Summer holidays 2012-13
Our Summer holiday hasn’t started too well with the weather this year. The back-end of a recent cyclone in Fiji means we have more rain than we would like. Is it just me but how come the weatherman always seems to be 100% accurate when predicting crappy weather in summer?
Things have changed for me photographically recently. Managed to trip over my two big feet, knock my tripod, M9 + 28 Summicron into the Auckland Harbour, below Harbour bridge at Northcote Point. After sweating bullets for a couple of weeks NZI paid out. Have to say thanks to NZI because I have had a bit of an ‘unco’ year and they have been great.
During the two-week downtime I made the decision to go back to the ‘dark side’ of DSLR style camera for my digital work and decided on the new full-frame Sony A99 with the wonderful Carl Zeiss 16-35/2.8, 24-70/2.8 and the Sony 70-200/2.8 zooms. Makes sense when 90% of what I shoot is landscape related and while Leica M9 is a stellar street shooter there are a numerous concessions to endure shooting landscapes. Well enough words here are a few early examples with Sony A99:
Our first day of sun. Beautiful lunch with Michelle for her birthday in Whitianga, back for 9 holes, smoked chicken on BBQ and then down to Pauanui beach for sunset. You can see the beginnings of todays storm on right of picture.
And finally a tribute to my trusty Leica M9. This is the last photo taken after I rescued the SD card. The M9 experience taught me a lot about what I want out of my photographic journey. Goodbye old friend:(