Horsing Around

Amazed and honoured to have my photo “Horsing around” selected as the Jury Prize Winner in the 2017 Otago Wildlife Photography Competition.

I took this image when I was photographing in Central Otago with my friend.  We were driving along and saw some amazing light in a field with two beautiful horses in the distance.  Of course when we stopped and walked up to the fence they didn’t stay off in the distance where we thought they’d make a great image, they came right up to us to see what we were doing.

With them being so close to the fence I tried to get down low and shoot up so that the fence wasn’t included.  The sky was rather dramatic which helped a lot.  After a while I was happy with the shots that I’d taken so I went to step away.  I turned around to step down the little bank that we were standing on, and at that moment one of the horses decided he hadn’t finished having his photo taken and bit me on my arm!  I’ve never had such a sore arm before!  It started like a red mark but after a day or so was a massive purple and black bruise 😦

I decided then that I wouldn’t ever go near a horse again!  However, after the bruise has gone and now with this lovely award, my feelings have softened towards the horses 😉

Exhibition is on at the Otago Museum until 23rd July.

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eBooks

London Streets eBookLife has been somewhat busy lately and while I’ve been taking lots of photos, this blog has been a bit neglected. Anyway, I thought now was a good time to get a post up about my latest thing… making eBooks for sale on Blurb.

I’ve made a couple of print books and have been very pleased with the way they have turned out. However, I find myself reading more and more books and magazines on my iPad these days, so thought why not try making an eBook.  I have made two so far: “London Streets” http://bit.ly/1tgykVT, and “Dunedin: the land, architecture, and people” http://bit.ly/1xD1Rd7.

They are really fun to make – I love putting all the photos together and working out which ones fit together best, and it’s great to see the final result.  It’s just a shame that they are only available for the iPhone/iPad at the moment through the Blurb store.

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: http://www.blurb.com/books/5414984-dunedin

Dunedin
Dunedin
The land, architec…
By Melanie Middlemiss
Photo book

Autumn Print Exhibition

Last week was the first of our club’s seasonal exhibitions of the year – the Autumn Print Exhibition. Members are able to enter up to 6 prints in the Open section, and 6 in the Natural History section and the prints are selected to appear in the exhibition on the final meeting in April.  I entered 6 prints in the Open section and was lucky enough to come away with 4 acceptances, 1 honours, and the Champion print award.  A lucky night!

First light beach dashThe Carriers Waipapa Point LighthouseA shared glance

In a rush
Honours
Evening Rush
Champion

Sunrise on St Clair

One of the best things about belonging to the Dunedin Photographic Society is going out with others on photo walks and field trips.  On Sunday a group of us met up at the shark bell down at St Clair beach to watch the sunrise.  From my place it looked like it was going to be quite foggy, but that seemed to roll out to sea quickly and we were treated with some beautiful colours in the sky.  Well worth getting up for, and made all the better by a hot chocolate at the Esplanade to finish the morning 😉

Dash for the beach

St Clair, Dunedin

Taking a moment

St Clair, Dunedin, NZ

The Hydro

Trip to Southland

UPDATE: Sorry if the photos don’t display below but something is a bit awry with the Flickr-Wordpress connection. You can see them all over on Flickr though, and I’ll try to figure out what I’ve done wrong.  

Had a nice couple of days with friends travelling and photographing around Southland. The objective of the trip was to photograph the shipwrecks around Bluff but, as quite often happens, my favourite photos came from the other places we stopped along the way. Here are few from the streets of Riverton.

You're local

Walk In Beer

Riverton

Church and State

Welcome to 2014!

What a great way to start the new year – I’m just back from a few days away camping and photographing with a few friends.  The weather has been a bit rough and unpredictable so we had to change our planned destination, but we made the right choice and had pretty good weather for both camping (a bit of rain one night and a bit too windy, but not cold) and photography (lots of changing dramatic skies).

We camped at the DOC camping ground at the Homestead campsite in the Oteake Conservation Park – near the Manuherikia river with great views of the Hawkdun Range.  A basic campsite, but with toilets and water on tap so not too bad.

Campsite

We travelled around the area looking for things to photograph. There’s certainly no shortage of subjects – lots of old huts, huge mountain ranges, and vast dramatic skies.  I tried out the interval shooting feature of my camera to capture a couple of time-lapses of the clouds moving over the Hawkduns in front of our campsite.  It’s amazing how much they were moving when you see the time-lapse – when we were watching them it seemed like they were hardly moving at all.  I’ve combined the time-lapses with a couple of other photos from the trip. I’m sure there will be more to come once I’ve gone through them all.

The sun goes down

I went for a short drive as the sun was going down tonight and spotted the wonderful light on this tree on the side of the road.  The road doesn’t have too many spots to stop, and the vistas from those spots are very well photographed; this cabbage tree in particular has featured in many photos I’m sure. Anyway, now I have a photo of it in my collection too.

Dunedin Harbour From Above

Five on 5 – May

Today it was pouring!  My photography club had one of our monthly photowalks planned, and I have to admit that I headed off in the rain hoping that no one else would turn up.  However there were three other (fool?)hardy souls there and so we headed off for a walk along the harbour.  At first it wasn’t that bad, but then the rain really set in.  We didn’t make it very far along the walkway – just as far as the statue of the dog keeping an eye out over the harbour.  We took a few photos and decided to shelter among the trees and wait to capture a few shots of the big ship to be towed out to sea.  With that the rain really started to get heavy, so it was a brisk walk back to the stadium cafe for the usual drink and chat to end the photowalk.

Despite getting saturated, it was a fun morning and I have this month’s Five on 5 to prove it.