but the combination of 100km+ hour winds, a temperature somewhere in the negatives and a slope of pure ice made it extremely challenging. Due to safety concerns we turned around just over 100 vertical metres from the top. I look forward to conquering the peak in the future. This shot was taken on the walk out. It was shot on my trusty Fujifilm GSW690 65mm film camera.  Below are a few more digital shots from this trip.