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Golf Photography & Videography New Zealand

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Golf is a love or hate sport. Millions of people around the world are in love with the game. Millions of people think “chasing a little white ball around is stupid”.

Little do those people know is that the balls come in more colours than just white ha.

I’ve spent a lot of time on Golf Courses over the years. Hours upon hours practicing, mowing greens in the dark, playing tournaments and generally loving the manicured, green environments they provide.

The sport of Golf here in New Zealand is popular but my feeling towards how clubs market themselves are a little out of date. Social media and online applications are king and golfers love to see their favourite courses from different angles. In fact I would rate golfers as some of the most enthusiastic about their chosen sport. Social media engagement tells me this.

Before I get into a few more details, check the video below.

What does this mean for clubs? It means advertising that works. It gives the golfers a taste of what they can play, the views and colours of the course, the warm up before the warm up. You can pitch content towards corporate groups as to why they should be playing your course. Excite the members about playing their course and attract new ones to it!

For tournament golfers and those wanting to analyze their swing, it means high speed swing capture to see if you’re putting the club where you should be (or shouldn’t).

For social groups it means professional video and photos for your own personal and social uses. Document your 4 day golfing trip anyone?

With video certainly painting a bright picture, still photography has it’s own place

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Professional shots of professionals. Mike Hendry wedging into Omaha’s 13th.

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Suited for social applications!

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Corporate.

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How bad does this make you want to play.

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A unique perspective I mentioned earlier.

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Seasonal weather events are some of my favourite shots.

So there you have it, some examples of what I can do for you. I’m sure this blog post could go forever but if you’re interested about what I can do for you or your club then please email me sam@oxsenterprises.com

See you on the greens.

-Sam

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Marlin, Surfing & Smoked Fish – Alive In New Zealand – Ep 9

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It’s that time of the month where I look back and thing about how warm the water was! Check out the jam packed month here

Being mid June the weather has certainly cooled but I’m kicking on. Got some exciting stuff coming up!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Get A Hobby

The dictionaries definition of hobby is this “an activity done regularly in one’s leisure time for pleasure.”

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As children we all have hobbies. We have plenty of free time, therefore we have hobbies. Some of us continue with these hobbies our whole lives, most of us don’t.

As “adults” we need a hobby or two. Judging by our obesity statistics my opinion is that that hobby could do with being somewhat physical. A hobby that makes you sweat and improves your physical fitness is the best kind of hobby.

A lot of retired people need more hobbies. This would help occupy their time, assist with the aging process and lastly (and hopefully) give them an interest besides targeting young people having fun.

Even though we retire from work at a late age we seem to retire from hobbies much, much earlier. Remember the days when you had time to be bored? BORED! Now most of us just work too much in order to “get ahead”. I don’t quite know what is “ahead” but I do know a life without time for my hobbies is a shit life.

One of my favourite quotes is “You didn’t stop skateboarding because you got old. You got old because you stopped skateboarding”. I don’t skate but this is absolutely perfect.

I am an obsessive hobbyist. When I find something I like, I like to do it. Every so often isn’t enough, that’s not a true hobby. I want to get good at it and everything is a competition, including with myself. It’s gotten to the point where I believe you can monetize any hobby. But why do you want to make money from your hobby?

TO DO IT MORE!

This isn’t easy. In fact it’s bloody hard, just like life.

This weekend consisted of hobbies, nothing really else. Skimboarding, diving and good food was the order for Saturday

Sunday with better viz and a beaut forecast we were off to hit the water

If you’ve been following me for a while that this is a fairly common thing here. I’m learning more about myself all the time and where my hobbies can take me. It’s much further than you would think.

I welcome you to adopt a similar view.

See you at the beach. Obviously.

-Sam

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Battle Of The Bars – My Favourite Thundercat Race Of The Season

What happens when you combine huge clean waves, fast inflatable boats and some people keen/brave/stupid enough to pilot them?

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Put simply, a butt puckering race that not everyone is going to finish.

Being very new to Thundercat racing and really not much of an idea of the going ons from a spectators perspective, it’s been a bloody great challenge to get it all on film this year. It’s taught me plenty of things about my own style of shooting with the biggest one being that I feel very comfortable with a very strong “run & gun” approach. There’s certainly no rehearsal, just get the damn shot!

