Author Archives: Wilson

Hills by the beach

Wharekaho is a small village in the north-east coast of New Zealand’s North Island, just north of Whitianga. This shot was taken looking inland from the beach where the Akeake stream ends.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/5, 50mm [75mm eq], 1/125s)

This photo is from May of 2017.

Butterfly

I’m not sure it’s very noticeable, but the background of this photo is a house with a round door. This is at the Hobbiton movie set, the place where the Shire scenes from the Lord of the Rings and Hobbit trilogies were filmed.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/4.5, 50mm [75mm eq], 1/100s)

This photo is from May of 2017.

Black sand

Vík is a small village on the south coast of Iceland, famous for its black sand beach and for being the southernmost village in the country. The sand is black because it is formed from the volcanic rock that makes up most of the island.

(Sony A65, ISO 200, f/4, 18mm [27mm eq], 1/160s)

This photo was taken in October of 2013, on a very windy afternoon (as one can see from the spray over the waves).

Storm

Sometimes you don’t have to go very far looking for a shot. I took this photo from home, through our kitchen window, while a summer storm approached Sydney from the west.

(Sony A65, ISO 200, f/4, 17mm [24mm eq], 1/60s)

This particular storm happened in October of 2014.

Beetle

The rain brought this small beetle out to feast on the rose petals. I’m not an expert, but this looks very much like a cucumber beetle (Diabrotica balteata) even though this photo was taken much further south than its supposed range as described on Wikipedia.

(Sony A65, ISO 1600, f/7.1, 60mm [90mm eq], 1/2000s)

This photo was taken in southern Brazil (around 28.5°S) in January of 2018.

Fairy Glen

The Isle of Skye, in the Highlands region of Scotland, is full of amazing landscapes that look like they’re out of a fantasy book. Fairy Glen, in the north of the island, is one of the most popular ones. Visiting in autumn or winter improves your chances of not having many people around, but you’ll need to be lucky with the weather.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/8, 28mm [42mm eq], HDR composite 1/100s+1/160s+1/250s)

This photo is from November of 2017.

Balance

Pride Parade in San Francisco brings out lots of colour and beautiful performances.

(Sony A7iii, ISO 100, f/4, 178mm (cropped), 1/400s)

This photo was taken in June of 2018.

Winter in Central Park

Winter makes Central Park into a particularly beautiful place. The snow that falls on the streets of New York soon turns into a slushy mud, but the park remains a pristine white for as long as the snow lasts. But it does make it trickier to walk through the less visited areas, away from the main paths: they become icy and slippery.

(Sony A65, ISO 100, f/7.1, 30mm [45mm equiv.], 1/200s)

This photo was taken in February of 2015.

The Night Sky

The night in Flinders Island is full of stars. There are not many lights around, and when the weather was clear – which was not that frequent – the sky was just wonderful to look at.

Also, the insects are very good at convincing you not to have any lights on.

(Sony A65, ISO 1600, f/2.8, 17mm [25mm equiv.], 15s)

I took this photo in May of 2016, on my last night on the island.

The Hunter

This is one of my favourite photos of our cat. It came out seriously over-exposed, and I could have fixed some of that in post-production, but I like the way the bright background reinforces the focus of the cat on the toy he is “hunting”.

(Sony A65, ISO 400, f/2, 35mm [52mm equiv.], 1/500s)

This photo is from July of 2016, when the cat was 11 years old. That pink mouse is still his favourite.