Time I Updated Things

It has been a while since I did much with my web site. I think about uploading new photos every so often but somehow just don’t get around to it.

It has been almost a year since my last blog entry – shame on me! – although I have uploaded photos more recently.

I have started making some changes to the web site itself – added random thumbnails from the Gallery on the home page and I’m making some small changes to the wording and so on here and there, just to freshen things up.

Then – I promise – I’ll put more photos in the Gallery.

Pioneer Village – New photos

I went to the Pioneer Village the other week with a few other members of the Mid-North Camera Club. We fitted in a photo shoot before our regular evening meeting.

I have linked to the earlier photos that I have in a separate section of the web site pertaining to the Pioneer Village so you can see all the photographs in the one place.

Apart from the restored buildings and equipment there is quite a collection of old machinery in the “back lot” that has been saved from here and there and vanishing forever.

Day Trip to Muriwai Gannet Colony

On Sunday 20th Nov, 2005 the Whangarei Camera Club organised a visit to the gannet colony at Muriwai. Four of us from the Mid-North Camera Club went down as well and we met up at the Gannet Colony car park at midday.

It was beautiful weather, clear and sunny all afternoon and we stayed on until sunset before heading home.

I have put up a selection of photographs of the gannets and other activities that we saw during the day – you can see them in the Muriwai Gannet Colony album.

Fire in Kaikohe – New World Supermarket

Some excitement in town today and I nearly missed it all.

Our New World Supermarket caught fire this morning but I did not hear about it until later so by the time I got there only the aftermath remained to be photographed.

Fortunately this isn’t the only supermarket in town so we don’t have to go to the next town for groceries but it sure is going to make the other supermarket and grocery stores busy.

As you can see from the photos it is a complete mess and I expect will have to be completely cleared from the site. Whether a new supermarket will be built on that site remains to be seen as it was a bit small and didn’t allow for expansion.

UPDATE – Almost exactly to the day one year later a new supermarket twice the size opened on the same site. To make room for the expansion some vacant shops next to the original building, which were also fire damaged, were cleared to expand the site.

Photos here http://deniswilford.com/pg/thumbnails.php?album=8

Horeke and Mangungu Mission Photos

It’s been a while since I added some new photos. I have been taking them but not got around to organising them for on-site.

I’ve added a collection of photos taken along the Utakura Valley leading to Horeke, a few at Horeke, and a group of the Mangungu Mission House and grounds with a few of the upper Hokianga Harbour.

The Mission House was packed up and sent by barge down the West Coast to the Manukau Harbour and set up as the Methodist Manse in Onehunga. It was then purchased by my great aunts and moved on rollers down the road to a new location where is stayed until my great aunts had both died and left the house to the Historic Places Trust. The house was then moved, this time by road, back to its original site.

A couple of flowers – plus

In the Odds and Ends album I have added a couple of flowers, one of a hibiscus from my garden, and one of a lonely iris in a garden beside the footpath that was just crying out to be photographed before vanishing for the winter.

A few new photos in the Kaikohe Album taken while out walking around town.

Autumn is here, winter fast approaches.

I have my lens adaptor extension, a Hoya UV filter and a Kenko polarizer filter. Next on my list when I have a few more dollars is a close up set of lens – Nikon 5T and 6T. Then I’ll be able to able to photograph bee’s eyes.

My new Panasonic DMC-FZ20 camera.

The other week I took delivery of my nice new shiny Panasonic DMC-FZ20 camera, an upgrade from my Panasonic DMC-FZ1 model.

I’ve been getting used to the different feel of this larger, heavier model, and although it works the same as my FZ1 the feel is different.

Although for most of my photo work the 2Mpx FZ1 was sufficient since I throw pixels away when resizing for the web anyway, the 5Mpx of the FZ20 captures more detail and gives me the opportunity to crop out a part of the photo and still have a nice sized crop. Equates to extra zoom from the already impressive 12x zoom Leica lens.

I have to become used to using the extra features, which is mostly why I upgraded, of Aperture and Shutter priority as well as full manual settings which the FZ1 had none of.

I’ve found the overall clarity and colour of the photos – so far – is better than the FZ1, which is expected since it has extra glass in the lens and improved image processing electronics.

I’m waiting now for a UV filter to arrive so my scenery photos will cut through the typical Northland haze and give me clearer distance views.

A collection of photos I took on Sunday are in the gallery here – Hokianga and the Mid-North


On walking and sunsets

I know I should do more walking, but I don’t really want to do that, too much trouble, but I should — so the other evening I went for a late walk up Monument Hill which sits between me and the sunsets.

While I was waiting for the sun to go down I took a few photographs in the late evening light and then a sequence of the sun setting. I wasn’t at all sure there would be any colour in the sunset as quite often there isn’t, but I was lucky and the few clouds that were around lit up nicely for me.

You can see these photos in the gallery in the Kaikohe album.