An insight into covering the 2013 Tour of Southland - regards, Robyn Edie, chief photographer.
Those who know me know that I'm a bit of a theatre junkie, I love it.
So when the opportunity came up for me to photograph the latest show in town I was pretty excited about it.
Taking photos in a theatre can be a real challenge, the lighting is often low.
I am completely at the mercy of the lighting operator. Being a musical show there is a lot of action onstage, having cast members dancing means fast movement, which means that as a photographer, I need a lot of light to work with.
If they haven't spent a lot of time designing the lighting then my photos can turn out pretty average.
If you like photographing sport action, then the 4WD rally held by the Southland Landrover Club at Waikawa on the south coast is a good place to go, but take your gumboots.
These 4WD vehicles are not your family 4WD but rigs built and modified during years of trial and error with long travel suspension, big tyres and a large motors to push it all through the deep mud and steeps hill climb sections.
Enjoy the action pics.
Cheers John H.
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On a normal Thursday morning I got the call to say Times' editor has asked me to get the Milford Sound road to photograph and video some of the more than 20 different avalanches that had blocked the road.
We had the day before run a supplied aerial shot of the area but the decision was made to get into the site ourselves and getting on the ground would make for more impressive photographs.
Together with a reporter, we drove up to Knobs Flat where we were met by Milford Helicopters pilot Snow, who flew us into the Homer Tunnel.
This was where workers had nearly broken through the large avalanche at the site.
It was snowing heavily at the tunnel and visibilty was interesting at times.
Without a doubt my favourite part of spring is the blooming of Blossom trees, I just love them.
We have a gorgeous pink one at home (don't ask me what kind of tree it is, cherry blossom I presume, I just look at the flowers!) and I'm constantly checking the buds for signs of life.
A close second favourite is the abundance of ridiculously cute lambs around, can you tell I'm not a farmer? Third place goes to pink magnolia trees, so pretty!
Since it's September now, we're looking for your spring photos.
What's your favourite part of the season?
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