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  • Fun Under the Sun: Doggy Day Out

    written by amytam on 2013-07-13
    Fun Under the Sun: Doggy Day Out

    Although summer is not upon those (including myself) in the southern hemisphere, I'm still going to share one of my favourite activities during the summer -- taking the dog out for a nice day in the sun.

  • Lomography LC-Wide: Initial Review

    written by amytam on 2013-06-20 #gear
    Lomography LC-Wide: Initial Review

    The Lomography LC-Wide has been on my radar and wishlist for the last couple of years. In this article, I give you a quick review and my first impressions about my new favourite 35 mm camera.

  • Auckland Series: Simunovich Olive Estate

    written by amytam on 2013-06-13 #places
    Auckland Series: Simunovich Olive Estate

    The Simunovich family first started growing olive trees in the Adriatic island of Brac more than two centuries ago. Now, that tradition still thrives on their Simunovich Olive Estate nested in the Bombay Hills in Auckland.

  • Auckland Series: Auckland War Memorial Museum

    written by amytam on 2013-05-17 #places
    Auckland Series: Auckland War Memorial Museum

    Dedicated to the soldiers that lost their lives for New Zealand, the Auckland War Memorial Museum is a stunning and iconic building that is perfectly located within the Auckland Domain. This museum offers history, culture, science and art and is a key location for everybody including tourists and locals alike!

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  • SoLocations: Solo Walk at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery

    written by amytam on 2013-04-30 #places
    SoLocations: Solo Walk at St. Patrick's Catholic Cemetery

    I'm a creature of habit. Whenever I get my hands on a new camera or new films that I have yet to try, there is a particular location where I do my lone photo walks and test all my new finds/purchases! Keep reading to read about my favourite place to shoot.

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  • My Simple Nature Photography Tips

    written by amytam on 2013-04-29 #gear #tutorials
    My Simple Nature Photography Tips

    Nature. This theme dominates my gallery and is my favourite type of photography. Mother nature is truly beautiful. It's hard to not take a pretty photo as the subject is stunning to begin with and I want to share with you a couple of my tips when i go on a nature-driven shooting spree.

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  • My Love for the Lomography Redscale 100 ISO - 120

    written by amytam on 2013-04-12 #gear
    My Love for the Lomography Redscale 100 ISO - 120

    I love shooting with the Lomography Redscale 100, a slightly cheaper alternative to my favourite Lomography Redscale XR. Keep reading to find out why!

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  • Auckland Series: One Tree Hill Domain

    written by amytam on 2013-03-22 #places
    Auckland Series: One Tree Hill Domain

    An important memorial place for both Maori and New Zealanders, One Tree Hill is one of Auckland's largest intact volcanic cone. The 48-hectare domain, looked after by the Auckland Council, is also known as Maungakiekie which translates to 'mountain of the kiekie vine' and is a popular spot to enjoy for tourist and locals alike.

  • My Analogue Days: Photo Journalling

    written by amytam on 2013-03-14
    My Analogue Days: Photo Journalling

    Question: How do I incorporate analogue in my life aside from shooting film? Answer: Photo Journalling.

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  • Auckland Series: Rainbows End

    written by amytam on 2013-03-01 #places
    Auckland Series: Rainbows End

    New Zealand's largest theme park, Rainbows End, has something for everyone. Whether you're here for the adrenaline rush or family fun, this theme park can give you and your family a full day's worth of entertainment!

  • SoLocations: Maraetai Pier

    written by amytam on 2013-02-19 #places
    SoLocations: Maraetai Pier

    When in need for some peace and quiet, my favourite place to go for some quality "me" time is the picturesque pier in Maraetai.

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  • Auckland Eateries: Valentine's Day Edition

    written by amytam on 2013-02-13 #places
    Auckland Eateries: Valentine's Day Edition

    Fellow Aucklanders! Stuck on where to take your loved ones for Saint Valentine's Day? Want to go out for a romantic meal but not sure where to go? Let me give you a few ideas!

