TGA Photography

Image Magic

Fascinating Fungi


I am finding fungi quite intriguing. To photograph them can get quite awkward at times though. Although not with this image, I find myself often lying on my stomach to get the ground level angle I like. This has created a few funny situations, like my turning up home with clothes wet down my front, or having some insects like ants and centipedes using me as a public walkway, and once I had a Weka (native NZ bird) peck at the soles of my shoes. Maybe I should invest in an angle view finder…

It’s Summer…

There’s lots of colour in the garden. Yesterday morning it was bright overcast and calm, and ideal for some flower closeups. I was attracted to the Hebe bush next to the compost bin. The flowers are tiny but very pretty in shades from almost white through lavender and darker to a purple blue.
I’m quite pleased with the result and now I’m motivated to look at some other flower. Hmmm, my lilies are looking good… 🙂

Small is Beautiful


Last night Tom and I attended the opening of an Art Exhibition in a popular Gallery in Akaroa. I had the wonderful privilege of being asked to exhibit in their “Small is Beautiful” Christmas exhibition which will run until the 22nd. We loved looking at all the wonderful art of the other exhibitors, and getting to know some of them.

My own pieces were well received and I was delighted to hear the comments. The most popular were the birds and the one shown here was one of the first to sell.

This little bird is a female Tomtit, a New Zealand native bird, very tiny and very energetic. Difficult to photograph as it never sits still for long. She led me a merry dance before I was able to finally get this image of her.

Small is definitely beautiful, but I’m not ruling out the bigger birds either. I’ve been trying to get close to some pukekos and their chicks, without a lot of success to date. But I will keep trying.

Moonlight on the Harbour


The lunar eclipse was interesting, but not nearly as nice as the scene overlooking the harbour. The moon was reflecting off the water and there were interesting patterns as the tide went out. The lights of Diamond Harbour glittered beautifully, and although we froze because the temperature and wind chill were extremely cold, it was still a magic night…



I don’t know exactly what this construction was used for, but it’s been abandoned and left to decay for some time. The shutes underneath are rusty and open which suggests nothing left inside. The wooden door and bits are rotting, and there are holes in the roof and lots of rusty bolts sticking out of the concrete.

So often when something is no longer wanted it’s just left. We see it everywhere. More often than not it looks ugly, but occasionally its setting is beautiful. Stormy weather near sunset can make anything look good!

If you find this image has an apocalyptic feel to it, it is intentional. I wish to make more like this.

It must be Spring

So many lovely flowers are blooming now we are spoilt for choice to photograph. These Iceland Poppies in a bed in the park were just too tempting to ignore. The bees thought so too…

Love the light!


Back in February on a calm and beautiful morning I walked along the shore of Onawe Peninsula in Akaroa Harbour. I was intrigued by the rocks. Their swirls and strange outcropping had me inspecting them keenly. I realised that this was the result of volcanic action a long time ago.

I had taken some photos while they were still in the shade, but as the sun appeared above the hills the light suddenly highlighted them and streamed through the little gap between the cliff and the rocky outcrop. It was then I got serious with the camera. The light was magic.

I’ve recently gone through the archives to cull photos that I know will never be seen by anyone but me. We all have them. Failures. The ones that make you wonder what on earth you were thinking! The bloopers that you forgot to delete at the end of the day. Not all of course deserve to be binned so ruthlessly. There are images that although flawed, are important for one reason or another. Maybe they are ‘sketch’ images that show how you worked the scene to ultimately come up with the ‘keepers’. They too will most likely never be seen by anyone but me. Only my favourites, the ones I love the best, will ever go on display for other eyes to see.

I had forgotten about this little gem. Probably because February was a busy month… But when I came across it in the archives, it grabbed me anew and I remembered the moment…

Out with the old…


Happy New Year everyone!

Another year to place on the dusty shelf of our memories. We gradually forget most things that happen in years past. Forgotten, covered in dust and cobwebs, until someone triggers a memory. Then we quickly dust it off and bring it to the fore, but it so often isn’t what it used to be. Our memory gets a little rusty.

While we tuck away 2013, we view the new year with enthusiasm and optimism. At least that’s the intent!

What are your plans for 2014? Mine starts off with a family event. There’s nothing like a wedding to spark off the happy feelings and some of those memories will stay a little shinier.

When it comes to keeping memories shiny and in good condition, there’s nothing like a camera. A great tool that has served mankind well for many years. Like most tools, there’s usually a newer, shinier, better, bigger (or smaller), more featured and complicated model available.

I guess the old model then gets put on the shelf. Gathering dust and cobwebs, getting all seized up and rusty.