Landscapes

This time next month - from Liverpool to the Greek Island of Zakynthos

Really looking forward to heading back to the amazing Greek Island of Zakynthos or Zante as some people call it! Will be heading back to one of my favourite spots on the planet in the northern part of the Island - Shipwrecks Bay. It has the most insane light blue water. This is because the chalky limestone pebbles are constantly moving/rubbing against each other as the waves roll onto the shoreline. This creates a milky powder, mixed with the blue Med.... and voila!
This time I will also be taking my Drone for a bit of a flight around these amazing cliffs. Can't wait!

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Giant's Causeway Northern Ireland. A photo of the view that left me somewhat perplexed/gobsmacked etc...

photo of the giant's causeway northern ireland black and whiteAfter getting up at 4am, driving a couple of hours and arriving at the north east coast of County Antrim - I walked down the dramatically rugged coastline and arrived at this. I come from New Zealand - the spiritual home of dramatic landscapes. But when I saw this I just stood there. Trying to take it all in, I literally didn't know where to start. I am a massive fan of architecture and landscapes. So to arrive at somewhere that serenely blends the two, was really something very special. The sun was just rising over the horizon - so I knew time was of the essence. But today was not going to be a day where the photographic execution was implemented. Today was going to be a recce. To truly do this justice, I would need to come back. Today, I just need to explore, appreciate and respect this incredible landscape.

 

Hahei, Coromandel - Blinded by the Stars... A Photo from tonight.

It's not often you look up in the night sky and see this... hahei coromandel photo of night sky

I'm not sure whether the moon is the right distance from the sun or the earth is spinning on a particularly unique axis... or whether i'm just back in good ol' New Zealand and the sky is as clear as a bell. I think it's the latter.

Such a stunning night for a moonlight stroll along the beach.

I just had to go back afterwards, grab the camera and take a couple of shots.

hahei coromandel photo of night sky

It's a little bit misty on the Wirral - a quick photo from walking the dog this afternoon...

storeton woods photo by ant clausen photographyIt's not often I have my camera with me on a dog walk - but today was a pretty crazy day with three different shoots going on. As it was such an ethereal day weather-wise, I decided to leave my kit with me in the car when I swung by to pick up Coco for her walk. I grabbed my long lens and headed off through Storeton Woods. The area where the photo was taken used to be a railway line and it's a brilliant linear landscape for photos. Today it was made even more special with the fog that didn't lift all day. I waited as this man came out of the fog and into view to give the photo a sense of scale. Quick like the fact that the retriever was carrying half a tree with him too! Tomorrow i'm looking forward to interior design photography in Stockport. Then it's a recce at the LFC training ground at Mellwood ahead of a shoot next week with some of the LFC football players.

Last sunrise in Rarotonga... a photo from the wee hours of the morning...

photo of sunrise in rarotonga After flying on a little island hopping plane back to Rarotonga the night before I had one of those "have to get up early to catch a plane, so a little bit wired and won't get much sleep" kinda nights...

So there I was at 5am listening to the waves crashing on the reef outside my window. I had an hour to kill before walking across the road to the airport - so got up and wandered along the rocky shoreline. First thing I thought was i'd left it a bit late. The sun had already risen just above the horizon... at 5am? Arghhhh!

I was hoping for a really long exposure to give the stormy sea an ethereal feel juxtaposed against the craggy outcrops... but hey - this was not planned. This was spontaneous and you just gotta go with it!

And the sleepy island of Rarotonga didn't disappoint. If this was to be my last photo of the trip - i'll take it!

Thanks again Cook Islands you beautiful jewel in the South Pacific. It's been special.

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Girasole - a photo from Italy to brighten your day...