The last leg of the nationals saw us out at the Elbow Sailing Club on the Waikato river, a scheduled prop change at Karioitahi Beach, a bumpy ride around Manukau heads then a drag race to the finish in the Waiuku township. The GoPro footage was fairly intense with the huge surf and committed racers. Check it below

As for the 2018 season I’m already thinking big. Better production, more ideas, more content and another great season.

Lastly a huge thanks goes to the organisers and racers. I have enjoyed this far more than I thought I would and I thought I was really going to enjoy it. Seeing a group of people passionate about something that scares the shit out of most people is fantastic. The competition, the beach, the boats and the laughs has got me excited for the next season already!

Look out for Blaze next season 😉

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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A New Look Alive In New Zealand – Ep 7

With 2017 almost over ha! Sort of, not really. To kick off this years series of Alive In New Zealand I wanted to mix the standard editing style with more of a vlog feel. Vlogs are popular and my vlog channel is almost bigger than my main so that’s my approach.

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This will make the series longer and hopefully more interesting and engaging. This episode has all the drone shots you can imagine, thundercats, spearfsihing and some mad buggers on a wake winch. Take a look at the new episode below

Long term I want to make this series an accurate representation of not just my life but hopefully a lot of Kiwis lives! With a bit of luck the next episode won’t be too far away.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Nothing Motivational

Trying to come up with something motivational and/or thought provoking each week is pretty hard. Talking about what you’ve been up to in the last week is easy.

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In this society which we acknowledge suffers from Tall Poppy Syndrome, talking about yourself is frowned upon especially even hinting that you may be good (or even okay) at something. So here’s the balance. Each week I try to provide something at least a little bit thought provoking…. Whilst talking about myself ha. Neat huh.

This week I don’t really have anything thought provoking but boy am I having a good time. I finally feel a little more focused and am very happy with a few of my latest little projects. Last weekend we shot off for a dive with the intent of getting some fish for the smoker. A slow start but I managed to run hot towards the end. Check it here

Sunday was a smokey day. At times, smoked fish is a huge part of my staple diet. I love the stuff but only with salt. If you use sugar on your smoked fish then you’re doing it wrong. Wrong!

So that’s it for this week. No motivation, just fun.

Luckily having fun in itself is motivating!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Finding Your Thing

We all need a thing. That passion, that interest, that I’m going to go do that on Saturday thing.

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I have four things. These are all things that through experience I know I thoroughly enjoy doing these things more than the average person. Why? I’ve always enjoyed certain thing a lot. Obsessive, enthusiastic, maybe a little bit crazy. That’s why.

I do them as much as possible. Like a lot, several times a week in fact because well, why not? That’s what makes me tick.

The next two videos are all about what makes me tick as I spent another weekend doing these things that I love.

One thing I don’t enjoy is bored people trying to shut other peoples fun down. This day was extremely fun minus one blemish

As for you thing you might be wondering how to find it, what it is, how do you go about it? Well if you don’t have a thing that you are super passionate about then start looking. Do something different. For the average person you need to expand your social circle and have a look around. There’s a few people in different areas doing your thing.

Things are good.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Living Outside The Box

One of more favourite topics to talk about is life. More specifically how we seem to live in a box. We go to school, then we get to go to Uni, accumulate debt then settle into a 40 year career where we work too much and get two weeks off at Christmas. Awesome huh!

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Not really. This exact way of living is what I’m trying to avoid. It just seems boring.

I want excitement, I want variety, I want new things but most of all I want to create. I talk to a lot of people about what’s going on. Some of them even like to express how lucky I am to be doing what I’m doing which in my opinion seems to completely disregard my choices to do this. It’s all luck, I didn’t actually choose or work towards it. I just got lucky. Thanks. Dumbass.

In the last week I’ve had a couple of experiences pawned off as luck. First up is an interview I had with Matt Watson of the ITM Fishing Show. No luck involved if you ask me, just hours and hours of putting in work to get to that place.