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  • My Analogue Resolution: Goals for 2013

    written by amytam on 2013-01-23
    My Analogue Resolution: Goals for 2013

    The beginning of the year is the best time to set yourself some goals for the beautiful year ahead! For 2013, I want to share with you my 5 analogue resolutions!

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  • Auckland Series: Silo Park

    written by amytam on 2013-01-14 #places
    Auckland Series: Silo Park

    It's currently summer in New Zealand, so if you want a lovely place to spend the warm long days, why not head down to the beautiful Silo Park which is suitable for the young and old alike?

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  • The Land Down Under: Dreamworld, Gold Coast

    written by amytam on 2013-01-11 #places
    The Land Down Under: Dreamworld, Gold Coast

    Attention all adrenaline junkies and lovers of fun and excitement! If you ever head to the land down under, you MUST go to Dreamworld located in the beautiful Gold Coast!

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  • Auckland Series: Auckland Zoo

    written by amytam on 2012-12-18 #places
    Auckland Series: Auckland Zoo

    The Auckland Zoo - winner of multiple national and international environmental-related awards - is set in 17 hectares of flourishing parkland, and is home to over 130 different species and over 850 animals! Only a five-minute drive from the busy Auckland City Business District, this Zoo is a popular tourist attraction

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  • What I Want for Christmas

    written by amytam on 2012-12-10
    What I Want for Christmas

    Dear Santa: This is my wishlist for 2012. From Amy.

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  • My First 110 Camera: The Asahi Pentax Auto 110

    written by amytam on 2012-11-21 #gear
    My First 110 Camera: The Asahi Pentax Auto 110

    Since the release of the new 110 film from Lomography, I have been tempted to get myself a small camera and give this small format a go. But being a lover of bargains and my attempts to keep my spending down, I rummaged through Trademe (New Zealand's version of Ebay) listings and purchased my new vintage baby - Pentax Auto 110!

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  • Auckland Eateries: Circus Circus

    written by amytam on 2012-11-16 #places
    Auckland Eateries: Circus Circus

    One of the most famous cafés in Mt Eden, Auckland - Circus Circus is a popular hangout that can be found bursting with customers during different hours of the day. Whether it's breakfast, brunch, lunch, dinner or dessert - Cirus Circus is a go-to eatery that won't disappoint.

  • Auckland Series: Botanical Gardens

    written by amytam on 2012-10-26 #places
    Auckland Series: Botanical Gardens

    Open to the public with free admission, the Auckland Botanical Gardens is always flourishing with a stunning collection of different plants and is every landscape photographer's dream with an endless amount of photo opportunities!

  • Music via Analogue

    written by amytam on 2012-10-18
    Music via Analogue

    The digital era is upon us and I must admit, I am a fan of technology. I can't live without the convenience of the Internet, and I'm never far from my smart phone. But there are two things that I still prefer analogue - photography and music.

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  • Auckland Eateries: An Introduction

    written by amytam on 2012-10-12 #places
    Auckland Eateries: An Introduction

    Being an Aucklander for 20 years, I have to admit I'm rather biased when it comes to praising what Auckland has to offer. I've travelled to many places around the world but there is nothing quite like returning home after an exotic trip and induldging in the many amazing eateries in Auckland.

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  • My Childhood in Analogue

    written by amytam on 2012-10-08
    My Childhood in Analogue

    A sneak peek into my childhood via old photos taken by my beloved mother. My mum and dad believed that my sisters and I were the most adorable things in the world and like all parents who love their children, they took endless amount of photos and videos.

  • Auckland: An Introduction

    written by amytam on 2012-10-03 #places
    Auckland: An Introduction

    Auckland - the largest city in New Zealand - has a population of over 1.3 million people and is located in the northern central region of the North Island of New Zealand. This location series will introduce you to some of the best spots and attractions that Auckland has to offer. But first, let me give you an introduction!