Here's a quick photo of a lovely sunflower, shot last month in Italy, first thing in the morning. I'll post a few more photos from this trip to Le Marque region. But as it's raining down and spirits may be a little low in Liverpool right now - here we go!gira sole, photo of yellow sunflower in le marque italy

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A little slice of paradise in New Zealand - some photos of the Te Arai Lodge

Nestled in native New Zealand bush, near the pristine north eastern coastline is a little piece of paradise. It's called the Te Arai Lodge.

te arai lodge, new zealand

Whilst on my annual pilgrimage back to the homeland, I had the privilege of both staying and being commissioned to photograph this wonderful hideaway. Designed by renowned architect Pip Cheshire, its truly unique attributes become immediately apparent as you descend down the native plant-lined driveway. It has a clever two-part design, joined by an open common space and anchored by a striking concrete moulded chimney. The exterior weatherboards have blended this structure straight into it's natural surroundings. From the photo above you can also see the competition level Petanque court for an afternoon's game with a jug of Pimms at the ready. Walk down to the pontoon and dive into the fresh water "pool" which is rather more like a lake. The waterfall is operated by the push of a button from inside, as are most other things, with the whole house being fitted out with electrical wizardry. One of the benefits of staying for a few days at a place like this is the vision of the architect begins to materialise. The large glass sliding doors framing picture postcard views of rolling countryside out one side. Look out the other side of the house and you get these large doors framing various other incredible views. Slide these doors open and you can create your own bespoke living space, depending on the time of the day, or which way the wind is blowing!

I could wax lyrical all evening about this place. But i'll leave it at that for now. I would suggest the best way to experience this unique little slice of paradise is to go see it for yourself! These photos are for a new website to promote the property - so i'll keep you posted.

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I'm well overdue for a blog catch-up with all the recent work... so will endeavour to do so very soon... so stay tuned!

 

A beautiful morning for photos in Takapuna with Rangitoto Island in the background

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Takapuna Beach, New Zealand is my home. It's where I grew up and where I migrate back to at least once a year. It's one of the most beautiful inner city beaches in the world and an amazing place to start the day, with a walk, a swim and then a "flat white" at the Taka Beach Cafe. The classic volcanic shape of Rangitoto Island is always in view and an iconic symbol of Auckland city - a city built on volcanoes. Tomorrow we're heading up north to one of my other favourite beaches in the world. Not sure if i'll find any internet going on up there... but that's one of the beauties of it! Will defo be posting a few shots upon my imminent return!

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A North West Winter - some photos of the frostiness...

It's a lovely thing when the countryside gets blanketed in snow and frost. Problem is finding time to photograph it! Was up St. Helens way yesterday, pulled off the A57 and attempted to capture some of the frostiness.

It's a very cold, but magical time of the year up here...

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photos of Liverpool Snow and frost at Christmas by Ant Clausen Liverpool Photographer, photography, pics, event, photography, PR, commercial

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Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily - a quick photo from a recent commission

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Arriving back in the UK this morning - i'm now going through the collection of photos taken at the Tonnara di Scopello - a former tuna factory converted into exclusive residences.

Had an amazing time with two and a half days to capture the Tonnara with a combination of exterior/architectural detail and landscape shots. With no real rush or pending deadlines for the photos, it was pretty darn cool to simply take my time and attempt to capture the various elements of the location at different times of the day.

I will be posting a few shots from the shoot in the coming days, but first up here's a shot taken yesterday evening - one of the last shots I grabbed. This shot was taken with a 30 second exposure. The water was actually quite rough and I had to hold the tripod down due to high winds. The only adjustments made to the photo is a white balance adjustment in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom and basic sharpening on output.

 

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Out of Office - taking photos of the Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily

Two months ago I was at the Tonnara di Scopello getting married. Now i'm being commissioned to head back and grab some promotional photos. I must remember to hand my business card out more often! As it's pretty much my favourite place on earth - i've already got an extensive archive of shots of the Tonnara (a converted tuna factory on the northwest coast of Sicily), however the rooms of the Tonnara have not been professionally photographed. So I'll be spending the first half of next week doing just that. The photos will then be used for general marketing purposes etc. Email coverage is few and far between but I'll try and post a couple of blog updates from the piazza in Scopello village. Ciao ragazzi!

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photos of Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily by Ant Clausen Liverpool Photographer, photography, pics, event, photography, PR, commercial

photos of Tonnara di Scopello, Sicily by Ant Clausen Liverpool Photographer, photography, pics, event, photography, PR, commercial

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Just back from North Wales - a couple of photos from Moel Tryfan...

