By 2008 we were becoming more seasoned as both adventurers (of the soft variety) and digital photographers. Added to our digital armoury over the next five years were smart phones and a more compact Fujifilm FX10. Even if we were not carrying your ‘real’ camera we usually had a smartphone in a pocket.

Our boating skills had advanced from regular instances of keeping others entertained as we were tumbled out of our dinghy by waves during our forays to shore, to sniggering as we watched other beginners doing exactly the same. But we were also starting to venture off the boat and undertake other adventures such as multi-day bike rides and hikes and even venture to foreign lands. Our scope for digital photography grew as did the scope of land based mishaps. We started to perfect the art of getting lost and Cliff found went from tumbling out of dinghy to tumbling off bikes. Both are not recommended when your camera is in hand.

2009 – 2013

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The Gannets always gave me a subject to attempt to snap while on the boat but I never managed to  get a shot of a diving bird hitting the water.
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Dolphins were another subject, this one splashes along on its back
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No waves to tumble out of the dinghy when we landed on Motutapu Island in The Hauraki Gulf 
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The colours of the sand sea and storm clouds provide a dramatic contrast during a winter hike along Spirits Bay in the Far North of New Zealand
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Riley learns to throw a stone into the sea
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A boy and his mate
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Agnes at sundown
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Three generations 
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An old suspension bridge we cycled over in Central Otago in the South Island of New Zealand
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Melbourne took on a more menacing look by switching to monochrome
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The same location in Melbourne but with colour added
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A misty morning in Whangaroa Harbour
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The Fujifilm FX10 was used while cycling through Germany
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and Burgundy
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ruth powers across a colourful bridge in Burgundy
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and curses the hills in Provence
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The FX 10 allowed panorama shots such as this of Rousillon in Provence
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One of the few successful night shots I have taken without a tripod. Pont Alexandra III bridge in Paris.
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Experimenting with the FX10 settings in Venice
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When the FX 10 succumbed to my off-cycle adventure we had to use the iPhone 5s as our primary camera for the rest of 2013 – Ruth looks untroubled by the climb out of Riomaggiore
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Another iPhone 5s shot, this time of Montepulciano
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Ruth took this photo at Matauri Bay back in NZ as we dipped our toes in the sea in late spring 2013

2 comments

    1. There is always hope – with every trip we hope to advance our cycling skills – at the end it is often a case of ‘maybe next trip” – I will try to be kinder to my camera this time – I purchased a case to act as a shock absorber.

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