Photoart of a bird flying over a pier

Primeval New Zealand

After a week of weathering everything mother nature could throw at us (earthquakes, tsunamis, floods, gales, and storms), and which are likely not all over yet, I felt the need to work on this series of images from our recent trip to the Marlborough Sounds. These ethereal, languid landscapes belie the awesome forces that created them.

Most of the photos worked into these images were taken on Simon Woolf's Natural Environment Photography Retreat at the Bay of Many Coves Resort. A long weekend filled with fun, photography, and quite a bit of rain! The images themselves were inspired, in part, by Julieanne Kost's course "The Art of Photoshop Compositing", which LinkedIn kindly offered for free recently (probably the only time LinkedIn has ever been useful). If you're interested in photoartistry, Photoshop or Lightroom, she has many tutorials and courses, many of them free, and all highly worthwhile.

[Update: these images are available as fine-art prints in my "Awesome Forces" series]


Photoart of a boat at sea at dawn

"All at sea"

Photoart of a kāruhiruhi flying over a pier

"He came to me on the beat of a wing" 

Photoart of two leaping dolphins

"Emergence of Flight" 



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