Showing posts with label travel photography. Show all posts
Showing posts with label travel photography. Show all posts

Thursday, 26 May 2016

Hobbiton Movie Set Tour - A Definite New Zealand Must Do

I have not read or seen Lord of The Rings, yet I enjoyed myself thoroughly. I had read The Hobbit  and watched the film so I, had some idea and of course, know of the legendary director Peter Jackson.

Still, I found the entire village fascinating, even magical. This was not only due to sets and scenery but the fabulous stories told by our host like how the location was discovered, how news of the location leaked, how trees were planted and leaves handsewn, what filming tricks were used and where certain scenes were actually filmed. 

I just adored the Hobbit homes. Maybe because I'm actually hobbit sized myself. 

I hesitate to show you so many pictures because I really think you should go and experience it for yourself but if you have no immediate plans to visit, feel free to look on.


 This is the Party Tree where Bilbo's 111th and Frodo's 33rd (coming of age) birthday took place. 
The Party Tree

Almost at The Green Dragon

The Green Dragon From afar

Inside the Green Dragon

 If you don't think you will get to visit and want to read more about how the Hobbiton village came about, Steve Meacham does a great job in his Traveller article of relaying these stories as told by the family and our guide. There is also plenty of information on the Hobbiton website.

Meantime, thanks for stopping by this blog to look at the photos and I do hope you get a chance to visit.

Nina Beilby is a professional photographer based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at

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Monday, 16 May 2016

Cambridge, New Zealand - Not What I'd Expected!

A traditional telephone booth is now a Book Exchange

After miles and miles of rolling deep green hills dotted with sheep and cattle, we arrive in Cambridge. Much to our surprise and delight, it was not at all what we expected to find 135 kilometres (83.9 miles) from Auckland.  

Cambridge is a quaint mix of colonial traditional and hipster all set amongst well maintained lush gardens and flagstone pavements. 

And as we were to discover, Cambridge is not only home to dairy farmers and horse breeders but also elite athletes. National sport organisations like cycling, rowing, and triathlon are based here. 

Enjoying the Autumn Sunshine at Cafe Rouge

paddock cafe grow their own herbs..

Town Clock

St Andrews Anglican Church

Maungatautari Road
Heading out of downtown Cambridge toward Sakura (Health Spa & Retreat), the tree lined streets surround Lake Karapiro. There is the purpose built Te Awa 8km walk/cycle way, (we walked) and enjoyed the most lovely fresh air and several visits from Tieke, a very inquisitive local bird.

Whilst my friend and I enjoyed our brisk walk, our teen decided to sit and read.

Cambridge was just stunning and one of my new favourite places on earth. Stay tuned for more of our trip including Hobbiton, Sakura and New Plymouth.

Nina Beilby is a professional photographer based in Chatswood, Sydney, Australia. You can see more of her work at

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Thursday, 10 May 2012

Sydney Landscape - Super Moon Sunset

 I was super excited to wait on the rise of the Earth's Super Moon, this past Sunday. I watched the kids frolic in the warm autumn water and sand for some time and was beginning to worry that the headland was rather too far out and that we may have missed this once in a long while opportunity when all of a sudden it was there in all of it's full amazing glory!

 These images are all straight out of the camera, no Photoshop, no editing except for the following one which is two exposures (one slow and one fast) combined to get the soft waves. My sensor is completely filthy due to several recent shoots at beach and park locations, so don't look too closely or you will see loads of blobs! 

Thursday, 10 March 2011

Beautiful Landscape Photography - East of Portland

What a fabulous time with fellow photographer, Bruce MacGregor. A trip down Highway 97 was also a trip into the past and afforded us many photographic opportunities. We were both interested in buildings or scenery with character and we found a few indeed. In fact, we got so carried away, we missed lunch. (oh and the fact that all the towns were practically deserted and there weren't any restaurants contributed to this).

Looking into the church

Inside the church

 Old Gas Station

Baby Deer visit after dinner!