Kaitlin & Chris – Saratoga Springs Wedding Photographer

Kaitlin and Chris came from Boston to get married in Saratoga, where they were welcomed/cursed with a sweltering summer day. I shot with Chris, his family and the groomsmen at a private residence before heading to St Clements for the ceremony. These photos were taken for Stephen Whiting of Rob Spring Photography. Congratulations to you both!

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The reception was hosted at the Museum of Racing in Saratoga. The Hall of fame was done up just right and the guests enjoyed the circular galleries and outdoor patio during cocktail hour. 

Walking into their reception and first dance, followed by some of the best toasts I’ve heard!

New Zealand – March 19th

Continued from March 18th

My flight to the south island was completely uneventful and pleasant.  Once in Christchurch, I picked up my next rental van, groceries and gas and started my counter-clockwise tour of the south island. The countryside was nice, but the light was bleh and there weren’t many places to pull over, so for the most part I did not stop. I stopped at one small waterfall with signs reading “Danger, do not go down to the falls. Lives have been lost. Thank you, signed, The Government.” 

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I arrived in early evening at Kerr Bay in Nelson Lakes National park on the shore of Lake Rotoiti. Commence my next fast-paced shooting-the-sunset extravaganza!

Last light on the St Arnaud Range to the west of lake Rotoiti was really spectacular. However the sand flies and freezing glacial-lake water made for very uncomfortable conditions.

New Zealand – March 18th

Continued from March 17th

My last day on the north island dawned with a good smothering of fog. I love fog, so I stopped many times on my drive north to photograph the beautiful grasslands and farms blanketed in it.  

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I got to Bridal veil falls before the rush of tourists arrived, and the overcast sky was perfect for this gorgeous waterfall. There is a 263-step wooden staircase all the way to the bottom of this giant. 

I also stopped at the turquoise watered town of Raglan, before continuing northwards to Auckland. 

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New Zealand – March 17th

Continued from March 15th. (Nothing interesting happened on March 16th.)

One of the best days of my life started at the Otorohanga Kiwi House, a bird sanctuary.  The kiwis are housed in a nocturnal exhibit, and no photography is allowed.. but there *may* have been a time when I was the only one in there, and a few photos *might* have been taken in the small amount of exhibit light available. For a while I just looked at this totally weirdass creature. 

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Ducks, Scaups, Kea, Kakapo, Kaka, Owls, Pigeons, Parakeets, Rails, Teals, Warblers, Geese and Oystercatchers of varying endangerment status were also photographed.

I also got to see Tuatara, a species that resembles iguanas but is just as closely related to lizards as they are to birds and snakes; a prehistoric relic that has been a favorite of mine since I was a kid.

The Spellbound Glowworm Cave tour started with a bus shuttle across steep, brown grassy hills dotted with farms, underneath which lay the limestone caves.  Here is the cave entrance. 

It may be best to view the following photos in a dark room. Imagine you are on a raft on an underground river in a cave. The only light comes from the bums of fungus gnat maggots (I can see why they call them glowworms) above you and on all sides. The strings you see below are sticky silk that the worms let down- when bugs get stuck on a string, the glowworm eats it and the whole string. 

These photos were taken handheld on a boat in complete darkness with manual focus.

After that cave, we ate cookies before walking through another cave, with some glow worms, awesome cave forms, 200,000 year old Moa bones and Cave Weta – the grasshopper-like carnivorous insect below.

As soon as those tours were over, I got into my van and drove out to Marokopa falls, which took a lot longer to get to than I’d thought, and the sun was setting. I stopped to photograph the beautiful countryside and cows once.

As soon as I got to the Marokopa trailhead, I RAN through the forest to the most wonderful, awe inspiring waterfall I’ve ever seen. It was perfect. Magnificent. It didn’t take me long to take all the pictures I wanted, and for a while I just stood there and admired the beauty of it all.

On my way back at dusk, I stopped at “The natural bridge” which is an archway over a gorge- the only remaining roof of what was once a huge cave. I was again surrounded by glow worms on the sides of the gorge, and the absolute stunning beauty of glow worms on the arch was phenomenal. Oh my glowworms (OMG)! Finally, the moon and the stars were gorgeous in the clear sky. The last photo on the left is a macro shot of a glowworm eating a sticky thread by the light of my flashlight- it’s that brownish horizontal line. 

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SUNDAY at Albany Lindy Blues and Swimming Weekend – Dance Event Photographer

The last day of ALBS was softer, warmer, and more relaxed (see also: Sleep deprived, lazy) but still filled with good dancing, music and friends.

Workshops: Damon Stone and Joy Arico

Band: Nisky Dixie Cats

Hosted by: Albany Lindy & Blues 

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