Monthly Archives: October 2013

Everything will work out in the end...

Ok, so I have to admit I’m growing older. Finally. It’s been coming for a while now but it’s the last few signs that really put it in perspective for me. Here’s a list of things that tell me I’m older: Started putting my seat-belt on AFTER I’ve started driving Developed a taste for black coffee Stopped using the indicator in the car (Screw ’em, they’ll work it out, and besides I’m not committing to this lane just yet youngster!) Become addicted to Sparkling Mineral Water (just bought a Sodastream knock off) Buying knock offs Listening exclusively to news radio stations (although that could just be the over saturation of classic rock here in LA) I have a comb-over haircut (it’s a fine line between hipster and hip replacement) I’m taking my own food to restaurants I’m sure there’s more but I have to go get angry about the rubbish…

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Hunting and Safety are two words that should go together quite easily, but quite often safety is overlooked as an important part of this popular sport. I’m no hunter, I can’t even track my vehicle down in the carpark successfully, so meeting up with Mike and Dave from Hunter Safety Labs and going on a mock hunt with them was certainly educational. Mike and Dave started HSL a few years back to try and find an elegant solution to the problem of hunters accidentally shooting other people rather than the prey. It’s quite a common problem, and research suggests that even the most experienced hunter will mistake a person for a deer at some time, which given their trained and lightning fast reflexes could result in a fatality. This is where HSL comes in, they’ve designed a system that can tell you in an instant whether you’re pointing your gun…

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Every year the NZIPP (The New Zealand Institute of Professional Photography) holds a photographic competition that sweeps the country called The Iris Awards, and every year I search my library for images to enter. I judge myself quite harshly I’ve found, as each year I hold no hope for my entries winning a medal and each year I am surprised. I’ve spoken before of my feelings for these types of competitions, of how I cannot fathom the criteria or reasoning for the awarded scores. I won’t go in to that again since I had a pretty decent rant here. The main thing is that I did very well this year and I’m quite happy with the results. Thanks goes to everyone who helped create these images and who have supported me over the years! View more of the entries on the NZIPP Website.

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