Another amazing weekend in North Wales, another jewel in the proverbial crown of living in the North West. After the freaky wind-storm thing that hit a day earlier I found myself halfway up one of the easier to pronounce Welsh mountains - Moel Tryfan. Leaving the D3 at home - I went for the lightweight option and took the D700 and 24-70mm 2.8 lens. The changeable afternoon light was sneaking through the clouds and looking back down the valley it was a landscape photographers paradise. The waterfall shot was taken hand held with an almost one second exposure - the camera propped up against a fence post... needs must!

landscape photography of moel tryfan north wales by ant clausen liverpool photographer

landscape photography of moel tryfan north wales by ant clausen liverpool photographer

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Castellammare del Golfo, Sicily - some photos of the local fishermen etc...

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A couple of days before the Tonnara wedding we left Scopello and headed down bright and early to grab some photos in the nearby mafia-stronghold town of Castellammare del Golfo. The locals had told us earlier that the fishing boats came into the docks around 8am. We were expecting the hustle and bustle you might find from fishermen and locals coming together, haggling over prices for the day's catch. But it was a far more subdued affair... which was actually more Sicilian in retrospect. We weaved our way through the labyrinth of back streets down to the port and waited for the action to kick off. Once down at the port, all you had to do was turn around to see the most dramatic of landscapes, the town of Castellammare built on the side of a steep Sicilian mountain. Another big tick in the box of undiscovered non-touristic Sicilian hideaways!
Anyway - without further ado, here's a few snaps!

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photos of castellammare del golfo fishermen, sicily, scopello, wedding, photography

photos of castellammare del golfo fishermen, sicily, scopello, wedding, photography

photos of castellammare del golfo fishermen, sicily, scopello, wedding, photography

photos of castellammare del golfo fishermen, sicily, scopello, wedding, photography

photos of castellammare del golfo fishermen, sicily, scopello, wedding, photography

photos of castellammare del golfo fishermen, sicily, scopello, wedding, photography

photos of castellammare del golfo fishermen, sicily, scopello, wedding, photography

photos of castellammare del golfo fishermen, sicily, scopello, wedding, photography

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New Zealand Coastline - some photos from my favourite beaches...

As it's a lazy Sunday and all... have been looking through a few images taken from my last trip back to New Zealand. There's one particular beach just over an hour's drive north from my home in Auckland. You can drive up there on a Sunday morning and literally have the whole beach to yourself. It's an amazing part of the world with a nice little wave peeling in, perfect for longboards. But perhaps one of my favourite things about this beach is that you can rock up in your car, don't have to pay for parking, and you can pitch your tent where you like and spend a day or two in the most beautiful part of the world whenever you like!

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A Great Day for Photography at the Hub Festival, Liverpool.

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A classic moody Liverpudlian sky greeted the thousands of people coming to the HUB Festival last weekend. This eventually fined up with an amazing sunny afternoon had by all.

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A Photo from New Zealand...

Think i'm over the jet-lag now, so with a bit of luck the blog will start to roll again.Here's one of my favourite shots from my recent trip back home to New Zealand. Taken at sunrise on a beach north of where I grew up - I guess it's the subtle moody tones of the images I like. Last year I was chasing big dramatic landscapes. This year, so far, i'm enjoying more of a toned-down feel. mangawhai-1 To check out some more of my print images - please click here: ant clausen prints

The Bloggers Block..

An interesting theory - what happens when a "blogger" gets a bit too busy and perhaps doesn't have time to add the attention and detail needed to keep a blog ticking along. I imagine a similar occurrence when a writer gets writer's block and they stop writing for a while until they find inspiration from somewhere... and start writing again. I guess one of the bonuses of writing a photography blog is that you can always let the photos do the talking. And that's definitely a bonus, and in a lot of ways - that's how it should be. So today in "show and tell"..without further adieu... here's one of my favourite shots from the past year, as it embraces everything I stand for. Firstly you have to have healthy respect for the ocean before you go out into big surf. You have to have a sense of adventure and daring to take on a big wave and ride it with grace and you have to enjoy the lifestyle that goes along with everything to do with "our mother ocean"3d-5-5