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Portraits Of The Maori People

Stunning Portraits Of The Maori People By Photographer Jimmy Nelson.

The long and intriguing story of the origins of the indigenous Maori people can be traced back to the 13th century, the mythical homeland Hawaiki, Eastern Polynesia. Due to centuries of isolation, the Maori established a distinct society with characteristic art, a separate language and unique mythology.

maori people 10.jpgDefining aspects of Maori traditional culture include art, dance, legends, tattoos and community. While the arrival of European colonists in the 18th century had a profound impact on the Maori way of life, many aspects of traditional society have survived into the 21st century.

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Flower Photography Tips

Flowers are beautiful and attractive. They can bring us inspiration, peace, and stir many other powerful emotions. 

You don’t have to be a professional photographer to capture great flower pictures, whether you want to show off the splendor of a rose in your garden or shoot pictures of flowers during your travels. Flower photos allow you to create vividly colorful images that will grab the attention of everyone! And best of all, you can shoot great-looking flower photos with almost any kind of camera. Here are some secrets.

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1: Lighting

It can be tempting to wait for the brightest midday sun to take your flower pictures. That’s actually one of the worst times, because the powerful sunlight will wash out your image, and can create harsh shadows.

Instead, take flower pictures when it’s overcast, or in the morning, afternoon or evening when the sun isn’t as bright and overpowering. This will result in more saturated colors in the blooms of the flowers.

Take photos of flowers on overcast days. Clouds are mother nature’s diffuser, they cut out direct light and diffuse it into a softer, more gentle lighting that will make your flower photography look great.

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Food Photography Tips

How to use natural light to take amazing food photos:

1. Indirect Sunlight Only! Cloudy days or south-facing windows are ideal, because direct sun will spoil your photos (and your food!)

2. If you are outside look for shade – even the picnic table umbrella can be enough shade to give you nice soft light.

3. Use a short depth of field. Set your camera to manual and a large aperture (small f-number), which will depend on the food.

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Arataki Visitor Centre

The Arataki Visitor Centre is the gateway to the Waitakere Ranges Regional Park in West Auckland, with more than 16,000 hectares of native rainforest and coastline. It’s 250km of walking and tramping tracks provide access to beaches, breathtaking views, and spectacular rocky outcrops, including the Hillary Trail, black sand beaches, waterfalls and giant kauri trees.

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