06.02.10

Launch of new Website – Williams Photography

Posted in General at 10:08 pm by Warren Williams

Some of my regular subscribers may have wondered why I’ve been slow at posting lately.

I’ve been busy building a new blog for the joint venture between Katrina and I.

I shall keep this going, and have further plans to move this whole blog across to the root directory, of warrenwilliams.co.nz with a new design etc.

In the meantime, please keep checking by our new site,

http://www.williamsphotography.co.nz – which has larger splash images, funky designs, and ability to do built in flash galleries.

01.09.10

Introducing Katrina – Kiwi Farm Girl

Posted in General, Nature, People, Wedding at 5:15 pm by Warren Williams

Arriving back into New Zealand, first agenda was to catch up with friends and family. During my time away in London, I had also been discussing future business plans with photographer, and make up artist, Katrina. I’ll also formally introduce her now as my girlfriend and business partner. She’s currently working for a top photography studio, doing mostly black and white portrait shoots, and also assisting award winning photographer, Brett Lees from Unique Visions on some wedding shoots. We spent the afternoon at her farm near Bethells Beach, overlooking the rolling Waitakere hills landscape.

Katrina Elton


Feeding Bailey, one of the horses on the farm


Ziggy, their Shetland Sheepdog


Katrina amongst the daisies in the bottom paddock

Katrina Elton


With one of the Jersey cows

It is now our goal, to work together using her great perspective of capturing moments and her lighting ability, to complement my own creative style of photography. In addition to her offering bridal makeup also. Feel free to contact us via my website.

12.25.09

Christmas in Sant Estevam

Posted in General, People at 9:21 pm by Warren Williams

After our beach excursions, Angus and I headed back to his family home in Santo Estevam (St Stephen’s) to experience Christmas. We attended a Christmas service in the Basilica of Bom Jesus, Old Goa, whilst witnessing the village of Santo Estevam transforming with celebrations, lights and many nativity scenes.

Christmas Lights

Neighbours in Sant Estevam, Goa
Neighbours

Family Sant Estevam
Friendly family in the village

Boxing Day was spent chilled in the village, and eating several feasts 😉

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12.15.09

Onwards to Evershine Nagar, Malad West

Posted in General, People, Transportation, Travel at 8:29 pm by Warren Williams

After finally receiving some more adequate sleep, Angus and I ventured off via taxi to the north of Mumbai, to his family home in Evershine Nagar, Malad West. What a way to experience true Indian traffic firsthand! – The fairly short journey took a whopping two and a half hours, so I managed to admire the surroundings in the scorching street heat and snap a few shots.

Feet of Rickshaw driver
Rickshaw driver

CNG Mumbai
Our taxi being filled with CNG – commonplace in Mumbai

Capacity: 3 idiots
Pun of the recent movie “3 idiots” on the back of a rickshaw


Clearly on a road with no traffic

Once we had reached the neighbourhood of Evershine Nagar, Angus and I decided to have a quick wander around the small local streets.

Bananas Mumbai
Ripening bananas

Oranges in Mumbai

Loaded bicycle in Mumbai
Heavily loaded bicycle

Pineapple Mumbai
Fresh pineapple

Man through a drain pipe
Street stall through a large drainage pipe

Apartments in Evershine Nagar


Friendly dog outside the apartment

Sunset Evershine Nagar
Sunset from the 4th floor of the apartment

Right at this moment, we made a hasty getaway to the highway for our bus trip to Goa. Simply put; the WORST trip I have ever done. 7pm until 9am the following morning, as we traversed what seemed like the windiest roads possible on the journey south. Sleeping wasn’t possible amongst the winding roads, and bopping to the ring-a-ting-ting Bollywood movies on offer, with treble echoing around the bus. I strongly recommend anyone to fly down – or even catch a train.


Coca-Cola 3-wheeler truck whilst waiting for our bus

Rickshaw motion blur
Zooming Rickshaw

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12.13.09

Destination India!

Posted in Aviation, General, Travel at 11:59 pm by Warren Williams

With my decision to return downunder permanently, the timing couldn’t have worked out any better, with one of my best friends, Angus, inviting me along for a four week trip to India. Mixing our time up between the busy and chaotic city of Mumbai (Bombay), and to one of India’s finest states of Goa for a very hot winter. Whilst in Goa, our time will also be divided between the Kamat Holiday Home apartments at Calangute Beach, and further inland at the beautiful Santo Estevam village on Jua Island.

As customary on my previous trips, I flew Emirates airline, reserving a window seat to enjoy the views from 35,000 feet in the air.

Emirates 777-300 A6-EMR
Emirates 777-300

Alps 35,000 feet
The Alps

Alps

Sunset over Middle East
Sunset before arriving into Dubai

Twilight Emirates 777-300
Twilight

Check back soon for many updates from India (It’s been a busy few weeks back in NZ)

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12.12.09

Santa’s London Farewell

Posted in General, Landscape, People, Travel at 6:02 pm by Warren Williams

With a permanent move back downunder, decided to meet with a few friends in Leicester Square for one final pub meal and drinks. With a quick wander through to Trafalgar Square, realised 500 Santas had come out to play…

Santa Trafalgar Square


Farewell to good kiwi friends Leanne and Aimee – after a great season watching the All Blacks

500 Santas on Nelson's Column
Hundreds of Santas – Nelson’s Column, Trafalgar Square

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11.07.09

Hornimans Museum & Blackheath Fireworks

Posted in Animals, General at 9:56 pm by Warren Williams

 With an evening being spent watching the great fireworks over Blackheath, Neal, Kay and I decided to venture into the free Hornimans Musueum of Forest Hill, London.

