Matthew & Brooke
Hair and Make up
An absolute cracker spring day in the beautiful Queenstown was the scene for this couple based in Sydney, Australia's big day! Right from the get go Brooke and Matthews relaxed nature made this a rad day at the office. The Wine house situated a few hundred meters from Aj Hackett bungy is an amazing venue with friendly and helpful staff. Sam was the go to and she had things running like a well oiled machine!
Massive on ya to Matthew and Brooke stoked you had an epic day with you're friends and family from near and far !
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Kieran and Shannon
St Patricks Basilica
The Edgar center Dunedin
Epic start to the wedding season , shooting some awesome people at an awesome venue!
The inside of the St Patrick's Basilica is truly a work of art , and a work of art that has been around since 1894 .
Had a rad time shooting this wedding from start to finish , caught up with some old friends and made some new ones . Wish you guys all the best for you're new life together and thanks so much for allowing me to tell the days story.
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Finally got a couple of good sized south swells roll in this month but you had to have your s#%! together to make use of them!
Variable winds meant you had to be Johnny on the spot when it went offshore, which involved a lot of waiting and watching!
But those who waited were truly rewarded with some sizable hollow waves.
Another active month for the local wildlife in the south which sent us packing to the beach about 1 in 2 sessions . A visit from a lost and angry Leopard seal put the boys on edge for a couple of days but he found his way back to the water and hopefully far far away from the southern coast.
Daylight savings is here and am looking forward to heaps more water time and of course the wedding season! Going to be a hectic one for sure but im looking forward to thrashing the new Sony's and seeing what they can do!
Will spot yas out there!
Beach Fire Beers
The statue man and his hound
Stars Fire Beers
Hazey nights to the south
Have a go ? .....yea na
Back lite breeder
Found a nugget
Was good to see this thing swim away!
Shit tons of ne swell the last few weeks and just down front produced some of the better waves of the winter , a usually shapeless and sleepy beachie transformed into overhead peaky skate park!
How good is it to surf at home , from the countless hours as a kid getting beating after beating on a second hand body board to you're the first green water ride on a glass board you're mate found under his granddads house, its just fuckin gold eh!
Invested in a higher quality Drone this month so i can make big aerial prints!
I promptly crashed it on its second outing so its having a trip to china to get put back together. Fuck
Managed to snag a couple of images that i am stoked on so looking forward to its return .
So here is the pick of them for the month , and roll on daylight savings yewww!
Really stoked on this image , i had tried and failed to take this countless times!
Feels so good when a plan comes together!
Some wee drainers on sunset
Kaka Point at 300ft pre drone mishap
Still digging the wave blurs
Mclean falls in full swing
The storm before the storm
Shapes on dusk
Up and over
Just me and the gulls
Holy fucking on time! I wouldn't get use to it , a severe lack of light and surf is the only reason i am on to it with this months blog.
Where is the swell at? Been a fairly average winter in that regard . especially if you only have the weekends for the stars to align.
A hand full of good days was enough to wet the whistle so to speak but putting on 5mm of rubber and surfing 1 foot waves just dose not feel right!
So there's one more month for winter to come to the party ,and it better bring a big bottle of Whiskey to inebriate our souls !
On a massive wave motion blur tier at the moment so this weeks blog is exploding with them , a few Astro images , landscape and usual surf shots to keep you stoked !
Trails at Waipapa
Funnel's on dark
Rare this month
June started with 8 odd hour drive to Kaikoura for the Spray marks cold water classic. Greeted by 3-4 foot clean lines it got of to a dream start ! Waves stayed pretty good through out and show cased some solid Nz surfing talent.
A few fun swells around mid month but the weather has been pretty settled for winter , not really on brand at all!
Hanging out for a big winter swell and by the looks of the forecast it will not be a long wait.
Ended the month with a mission to Mt Cook. Amazing spot for hammering a few landscape images out ,and just generally being in awe of the place.
From the drive in, to the base of Mt Cook Glacier you're eyes just bounce around endlessly not able to rest on any one thing in particular.. Defiantly chuck it on the to do list !
Cheers mates , later.
Eventual Open winner Billy Stairdman.
Cold water Classic
Billy free surf
Loving the nights at the moment.
Mt Cook reflections
Winter is well and truly here limiting day light hours but maximizing permissible pit time with non stop swell and off shores..
May seen the largest open ocean wave ever recorded in the southern hemisphere weighing in at a gargantuan 23.8 meters! Just take a second to digest that....23.8 meters ..Hectic So things have started off epicly for the big wave chasers in Nz
Long may this sweet run of swell continue and ill catch yas out theer
Looks a lot warmer than it is!
Hoods are in
Looking straight in to the beast
An as yet un diagnosed knee injury has sidelined me for the majority of a rather swell rich month. Watching you're mates dance across polished clean faces and pulling in to generous pits should get you stoked , but the green headed monster reared its ugly head again and again.
Fuck I was jealous . I would have sold my first born to be out there shooting or surfing.
But i wasn't a chance for the last good swell so i settled for just land shooting waves and learning the panning technique. It was hard , fuck it was impossible!
But after a few sessions over the week i started to nail a couple , i would hate to no the success % but it was for sure in the single digits, which made making one just a bit more rewarding.
Maybe shooting from land isn't always as mundane as i had come to think.
Shot up to Queenstown to join the 39087 other photo hunters up there and managed to find a quiet corner all to myself all be it not til about 1 am , but ill take it.
So here is my April in images.
So stoked on nailing this one!
Moke Lake queenstown
You can not help but look back
Somewhere near Queenstown
Better than Countdowns car park eh
One of those mornings!
To be completely honest i spent far more time surfing this month than anything , the waves just kept coming and i couldn't help but get out there! The eternal dilemma , to shoot or to surf and i unashamedly choose the later again and again.
A healthy drenching of south and north swell in equal measure meant no shortage of caves to chase up and down the coast in the unseasonably warm water .
Thou with the death of daylight savings (RIP) and the purple monster looming from the bowels of the deep south i fear that warm water will soon be a distant memory. My 3x2 will be hung up to gather dust for another 8 months and i shall be forced to find my 5 mm booties i ditched in October. But its not all bad eh !
Consistent swells and offshore winds will certainly soften the blow of donning so much rubber you could supply Durex for 20 years.
So get a hood, harden the f&$# up and i will catch you out there!
Post surf trek
100 meters above
The good shapes
How good was it to see the swell gods give us a good pelting this month!
Was epic to get so much water time and still some pretty decent weather (at times , going from 30 degrees to 13 was a shocker).
Rediscovered how much i love shooting from the water and the unique images it yields . I just love how stoked guys are on seeing there photos from a good session and i am grateful for the opportunity to shoot it as without them there would be no images .
So a big fuckin "on ya" to the boys who get up at ridiculous o'clock and pull in to those early morning caves we are all chasing!
Farm Jam was off its face again this year and the magicians down there managed to have it ready to roll despite some gnarly weather in the few days before. All the action is below!
So here is my month in images!
Dale doing what Dale does
Short clip sunrise
Rabs Chapelle styling
Farm Jam Madness
Good weather better waves
The one that got away
A few good days on this section of the coast