New Zealand

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.

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A morning portrait photo shoot at the beautiful Thornes Bay, Takapuna.

Really have been spoilt for choice so far in Auckland, New Zealand. Six photo shoots down and another 10 to go! One very special place for photography between Takapuna and Milford is a little beach called Thornes Bay. It's nestled in between volcanic rock and Pohutukawa trees.

It's an amazing place for photography - so it was just as well I had an amazing family to photograph!

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An Auckland Portrait Shoot with an Urban Flavour - Wynyard Quarter.

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With gorgeous morning light there were loads of nice photo opportunities to be had.

I'm always a bit of a sucker for a nicely back-lit silhouette. It just brings a whole new evocative mood to a shot. These particular ones we taken from a low angle to bring the old tramtracks into the shot too.

With the first two weeks of my New Zealand working holiday coming to a close - it's been pretty awesome fun working in my old stomping ground. We're off to Coromandel tomorrow for a week - and due to lots of requests i'm going to be doing another week of portrait shoots when I get back.

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The Auckland City Skyline - some photos from the other night...

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When i'm not photographing portraits out here in New Zealand - i'm exploring the coastline, shooting sunrises with the Nikon D800. So far the camera has been performing flawlessly. The detail from the 36 megapixel sensor is quite incredible. I was interested to see how it would perform at night also with city lights and dark skies often pushing digital cameras to their limits. Once again it allowed me to capture detail I have never seen before. I don't think i've photographed any skylines of major cities round the world (yes you may argue that Auckland might not be the most major city) - where you can so clearly see the stars in the sky above.

First Portrait Shoot in New Zealand - some photos from Bayswater

It's so nice to be out here in Aotearoa. Weather has been incredible and i've also been capturing some portraits of some pretty amazing people. My first official shoot was with Nicki and her adorable two kids (and her fantastic two retrievers)

Here's a couple of photos from the portrait shoot:

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Family Faces - Some Portraits from a little Get Together...

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So nice to be home!

Here's a few quick portraits of my nieces and nephews. Always love getting updated shots - and always so interesting to see how much their faces have changed.

I have lots of commissioned portrait shoots coming up in the next couple of weeks - I really hope the weather comes good!

Next blog post will be some portraits of older faces - so stay tuned!

 

Hey New Zealand - See ya for a few photos in a couple weeks...

baby portrait photography liverpool photographer ant clausen Pretty cool that it'll be the first time we head back home to New Zealand as a family. The reality of it all is starting to kick in - and it's going to be a pretty friggin cool couple of months!

Having two whole months off any kind of work is likely to drive me slightly mental. So to counter that i'm going to be shooting portraits in the first couple of weeks. Already have the first week booked up - but give me a holla if you'd like any photographs taken. I've also got an absolute killer wedding to photograph down Mount Maunganui way in March. That is going to be amazing. In between times there'll be plenty of "up at sunrise" coastal shots to be had. Am really looking forward to expanding the fine art photography archive and getting the PRINTS section of the website live.

I'm currently adding a general portrait section to the site as last week I had someone call and ask me "Do you only photograph famous people?" I laughed and told her that was me just trying to show off!

Anyway - back to it. Gotta get some sleep before I photograph some of the LFC team tomorrow at their Melwood training ground.

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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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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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 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

Back in New Zealand

Over the next month or so i'm going to be posting a selection of shots from my last 2 trips back home to New Zealand. Obviously the scenery it's world famous for - is one of the reasons it draws me back time and time again. But the main reason is family and friends.So i'm going to start off with a couple of shots of my two Nephews. It's amazing to see the difference each time I go back. It's great to just hang out with them and spend time and snap off the odd shot.