D-Photo No 90 June-July 2019

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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in this issue

1 min

Born and raised in Te Puke in the Bay of Plenty, Rachael Smith is a well-travelled photographer whose adventures have taken her to more than 30 countries. While exploring the world with her family, she creates beautiful landscape images. D-Photo readers were introduced to Rachael’s recent solo exhibition, Idiosyncrasy, in Issue No. 88, where she walked us through the finer points of creating her monochrome series of images from around the globe. This issue, she returns to share one of her favourite techniques for creating interesting abstracts: intentional camera movement (page 60). Rachael’s meticulous landscape style has won her accolades locally and abroad, including many nods in the New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography’s (NZIPP) annual Iris Awards and a top-50 placing in last year’s Epson International Pano Awards. Most recently, she…

2 min
sigma amateur photographer of the year 2019

The 2019 Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition has received an amazing response and is on track to be our biggest competition yet. The fact that so many of you have entered before even finding out what you’re in the running for — aside from the glory of being crowned the 2019 Amateur Photographer of the Year — is testament to the fact that our prize pool does not disappoint. Well, you’re going to have to wait a little bit longer to find out what is at stake. For now, we’d like to share some tips for your best chance of being in the running to win. ENTER AS MANY IMAGES AS YOU FEEL ARE WORTHY One of the unique aspects of our competition is that we place no limit…

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your shots

/dphotonz /dphotomagazine /sideprojectphotography ABHI CHINNIAH CANON 6D WITH 24–70MM LENS, F/2.8, 35MM, 1/100S, F/2.8, ISO 1000 Abhi photographed the white dress depicted here a year ago but felt that she didn’t give it the full creative justice it deserved, and she couldn’t shake it from her mind. So, she set about creating the poignant image she envisaged. Taking the dress as her starting point, Abhi enlisted model Soph, who sits purposefully and elegantly. Despite the immaculate staging, it wasn’t perfection that Ahbi was striving for, as she has chosen to frame the photograph beyond the edges of the backdrop, exposing the equipment and revealing the work that makes such a portrait possible. /danskiedijamco DANSKIE DIJAMCO NIKON D700 WITH NIKKOR 50MM LENS, F/1.4D, 50MM, 1/40S, F/4, ISO 800 This image is from when Dan first started to fall in love…

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We cocky humans like to think of Earth as ‘our world’, but with oceans covering more than 70 per cent of the surface, this planet really belongs to sea dwellers. The vast, entrancing undersea world provides endless motivation for photographer Craig Parry, who, with his waterproof camera in hand, has made a career of exploring the forbidding realm below the waves and the beguiling creatures that call it home. From using disposable underwater cameras on family vacations through to a multi-award-winning career as an oceanic photographer, the Australian artist has always been drawn to the water. “I used to be a competitive surfer; I used to go in all the competitions in my area,” Craig recalls. “In the weekend, me and my mates would go away on surfing adventures. I always wanted…

6 min
the indecisive moment

The debate over just what it is that makes a person a person has been argued as far back as recorded human thought. There has been little consensus over the ages, but one thing is generally agreed: the internal life of a person is far more vast and complex than outward appearance suggests. It is this invisible mental world that compels photographer Yvonne Shaw to create what she calls “psychological portraits”, exploring beyond the reflected light of the physical world. “What draws me towards a photograph is that which cannot be seen or photographed,” she says of her style. “Yet an image can hint at interiority. Eyes, mouths, hands can convey self-consciousness. By paring back the social context of images, my intention is to disrupt the notion of a fixed identity.” In…

9 min
these grand treasures

“The trees have inquisitive eyes, haven’t they? — that is, seem as if they had.”—Thomas Hardy, Tess of the D’Urbervilles (1891) Since the beginning of Māori history, kauri trees have dominated our forest canopies, playing a vital role in early culture and connecting the people to their spirituality through Rangi (the sky father), Papa (the earth mother), and Tāne (their son and god of the forest), their ancestors believed to be living on through the trees. Naturally found throughout the upper North Island, the indigenous species has existed for around 20 million years, but today, due to kauri dieback disease, a fairly recently found fungus-like pathogen that is spread through soil, Aotearoa is losing this precious taonga, with only around 7500 hectares of mature kauri now left. Photographer Michelle Hyslop’s concern for the…