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IN Travel & Adventure ON 11 Aug, 2014
New Zealand is a beautiful place filled with breath-taking sights. Paul Wilson is a Nature and Astro photographer from Christchurch, New Zealand. Paul started clicking the pictures when Earthquake stuck in Christchurch. He was very stirred by the pain all around. He wanted to capture all the moments while the tragedy stuck. Although Paul fall in love with Nature when he brought a DSLR Camera in February 2013. evrystry did an exclusive chat with Paul Wilson. Make sure you like Paul Wilson's page on facebook.
Q. What inspired you? What is theme of your photography?
A. There are lots of super talented photographers out there and their work has been inspirational, it's great being able to connect with them on social media such as Facebook, groups like LPN (landscape photographers network) and great to share and receive feedback on my images. The amount of mentors and friends I have made through this art is incredible, people are super friendly and approachable in this field.
Q. Among your works, which ones are your favorite? Why?
A. One of my favorite pictures I have taken was the Aurora Australis at the beginning of 2014. They could be seen from the Port Hills in Christchurch. It was a complete fluke, I happened to be in the right place at the right time. A photographer friend of mine messaged me and told me to point my camera south. I was shocked at what appeared on my viewfinder after a long exposure!
Q. How is the photography impacted your life? Any positive changes in your life since you started photography ?
Photography has really changed my life, I like being able to capture my memories and locations I have traveled to. When my baby son is old enough (currently 7 months) I can't wait to show him my pictures and take him with me on my adventures. After he was born I started pursuing the professional side of photography, not only to better myself but to insure his future will be brighter. I completely stopped drinking because it was a problem for me, far too time consuming and I didn't want him brought up in that environment. Eventually I hope to open a gallery and studio. Life and portrait photography such as Personal shoots for couples, families and friends, and weddings are always a nice experience and is something I do a little of but also really enjoy.
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Aurora Australis taken at a far shorter exposure, this bought out the colors a lot more. 3 Shot Panorama stitch. This image is the personal favourite of Paul.
It was such a nice illuminating golden light on Sunday evening, it almost caught me by surprise! Taken from Kaitorete Spit facing towards Lake Ellesmere. This panorama is comprised of 8 frames.
It is quite a creepy place to be alone at night in the dark! Paul lit up the inside of the shelters then began his shots. This is a 24 image panorama.
Q. Locations and weather are crucial factors for a successful picture. How do you handle these unpredictable features? A. A huge motivation for me to capture shots is the challenge of bettering myself every time. For instance I will revisit the same location several times until the conditions are right for what I've mentally planned and calculated before hand. There are factors such as sun angle, weather, tides, and times. In saying that I always keep super warm clothes in my car because I never know where I'll end up some days (or nights).
Panorama shot of Aurora Australis. Paul mentions that he was in the right place at the right time and so he got that mind-blowing picture.
A long exposure panorama taken back at the end of May. There is a sliver of Lake Ellesmere (Te Waihora) on the horizon.
This was taken before the Auroras that happened on this night. It was a nice sunset to watch before the show. Blend of several images.
This freak wave completely soaked me and my gear, I thought it was all over for my camera. I'm glad I got a good shot out of it! Taken at Birdlings Flat at sunset.
Had finished taking sunset shots and decided to wait around and see what would happen in the blue hour. Taken in Monks Bay, Christchurch, New Zealand.
This was taken after the worst rain Christchurch has seen in a century. The skies finally started to clear a little to let the sun through at the end of the day. Two images stitched together, and each was 3 exposures merged with HDR Efex Pro 2.
The sun had just risen and I had been awake shooting starscapes all night, it felt incredibly bright on my coffee fueled tired eyes. (Caption from Paul Wilson)
Shortly before the milky way set in the west. Excuse the noise. It's an 11 image stitch.
This was a very cold day for summer, the wind was blowing hard from the west right at me, the sun was non existent, but these long standing brothers were used to being battered from all conditions.
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