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D-Photo No 95 April-May 2020

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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1 min
sigma d-photo amateur photographer of the year

The Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition is back better than ever, giving local photographers the perfect platform on which to have their work seen around the country as well as the chance to win thousands of dollars’ worth of prizes. The competition represents a chance for amateur photographers to have their work evaluated by a panel of top local professional photographers and artists, with outstanding entries in each category being published as part of a luscious spread in an upcoming issue of D-Photo. In 2019, we saw 14,634 entries in the competition, the largest number since the event began. This is testament to photography’s ongoing growth in popularity locally. The amazing spread of winners last year also indicates there is no shortage of talent to be drawn on. The competition…

4 min
your shots

/dphotonz /dphotomagazine JEREMY WONG /jeremywongphotography A fast shutter speed freezes the intense action of one competitor in the Day of Giants surf-boat race at Piha. Photographer Jeremy Wong had his camera with him for a family day at the beach, but when this event unexpectedly kicked off, his new subject became clear. Picking one of four boats that launched at the same time, Jeremy got lucky as his subject hit a massive wave and its crew was ejected in the turmoil. Big Day, Nikon D7200, 200mm 1/8000s, f/5.6, ISO 900 FRANK HOPFLER /frankhopfler This stunning capture by photographer Frank Hopfler shows the peaceful transition from night to day at Wellington’s Breaker Bay, beneath the watchful gaze of the Milky Way. Frank had to get up before sunrise on a clear day for this one, setting up just as the sun…

3 min
under wraps

THE IDEA This image is one of a series created to promote the work of Ending HIV, a community-led prevention campaign run by the New Zealand AIDS Foundation. The campaign uses colour-coding for the different strategies that it promotes to prevent the spread of HIV, and the photos Mara shot for this series play to those themes. “The idea was to dress different types of men in the colours of what they promoted and put them in front of that same coloured backdrop,” the photographer says. The pink image relates to the Get Free Condoms strategy, hence the model’s raincoat. Other colours include orange for Get a Free Test and blue for Learn About PrEP. The imagery takes what could be a scary or intimidating message and imbues it with a sense of…

6 min
the adept

Fay Looney receives plenty of admiring comments about the pendant she wears proudly around her neck. “Oh, it’s my gong,” she tells people. “There’s no use it sitting in a box.” Fay was named a member of the New Zealand Order of Merit in 2019, the gong encapsulating her skill, encouragement, and time generously offered to the arts, particularly photography. As the first female president of the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography (NZIPP), Fay paved the way for professional women photographers. She continues to promote Taranaki and New Zealand through her imagery, while supporting other local artists. She was instrumental in creating the Oakura Arts Trail as a permanent feature in the renowned Taranaki Garden festival. Fay’s award-winning work continues to put Taranaki on the map, reminding the rest of the country,…

7 min
if you can make it here

One of the most romanticized cities in the world, New York lives in the global consciousness as a beacon of opportunity, a towering metropolis founded on that mythical ‘American dream’. For creatives, it’s none too humble nickname of ‘Centre of the Universe’ doesn’t seem too far from the truth. Just ask Kiwi photographer Emily Hlavac Green, who, like many, has long dreamed of working in the Big Apple, and for the past four years has been making that dream a reality. Emily is a versatile commercial shooter who has travelled extensively and shot an array of genres. Her style marries the relatable authenticity of documentary with splashes of inspiration and whimsy, a look sought after by a diverse range of international companies, such as Capital One bank, Fitbit, The New York…

7 min
on the inside

D-Photo: How did you get your start in photography? Matthew Casteel: I have been making photographs since I was a teenager, around 14 or 15 years old, but my initial interest in the medium came from seeing my mother using a Rolleiflex when I was much younger. I was fascinated with the instrument itself, and how the world appeared in the viewfinder. I remember walking around the house and yard for hours, looking down through the finder — not taking pictures, just looking. Looking back on it, I can’t believe that my mother would allow me to get my hands on the camera, but I’m thankful that she did. Later, in my 20s, I determined to further my photographic education by enrolling in a local college that was known for having a…