Welcome to my new look blog! I’ve taken the time to completely redesign the site with new galleries, new photos, and a sleek new design. I’ve spent the last week deciding on the best way to kick off my new look website: and I decided to lead off with a series I will be doing on photographers and people that inspire me. First off I’ll start with my good friend Rob Wilson.
Rob Wilson is a landscape photographer with a love for Wellington’s southern coast and a talent for capturing the night sky.
We both went to Rongotai College together many, many years ago, and we shared a lot of the same strange interests and hobbies. We both played paintball (apparently I asked Rob to leave the paintball team because he was “too controversial”, but I don’t remember that at all!) and were in the army cadets, and we both had an interest in art and science fiction.
Flash forward to twenty years later…and things have hardly changed! We first caught up again while I was in the middle of my 365: Rob was following along with the project and one day was driving past me while I was taking this photo. He stopped, we chatted, he mentioned that he had a Canon 350D and was interested in finding out how to use it.
So the next day we went out and took a few photos: I remember looking through his viewfinder and noticing that everything was blurry.
ME: “Um, do you wear glasses Rob?”
ME: “Anything wrong with your vision?”
ME: “So I think I’ve figured out why all your photos are coming out out of focus Rob.” :: tweaks viewfinder focus :: “Have a look though your viewfinder now.”
ROB: “Wow! Everything is so clear now!”
…and from there Rob has simply gone from strength to strength. Rob has an amazing eye for landscapes but his passion is the night sky. One of Robs strengths is his ability to pre-visualize a shot: when we go out on a mission he’s always got the final image in his head, and if he doesn’t get that shot he normally gets something very close. (The complete opposite to my style! Which leads to interesting missions…)
Rob has come a long way in a very short amount of time, and over the next few years I predict that Rob will make some big waves in the world of landscape and night photography. Thanks Rob for being an inspiration and for being a great friend.
Check out Rob’s portfolio here.