Martinborough Village kindly extended an invitation to spend a sunny spring afternoon shooting Martinborough Vineyard. It was a glorious day, being at one of the founding vineyards of Martinborough made it even more picturesque.
We had the chance to taste a few wines. Their Pinot Noir’s have a fantastic character and the Chardonnay was gorgeously buttery and smooth.
The Wairarapa Camera Club organised an outing in Carterton to shoot it at night. I had a blast experimenting with what I could make out of the darkness.
This year’s Rotary Martinborough Fair was fantastic. The variety of stalls just gets better every time. A big thanks to the people at Martinborough Village for getting me onto the balcony of the Martinborough Hotel so I could get a birds eye view.
Ben Cherry wrote an article on In My Bag describing why he loves the Fujifilm X series cameras and lenses. The points made in this article hit the nail on the head. The biggest thing that attracts me to the Fujifilm X series (which Ben did not mention) is the lack of interference. By interference I mean that it is easy for the camera to become and extension of yourself and it doesn’t get in the way of shooting. To put it another way, they just get out of the way and let you shoot. The guys over at Inspired Eye did a fantastic podcast on interference, it’s definitely worth tracking down if you are considering a camera purchase.
The 2014 Tora Coastal Challenge was really hard. The mud was relentless which just made people push harder and past their limits. It was amazing to see how people dealt with such a difficult situation. It just goes to show that pushing one’s way through something with persistence can work (no matter how hard you think it is).