Making sense of my photography hobby in retirement

Matakana

Fireflame Chillies

I love street markets, no matter where in the world they are. Its the combinations of colors, activity and people that make them so fascinating. Here is a selection of images taken at the Matakana Market, a farmers’ market held during the summer at Matakana Village, an hour’s drive north of Auckland.

Matakana Market, Northland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Fireflame, that’s on medium please!

Matakana Market, Northland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

“Now you need to understand some of the finer points about chillies”

Matakana Market, Northland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

“Which one would you like to try first?”

Matakana Market, Northland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

You’ll need to visit Puhoi to see the “Big Cheese”

Matakana Market, Northland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

“And now for a we spell to turn this into the perfect organic crepe”

Matakana Market, Northland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Why can’t I grow basil like that?

Matakana Market, Northland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

“This, Monsieur, is the perfect pastry for you”


Market Minstrels

Because I haven’t had much time lately to get out and photograph anything, because of packing our house full of belongings into a storage unit, so I have revisited my library of images to get inspiration for posts.  The next few posts will contain images taken at the Matakana Market located about an hour’s drive north of Auckland.  The farmers’ market runs on Saturdays through the summer months and attracts large numbers of visitors from Auckland and the surrounding district, especially from the holiday homes at the nearby beaches.

One of the features of the market is the small group of musicians who play there during the opening hours to entertain shoppers. Occasionally they leave their “stand” and wander through the market. Here are a couple of images of the market minstrels.

Matakana Market, Northland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013

Free Range Eggs

Matakana Market, Northland, New Zealand, Copyright Chris Gregory 2013


Autumn/Fall Colours Revisited

I have been sifting through pictures I have taken over the last year and reflecting on what I have learned, particularly with composition and processing.  This image was taken last year at Morris & James Pottery in Matakana, Northland.

Autumn Colours - Morris & James Pottery, Matakana, Northland

I knew what I was trying to capture when I took the photograph, but when I first saw the image on the computer screen I was disappointed. There was too much in the photo and the vibrancy of the colours shown in the window frame, pots and tree were flat and uninteresting.  I passed over the picture and went on to another.

Today I have revisited a number of images I took that day and had another close look at them.  This image was cropped from a larger picture that was cluttered with extraneous intrusions from three sides which made it a “nothing” shot.  Upon revisiting the photograph with the benefit of time having elapsed I was able to see what it was that I had originally wanted to capture.  Here is the result.


Potter’s Room

Matakana Village has become an arts and crafts centre on the Marhurangi Peninsula in Northland.  Surrounded by farmland and a growing number of vineyards,it has become  increasingly popular with holiday makers and weekenders from Auckland. In the basement area of the old Matakana Co-operative Dairy Factory there is a potter’s workshop.  Light from the windows picks up the warm colours of newly thrown and drying pots waiting to glazed and fired.  The ambiance of old timbers of the dairy factory, dust particles hanging in the air, and the aging concrete floor add atmosphere to the scene.

Sony Alpha DSLR – A200, 1/2000 sec, F 5.6, ISO 400, Sony DT 18-70 mm lens at 24 mm

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The Village Market Baker

A 60 km drive north of Auckland will take you to the delightful rural village of Matakana.  The village lies on the road from Warkworth to the fishing village of Leigh and the Leigh Marine Reserve.  In former times the village was no more than a dairy factory, general store, pub, a small church and a the local country primary school.

Over the last 30 years that has all changed.  City folk discovered the nearby beaches and built holiday cottages that drew weekend and holiday travellers into the area.  With them came the desire for some of the facilities they were used to in the suburbs so craft shops, cafes and coffee houses began opening in the village.  The Dairy factory has been taken over by a potter, craft furniture maker and a gift shop.  Nearby a boutique  cinema and shopping area has opened.  In the area between, behind the shopping area, a farmers market is held each Saturday morning throughout the year.

I captured this image while walking through the market.  Just before the shutter “clicked” the girl looked up slightly startled, then smiled and carried on with her work.

Sony Alpha DSLR – A200, 1/20 sec, F 4.5, ISO 100, Sony DT 18-70 mm lens at 26 mm

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