D-Photo No 73 August-September 2016

D-Photo is New Zealand’s No.1 digital photography magazine helping Kiwis get to grips with their cameras and use them more creatively. By providing quality how-to features, product reviews, and inspirational pictures, the magazine gives its loyal and ever-increasing subscriber base the information and confidence they need to embrace digital camera technology and make photography a part of their everyday lives. Enjoy the stunning work from talented New Zealand photographers and see the New Zealand landscape and people in a way no one else can in each and every issue.

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and the winners are ....

Well, wow! It’s been a few weeks since the 2016 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition closed, and I am still reeling at the sheer number of entries submitted to this year’s competition. By the time 5pm on Monday, June 13 rolled around, we had received 5373 glorious images submitted and showcased in our various category galleries. Every day for about two weeks leading up to the close of the competition, I’d get my calculator out and set myself up in front of the galleries and add up all the entries. One day I nearly fell off my chair when I realized we had leaped from 3500 to 4000 entries in a single day. I’ve absolutely loved jumping in and out of the galleries and picking ‘photos of the…

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community perspective

Congratulations to Ian Grant, who was selected as the winner of the ONA Capri Leather Camera and Laptop Tote Bag that we featured as our subscription prize in D-Photo Issue No. 71. Over on the D-Photo Facebook page, Rosie Matthews shared this stunner of a shot with us. She said, “[Recently] I travelled across the Desert Road, and luckily the weather was lovely, and the mountains [were] show[ing]. I had my camera with me and took some photos — this photo was one of the 18 photos that I took of the mountains. Hope you like it as much as I do — I am hoping to have a canvas print of it done this year.” Thanks for sharing this with us Rosie! Instagram inspiration Make sure you share your photos with us on…

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WINNERS OF THE 2016 EPSON/NZIPP IRIS PROFESSIONAL PHOTOGRAPHY AWARDS Judging of this year’s Epson / New Zealand Institute of Professional Photographers (NZIPP) Iris Professional Photography Awards commenced on June 16, and continued over three days to a packed audience, with the winners announced at the annual Awards Gala Dinner on Monday, June 20. This year’s overall winner of the NZ Professional Photographer of the Year award was Katherine Williams (see photo), who also took out the top honours in both the Wedding Classic and Wedding Creative categories. The D-Photo–sponsored category of Portrait Creative was won by Marama Shearer, the Wildlife and Wild Places category was won by Steve Hussey, the Travel category was taken out by Mike Hollman, and the Portrait Classic category was won by Susie Whelan. Top honours in other…

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1 MOMENTO YOUR MOMENTS The Momento Your Moments competition is all about entering images of moments during your day. There will be four rounds, and each of the four winners will be awarded a $150 Momento voucher to create a photo book, with the runner-up receiving a $50 voucher to create their book. The first round closes on August 1. 2 CRITIQUE Mike Langford provides an expert critique on readers’ images to help them improve their shots. Interested in having your images critiqued? Email them to us at editor@dphoto.co.nz. 3 TECHNIQUE Jackie Ranken encourages you to rug up and venture into the cold wintery atmosphere to capture abstract images of frosty landscapes. Head to dphoto.co.nz to learn a series of techniques for photographing ice and snow abstracts. 4 THE INTERNATIONAL COLLABORATION PROJECT New Zealand photographer Deb Young…

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a japanese jaunt

When I travel, I love stepping outside my comfort zone and trying different things — from being beaten by a giant Turkish masseuse on a marble slab in a hammam in Turkey to eating spiders in Cambodia. In Japan, this self-challenge took the form of taking a communal bath during my first trip to Japan. I sucked up my pride and entered the bath in all my glory. When you bathe Japanesestyle, you have to scrub yourself absolutely clean before you get into the bath. You can’t have any soap suds on you whatsoever; the bath is simply for relaxing in after all the cleaning. I sat on my little stool and soaped up, washed it all off then got into the large bath. The bath is about 41 degrees, and it…

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global domination: wedding edition

Jaisalmer is the kind of city any traveller dreams of visiting. Located in the western Indian state of Rajasthan, the town spreads out from the base of a towering sandstone fort, its massive ramparts looking out over the golden arid plains of the Thar Desert. The labyrinthine lanes of the huge fort are populated with ornately decorated shops, townhouses, mansions, and a royal palace, all of it forged from glinting sandstone bricks, earning the magnificent citadel its nickname, the ‘Golden City’ However, while the desert spectacle has an irresistible photographic appeal, it’s not exactly the kind of place you would expect to run into a Kiwi wedding photographer. Then again, Danelle Bohane has a reputation for going beyond the expected and, not unlike Jaisalmer city, has an appetite for the exceptional. Coming…