The next day was Marlin fishing day. Yes there’s luck involved here. An educated guess will put you in a rough position as to where the fish are. There’s a bit of luck involved if you hook up or not. We did 🙂

Here’s a couple of bonus pics

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The next couple of days I was exhausted. A bit of a come down from the stress and excitement maybe. The weather was perfect too but I simply had to rest, then get home

So where to from here? The majority of people I’ve spoken to regarding this job know my strong feelings towards my brand. You know these three little letters, OXS. Basically right now I’m making decisions based on where I want to be in a years time. Neither option is a completely inside the box way of life. Neither will be boring or lead me to feel trapped. I think.

There is still shortlisting for this job and I still have some pondering to do. All I know is that I will be avoiding a way of life that places me inside the box with the majority of people.

I guess you could probably call me a little lucky 😉

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Home (for now)

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What the bloody hell happened over the last little while? For someone who hasn’t had a drink in over 9 months, this Christmas period has been an absolute whirlwind. I legitimately have to look back through video to work out what I did and where.
Routine is funny like that. Even though I live a fantastically varied life, having somewhat of a routine is what helps me be productive. It’s times like this right now when I come home and have to play catch up. A lot of catch up! I don’t have a fancy laptop for editing yet so all the work has to happen when I get home. This is good and bad.

I have been fairly free from the 24th of December but lets start the story from the 27th. 1600+km in my truck have been added, with the biggest mission being at Cape Reinga for sunrise on the 2nd and down to Matarangi by 9am on the 3rd. I speared my best Snapper and Trevally to date. Got taxed by sharks (again) at Spirits Bay. Had a very successful dive in 60m of water. Almost completely wrote my longboard off. Stayed in a couple of small towns I hadn’t before with existing and new friends. Shot just under 200gb of footage and most important of all, enjoyed it all immensely. So much so that the only real reason I came home was so I din’t get further behind with work.

As for 2017 I have a few unanswered questions. Aside from wanting to grow every platform I have I don’t know if I want to be based in Omaha anymore. The area is growing and as far as getting local inclusion with what I’m doing, it has been a spectacular failure. There’s a few thoughts here

I’m currently locked in my editing room so if you want me then that’s where I will be.

See you at the beach.

-Sam

 

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Dear Omaha & Your Holiday Crowds

Omaha, much like every small coastal town has been swelling slowly in population for a month or so now. With Christmas in a couple of days and the holiday season upon us, this is my open letter to Omaha.

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Dear Omaha,

First and foremost I’m hoping the weather treats you right this holiday season. The year has been far too moist (yes moissst) and now it looks like the tap is firmly turned off. Prickles aplenty and sweaty beach towels are in order.

The roads, ahhh yes the roads. Think of Matakana like a mini Auckland. Infrastructure built for twenty years ago with no planning for growth. How you all plan to get around the area over the next wee while is testing to say the least. I would imagine if people used indicators, at least attempted to drive up near the speed limit and had general courtesy for other road users it would flow better. Silly idea, so lets not do that.

The beach. Don’t leave your bloody rubbish on it. Just don’t! Respect other people in and around the water and if you have a brand new SUP for Christmas then learn some surf etiquette and stop being a prick.

The locals. Welcome the holiday makers to the area, be friendly and happy. They will be gone soon ha. We don’t have to put up with it for too long and if you’re onto it like I try to be, then you’re probably doing a runner from the area anyway.

The holiday makers. I would have said Aucklanders but there are people from further away. Have some respect for the area and the people. You may be on holiday but a lot of us aren’t so keep that in mind. Be friendly. I know in the city no one really says hi to strangers but up here we do. I find it really rude when you just stare at me with a ‘what was that about’ look on your face. Lastly enjoy the area. Go catch the fish, swim in the sea and swing those golf clubs while you can. It’s a pretty beaut area.

As for myself I guess this is my sign off for the year. It’s been a big ole weird but thoroughly enjoyable one. 2017 will see a bit of rebranding for what I’m doing here and possibly a move. I have enjoyed so many hours spent doing the things I love and I only want to turn it up some more. Finding those that can keep up is proving to be the hardest part.

Enjoy the Christmas buffet and all it brings. If you came here for videos then you can check last weekends action below

I’m coming in hot to 2017 and I’m feeling more motivated than ever. Take note local youth, some of you are getting a stir up in the new year.

See you at the beach!

-Sam