Wellington is Buzzing

On the weekend just gone we had eleven ships from the Royal New Zealand Navy moored in Wellington Harbour. That’s the entire NZ Navy, and at the some time Westpac Stadium had France playing Tonga in a World Cup Rugby match.

I decided to grab my camera and take a look around just to see what I might find. What I found was Wellington was absolutely buzzing. There were people everywhere and you could feel the energy, it was truly a carnival atmosphere, absolutely amazing.

As I walked along the waterfront taking it all in, listening to all the chatter about me, I thought to myself, if it weren’t for the familiar surroundings, I could just close my eyes and be mistaken for being in a foreign country, everyone was either specking French or Tongan.

At one point I came across a section of the waterfront where on the sidewalk they had cemented photographs into the asphalt. They were incredible rugby shots from the past spanning the entire length of the sidewalk. I took the featured shot which I’m pretty happy with of Vaia’inga Tuigamala in the 1993 game, New Zealand v Australia at Dunedin. As I was just leaving this spot I saw these two female sailors walking towards him, so I quickly repositioned myself and took the shot. What I particularly like about this shot, Vaia’inga’s facial expression has also created a facial reaction from the female sailor closest to him. I have Titled this shot, “OMG”.

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Breast Cancer Cansurvive Calendar Girls

Cansurvive Dragon Boat Calendar

In April of this year I was asked to do a calendar shoot for the Cansurvive Dragon Boat Team for their fundraiser. The brief was poses “Calendar Girls” style, using dragon boat props. All the members of this team are woman that have had breast cancer and they had two very plausible reasons for producing this calendar.

First and foremost they wanted to get the message out there to all woman that have been through the physical and mental scaring of breast cancer, or may someday have to face the numbing news that they have breast cancer — no matter what the treatment, they are still amazingly beautiful woman, and like them, you can live life to the full. The second reason was to raise the all important funds to keep them dragon boating.

Why is Dragon Boating so important to these ladies?

Sports medicine physician Dr Don Mckenzie had proven that exercise of the upper body in a continuous programme plays a key factor in recovery post surgery for breast cancer patients and reduces the chances of lymphoma (fluid retention and tissue swelling caused by the lymphatic system) and dragon boating offers the ideal sport to meet Dr Mckenzie’s programme.

I’m please to say on Monday I went into the printers to proof the first runoff from the press. Very exciting it was. The release of the calendar is set to co-inside with breast cancer awareness month. If you would like to show your support, you can purchase your copy on my website by going to the Cansurvive Calendar page or emailing Iona Elwoodsmith iona.elwoodsmith@gmail.com.


Back & Rearing To Go

It’s been a while since I last posted on the blog and I do apologize for that. I know in the last post I said I would try to keep you all informed on what was happening as we travelled, unfortunately things didn’t go as well as I hoped for. After arriving in London and having been there for three days, I got the news that my mother had suddenly taken ill and was in intensive care in Wellington Hospital. From that point on everything went into overdrive mode to get the first available flights back home, but before we managed to do so and within hours of getting the initial phone call, we got the second call to say she had past away. Read more

Heading To Europe

Travel Photography is one of my favourite things to do and over the next two months that’s exactly what I’ll be doing. I will be travelling and snapping parts of Europe which includes, England, mainly London, France, Italy and the Greek Islands.

This will be my second trip to that side of the world and I am really looking forward to taking in the amazing scenery over there once more, as well as meeting the equally amazing people.

For me, going to places that are so very different to what you’re accustomed to photographically is so inspiring that I don’t know if the camera will ever leave my hand.

I will have my laptop with me and I hope to be able to post from time to time, so stay tuned.

Photo Competition

Recently our local newspaper, the Kapi Mana News had written an article for the annual photographic competition that is run by the Guardians of Pauatahanui Inlet. It’s an open competition for all keen photographers. There were four categories: human impact, recreation, scenic impressions and nature. The images had to be taken of and within the Pauatahanui inlet, and taken anytime over the last twelve months.

After reading the article I thought why not have a go. The only thing was, even though I had photographed various parts of the inlet in the past, I didn’t have any shots that meet the conditions of the competition, that being within the last year. But being keen I decided to set a half day aside to see what I could find.

I always treat photo competitions as more of a challenge than a competition. I like to test myself and open my mind to the things that are happening around me. Trying to capture those moments as they develop before me. I was pretty happy with what I had shot that day, so I sent in my entries and waited to see if anything would come from them.

Well just the other day I received a call from one of the competition organizers to inform me that I was placed 2nd and third in the recreation section. I’m pretty chuffed with that. These are the placed entries:

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[box] Second Place: Buggy Buddies          Third Place: Afternoon Walk[/box]

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