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My Family Visits New Zealand

Being in New Zealand is pretty cool. There’s so much about it that I’d like to share with other people. I try the best I can to express my feelings over this blog, both through words and pictures. And yet, there’s some things that you just can’t get across through here. That’s why it was absolutely fantastic that my parents decided to come visit me. Not only did I get to see them and travel around with them, but they got to experience what will undoubtedly be one of the best experiences of my life.

Since it’s been so long since they visited (my own fault, I know), I don’t have quite the vivid memories of their visit that I would like. So, instead, I will allow my pictures to do the talking. Sure, I’ll supplement them along the way with comments, but I feel that I capture memories much better in my photography than I do in my writing.

Modern Kitchen

The kitchen at the Grand Mercure Hotel, Tory Street, Wellington, New Zealand. Everything in the hotel was very modern and interesting, from the swipe card access to electricity to the LED lighting under the kitchen cabinets.


I took this by zooming in from about 18mm to 40mm over the course of a 1/4 sec. exposure. While the results came out a little shaky, it's still a lot of fun and I hope to play with this sort of shot in the future.

Lindauer Restaurant

A little breakfast cafe in Woodville, New Zealand. It's a Mom and Pop shop, and provided a very tasty and hearty breakfast.

Looking Backwards

Traveling down Route 58 towards the place with the longest name in the world.

That Far Off Look

Cameron, looking over the sheep pastures on a roadside stop. (At this same location, we found a little ziplock bag full of the bones of some sort of small animal. A bit disturbing, but too long gone for anything to be remaining.)

Too Many Letters

The place with the longest name in the world. It is the name of one of the hills in the background (though I don't know which one), and literally means "The summit where Tamatea, the man with the big knees, the climber of mountains, the land-swallower who travelled about, played his nose flute to his loved one."

A Cut Above the Rest

A clock tower in Hastings, a small town just below the coastal town of Napier. We planned to go only to Napier for this weekend trip, but altered it to do the Tongariro Crossing as well.


This is probably the only time my dad has ever expressed emotion in a photo.

Hiking Tongariro

Cameron hiking the 19.3km Tongariro Crossing. This is towards the beginning of the hike.


On the side of the road in Masterton, a town where we stopped to eat breakfast on the way to Castlepoint.

Not HIking Boots

My brother overlooking the bay on the top of the hill at Castlepoint. The hill was probably ~100m high, falling off to cliffs along the coast. It took some pretty narrow (albeit easy) goat tracks to get to the top.


At the top of Castlepoint.


This is my first real try at an HDR photo. Used 3 shots at +/= 1.0EV and put them together in Photoshop. I think it turned out decently, but the whole idea of HDR seems a bit surrealistic to me.

A Real, True Smile

Posing in front of the rainbow that appeared towards the end of our time at Castlepoint.

There are more than 30 other photos! See the whole set over at Flickr.

  1. Genna
    July 13, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    These photos could win awards–seriously. You capture details and expressions that make everyone look like they belong on a magazine cover. As for the scenery, I am sure you would say your pictures do not do NZ justice, but could it possibly be more beautiful than in the photos you took? Where were you when I needed a wedding photographer? If Physics falls through, I think photography will last you a lifetime. Keep them coming!

  2. Selina
    July 15, 2010 at 3:35 am

    You’re parents are the cutest :) Can’t say I’m a big fan of HDR but it certainly brings out a lot of detail. For me, it makes the picture look depressing on a certain level :/ However, for your first attempt it is really awesome! (You’re kind of awesome too ;) ) Oh, and I always enjoy your photos of flowers.

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