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March – Almost Drowning, Tugg Winches & Podcasts

March was packed. March was fun!

It’s all action here and I have some exciting things coming up. Check out the recap of March below

A video podcast is being planned which I’m just throwing ideas around at the moment.

April is here and the Great barrier Island prep is underway!

My favourite vlog of March is (pretty much a perfect day)

My favourite picture

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See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Snooze You Lose

I pride myself in being productive, hard working and motivated. I turn 30 in two weeks, which I’m not looking forward to. In fact I haven’t, since I was about 27.

I sort of know why, I sort of don’t.

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I’ve been doing a lot of reflecting on life lately and really trying to work out what it is, I want to do. I know I want to deal with hard working, motivated and above all… Passionate people. Passion is everything to me. I consider myself passionate, probably a little too passion filled.

Unlike most people I genuinely do feel I know what I want but here’s the cliffhanger……

I’m working far too slowly in order to get there.

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Everyone knows the saying “Time flies when you’re having fun” and boyyy, I have a lot of fun but it’s time. Time to pull finger. Pull all of them, at once.

The last week, like always has been action packed. Saturday was spent winching and diving as seen below

Sunday was dive day (again) and I had a shocker. Over the span of about half a hour I shot and lost my best fish ever, got tangled in my line and almost drown, then lost my gun. Was a fun day anyway

I also just dropped this super fun Game Of Skim we filmed a few weeks ago

Shooting nice pictures of nice things is on my list on finger pulling actions. I’ve been out on the Golf Course again and just have to sort a couple more images so here’s a little snippet

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See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Bunnies & Bush Eggs

When Easter comes to mind, what do you think of?

Chocolate? Food? Dare I say it…. Jesus?

To me it means four days of relative freedom. Originally I was meant to be away. A lack of interest from the crew and a winch that can’t assemble itself, meant I was staying at home. Four days of shooting footage, winch testing and surfing. Oh baby!

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Here is good Friday, the first day testing!

Saturday we kicked it off early and got some waves in

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Sunday was the best winching day down at Tawharanui

Easter Monday was slightly more laid back. A surf and a trip up the coast

I’m still clearing through a whole heap of photos from the weekend which would make this post realllllly long if I added them. Some are up on Instagram already though.

Boats blog

To finish up what has been a pretty crazy week editing video, I dropped a spearfishing Minute Massacre which has over 400 views in one day. Check it below

I feel like Easter was far from a let down. The tasty treats are already getting lined up for this one!

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

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Getting Ready To Tugg Again

Writing blog posts and making vlogs, sometimes distorts my perspective of time. I sit here (a little late again) writing about last weekend and not telling you about this one.

This is hard because this one is turning about to be incredibly fun.

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After last weeks mentioned break downs, I spent practically all of last Saturday in the print room as seen in the vlog below

Sunday was spent diving in the worst visibility we’ve had, then the start of the long awaited Tugg Winch build

I am so very excited to have this winch assembled and running. Yes running! I have learnt so much this week about adapting and making custom parts for this winch. The new drum and frame combo has required some modification.

I will be dropping some really hot footage from this weekend! It’s getting weird!

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Happy Tugging.

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

 

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Interrupted Workflow

I’m late!

With this blog post.

Why? Well a few reasons but one was a small little breakdown with some of my printing gear on both Thursday and Friday. Friday it ground to a halt completely so here I am writing about something that isn’t really relevant. Late.

The week was work filled but the weekend was spent at a Skim Jam organised by one of my team riders, Josh Worsley at Cheltenham. The days action is below.

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Sunday was a real beauty spent in the water catching a feed then up the coast at Waipu Glow Worms and taking snaps around Mangawhai

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We’ll finish this weeks post off with my highlight. I dropped a video recap of the the shark experience at Leigh from couple of weeks ago! Peep the video for a documentary style slice of fun

So that’s it, I’m back on track. I’ve got something very exciting to show you soon!

See you at the beach.

-Sam

 

 

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February – Sharks, Kingfish, Skimboarding & Drones

Oh February, what a funny month. It was hot, wet, bloody humid at times and a whole heaps of fun!

A lot of skimming, a lot of Kingfish and I even got dragged around by a shark which was interesting.

I could ramble on here but the monthly video wrap up seems far easier. Find it below

We’re now well into March and she’s a ripper!

Favourite vlog from February

Favourite photo

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As always, I will see you at the beach!

-Sam

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The Road To Self Sustainability

One thing I set out to do in 2016 was to be more self sustainable. Living in the bush with no power wasn’t really what I had in mind but I do want to talk about a few things.

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Mass production of goods, people not knowing where their food comes from and plastics. Bloody plastics.

I haaaaate plastic. I hate the idea of it, I hate how it doesn’t break down and I hate how we can’t recycle the majority of it. Yet here I sit, using a lot of plastic.

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One of three things is that I really want to focus on here was the reuse of as much plastic packaging as I can. I’m doing quite well in this department after having made a few basic changes.

