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Welcome to my New Zealand photography site!

The above sunset was taken at Peka Peka, which is near Waikanae in the North Island of New Zealand.

This site includes the following sections:

The  new  section includes a selection of images that have recently been added to this site.

The  top 10  section includes a selection of several of the photographs that have been very popular with visitors to this site. There are now a lot more images here than the 10 images that were originally included in this section!

The  landscapes  section includes photographs of mountains, lakes, rivers, seascapes, sunsets, and sunrises.

The  floral  section includes photographs of gardens and flowers.

The  nature  section includes photographs of animals and birds.

The  other  section includes photographs of cities, buildings, tourist attractions, and other places of interest.

The  contact  section gives contact details, together with the disclaimer notice.

The  image index  lists in alphabetical order the names of all the images and articles on this site. By using the "Find" function in your browser, you can search this page to find out whether an image or article you are interested in is on this site. With some browsers, this "Find" feature may be accessed by holding down the "Control" key and pushing "F".

The  technical articles index  provides an index of all the technical articles and  blogs  on this site.

Amazing image quality of images captured using the Sony Zeiss FE 55mm F/1.8 lens on the full frame 42.4mp Sony A7RII: This page includes a selection of images that demonstrate the excellent image quality and amazing detail that can be captured using this lens. To give you an appreciation of how these images will appear when greatly enlarged, crops of just small areas of the images are included, or the full-sized image is published. A similar page that shows the excellent clarity of selected Sony A99 and A900 images can be seen  here.

When you click on a thumbnail image that is displayed on this site, you will obtain a page that has an enlargement of this image. If the description of a thumbnail image includes an asterisk (*)  this denotes there is a sub-menu of images on this topic on the enlargement page. For example, if you click on the thumbnail image for the  Battle Hill Farm Walk, you will obtain several more images that were taken while on this excellent walk.



Featured image

This month's featured image is of a view of Wellington City taken from Mt Kau Kau. It was captured with the Sony A7RII  42 megapixel full frame camera using the excellent Sony Zeiss 55mm F/1.8 lens.



Wellington City as seen from Mt Kau Kau. The following crop from this image shows the amazing amount of detail that has been captured:



Wellington City as seen from Mt Kau Kau: The above cropped image shows the amazing amount of detail that can be seen when the image is viewed in an imaging program at 100% magnification.

To obtain the best appreciation of the quality of the images on this site, they should be displayed at a relatively small size, because most images have been reduced in size to a maximum width of only 870 pixels. In addition, the images have been saved at a low quality setting.


Recent additions to the site

A selection of images recently added to the site can be seen  here.


Image quality and detail captured using the Sony FE 35mm F/2.8 lens

This image  was captured with the Sony A7RII camera using the Sony FE 35mm F/2.8 lens. It shows the Waikanae river mouth in winter together with snow on the mountains behind Waikanae. To give you an appreciation of the amazing detail that can be seen when greatly enlarged, crops of just small areas of the image are included.


Stunning aerial videos of New Zealand

This  page  includes links to a selection of aerial videos that have been taken in New Zealand by various photographers. In particular, drone photography is a fast-developing way of capturing great aerial movies of the stunning landscapes that are to be found in New Zealand.


Guest inspirational image

When I first saw the photograph of the lotus flower below, I was truly inspired by its beauty and the artistic way in which it was captured. I am very pleased that photographer Phoolanjaya has given me her permission to publish this inspirational image on my site.



Lotus flower captured by photographer Phoolanjaya


Technical articles and blogs

Click  here  to go to the index of technical  articles and  blogs  on this site. Several of the articles deal with the crop factor, focal length, photographic reach, cropping images, and the mathematical relationships between image size, pixel density, and pixel size.

The  latest technical article  to go on the site provides a summary of the approximate mathematical relationships between image size, pixel density, and pixel size of the APS-C Sony A6300 and the amazing 42.4 megapixel full frame Sony A7R II (ILCE-7R M2). This summary shows that, when compared with the Sony A7R II, the Sony A6300 has an approximate linear pixel density that is about 15.3% greater than that of the A7R II. The approximate “area” relationships for image size, pixel density, and pixel size, are also presented in this article.

The  latest blog  to go on the site compares the image quality of the Sony A99 camera with that of the Sony A7RII camera. For this test, the CZ 24-70mm F/2.8 lens was used on the Sony A99 and the Sony Zeiss FE 55mm F/1.8 lens was used on the Sony A7RII.



Cameras used to capture images on this site

My main camera is the incredible Sony A7R II, which is a professional 42.4 megapixel full frame "E-Mount" camera. At present, I have the outstanding Sony FE 55mm F/1.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens, the Sony FE 35mm F/2.8 ZA Carl Zeiss Sonnar T* lens, and the LA-EA4 adapter (which allows "A-Mount" lenses to be used on the A7R II). The Sony A7R II captures excellent detail and the images are suitable for making very big enlargements.

I also own the excellent Sony Alpha 99, which is a 24.3 megapixel full frame "A-Mount" camera. My main A-Mount lens is the great 24mm - 70mm Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T*. My A-Mount telephoto lens is the the Sony 70mm-300 mm G SSM lens.

I also enjoy using the amazing  20.2mp Sony RX100, which fits in a pocket and is very useful when it is not appropriate to carry a larger camera. The Sony RX100 is also a very good video camera as demonstrated 
here. This video provides a sparkling performance of Carl Bohm's "Perpetual Motion" directed by Suzuki Teacher Haruo Goto. This work was performed by nearly 40 violin students at the Suzuki Institute's Wellington Branch Summer Camp 2014, held at Rathkeale College Auditorium, Masterton, New Zealand. When you consider the small size of the microphone on the RX100, the sound quality captured by this camera is very good indeed. The RX100 also performs very well in low light and the F/1.8 lens is very useful for recording indoor events.




 

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