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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-04-2018, 01:42 AM  
Grounded
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 42
Views: 795
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Forum: Winners' Showcase 05-04-2018, 01:41 AM  
April, 2018 Third Place: Under The Falls
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 65
Views: 1,611
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-04-2018, 01:41 AM  
Boats: Still
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 31
Views: 758
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Forum: Winners' Showcase 05-04-2018, 01:41 AM  
April, 2018 Runner-up: American Integrity
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 43
Views: 1,533
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-04-2018, 01:40 AM  
Mooring oil tanker
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 10
Views: 198
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Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 05-04-2018, 01:39 AM  
Cruise ship in Norwegian fjord
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 10
Views: 297
Excellent shot!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 03-01-2017, 10:32 PM  
Landscape Arthurs Pass National Park
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 2
Views: 413
Hi guys,I've made the trip twice in the last few months to go hiking at Arthurs Pass. The views are pretty hard to beat, although my legs feel like they've been attacked by a baseball bat :lol:

Bealey Spur

^^ This is fairly gentle going, working up a ridge towards historic high country sheep farming operation, although no longer in operation one of the original mustering huts is still there for people to stay in.
The person in the photo is my father. The central most valley in the image leads through to Arthurs Pass, one of the key passes through the alps between east and west coast. The braided river gravels show the confluence of the Waimakariri River (leftmost) and the Bealey River (central), glacial and snow melt feed these - they flow out the right side of the image to drain into the sea near my city of Christchurch. :)



^^ Looking towards the source of the Waimakariri, the light catches the river braids quite strongly against the gravel flats.


I returned a few days ago to walk up Mount Bealey. This is a more challenging walk as it turned out :lol: the incline is pretty steep with the first 2km of trail gaining 600m altitude. From above the bushline it's a self-guided affair along the gravel and rock ridgelines to the peak @ ~1820m alt.


Little Mount Bealey

^^ Click image for 360 interactive Pano. A short amount below the actual peak of Mount Bealey. Arthurs Pass township is in the valley with the river on the right side of shot.


Arthurs Pass looking toward Otira & west coast
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^^ Shot @ 135mm reminiscent of the river contrast, this time a river of tarmac haha.

Mount Bealey Summit

^^ Click for 360 interactive Pano Apologies on the view crop, i didn't have a tripod so this was using the summit rock cairn as substitute. & attempting to get into shot for perspective haha :p
The river visible is the Waimak again however from the opposite side as compared with the Bealey Spur panoramic.

Cheers :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-16-2016, 02:48 AM  
Abstract Mount Cook National Park
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 2
Views: 500
On my return from the Highlands 101, we took a detour to Mt Cook National Park. Amazing landscape, and the weather held up just about right considering it was pouring rain down the other end of Lake Pukaki when we turned off the highway. I'll definitely be back!

Driving towards the village was amazing in itself




A quick trip to the Tasman Glacier, right next to the Mount Cook Village. This Glacier is retreating at 500 to 800m per year (face of glacier is in distance, left end of lake), the glacial lake is 7km long x 200m deep so quite a lot of melted ice in that! :eek: In the 1970s there was no lake apparently, so it's rather rapidly declining. :( The gravel sides show the thickness and size of the glacier in the past. The blue colour is naturally occurring as part of the suspended material in the water.






And one at Hooker Valley, on the way to the lookout for Mount Cook - we were running short on time so I wasn't able to go the full distance on this trip :( next time for sure - the view was beautiful either way!

Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-16-2016, 02:32 AM  
Nature A sampling of dog walk photos,
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 2
Views: 415
Thats a couple of cool customers you've got by the look of it Norm, I especially like no.2 - that DA* 200 is a pretty sweet lens it would seem!
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-16-2016, 02:28 AM  
Night Misty bridge
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 1
Views: 352
Nice stuff, I like your first shot composition and the last shoot has a cool eerie feeling about it in the mist! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-16-2016, 02:23 AM  
Abstract Roman Super Moon
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 3
Views: 418
Excellent shot, nice use of technique to get everything combined. :)

I was hoping to get out to shoot it here, but we've had nothing but clouds lately :(
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-16-2016, 02:16 AM  
Sports Highlands 101 & Australian GT
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 2
Views: 600
Thought you guys might appreciate some shots from the racing down at Cromwell from last weekend. Mostly used my 70-200 for the cars, tried the 50-500mm for some & 18-135 also.

I've got lots more to go through, an awesome weekend. :)



Nissan GT Academy GTR, stacked on Friday before the racing.


This was the least of it I think, didn't end up competing. :eek: :confused:


Mad Mike RX7 Smoke Machine






Australian GT's




SLS AMG GT3 - pretty sexy engine note on this! :cool:




One of two Aventador's being displayed






And the $$ Vulcan (1 of 24 worldwide) turned a wheel during lunch break .. Pretty sleek machine!








Cheers
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-30-2016, 10:56 PM  
Landscape Mt Richardson & Mt Thomas
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 1
Views: 530
Hey guys, over the last week or so i've had some time to go venture up into ranges near my city. Here are some photos I hope you enjoy - my legs took a bit of suffering getting them :lol:


Mount Richardson








Mount Thomas :D















Cheers guys, love the scenery out my back door long may it stay this way! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-04-2016, 05:24 AM  
Night Southern Cross and Eta Carinae
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 3
Views: 691
I always like me a nice wide field bit of astro, cool stuff :D
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-04-2016, 05:19 AM  
Macro Just a quick snack............
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 7
Views: 528
Great shot, but you can keep those things on your side of the ditch :P :lol:
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-03-2016, 12:17 AM  
Machinery Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 10
Views: 1,259
Thanks guys :D

Cheers Paul, thats quite interesting - the commentary likely pointed that out at the time but I was engrossed :P They do look rather different when you compare the two side by side!

