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To Inspire



Celebrating Ed Roberts

Ed, What is your favourite time of day or location to shoot?

Sunrise, Sunset, Dawn and dusk- Like a crepuscular animal. Anywhere with mountains is probably my favourite.

Phone or SLR  ? preference/ reason why for you

SLR- more control over creative aspects of a image and far better image quality. RAW files usually aren't baked either.

One tip that is always your go to when shooting

Use the Grid on the screen/viewfinder, Its more useful than you think.

Do you have any photographers you follow or admire that inspire you ?

Though not a local photographer, Tristan Zhou's (@trystane) images are in my head every time I am out shooting. Many of his compositions spark creativity and inspire me to go out and shoot.

Out of the photographs you are providing, tell us about one of them. How and where you shot it, time of day, anything that inspired you to get this shot.

My father called me outside to look at the moon on a cold late autumn night. The moon sure was beautiful but I was more interested in something else; the fog. There was a layer of fog coating the ground that was taller than all of the houses in the neighbourhood and because of this all of the bright points of light (street lights, car lights etc) inside of the fog casted incredibly sharp light rays when obstructed partially. I walked around the neighbourhood with my father and we experimented with the ways the light rays could be manipulated and how to make them look best to a cameras sensor. After a few hundred shots, some successful some not, I took this picture. I set up the tripod and attached the plate to the bottom of the tripod mount on my lens and locked it in. Zoomed all the way out, I had to move around a little to find the right composition but eventually I got it right. I think the image captures the feeling of autumn nights well. Taken in a random street in Havelock North.

What do you enjoy most about taking photographs?

The feeling you get when you click the shutter button and you know you just got a great shot.