New Zealand Landscape Photo of The Day | Serpentine Waves, West Coast

Black and White image of beautiful standing waves and rock formations, Heaphy Track. West Coast, New Zealand - stock photo, canvas, fine art print

Black and White image of beautiful standing waves and rock formations, Heaphy Track. West Coast, New Zealand.

Sometimes nature dishes up beauty in entirely unexpected and delicious ways – read more about how this image came to be over on the website…

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Our Images Have Made It BIG in Hollywood!

Sarah's image of Aoraki Mount Cook displayed as the spectacular backdrop to Tourism New Zealand's 'Book of New Zealand' pop-up book installation in Hollywood.

Sarah’s image of Aoraki Mount Cook displayed as the spectacular backdrop to Tourism New Zealand’s ‘Book of New Zealand’ pop-up book installation in Hollywood.

Find out how our Mount Cook and South Island of New Zealand photos ended up in the carpark of a Hollywood Hotel this week!

check it out here: http://bit.ly/1bhVDlV

Cheers – Todd

Landscape Photography eBook Cover | Moeraki Boulders at dawn

 

Long exposure image of Sunrise over the Moeraki Boulders, Otago New Zealand

Long exposure image of Sunrise over the Moeraki Boulders, Otago New Zealand

Crikey! It’s been a while…

I had actually forgotten that I have this blog, but I received some emails over the weekend that I have some new ‘followers’ (anyone who follows me is surely a misguided soul) so I thought I had better pony up some new content.  The plan was, by now, to have migrated our blogging to our new website.  The new website has now been in ‘development’ for so long that our developer fears that it is looking dated before it even launches!

Living Landscapes a guide to stunning landscape photography. eBook available for purchase 25 July

Living Landscapes a guide to stunning landscape photography. eBook available for purchase 25 July

This image is one of a series of images that I captured on a stunning morning at Moeraki.  It has been selected as the cover shot for our upcoming instructional ebook Living Landscapes which goes on  sale as of Thursday via Digital Photography School.  Living Landscapes reveals all of our artistic tips and tricks along with the essential technical considerations behind making great images.

I will keep you posted as to the purchasing details once they come to hand.

cheers – Todd

New Zealand Photo Of The Day | Milford Sound, Fiordland New Zealand

New Zealand Photos | Mitre Peak Reflection, Milford Sound

Morning Reflection – Mitre Peak, Milford Sound, Fiordland National Park, South Island, New Zealand. Photographer Sarah Sisson

We are super stoked that a series of our images have just been included on a recent Milford Sound travel article at Environmental Graffiti.

Please drop on by our website to check out more of our New Zealand landscape images  – we’d love to hear from you :-)

Nikon D800 vs Medium Format (Phase One IQ160)

My friend Gordon Laing has just posted a Nikon D800 versus Medium Format landscape photography shoot-off at cameralabs.com.  It is an interesting comparison between Nikon’s DSLR du jour and the mortgage extending medium format rig.

In the straight-up single frame comparison between the two cameras the extra horsepower of the Phase One appears to be evident, (not surprising given that it totes double the resolution).  However once two D800 images are stitched together the D800 is very comparable especially once sharpened.  I doubt you could notice the difference in side by side native sized prints frankly.

I do have some issues with the test (most of which Gordon acknowledges in the article):

1) Fuzz Filter Fitted:  the D800 has an anti-aliasing filter fitted – the Phase One does not – a D800e would narrow the gap somewhat.

2) Sub-Prime Portfolio: the D800 was tested using Nikkor  24-70mm f/2.8   & 70-200mm f/2.8 zooms vs a $6,000US Schneider prime.  As we saw in my Nikon D800e prime vs zoom comparison there is a massive difference in image quality between a top nikkor prime and the 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom especially away from the centre of frame.  Gordon acknowledges this in his report, but it is far from a level playing field.

3. Sub-Prime Mortgage Required:  I have alluded to this above – but these cameras do not inhabit the same fiscal universe.  It is very much akin to taking your $30,000 Honda to track day and wondering why it got it’s arse reamed by a $420,000 Ferrari.  The Nikon D800 lists on Amazon for about $3,000 while the Phase One IQ160 is so expensive, not even trawling Google will find you a reliable list price, but I am gathering that it will set you back about $40,000 USD.  Put it this way:  an anti-aliasing free Nikon D800E megapixel costs a paltry $90 from Amazon vs about $665(!!!) for  a million Phase-One pixels. That’s a lot of prints to sell.  In fact, I would rather have the new Honda and the D800e.

I for one will continue to practise my stitching skills in Photoshop :-)

You can read Gordon’s report here

The Road To St Bathans, Central Otago, South Island New Zealand

The road to St Bathans Central Otago New Zealand

Today’s New Zealand Photo: The road to St Bathans Central Otago New Zealand

Your New Zealand photo of the day – proudly brought to you by sisson New Zealand photography (that’s me and my wifey Sarah :-)

Cheers – Todd