Colours

To those observant of such stuff – my colour rendering can be flaky at the best of times. Over the past month I have moved from JPEG to RAW file capture when making images. I’ve had skirmishes with RAW files – and used them extensively in the past couple of years – but. I am a late bloomer. Letting go and just getting on with it is the way to go. No JPEG backup. Of course the resulting feeling is – why didn’t I do this back in March when I first got the K20D. The new regime will result in more consistency. It’s certainly lots of fun.

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North Island Pony Club Show Jumping Championships

Horse and rider, competing in the North Island Pony Club Show Jumping Championships, clear jumps painted in Waikato rugby colours at Leamington Sports ground this afternoon, Monday, the 19th of January 2009. The competition, in it’s 25th year, continues tomorrow.

Update 8:20 19 01 2009: Further information on this event:  vjohnston@farmside.co.nz or 07 827 2786.

Update 14/01/2010: 24th or 25th? The 2010 programme is here.

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Maungatautari Ecological Island after dark

Passionate MEIT guide and photographer Phil Brown, tonight Saturday the 17th of January 2009, sharies his enthusiasm for the regenerating flora and fauna in the Maungatautari Ecological Island. What a great experience – the night time bush vividly alive with stories, anecdotes, knowledge and delightful creepy crawlies. For information about taking the Maungatautari After Dark guided night walk contact Out in the Styx Café & Guesthouse Pukeatua – 0800 461 559 – Bookings are essential.

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DTS – a telephone questionaire

DTS in Ministry of Tourism speak stands for Domestic Tourism Survey and I have just done one – an experience both frustrating and illuminating. I say frustrating because it took ages – I am glad I had only made two trips within the survey specific period and stayed privately – otherwise we would have been at it all day. Illuminating because it helped focus my mind on the fors and againsts of ‘destination tourism’. More on this subject soonish.

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Burning Embers

No BDO for this enterprising young band, from Wellington, Burning Embers. They are in town today hawking their CD to shoppers and shops alike. Good for them. On first listen heavy rock in the tradition of lower North Island bands. Some of it reminding me of music I heard in the early ’70s. Oh yes, I did see Blerta live in The Square in Palmerston North at the time – if anyone is interested. There are even some photos about here – somewhere.

Visiting today, Friday the 16h of January 2009, Timoti Rangi with his band Burning Embers CD Rising From The Ashes.

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