There are a few classic subjects in New Zealand that are far from original, but I have always wanted to get the right shot of them. The unfurling fern is one of them, and it is surprisingly difficult to photograph. This largely stems from the fact that I don’t own a macro lens and required me to use my 50-250 lens, and shutting down the aperture right down to 13 to get a wide enough depth of field. On top of that, when you shut the aperture down and zoom in, you inevitably slow your shutter speed to compensate, and motion blur slips into the picture.
I easily to took about 40 photos to get the final one which was sharp enough, composed right, and had adequate DOF for my liking.
Shutter: 1/60s, f/13 ISO 400, 250mm
Similarly, life is easy to take for granted as well. We are quick to complain about the injustices in our lives and we easily lose perspective. Its only when we really stop, pause, reflect on our life and get perspective, that we can really take stock of what to be grateful for.
Studies have been done about happiness, and the one consistent theme that has come through from happy people, is the choice to be grateful for everything in their life, the good and the bad, on a daily basis. I’ve seen that first hand in developing countries….
I’m experiencing it first hand in my life.
Shutter 1/80; f/8; ISO 200; Focal length 55mm. B&W with a red filter.
From the NZ Herald online…..
Monday Feb 02, 2009
Holy Rotorua Batman!
Gotham City move over, Rotorua can now lay claim to a couple of real batmen.
In a scene almost straight from the DC comic, two men were bombarded by hundreds of bats in the early hours of this morning.
The flying mammals swooped on the businessmen, one from Rotorua and one from Invercargill, about 3am in Amohia Street.
But instead of charging off to fight crime in Rotorua’s underworld, the pair jumped into a passing taxi to escape their attackers.
Taxi driver Ngaia Monaham told NZPA she didn’t believe their tale at first, but then they showed her bite marks on their arms.
“They were like a whole lot of tack marks.”
The men didn’t seem too worried about the bites, she said. Read more…