Happy Fathers Day

It’s Fathers Day today! So I thought I’d post up a photo of my Dad. Here is rocking a massive moustache before I was a twinkle in his eye. This photo of my parents is so cool.

Fathers Day is all about celebrating Dads that rock. My Dad is a huge fan of pretty much everything I do. On the day we moved into our new house he was out the back in the vege garden digging it over for Jen and I, because that’s what Dads do. They are there to support you when you fall and celebrate with you when you’re winning and even let you win sometimes.

Dad is also an inspiration because he’s always so positive, he has great enthusiasm and it’s one of his qualities that I admire the most. I know in their youth everyone thinks their own Dad is often the source of major embarrassment because of their dorky ways but my Dad is just plain awesome. For years Dad supported me and my brother racing slot cars and built tracks in the garage for us. Years later we then we upgraded from Slot Cars and started playing with real cars (although Dad never did give up that hobby). Dad likes to think he can drive like Possum Borne which led  to some fantastic duels at our local car club meetings driving our Subaru. To give him his credit he is still faster than me around Manfield. So much for letting me win!

So… Happy Fathers Day to my car crazy Dad and all the other Dads out there.

Milford Sound ~ {Holiday}

This was my first visit to Milford Sound. It’s an incredible place and one I recommend that every Kiwi take the time to visit, it’s a fantastic place. Here are a couple of shots from the moody light late in the day.

What you see, depends on what you’re looking for

When we shoot, we’re aiming for an emotional reaction to our photos from the viewer. But a photograph also needs to be technically correct in terms of lighting, composition, exposure, focus and without visual distractions. It’s not easy to get all of those elements happening in harmony but when it comes together then the results can be breathtaking. An amazing photo should take your breath away. As a viewer you look into the photo and are oblivious to any of the technical aspects. You’re drawn in to the photo and just focus on the subject. You’re connected with that moment in time as though you were there.

As photographers we’ve found that only experience has enabled us to make the technical aspects second nature when we’re shooting. We’re in tune with our cameras and lenses to the point that we know how they react in different light. We understand what gets the best results from them. We know what environments they excel in and we seek out those places. It’s only once the technical aspects are right that the emotion within the scene makes or breaks a photo. That telling glance, or that cheeky smile, that moment shared between two people. Those are the human emotions that make a good photo great.   To balance those elements I think it’s about finding a symmetry between the left and the right brain, a combination of logic and feeling.

At the end of the day a great photo should tell a story by itself. It shouldn’t need explanation by the photo taker. This is something I’m constantly working towards every time I pick up my camera.  The best photos demand a balance between being technically correct and being emotionally involving. One without the other leads to a photo that leaves you wanting more.

Katy sent me a text the other day to say that when she looked at this photo of her wedding she cried. To her, it’s a perfect moment.

The photo above is taken by the super talented Jen ;)

Hayley - Jono and Jen – you are so talented at getting those intimate couple moments – in fact, it’s becoming your signature! And as a bride, those are the shots that will stand the test of time, they will hang on the wall as a reminder to the couple of the commitment they made to each other, challenging them to continue to have those moments throughout the years. On their 50 year wedding anniversary, still being able to look back at the memory – magic!!

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