D-Photo No 82 February-March 2018

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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If you don’t have anything nice to say ... The creation of online communities has allowed us to connect directly with other photographers, share our images, and learn new tips and techniques. However, there’s also a tendency to get caught in our own echo chamber — and often it’s a pretty negative one. Whether the latest image posted was a bit polarizing, some unsound advice has been shared, or the ongoing dialogue that surrounds the Nikon/Canon debate has reignited, fingers will type furiously and emojis ensue — with waves of negativity, arrogance, and destructive criticism served without a second thought. We may either align ourselves with or distance ourselves from the poster — instead of focusing on the real issue at hand — allowing vigorous debate to occur, complete with name-calling, wild allegations,…

6 min.
your shots

/dphotonz /dphotomagazine /nick.f_nz /nickfphotos NICK FARRELLY FUJIFILM X-T1, FUJIFILM XF 18–55MM F/2.8–4 R LM OIS ZOOM LENS, 36MM, 1/250S, F/13, ISO 200 Nick was travelling as part of a tour and visited Namibia’s Deadvlei, a clay pan characterized by dark, dead camel thorn trees contrasted against the white pan floor. Deadvlei was formed after the flooding of the Tsauchab river, which saw temporary shallow pools allow camel thorn trees to grow. But when the climate changed and drought hit the area, sand dunes encroached on the pan, and blocked the river from the area. The trees are estimated to be approximately 900 years old but have not decomposed due to the dry climate. It’s a paradise for photographers, as the site’s visual contrast between the pitch-black trees and bleached-white pans, the rusty-red dunes and deep blue sky…

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famous faces i n focus

While fashions came and went at a quick clip, and interest in imagery of recently faded trends waned just as fast, quality portraiture remained timeless. Hugh realized that it was the portrait work of those he admired which truly spoke to him, and this was the way forward to the work he was meant for In an industry of notedly temperamental stars constantly under the unsolicited gaze of cameras, you might think the job of photographing famous people would mean constantly dealing with obstinance and rancour. But, according to international portrait photographer Hugh Stewart, you’d be dead wrong. “I have to be honest, I’ve never had a bad experience,” he insists. That’s good news for fans of Jude Law, Cate Blanchett, Ian McKellen, Geoffrey Rush, and all the other A-list stars who have…

6 min.
the imperceptible world

“I have always been interested in more unusual creatures, and it really wasn’t until I started doing macro photography that I developed an appreciation for how amazing these smaller animals are,” Murray says. Macro is an extremely popular form of photography, and it is easy to see why. Bringing the tiny minutia of the world to life in blown-up detail can make for exciting creative exploration, and, while it might seem like a highly specialist genre, requiring its own cache of dedicated equipment, it is in fact a very accessible microcosm of the art. Just ask Dunedin photographer Murray McCulloch, whose rise from newcomer to award winner has happened with remarkable speed. He only picked up his first point-and-shoot in 2009, but Murray has already scored some of the country’s highest accolades…

5 min.
a beautiful deception

In what became one of his most important poems, the English writer John Keats proposed that, through art, we can discover a universal truism — “beauty is truth, truth beauty”. But neither truth nor beauty have ever been particularly stable, and in a time of digital manipulation, perpetual scandal and cover-up, cosmetic augmentation and ‘fake news’, those concepts only get rockier. It is in this rich thematic garden that photographer Emma Bass strolls. At first blush, her large prints bloom with the intoxicating colour and form which have always made floral arrangements so appealing. Vibrant petals are meticulously washed with indulgent light as their stems and leaves wind suggestively out of intricately detailed ceramics. The surface beauty is obvious and arresting, but, for Emma, the images are far more than just…

6 min.
the night watchers

“For a landscape photographer, differing sources and the many effects of light exist as tools to capture and enhance the image, to push narrative and multiply impact. This is especially true in night photography, as the contrast between darkness, night sky and artificial light is often as complex as it is subtle”Excerpt from The Night Watchers: New Zealand Nightscapes Grant Sheehan began his working life as a survey draughtsman, but his lifelong love has always been photography, and, for the past 25 years, he’s done what many shooters dream of — he’s made it his business. He now has 12 books to his name, published by his company Phantom House Books, including Eye in the Sky: A Drone Above New Zealand, Ghosts in the Landscape, and the award-winning New Zealand Landscapes:…