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07-17-2009, 07:51 PM   #1
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Hi from New Zealand with some of my images

Hi from New Zealand.

I'm a 22 year old student doing post-grad study in history and international relations. Been teaching myself photography for about three years with the help of quite a few people and books. It's slowly been taking over my time, till now it's the main thing I do. Hoping to get into photojournalism over the next couple of years.

I'm mostly into street and news photography. I admire the photos/life of Robert Capa the most. I also like Henri Cartier-Bresson, Horst Faas, Larry Burrows, Robert Doisneau, Margaret Bourke-White and Steve McCurry to name a few. I think James Nachtwey is the best photographer of the last 25 years or so.

Landscape/nature shots are OK and can be really stunning, but don't have quite the same interest for me. I really like Ansel Adams' work, which is saying something for a non street/photojournalism photographer. I also don't find portraits as interesting, though environmental portraits can be really well done and some of Cartier-Bresson's (Albert Camus' portrait for instance) or Arnold Newman's (see the Igor Stravinsky photo) ones are really good. I'm not really a fan of artificial light or posing. Yousuf Karsh might be an exception. I try to minimise editing in photoshop. I guess I prefer black and white over colour, unless the colour really adds something to the photo. Black and white gives you more options with the use of light and shadow, and helps cut out unnecessary elements.

I have a couple of 1970s books by Andreas Feininger which are the best manual/composition books on photography I have found by quite a way. They are A manual of advanced photography, and Principles of composition in photography. He has written quite a few other titles which I haven't managed to find in print. The documentary War Photographer on James Nachtwey is really good, and so is Richard Whelan's biography of Robert Capa.

Anyway this is getting too lengthy so I'll just post some of my photos for you to have a look at, just don't check out my website yet, it's under construction.

Hope to learn some things on the forum.

Oh and the gear I use is a Pentax K10D, originally with the DA lens kit:18-55mm and 50-200mm. I'm on a pretty tight budget. I sold the telephoto for another budget zoom, the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 which I find more usable up to 200mm. I also have a Sigma 24-70mm f/2.8 EX DG MACRO on the way. I found the 24-60mm EX DG for a great price, so I ordered that, but it had the (common) Sigma focusing issues. I was offered the 24-70mm EX DG Macro for the same price instead so I chose that. The size is a downside for street photography, but it looks like a good lens. If I had the money I'd carry a Sigma DP2 in my pocket all the time as well.


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07-17-2009, 07:53 PM   #2
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some more images...

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Final images... this isn't the best way to view them all squished up, but y'know...

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You've definitely got some serious talent. Beautiful shots!

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Stunning...I wish I had the eye.....can I ask if they are Pentax?
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Well done - and welcome to the forum, mate.
These are striking, sharp captures - keep them coming!
Hope you find this forum a good home for talking shop!
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Welcome to the forum. You've posted some great images...look forward to seeing more of your work. Enjoy the forum
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Hi everyone, thanks very much for your comments. It's great to get good feedback when you are passionate about photography.

SMC, these are all shot with a Pentax K10D. I bought it because three years ago when I was looking for my first SLR. The K10D was far and away the best camera in its class, and the kit lenses were decent optics for little money. The K10D is still doing very well, and I am happy with it. Also, these photos are all shot on budget lenses - mostly the Pentax DA 18-55mm and DA 50-200mm with some on a Sigma 70-300. As lots of photographers say, your composition and ideas matter more than gear. But, lenses do matter as well, and I am happy to be getting a Sigma EX soon (see SLR lenses forum).

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Hi and welcome to the forum!

I admire your images, just awesome!

Thanks a lot for the pointers to the interesting books. If you like you can post this (and more, if you like) at the Photographer's Library thread I once created.

I liked that you included James Nachtwey in your list. He is fantastic. I had to discuss some of his images for a photo course and it was dead easy because the excellence of his work is just in your face.

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Kia ora, and welcome to the fold. Nice pics.
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A very impressive introductory shots, welcome to the forum.


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A warm welcome to the forum. Some truly exceptional images there. You certainly have an eye for this work. All power to you. Roll 'em out!
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welcome to the forum from across the "dutch"

some truely amazing images there well done. wish some of mine came close to these!
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Love em all great take on Mother and child gorilla.I also admire Capa and use his quote as my signature

Looking for more

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Nice photos...I like the use of color with the black and white in the umbrella shots.

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