The YAK-3 was also a modern recreation with Allison v12. The Martin Jetpack was also brought out, but tbqh it wasn't that intriguing - seemed like a gigantic quadcopter for humans (ducted fan not jet powered) and they ran it remotely without a person onboard. :( Not quite the thunderball-esque pack I was hoping for, but probably far more useful in reality (I believe they're targeting it towards some specialised search roles).
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-01-2016, 09:25 PM  
Machinery Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 10
Views: 1,259
Travelled down again for this amazing airshow, this time with couple of friends who hadn't been before. I'd purchased a 1st gen Bigma ~6months ago and never really had the time to put it to use, so this was a trial by fire. :lol:

Hope you enjoy :)

Harvards out doing their thing

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

UK based Messerschmitt Bf 109 which featured in the 1968 film "Battle of Britain" and the 2008 movie "Valkyrie"

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


C-130 Herc deploying flares

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

Jurgis Kairys giving his Sikhoy a pasting

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

A Hawaii based C17 Globemaster III dropped by a for a visit too :)

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

Of course no show is complete without the Supermarine Spitfire :D

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

Yak-3 gave a mighty good account of itself also

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

Dove Of Peace P-51

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

A rather angry P-40 Warhawk

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

RAAF with some Hawk 127 jet trainers

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

A portly Avenger

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

Even the odd Whirlybird

Warbirds Over Wanaka 2016
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Cheers guys :)

Oh and a clear night while away allowed me a nice single shot without the light pollution of a city, unfortunately it was cloudy a good deal of the time and the moon was full after about 10pm. 20Sec @ 200mm F3.2 with the o-gps1.

Eta Carinae Nebula

Astro
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr
Forum: Post Your Photos! 04-01-2016, 08:29 PM  
Nature Nature photography
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 20
Views: 1,651
Great stuff, I hope you find a way of making some coin off those impressive shots! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2015, 05:08 PM  
Macro Summer Shower Scene............
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 18
Views: 905
Nice one Eagle, makes me want to get a decent macro lens :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 11-02-2015, 06:08 AM  
Landscape Trip to Sydney and Whitsundays
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 1
Views: 522
A friend of mine was getting married on the Whitsunday coast in Australia. Took a few photos along the way, hope you enjoy :)

The day before flying home I went on a snorkel trip out to some reefs and to check out the famous Whitehaven beach. I was super stoked to have packed the 18-135mm WR considering tropical torrential downpour during the boat ride and again shortly after landing on the beach, however things cleared up pretty rapidly and left us with some awesome scenery and weather to match. :)


Whitehaven Beach
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Goin Swimmin'
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Whitehaven Beach
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Whitehaven Beach
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


Beach Bum
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

My friend Matthias is always up for a pose :lol:

Whitehaven Beach
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

And finally, i nearly stumbled over this Goanna on his way to sunning himself - don't get reptiles on this scale in NZ!

Whitehaven Goanna
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

I'd highly recommend going to Whitsundays, spectacular. The snorkelling was amazing also, schools of reef fish all over the show and the odd sea turtle if you're lucky too!

I also took the opportunity for a stopover visit to my brothers family in Sydney on the way.

Sydney Heads

The Gap
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

Down at the marina of Watsons Bay

Sydney Trip
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

Harbour Bridge, Opera House and CBD

Sydney Trip
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

Niece doing what youngsters do best, making a mess! :lol:

Om Nom Nom
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

My brother and older Niece

Sydney Trip
by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

Cheers :)
Forum: Travel, Events, and Groups 09-04-2015, 02:11 AM  
Kiwi Pentaxians
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 15,798
Views: 971,105
Purchased a bigma off TM the other day, still doing some focus testing but so far seems pretty cool - won't need the dumbells anymore thats for sure :lol:

As a result i've chucked my 135-400mm on TM if anyones interested, I got it from the marketplace here a few years back and it's proven to be a pretty good one.
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-30-2015, 08:52 PM  
Nature The watcher
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 7
Views: 628
Awesome stuff, you've nailed it with that manual focus alright! :)
Forum: Post Your Photos! 08-30-2015, 07:31 PM  
Night Airport Nightscapes
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 2
Views: 807
Passed our city airport on my way home on a particularly misty night, and decided it was worthy of grabbing my gear and going back out. Standing my SUV roof + tripod to clear the security fence in some of these :lol: Was good fun, but really bitterly cold.


Airport Nightscape by Dafydd Williams

This was shot shortly before the security guys did a driveby on me, a C17 Globemaster as part of the US Antarctic Program. :lol:

Airport Nightscape by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr


A new business park is being created, and before it fills up you can get some pretty cool negative space images.

Airport Nightscape by Dafydd Williams, on Flickr

Cheers :)
Forum: Sold Items 08-30-2015, 04:10 AM  
For Sale - Sold: Pentax A* 600mm f5.6 ED(IF)
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 14
Views: 2,623
Best of luck - i'm sure someone will snap it up quickly! I know I'd love to if I wasn't on the other side of the world and had a beast of a tripod in my possession :D
Forum: Monthly Photo Contests 06-03-2015, 06:16 AM  
Serenity
Posted By FruitLooPs
Replies: 38
Views: 2,110
Nominated, cracking stuff :D
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