Travel Portraits

6 January 2024

The theme of this months posting is street photography. Most times I prefer to do candid rather than someone posing. However there is a time and place for everything. Over the months I will add to this blog images from the past which I haven’t published before or are buried in the archives. This is a bit like the greatest hits album.


Back in 2010 I was taking my daughter down to Dunedin for university study. I forgotten where the cafe was but we came across this couple from Auckland who were taking a road trip in this Classic car.


This photo and the one below were taken in Vietnam. We took an overnight train to Sapa from Hanoi and did a days trek. The group of girls was taken outside a photographic studio and I think they were waiting for some prints. The before and after shows the value of cropping an image with digital enhancements using Adobe lightroom.


The last three images were taken at various times when I managed to get backstage during a Chinese opera performance. The opera is held annually (with the exception of Covid) in my wife’s village, New Territories, Hong Kong.




Street Photography

06 January 2024

I have been recently been spending more time trying to improve my street photography. Check out my previous video on a couple of books that have helped me a lot . That video was partly shot in the book store below.

Here are some examples of recent attempts at the craft of Street Photography starting with my favourites and descending to the ones that couldn’t quite make it (gallery two). I included lots of images for Holiday viewing knowing you are getting bored with the summaries of what happened in 2023 or whats going to happen in 2024.

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Gallery One

Gallery Two

Hong Kong Food

Hong Kong has such a variety of food and one block in Mongkok can exhibit many iterations of past, present and future?

The picture above looks like a coffee place but it is selling tea of many different brews and varieties. I’m not knowledgeable enough to appreciate it, but the locals love it.

The picture below deserves explanation. If a picture needs explanation then it has already failed from a street photography point of view. But I took this picture for fun as the building houses food or animals representing different species. We all know McDonalds, there’s fish, goose, beetle and unbeknownst to me, until translated by my wife, are a whole variety of different cats written in different coloured neon (the top left). This is a pet shop not a restaurant. Couldn’t see any reptiles though…..Maybe next year there might be a restaurant serving snake.




12 September 2023

Glenorchy, that mythical place at the end of the line as far as my journey was planned. Its how I like it, quiet, and being at peace with the grandeur of Mt Aspiring national park. As far as images for landscape photographers it all here folks. Fortunately most overseas tourists don’t spend much time here as the magnetic hubris of Queenstown keeps them there circling like moths around the brightest town in the Southern lakes. This is the total opposite to Tekapo which is part of the dark sky reserve. Glenorchy is also very dark at night with the milky way beckoning us to imagine infinity and beyond. Space the final frontier. Well that’s what I said to the hobbit standing beside me.