Photo Challenge: Juxtaposition

An interesting challenge this week – juxtaposition, with this post being brought to you by the colour yellow. Read on to find out why. tells us:
jux·ta·po·si·tion [juhk-stuh-puh-zish-uhn] – noun
1. an act or instance of placing close together or side by side, especially for comparison or contrast.
2. the state of being close together or side by side.
Origin:1655–65; < Latin juxtā side by side + < French position.

Looking around the kitchen table I’m thinking there should be a few items I can gather that would look great juxtaposed and sure enough, I’ve a mostly full bottle of beer (thanks Monteith’s) along with a rather refreshing looking glass of carbonated water (bubbles by Sodastream).

Putting them together (and playing with my new 35mm lens) produced the shots below – bonus being Cath’s birthday flowers to enhance the backdrop.

Purely co-incidental that we’re mostly yellow on this shoot, that’s just how it turned out 🙂

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bottle juxtaposed
bottle juxtaposed
glass juxtaposed
glass juxtaposed
flowers juxtaposed
flowers juxtaposed

Right, that’s enough typing, the beer is getting warm…

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Photo Challenge: Family

This weeks challenge was pretty interesting.

As soon as I saw it was “Family” my first thought was of the family of ducklings that visit us every afternoon.

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These little critters wander across the road from the neighbour’s who I suspect are feeding them. They seem to have a regular pattern of visiting us each day for a bit of a browse in the undergrowth before heading next door to do the same.  They probably weren’t that too impressed when we started messing with the front yard though as mentioned in an earlier photo challenge.

By crikey they can browse fast providing some awesome (albeit unintended) motion blur, as can be seen in the third photo below.


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D&A Framed in the Waitak’s

It’s Saturday so time for another adventure with Danielle and Alban and today we headed out to the Arataki Visitor Centre for an ice-cream.

Full photoroll for those that can’t wait.

Rather than blat down Scenic Drive in the car though, we took the opportunity to instead walk all the way along Beveridge Track as we’d heard many good things about it from Cath’s Mother who frequently took her dog for strolls that way before moving away from the area.

Start of the Beveridge Track
Start of the Beveridge Track

The track boasts awesome views back to the Auckland’s Sky Tower and right across to the North Shore. A bonus halfway along was arriving at a very well maintained picnic area with awesome views out to the Manukau Harbour.

Lower Nihotupu Dam
Lower Nihotupu Dam looking out to the Manukau Harbour

An obvious choice to try out the tripod Cath bought me for Christmas although the skyline was a little hazy today. We might need to go back when it’s a bit clearer. Something that’s easy enough to do given the track is right on our doorstep 🙂


Anyway, we decided there were too many tourists for us to stop for an ice-cream so we took some pics from the viewing platforms then headed back.

Danielle has been framed!
Danielle has been framed!

D& A Beveridge Track full photoroll

Photo Challenge: Window

Might be a trend appearing here in being late with the weekly challenge…?

This week it’s all about windows and as it’s my first week back in the office this year, I thought I’d snap the view out the window.

Bit of a stormy day out there this morning although it did clear up later in the day.

Wynyard Quarter out to Auckland Harbour Bridge
Wynyard Quarter out to Auckland Harbour Bridge

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D&A Sessions Begin

Cath and I spent Saturday afternoon with my two favourite “models”, Danielle and Alban, mixing some awesome beach landscape at Piha with a few people shots.

I’m pretty new to people photography as I tend to gravitate to landscape and architecture shots as a rule so this was the first time I’ve devoted any real time to taking people shots. Hoping to make this a regular event as time permits.

Let me know what you think 🙂

Piha-Jan-Shoot-0134 Piha-Jan-Shoot-0131 Piha-Jan-Shoot-0128

Full roll at D&A 1 : Piha 4Jan14.