Secondly, I’ve really set out to gather a lot of my own meat and this of course means catching fish. Or spearing it in this case. Instead of just filleting and throwing the rest away, we’ve refined the (kingfish) process to filleting, then prepping the spines, heads and wings for smoking. The tails and odd ends, as well as bones post smoke all get made into berley. The only thing we throw out is the skin and guts which go back into the water. Sustainable yes.

Lastly, I really want to grow my own veges. I have nothing to report here but am working on it ha. You get the idea.

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Anyway onto this week. I spent last weekend skimming about at Wenderholm with the team and at the Aotearoa Surf Film Festival. Saturdays vlog is here

Sunday was spent in the water where we managed to snag four Kingfish which were all prepped and the remaining parts smoked on Monday. We then hit up a really fun skim sesh at Pakiri. You might not want to watch this video if you’re not keen on seeing a bit of the errrr filleting process

The weather seems to have improved and I’m gearing up for another fun weekend!

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See you at the beach.

-Sam

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When Sharks Attack (Sort Of)

Well the last week has been interesting. The official Summer season that blessed us with either perfect, boiling hot days or torrential rain has now passed. Overall I have very mixed feelings about what was meant to be Summer, we all know that Autumn is the best time of year anyway. On that note here is my latest 4K drone video

I snuck in a few shoots over the week but this post is more about the weekend and our friend Fred. Fred appears to be the resident 8ft Bronze Whaler who hangs around us when we spearfish at Leigh. Another early start and a Kawhai in the bag very quickly.

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Then in came Fred. I had just shot a nice size Drummer and he (or she) decided that it wasn’t my fish anymore. Still being fairly new to experiencing this, it really isn’t a reason to panic. Intense is probably the way to describe which I’m going to cover more shortly in a video. Peep the vlog below

I would really love to start getting some great shots of this sort of thing which requires a lot more coordination in the water from those around but we’re working on it!

Sunday is Fun day. Another early(ish) start to do the Ti Point walk with a friend. The weather was a beauty compared to what was forecast and we even saw some dolphins a long way out! I snapped a couple of panos with this one being my favourite

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Not a pano but yes please

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The rain came in later on as forecast and I had the chance to have a look around this immaculate 6.5 million. Dollar. Chopper! Check it all below

The print room has also been getting a bit of use during the week as I wrapped up this job for the Bluefins Spearfishing Club

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As always it’s nice to survive another week 😉

See you at the beach!

-Sam

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Aerial Panoramas – How I Shoot Them

People seem fascinated by the aerial perspective of most things. So I am. It’s the feeling of being able to see something from a position you physically can’t get to.

Having no training in the field of photography makes things interesting. Throw a drone into the mix and too many ideas can complicate it at times but I’ve now well and truly welcomed myself to the world of HDR Panoramas.

HDR stands for High Dynamic Range and means you’ll be taking multiple exposures of the same image, stitching it together in post and editing the results. For landscape photography I love shooting HDR. Like A LOT!

Now throwing the word Panorama or Pano at it means more multiple images stitched together. Again this is a really beautiful procedure for landscapes.

Here is an example of a non HDR Pano.

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Nice colour (although it clouded over), a fair bit of wow. Pretty simple.

Here is a HDR Pano of Omaha

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Sun was out, the tide almost perfect and lots of range!

This one is of Omaha Bay from Rodney Road. I was about 10 minutes late to get this shot. You can find out why by clicking here

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Obviously weather and angle plays a big part in the final result but the dynamic range in the HDR is so much better. This allows you to pull more detail from the shadows and drop the highlights so they’re not as blown out!

Better results, better images with more of a wow factor and better fun! HDR can be done poorly as well. When it’s overdone it’s just a bit…. Blaaaa.

There’s so many places I’ve been over the last year that I need to go back to and reshoot so it’s all in the planning.

This shot isn’t a Pano but it is a really nice HDR of the Omaha bridge

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So many photos to take and so little time. Here’s to more HDR Panos.

 

See you at the beach!

-Sam

 

 

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Tyred

Sometimes I write blog posts when I’m bored. Sometimes when I have to. Sometimes late at night when I should’ve done it yesterday.

This one right now is new. I’m writing this because my ever reliable ute is sitting in the driveway with two flat tyres so I can’t leave my house. Yes two! How the hell did I manage that?

Not a clue. I had to change one on my way back from Pakiri yesterday afternoon on route to shooting a mindblowing pano of the bay. Thanks to said issue, it clouded over as I was about ten minutes too late so this is the best one

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Anyway the last week has been exhausting with this heat. I’ve been shooting plenty (no pun intended) in and out of the water. Last Saturday was another solid spear session out around the point so you can check the catch here

I also ducked out for a little golf course shoot in the evening and managed these couple of images

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Drone panos are fun. I will be writing a blog post very shortly with some details on this!

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And yes of course, Sunday. A day like no other! A bit of swell hunting and a lot of photo taking. Peep the days action below

I shot A LOT of images this day, possibly too much. Here’s my favourites

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These lads were having fun

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That was last weekend, it was a super fun one. I’m not sure about this one coming as I’m still working through my tyre woes. I will update once I’m rolling again.

See you at the beach!

-Sam