Book Published – Dunedin: the land, architecture, and people

I have just finished creating a book for the final paper of my Photography Diploma.  I chose my home town of Dunedin, NZ as the subject and have focused on the Land, the architecture and the people of the city.

This was a fantastic challenge and I have learnt a lot from the process. We could chose to do a book, exhibition, or website and had about 6 weeks to take and process at least 50 photographs.  Originally I had thought I would do an exhibition, but when it came down to it a book seemed like a nice keepsake from the Diploma.

I have used Blurb for publishing and I’m still waiting for the final hard copies to arrive, but it was really easy to use and integrated seamlessly with Lightroom – I had a collection that I used for all the photos to be in the book and then just created the book from that collection.  There are lots of different page layouts you can use, but I tried not to get too carried away and used only about 3 or 4 different ones in the end.  The hardest part was working out the layout of the images in the book.  I would have an image I liked, but then when I sat it next to another image the clouds wouldn’t match, or the horizons were at different levels and they looked funny.  There were a lot of trips back to some locations trying to reshoot photos to get what I wanted.

In the end, I’m happy with what I have created, and if you would like to check it out you can do so here:

The land, architec…
By Melanie Middlemiss
Photo book

Building at Waipahi

Building at Waipahi by mjm_nz
Building at Waipahi, a photo by mjm_nz on Flickr.

The light was enticing as I passed these old buildings on the way home from Gore the other day.

I had picked out another potential photo spot on my way down, but the light wasn’t right. Thought I’d stop on the way home, but of course I couldn’t remember where it was! Will have to take better note next time I’m down that way.

Building at Waipahi

Building at Waipahi

Building at Waipahi

Mount Cook and Tekapo

This last weekend we spent a lovely weekend in the Aoraki Mount Cook National Park.  I was lucky enough to win a voucher for a nights accommodation at Glentanner Park last year with this photo of an iceberg in the Tasman Glacier lake.  Glentanner is a great place to stay – a handy short drive to Mount Cook National Park.

The weather was spectacular, although the top of Aoraki was cloaked in cloud for most of our stay.  We made the most of the great weather and went on a couple of walks and for a trip with Tasman Glacier Tours.  This was heaps of fun, although I was disappointed not to see a large iceberg up close like the one I’d taken a photo of last time (with a long lens standing on the side of the lake).

Of course, no trip to that part of the country is complete in my books without a stop in Tekapo.  It’s such a lovely restful place to stay, and a great place to practice your night photography (Tekapo is an international dark sky reserve).

All in all, a fantastic weekend away 🙂