Dory - Finding Nemo
Regal Tang – (Dory, from Finding Nemo)

White Spotted Jellyfish
White Spotted Jellyfish

White Spotted Jellyfish - Hornimans

Fireworks

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09.13.09

Thames Festival

Posted in General, People at 9:55 pm by Warren Williams

The Mayor’s Thames Festival, is a yearly free event with plenty of food, music, arts and fireworks to finish off the weekend.

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09.08.09

Evening Stroll through Hampstead Heath

Posted in General, Nature at 8:00 pm by Warren Williams

As the sun was setting over London, took a leisurely walk through the expansive Hampstead Heath, en route to an Italian dinner with my friend Katie.

Hampstead Heath green trees
Golden light, just as the leaves were turning to the autumn colours

85L

1920's hat
Katie’s new 1920’s hat

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08.31.09

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Posted in General, People at 5:00 pm by Warren Williams

After experiencing my first Notting Hill Carnival last year, I made sure I could attend again, to witness the culture of the Caribbean through their music, costumes and delicacies. Decided to use the Notting Hill Carnival as the 12th event for the London Photography Meetups group, where everyone had a blast, whilst trying not to get lost amongst the crowd of near 1 million people. Here’s a few of my favourites:

Notting Hill Carnival 2009
Happily gave this busker some change

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009
The talented Ray Wise

Notting Hill Carnival 2009 Portrait

Notting Hill Carnival 2009 Portrait

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival 2009

Notting Hill Carnival Eye Contact

Banana and Chocolate Crepe - Notting Hill Carnival 2009
Banana and Chocolate Crepe – Great way to follow up after Jerk Chicken and Rice

Notting Hill Carnival 2009
Jarvis getting in the swing of it

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07.11.09

Schönbrunn Palace

Posted in General, Travel at 7:30 pm by Warren Williams

After the long drive with the coach tour, we had fifteen minutes to explore Schönbrunn Palace on the outskirts of Vienna, before arriving to our hostel for the next two nights. Schönbrunn Palace was built in the late 17th century, and is the former imperial summer residence.

Schönbrunn Palace
Schönbrunn Palace and the immaculate gardens

Glorietta, Schönbrunn Palace
Gloriette, atop the 60m hill overlooking Schönbrunn built in 1775.


Nic, Warren, Ritchie, Grant & Peter all from NZ & Oz

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07.04.09

London Strobist Portraits

Posted in General, People at 9:09 pm by Warren Williams

Another evening meetup with the local London POTN crew, had a fun evening shooting and experimenting with various lighting setups.


Mitesh


Yoland


Laura and Yoland

04.26.09

Primrose Hill – London Photography Meetup

Posted in General, Landscape, People at 10:00 pm by Warren Williams

Primrose Hill was the starting scene for the 8th London Photography meetup group, that I was hosting for a walk and shoot around London. After meeting at Chalk Farm, and ascending Primrose Hill (not exactly that high!), we wandered through  neighbouring Regent’s Park before venturing into the pub for a drink and meal. Later in the evening, a few who remained practiced some off camera flash lighting in Leake Street, with the known Waterloo Graffiti, before watching the sun go down behind Westminster.

Click for HD video
Click to watch HD video, captured with a Canon 5D II


Standing bright in yellow

Leake Street Graffiti Can
Leake Street


Neal


Gerhard


Andrew

Thames River, London
South Bank

Westminster Big Ben Sunset
House of Parliament as the sun goes down


Wireless off camera lighting (under railing)

London off camera flash
Neal again with some more off camera flash

Photographymeetups.com next meetup will be on Saturday 16th May at the Borough Food Market. And will be hosted by myself again, sharing technical tips/suggestions to improve your shots.

04.22.09

Spring Flowers in London

Posted in General, Nature at 4:45 pm by Warren Williams

More than a year has passed since last visited St James’s park, next to Buckingham Palace. Back then, plenty of daffodils were on display, however this year the season has already passed, with the other flowers in full colour.

Dying Daffodil
Dying Daffodil

Bluebells London
Bluebells


Field of flowers, with London Eye


Spent the next few days at the family home in Hastings, where the garden was also blooming.

04.12.09

Phillip Island

Posted in General, People, Travel at 6:26 pm by Warren Williams

Phillip Island is another popular tourist destination featuring rugged coastlines, an international racing circuit and wildlife such as penguins and seals at the western end – The Nobbies.


Cowes – largest town on the northen point of island


Rits, about to get a dunking near the Nobbies


Dramatic coastlines from the Nobbies centre, though closed at sunset, so no dramatic photos possible.

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