Flag Pole at Waitangi

I’ve been looking at the 4 final designs for the New Zealand flag today, and thought to myself, if they had been designed in the past, how would they have looked for the present day point of view?

So I took an image from my www.oldphotos.co.nz collection of the Flag Pole at Waitangi which was photographed displaying the Union Jack, and photoshopped in the 4 designs.

History tells us that when people are unhappy with the flag being hung from that particular flagpole, it gets chopped down. I wonder if it will survive if one of these alternative designs is eventually chosen?

Auckland Harbour Bridge

I took a few shots of the Harbour Bridge with the new LED lights last night. Its really nice to see the bridge illuminated, I’ve always thought it was such a waste not having lights on it 🙂

The lights have been installed to mark Auckland’s 175th Anniversary, by 2 Degrees Mobile https://2degreesplaythebridge.co.nz

I wasn’t really interested in capturing the movement of the lights, so I used 30 second exposures at 100 ISO to give the images a nice smooth look.

Affinity Designer & Photo

I’ve just downloaded and had a play around with the beta version of Affinity Photo which was released today. I’ve already used Affinity Designer and bought the full version a while back so its great to have the two programmes now. Form first glances over the Photo programme, it looks and feels very much like a version of Photoshop, as Designer felt like Illustrator. Looking forward to using it a bit more.

Art in the Dark

I was just clearing some SD cards when I came across a few images from last year that I forgot to post. These are some images from Art in the Dark, which was held in Western Park, Ponsonby last November.


I’ve been playing around with some of the blur functions in PS CS6 and began to add a few Tilt-Shift effects on some of my recent shots of Vietnam. In most cases the effect is pretty subtle but I quite like the ‘miniature’ effect on some of them.

I’ve found this really cool video clip with the Tilt-Shift effect applied also:

Miniature City HCMC Tilt-Shift Time Lapse from Joe Nafis on Vimeo.

Nha Trang & Ho Chi Minh City

The final leg of my journey thru Vietnam took me from Nha Trang to Ho Chi Minh City. Here are some images I captured while there.

Hội An & Mỹ Sơn

Here are some more images from my recent trip. I took these in the ancient town of Hội An, where I was lucky enough to witness lanterns illuminating the town as thousands were released across the old quarter to light up the Hoai River.

I also travelled to Mỹ Sơn. Mỹ Sơn is the site of abandoned and partially ruined Hindu temples constructed between the 4th and the 14th century AD by the kings of Cham Empire. Temperatures of 37°C didn’t put me off an enjoyable photographic opportunity.

Huế, Vietnam

Here are some of my images from Huế.

Huế is the capital city of Thừa Thiên–Huế Province, located in central Vietnam.

Sa Pa, Vietnam

Some recent images from Sa Pa, in the Lao Cai province in northwest Vietnam.