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The journey since Antarctica

It’s been a while since I went through my Antarctica photos. There are a few images from that trip that I’m really quite proud of – but there’s plenty more where I just think “I could do so much better now.”. Antarctica was the start of a new stage in my photographic journey, and I like to think that I’ve come a long way since then. […]

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Recently: Gannets and Staying Creative

How many ways can you photograph the same subject? I’ve been out to Muriwai so many times over the past few months, and while it’s always different, the main subjects are usually the same – Australasian Gannets. So how many ways can you photograph a gannet before you run out of ideas? That’s been my challenge. Flying gannets are a good starting point – but […]

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Take Shitty Photos

I take hundreds of thousands of photos every year. Whenever I return from a trip somewhere, people will ask me how many photos I’ve taken, as if this somehow qualifies anything. I take a lot of photos, but that doesn’t mean they are all good. The reason that I take so many photos is because I’m constantly trying to make the best of every opportunity […]

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Blue skies and big swells

I spend a lot of time on the Bridge when we’re at sea. Usually I’m looking for birds, but I also really enjoyed using the Nikon 10.5mm fisheye on my last subantarctic trip. As a result I have a lot of image sequences like this…so I thought I’d make the best one into a GIF! Excuse the jerkiness – I had to abandon steadying the […]

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Albatross and their Islands

It started with this photo: On New Year’s day 2016, leaving Campbell Island, I made this image of a Campbell albatross with cloud-wreathed Campbell Island in the background. It ended up being one of my favourite photos from the trip, because Campbell Island is the only place in the world that these birds breed. Add to that the memory of sharing the back deck with […]

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Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6 for seabird photography

Let me start by saying I loved using this lens. Loved it. One of my main aims on a subantarctic trip is pelagic bird photography, which can often be a challenging task. While birds will follow the ship and get quite close, I often find myself needing a bit of extra reach to get the shots I’m after. Pairing this beast of a lens with […]

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Gear update – Nikon D500

So a while back I lost a lot of camera gear to a freak wave.  While that kinda sucked at the time, on the flip side it’s given me the opportunity to get some new camera gear! This is supremely exciting for me, because I’ve never had a camera that is brand-spanking-new. And after using (and loving) the D500 for three weeks, it was the obvious choice to […]

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The Pyramid – Chatham Islands

The Pyramid (Tarakoikoia) is a mighty rise of rock at the southern end of the Chatham Islands. It’s classified as an Important Bird Area because it’s the only place in the world that the Chatham albatross currently breeds. Having just a single colony makes the species extremely vulnerable to weather events. The Taiko Trust is currently translocating chicks to a predator-free fenced site on the […]

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The Booby Saga

I’ve always been a birdwatcher. From a young age I’ve sat quietly in hides with a pair of binoculars, wandered rainforests staring up into the canopy, and awoken at frankly criminal hours to catch the dawn chorus. I’m not usually one for chasing after rare sightings. But on Thursday night (19th Jan), the Birds Auckland page on Facebook lit up with the news that there […]

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The big and the small

This photograph of a Southern Royal albatross and a Black-bellied Storm petrel is one of my favourite images. Not because it’s a particularly stunning image, it’s quite ordinary in every aspect except, perhaps, for the subjects. While not the largest or smallest seabirds, these two are pretty close to either end of the Procellariiforme spectrum – the group of birds that includes albatross, petrels, shearwaters, storm […]