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Remember to take a moment to admire all the beautiful things that may be taken for granted everyday.

A beautiful view of Piha I captured when we stopped on the side of the road to take in and enjoy the view.

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PARADISE
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Standing in a pool, taking in the view from the top of the waterfall where my sister was a year ago xo
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Summer commute ...

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🙃 ⛈ Sometimes what you could easily view as a negative turns out to be a series of awesome events. See it often in my life and love those blessings! Krish and I had just finished up a few hours at Piha having explored the area, relished a remarkable sunset and practiced a plethora of photography ideas. Hoped for astro in the dark but just after sunset it began pouring down with rain. We got to the carpark, only ones left now, approached by a firefighter advising that a power line had fallen and we were not allowed to leave for some hours. Coincidentally, our bro Monish had seen my Instagram story and decided to join us in the astro mission, calling saying he was parked up nearby but couldn’t see my car. He was on the other end of Piha. It was an interesting walk in pitch black for us all to find each other on the beach but ended up being a memorable time catching up at Lion Rock. We took a lot of random shots and just enjoyed the simple process of seeing what we could as clouds pass and playing around with light painting photos. I think it was some great luck that night, to be ‘trapped’ there, to enjoy something like this in good company. The sea haze and high cloud made for amplified star glow too, this is quite the silver lining to a rainy night.

Thanks to Krish for helping with side lighting and Monish for slaying the torch pose.

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EXIF Tamron 17-28; 17mm f/2.8, 4seconds, ISO 12,800 single shot

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🧑‍🤝‍🧑 🏖️ Long walks on the beach. Piha showcasing that famous "sky on fire" sunset quite typical of West Auckland beaches.
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Due to the angle of the sun at this time and the volume/density of gas that the light passes through in the atmosphere, it really brings out that red in the longer end of the visible light spectrum. One of those moments that if you're not watching for it, can pass quite quickly in the later moments of golden hour, was constantly adjusting the ISO setting to keep as didn’t want to compromise the shutter speed and miss those waves. If you are curious to search more about it, the phenomenon is called "Rayleigh scattering".
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C R O W D E D
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Even a 30sec exposure wasn’t enough to erase the crowds from piha.
But it kind of adds story to the image I think.
Ghostly figures among the waves wait on their next big surge.
This was my first time visiting Piha beach.
I can see why everyone goes there.
Pretty happy with the recommendation from my local guide.
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I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of snapping Lion rock, here’s another from Tuesday’s adventure.
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Be strong enough
to stand alone,
Be yourself enough
to stand apart,

but be wise enough
to stand together
when the time comes.
-Mark Amend

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I hope you know, that no matter the circumstances and what part of your own journey you are on, you are still worth finding, worth knowing, worth loving.

Never forget that.

New Zealand,
from the archives
2019

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🤍🌊 NZ Summer
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#newzealand #newzealandbeaches #pihabeach #summernz #newzealandvacations #booty #fitness #goodvibes #ignewzealand #nzgirl #bikinigirl #auckland #bestofnewzealand #shein #thenorthface #northbeach
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No one is you, that is your power. 💕✨ ...

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Often end up with grainy shots like this and I hesitate to post it but Milkyway chasing is about so much more than just the final picture. The thrill of chasing the composition, enjoying staring at the bright stars, running in and out of rain clouds which ALWAYS storm in when you have something lined up, trying to figure out how best to process it later on to portray what you saw and how it felt.. and most memorably the week long recovery after a long night out 😂. This was the last shot of the 'night', taken at 4.42am. This time of year the sky is nice and dark with the galactic core above horizon for extended periods of time but if you want to see it arching over the West Coast then be prepared for some odd hours! 💤
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EXIF:ISO1600,20 seconds,12mm F2.0,Sony A6000
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The three brothers are reunited, celebrating under the 7 sisters (Matariki). Matariki is a time of Maori New Years, the word translates directly to ‘eyes of god’ referring to the 7 star cluster Pleiades. Pictured behind us is a strikingly similar cluster known as Southern Pleiades and we were absolutely stoked to get gaps in the clouds to observe this as we celebrate our own little reunion post covid lockdowns. This is a very important event in Maori culture, I hope New Zealand will coin this a public holiday with respect.
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It’s a very Monday kind of Monday ... and I’m like ... take me back ☀️😭

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Been a while since I've taken a sunset photo, maybe I should get back into it?

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Do you wax responsibly? Do you know if your surf wax is made of toxic ingredients? 95% of surf wax found on the market today contains toxic ingredients such as parrafins and synthetic perfumes.
Keep your surf environmentally friendly with matunas wax, its non-toxic and biodegradable, with labels made from recycled paper printed with soy based inks PLUS we’ve got plenty of stock at our surf shop, just pop in and say hi!

Open 7 days a week from 8am - 6pm. Contactless pick up available!
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Back to some regular Piha viewing....
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Piha! West coast beaches for the win. Lion rock looking majestic getting blasted with a little winter sun through the clouds.

Have revisited the edit on this shot a few times now, pretty happy with it at this point! This’ll be in my limited print editions at 20x16” once the Raglan Milkyway sells out (still a few left!!).
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There's a lot of us out here that are birds, man. We all need to just fly. ~ Travis Scott 🚀 ...

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Of calm pools and wild waves 🌊

Nature’s pretty cool, isn’t it? The rock features of this quiet corner of Piha Beach, known as The Gap, protect the shore from the fierce power of the Tasman Sea, but also let just enough water through to create this perfect, calm little lagoon ✨

According to Maori Tradition, The Gap was creating by Kaiwhare, a Taniwha (great being of the sea) who was the guardian spirit of the coast. Kaiwhare would cause floods and capsize canoes, so the local iwi decided he must be killed. When they tried to capture him, he thrashed and broke apart the rocks, creating The Gap. Because of this, the area is also known as Te Rua O Kaiwhare, “The Den of Kaiwhare” 〰️

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About Piha Beach:

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Piha is the most popular surf beach in New Zealand. Situated on the west coast of the North Island, 40 km from the town of Auckland, this black sandy beach has a reputation for an impressive surf that rolls across the Tasman Sea. When the Uncle Toby Iron Man contest was held at Piha in 1997, the canoes were snapped in two, and they never came again.

It could be moody, misty and enigmatic, wild, damp and wind-swept. Power goes off, phone lines go down, often the road in (and out) is blocked. It's not for the faint-hearted to live here.

Piha was the birthplace of the Malibu boarding school in New Zealand, launched by two Californian lifeguards in 1956. The first surf boat race to be held in New Zealand was at Piha in the 1930s.

Piha has rips and currents, and she's really unforgiving, so it's essential to swim only in areas patrolled by surf clubs. Fisherman deaths out of the rocks on a fairly regular basis, so check with the clubs before you head out.

Piha is not just surfing and sand. The landscape is spectacular and inspiring, with the towering cliffs and the magnificent Lion Rock standing guard over the sand. The beach is assisted by the Waitakere Ranges, a protected parkland in the subtropical forest, accessible via various bush tracks.

Piha has a beach side community composed of owners and residents of the river. Lifestyle is comfortable and easy, but there are all the essential facilities for a good life.

Please check it out. 

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