I’m going to use this in context about talking about the perfect life. What would it be? I know what it would be for me but then I know once you get there your needs have changed.
Unlike most people I don’t place monetary objects at the top of my priority ladder. You couldn’t pay me enough to work for months or years (as seems the case) on end with no time to do the things I enjoy. Just nope.
Freedom would be at the top of the list. Being able to drop the tools and go wherever whenever is the dream for me and what I would come very close to describing as perfection. That however is a very difficult task to master as everything costs and bills need to be paid.
The last week has been about just that. The weather is showing signs of drying up and the last weekend the sun was out for the whole thing! Saturday kicked off with an early morning Golf Course shoot which I have since blogged about followed by a solid fish smoke and dive!
Sunday one of my very few female subscribers stopped by with the intent of going out and seeing what all this spearfishing was about. It did NOT disappoint!
What an absolute ripper of a time. The work is flowing and I’m just waiting for the perfect time to drop the tools again!
If you’re around and would like to join in on the fun then get in touch. That welcome has been extnnded for about 8 years now!
Now that I have your attention here is a little project I’ve been working on for longer than expected. The whole process of shooting it took far longer than it should have due to the fact it’s been raining half of every week this year. The wind was also excessive through that time frame, so most of this was shot in very small, fine looking windows.
What do I know about the Matakana Wine Trail? Not much to be honest. I’m not the sort of person to be seen hanging around sampling in the weekends but I do think vineyards for the most part look absolutely fantastic, especially from the air.
Here you go, hopefully you like it as much as I do!
Now for the question on everyones lips, which one is your favourite?
Firstly there’s more vineyards in the trail than was featured here but there was a couple of standouts. One I would say for views and the other for the condition of the property. They’re not paying me to say it so I’m not going to say it ha. You can have your own opinions.
Have you ever looked at Mt Tamahunga from the eastern side (lets use Omaha for example) and realised how much of the landscape it dominates?
It’s a lot. So much so, that the sun actually sets earlier in the northern end of Omaha, than the southern end. This only applies over the colder months as the sun slides to the south in Summer.
It is the biggest peak in the immediate area, not that there’s much to challenge it. With a moderate level of fitness the walk from Omaha Valley Road only takes about a hour. It can take longer if you miss the first sign posting in the dark and wander off down the farm tracks but that’s a story for another day.
I shot most of this little clip a couple of months ago and figured I could throw something together out of the footage. Enjoy.
The walk is through dense native bush and is only spoiled by the fact you can’t actually see much when you get to the top. The aforementioned dense bush tends to block the views for most people, making a drone the perfect tool for the job.
Enjoy the walk if you choose to go. I believe you can attack it from a few sides but I’ve only taken the Omaha Valley Rd route. In case you’re wondering there’s a car park on the left side of the road for it.
The last week has been quietly satisfying. I’m not too sure why but there has been a series of small wins.
If it weren’t for the weather, which has just been plain rubbish then it’d be pretty much 10/10 out there.
I have dropped a couple of other blog posts this week, one regarding the first look at Tugg Winches which you need to check out if you’re keen on a bit of tugging. As well as my giveaway for a realllly beautiful looking pano of Omaha. Get along to my Facebook page and share this photo here.
Hours have been spent this week revisiting older photos and getting rid of some of the garbage. Quite boring but there’s plenty of gems lurking.
I’ve been out shooting a bit of footage (around this weather) and the last weekend was another great bit of fun! Speared another new spot which was holding some nice fish (not that we came back with any) and another big bronzie spotted off Ti Point. Came in quick and smashed my burley, I was alone at the time so was a good rush to see him chomping some fish heads. Find it here
Sunday we went and caught the booming West Coast swell then back to Waiwera for a very enjoyable winch session
Ripper of a weekend and a solid week. I managed to jump in the water this morning for a cheeky spear and came back in with two nice Kingfish in a hour. Smoking them up tomorrow, yeahhh boy!
The last week has been jammed again. A lot happening. A LOT.
My computer has really been working overtime producing content, both video and photo. Most of the content has been from the barrier trip but I’ve also been reopening folders and checking things out.
One other thing has been the addition of a water housing for my A6000. I want to get into the underwater photography game and to a level well above that of GoPros. This now means 24mp and the ability to edit RAW files.
I’m super stoked on this. I took last weekend off from vlogging but shot with this set up instead. There’s a lot of learning first to get up to speed but after one dive with it I feel I’m on the right track! The spearing was good too!
After dropping all the vlogs on OXS TV, I threw together this Top 5 video about Great barrier Island
I’ve got a few really fun projects coming up that I’m shooting locally so stay tuned. I’ve even got some printed work displayed at the Omaha Club available for purchase. I’m going to run a little giveaway on my Facebook page soon so you should get along and give it a like!
I’m on an island right now. A great one. I mentioned in in last weeks blog.
Figured out where yet?
Oh yes, it’s Great Barrier Island. The Barrier of dreams. I love it here, a……. Lot! Here’s a video with the reasons why
As for this post I did try to attach all my unlisted videos I’m dropping this week but YouTube won’t let me sooooo. You can find my main channel here (where all the vlogs are from last year) and my vlogging channel here.
I don’t have a decent laptop so I can’t sort this out on the go like a normal person would ha.
Here is my favourite photo from the last week
Anyway I will be dropping a whole heap of content from the barrier so stay tuned!
It’s Saturday morning again. I’m writing this blog post late (unofficially) again.
I got a bit tangled up yesterday with a big Kingfish and broken clip on my speargun. That’s my excuse. I am however feeling focused and fresh. I’m taking some of the ideas of interested in and implementing them into my life. One of which is no booze for a year. I’m not a huge drinker but it’s something I’ve thought about for a wee while.
The last weekend has been full on. Last Saturday was hugely taxing. I woke at 5:30am and didn’t stop until 9:30 that night. Getting chased by stingrays, big Kingfish and not landing any tricks. Check it
Sunday was a little more laid back with a delicious early dive and some talk of sustainability
We also climbed a mountain during the week. Mount Tamahunga to be exact. I’m still working on some panos from the top but here’s a couple of nice ones
I’m off to the barrier in a couple of days for a week so the next blog will probably be something I set up to go live from here. I’m probably the only person who writes blogs and doesn’t have a laptop.
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.
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.
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