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Since moving to New Zealand, the desire to do nature photography has lodged its spiky pickaxe in my brain. I used to think, “Ugh — nature!” when I picked up a camera and headed out, assuming that only urban street scenes and manmade objects were worthy of attention. Show More Summary
I made another pass through Auckland’s (beautiful) War Memorial Museum yesterday, and while the mood of war & death that shrouds the many rooms, altars and shrines is both sad and frustrating (will we ever evolve as a species past murder...Show More Summary
1). I leapt out of bed (at the crack of 10 a.m.), pulled on some clothes and ran to the Sustainable Auckland event this morning in order to be the first in line for freshly baked treats from The Caker, a New Zealand indie bakery (operated by one-woman wonder Jordan Rondel) that’s all about natural […] The post NZ Diary: Cake and fantasy appeared first on Nathan Branch.
1.) I paid a visit to the New Zealand Fashion Museum‘s pop-up exhibit, “The Age of Aquarius”, in the eco-forward Geyser Building in the central Auckland neighbourhood of Parnell. The temporary exhibit celebrates New Zealand designers...Show More Summary
This past Sunday, I had the pleasure of getting backstage access to the Weddings Magazine Bridal Collection show at New Zealand Fashion Week. This kind of shoot wouldn’t ordinarily be my thing (women floating about in poofy white dresses),...Show More Summary
I’ve been working through the assignments in my online photographic seminar with Malaysian shutter-pro Ming Thein, covering topics like “filling the frame“, finding appropriate light, light metering, and aspect ratios. And while I’ve...Show More Summary
Yeah, I know, I’m starting to take longer stretches in-between postings, but I swear it’s not intentional! I either get sick, or I’m out of town, or the dog has to go to the vet, or... wait, I don’t even have a dog. I’m going to have to come up with better […] The post While I was sleeping: An interview appeared first on Nathan Branch.
A video clip from my new favourite designer, Hiroki Nakamura of the Japanese brand visvim: A full collection based on an imaginary 1948 camping trip in northern California. What’s not to love? “Most of the fabric, we make from scratch, and we use a lot of different techniques — especially, we are really into natural [...]Show More Summary
Ever since moving to Auckland, I’ve been trying to wrap my brain around what I think of this city, how I emotionally respond to my new surroundings, and what kind of differences there are (if any) from living in the US. The Auckland skyline from the Dove-Myer Robinson Park And I’ve lived in several US [...] The post NZ Diary: Capturing the city appeared first on Nathan Branch.
Yeah, I know, it’s been forever since I’ve posted. It’s a combination of #1) a winter cold (I now live in the Southern Hemisphere, so while the majority of you are rejoicing at the coming spring/summer sunshine and outdoor barbecues, I’m battling winter colds and flu); #2) a photographic project; and #3) site access that [...]Show More Summary
I love this video: It’s directly about writing, but it also applies to pretty much any other creative endeavour — cooking, playing a musical instrument, painting, knitting, drawing, furniture making, and yes, photography. “All of us who do creative work, like, you know, we get into it because we have good taste, but it’s like [...]Show More Summary
Couple in the shade under the Big Four Bridge in Louisville, KY / Michael Sebastian The Watermill, Little Salkeld, Cumbria / Richard Thwaites Car Wash / Ansgar Trimborn Tokyo Imperial Palace Gardens / Fabio Lugaro Yellow Cab New York / Ming Thein The post Five Photos I’m Liking Right Now: June 4th, 2013 appeared first on Nathan Branch.
My latest photography assignment is to photograph “interesting light” — “This submission is three images,” wrote Mr. Thein. “The subject doesn’t matter; I want you to concentrate on interesting light. You can make an arresting image with an ordinary subject and interesting light, but not the other way around.” Which is not my particular strong [...]Show More Summary
When San Francisco food & travel writer Marcia Gagliardi visited New Zealand a few months back, I had the pleasure of accompanying her on a day-long excursion to Waiheke Island as she met with winemakers and restauranteurs (see: Hitting the town with Marcia Gagliardi). It was the first time I’d spent a day at the [...]Show More Summary
Ever since switching out my system from the Canon DSLR to the Leica Rangefinder, with all its related pluses (portability and access to gorgeous lenses) and minuses (fussy focusing and high cost), I realised that if I wanted to truly hop on the “serious photography” train and ride it to the next station down the [...]Show More Summary
The rain has started in earnest now that we’re heading into our autumn/winter season down under (I know, it’s difficult for me to adjust to the idea of June-August being the dead of winter, too), which means that I sometimes start off on my photographic wanderings when the day is bright and sunny only to [...] The post NZ Diary: Wild and Woolly appeared first on Nathan Branch.
Even though I mentioned last week that I don’t particularly enjoy taking pictures of people, I saw this lunchtime crowd gathered around an artist on the busy Queen Street sidewalk and saw an opportunity for capturing their intense focus on his craft. Not to mention their own various shapes, sizes and personal style iterations. A [...]Show More Summary
I just got notice yesterday that my brand spanking new Leica M-240 colour camera has a manufacturing flaw, where the eyelets that hold the camera strap have the potential to come loose — which could send the entire camera crashing to the pavement at some unfortunate moment. So it looks like I’ll have to hand [...]Show More Summary
As I adjust to the rangefinder system after years of shooting through the optical viewfinder of a DSLR, I’ve found myself wandering the city with my cameras to find out just what the Leica can do and how it goes about doing it. NOTE: I traded in all of my Canon cameras and lenses for [...] The post New Zealand Diary: Testing the city appeared first on Nathan Branch.
San Francisco native Marcia Gagliardi, founder of the Bay Area’s popular Tablehopper restaurant review site, was invited to New Zealand by trade organisations in advance of the next America’s Cup yachting challenge that will be hosted in San Francisco from July through September of this year. New Zealand is a big competitor in the America’s [...]Show More Summary