Archive for December, 2010

Coffee Production – Collabor:8

December 28, 2010 1 comment

The final Collabor:8 of the year. This was actually taken a couple of months back, and was really just the result of playing around with a 10-22mm lens that I had borrowed. It really served to give me lens-envy.

Categories: Photography

Candlelit Wine – Collabor:8

December 19, 2010 3 comments
So I think it is finally time I stopped posting shots from the South Island and came up with some new material. Being the Christmas season, the house is looking very decorative at the moment. This is what our coffee table looks like after the sun sets. Hannah had also scattered some of those chocolate gold coins at the base of the candle…. but I accidentally ate those when she was at work :-).

Shutter 1/6, f/5, ISO 400, 65mm.


Chemo 22.0

December 15, 2010 5 comments

The record at Auckland hospital for my regime is 32 rounds.. I’m only 10 rounds off beating it!… However, I’m informed that hardly anyone makes it to the second decade, so I am already a statistical outlier.

This round has come and gone, and really floored me this time. The nausea was pretty good compared to previous rounds, although there were a few close calls. It was the fatigue that was unusually bad. I slept pretty much all the time from friday through to monday. I have given up trying to make correlations with why one round of chemo might be better or worse than another, there seems to be no rhyme or reason to it’s random nature. Each round is an entity to itself, and therefore, must addressed on an individual basis.

Some continuity in my life would be nice though, particularly continuity that did not require chemotherapy.

On a slightly different note, my cancer markers are starting to creep up… that is a space that must also be watched.

Till next time…

Categories: Cancer Update

The South Island in 15 Min

December 14, 2010 5 comments

Here is a quick video of the South Island. iPhone 4’s video capacity is a very handy thing for things such as this. It is virtually recorded all on the iPhone, except where I forgot to bring it, and the DSLR had to stand in for me.


Mt Cook – Collabor:8

December 11, 2010 1 comment

I know I keep posting from the South Island, but I came back with so many good photos, it really hard not to share them! This was taken heading up the hooker valley towards the base of Mt Cook. It is easily one of the most spectacular walks I have ever done. It is also another Anna lens special. ­čÖé

Shutter 1/100, f/11, ISO 100, 15mm, with polarising filter.



The South Island – Te Anau and Fiordland

December 8, 2010 1 comment

The second phase of our trip involved spending a night in Te Anau in a lake front backpackers, and from there heading out to Milford sound. The drive out to Milford has to be one of the most spectacular drives I have ever made, with new vista’s opening up after every bend. Hannah and I had decided on doing an overnight cruise out on Milford sound, so we opted for the cheaper option of the two available to us. We arrived ready to check in on our boat to find out that we had been upgraded to the more expensive option. Usually it costs 490 dollars per person per night!… we did not pay anywhere near that much, so it was a pretty sweet upgrade. The package included a buffet dinner and breakfast. The weather was also remarkably clear, with the guides constantly reminding us how this never happens in the Milford Sound.

Enjoy the photos, which to be honest, do not do justice to the spectacular  scenery.

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Church of the Good Shepherd – Collabor:8

December 3, 2010 3 comments

I unfortunately didn’t quite get the crystal clear blue skies down at Lake Tekapo that we would have liked, but the moody brooding skys actually worked well as well. I find it hard photographing with an overcast sky, as you inevitably over expose it in order to expose the foreground properly. However, here the sky was dark enough to expose that, and to get the church in the setting sun as well.

Shutter 1/100, f8, ISO 200, 22mm. Can’t remember if I had a polarising filter or not, but pretty sure I did.