Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Lake Rotorua and Sulphur Point Photo adventure with Janet Keen and Jing Pan Early morning.

Early morning this lovely lady was taking her little dog for a walk with her friend around the lakefront to Sulphur Point.

Float planes at the lakefront ready for business
This time in the morning the lake is like a Monet painting 

Seagulls at Rotorua lakefront stake out their jetties in the hope that someone will come along and give them breakfast.

Lone seagull flying in
Sunrise against the Manuka

Sulphurous rocks along Sulphur Point

Islands with more seagulls and vegetation glinting in the early morning sun
Gorgeous textures and colours of these volcanic rocks
Pools of hot water mix with fresh water and steam escapes into the early morning air.

The little dog and her owner catches up to us at Sulphur Point. I don't think the point of the exercise is to exercise the dog.

Monday, January 19, 2015

Kuirau Park Market, Rotorua every Saturday morning from 7.30 to around 12noon. The art of being a lovely photographer.

Plenty of bargains to be found at the Kuirau Park Market, especially for breakfast and veges, you just gotta know where to look 

 The vibe is very laid back and nonthreatening

Everyone is out for a good time eating breakfast and breakfast can be all sorts of things like whitebait fritters to samosas to kebabs. 

People don't seem to mind you taking shots of them. This young guy had a very pleasant manner.

Some people dress up so they look radiant.

 I always like taking shots of the vegetable displays because they look luscious.  
I got a cool recipe from this customer that I am going to try out.  

Garlic, ginger, olive oil, soy sauce. 
Cut up beans to bite sized pieces. 
Mix the ingredients together and pour over beans. 
Heat wok and stir fry until just cooked.


 Some cloths for sale are like works of art

Even the rubbish bins are decorated 

These people gave me a free dumpling with meat in it. For taking their photo, I often buy kebab sticks from around this area.

This guy has an innovative business that people flock to from all over the world from comments made about his food from Tripadvisor. I use Tripadvisor a lot to book accommodation and  other things and they often link back to me so it's a win,win.
Lovely , friendly men, I'm going to make some time to go visit their business in Amohau Street, (formerly Joe's Diner), because I think it would be good to write a travel article about them.
Dumplings look good, I have had these before and they are very filling.
All of the people on the stands are unfailingly nice and happy.
 It's a good vibe place for sure and the food really is quite ethnic in a way. 
It's not like an upmarket or middle class, boutique farmers market,( which has a different charm of its own),  it's more like a community food fest for families. A morning out for happy, humble people.

I love going around talking to market holders about their businesses. 
You hear some pretty interesting stories. It's a real culture of its own the market culture.

It is for the vegetable samosas that I return again and again.
I have been eating them for the past thirteen years. Graham and I usually go about once a month as a treat.

This time I took my camera club buddy Jing and we sat eating them with our feet in the hot water foot baths. 

The baths this day were lovely and hot.

This is the first time Jing had tasted the samosas.

She liked them a lot

We are always trying to take the perfect portrait of each other in different situations.
I must admit that I prefer going out on photo safari's with just one other person so you can interact and have fun together.
Passerbys always wave out or talk.
And sometimes you get to hear stories about people's families that are special.

This man was taking his grandson for an outing and he was an engineer and used to build dams in Borneo.

Their relationship was so special and the boy was a well behaved, serene person with the face and manners of an angel.

I am a free lance writer and photographer looking for employment to write travel articles for magazines and newspapers so feel free to contact me if you would like to pay me to write some articles and take some photography about Rotorua and other places in the Bay of Plenty . 
You can reach me at  jkeen@clear.net.nz 

 Creative Quote of the day  

An artist is not paid for her  labour but for her vision.

 “Rembrandt painted portraits, The Karate Kid painted 
fences, and I paint my toenails. But I’m not a snob, I still 
consider those other two guys to be artists.
to Deal With Change by Deciding to Let Indecision Into 
Your Life

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Waiararapa Christmas Holiday 2015


The art of being a lovely photographer...
Some snaps from our holiday, please enjoy.
Mount Ruapehu on the Dessert Road on the way down to Waiararapa

Grape vines and vineyards are everywhere in Waiararapa,

 we stayed in a little white cottage in the middle of a vineyard at number 

The mail box at our cottage

 This was one of our views
 It was what I imagine the South of France to be like. 
This padlock looked intriguing in the golden light

I love beehives and I  thought these ones were lovely

Dappled light

This lighthouse took a long time to drive to but was it worth it.
The steps up on a sweltering day I thought I wouldn't make but I got there and
   the view was well worth it.


Beautiful coastline with huge seal colonies. 

This is the bridge over the stony river that we went to most days for a swim to cool down. The water was clean and reasonably swift flowing but it wasn't too cold and it felt so good to cool down

I loved this abandoned cottage in the middle of a maize field.
 There were a number of old buildings lie this on farms that would have been great to explore. 

Creative Quote of the week  
 Dear brothers and sisters, after the great Pope John Paul II, the cardinals have elected me - a simple, humble worker in the vineyard of the Lord.