  • The Perks of a Photography Interest Group

    written by amytam on 2012-09-18
    The Perks of a Photography Interest Group

    We've all been told about the dangers of meeting people online, but sometimes, a little risk may pay off! Keep reading to see how I met fellow Lomographers in person and the benefits of forming a photography club!

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  • Pushing the Boundaries with Lomography Redscale

    written by amytam on 2012-09-12 #gear #tutorials
    Pushing the Boundaries with Lomography Redscale

    My annoyance with my underexposed redscales has encouraged me to push the boundaries. Keep reading for my redscale tip :)

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  • Howick Historical Village: A Heritage Experience

    written by amytam on 2012-09-10 #places
    Howick Historical Village: A Heritage Experience

    An architectural museum/village that offers a historical representation of Howick in the mid-1800s. With beautifully-restored buildings, tranquil pond, and live days every month, the Howick Historical Village is an excellent place to take the family and explore as well as learn! Keep reading for more details!

  • Karangahape Road: An Urban Adventure

    written by amytam on 2012-08-27 #places
    Karangahape Road: An Urban Adventure

    Karangahape Road (aka K Road) located in Central Auckland, is an exciting and cultural location that is perfect for just about anyone. Keep reading for more information!

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  • Diana F+ El Toro: My First Medium Format Camera

    written by amytam on 2012-08-08 #videos #gear
    Diana F+ El Toro: My First Medium Format Camera

    When I decided to try medium format photography, I was indecisive on whether to begin with a Holga or a Diana F+. But after I laid eyes on the beautiful red and black El Toro edition of the Diana F+ on the Lomography shop site, I was sold. Keep reading for my review.

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  • Fujifilm Instax Mini 25: A Great Toy for the Complete Novice

    written by amytam on 2012-07-26 #people #gear
    Fujifilm Instax Mini 25: A Great Toy for the Complete Novice

    The light and handy Fujifilm Instax mini 25 is a new addition to my camera collection. This camera is easy to use and has a few new features compared to its predecessor. Keep reading for more details!

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  • The Panmure Fencible Historic Reserve

    written by amytam on 2012-07-20 #places
    The Panmure Fencible Historic Reserve

    You can drive pass the same beautiful location everyday and never have time to stop, get out, and take some photos. Last week, I made the most of the sunny weather and explored a reserve that I regularly drive pass on my way to work - The Panmure Fencible Historic Reserve.

  • Supersampler: Keeping It Still

    written by amytam on 2012-07-05
    Supersampler: Keeping It Still

    There are many fun ways that you can use the Supersampler and techniques such as moving the camera or taking a photo of a moving subject is popular amongst lomographers. However, my preferred technique is to keep the camera still. Keep reading to find out why!

  • DIY Film Retriever/Extractor

    written by amytam on 2012-06-29 #gear #tutorials
    DIY Film Retriever/Extractor

    Don't you just HATE it when you accidentally rewind the entire roll of film that you intend to use for a film swap? So here is a simple tip that you can use on any 35mm fully retracted film leader!

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  • Diana Instant Back+: The Joy of Instant Photography

    written by amytam on 2012-06-19 #gear
    Diana Instant Back+: The Joy of Instant Photography

    As an amateur photographer, one of the challenges that I encounter whenever I indulge in analogue photography is the resulting image being different from what I expected. This is where instant photography comes in. Keep reading for more rambling!

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  • How to Prevent Camera Neglect

    written by amytam on 2012-06-12
    How to Prevent Camera Neglect

    To all avid lomographers - how many of you have a collection of cameras in your possession? And how many of you still have film inside a camera but cannot remember when and where was the last time you took that camera out? Keep reading for my tip on how to avoid camera neglect and prevent sending your film to the land of forgotten film!

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  • Rekindle Your Youth at Treasure Island Adventure Golf

    written by amytam on 2012-06-12 #places
    Rekindle Your Youth at Treasure Island Adventure Golf

    Every now and then, we all need to let our hair loose and indulge in our youthful side. One of my favorite ways to put all my worries behind is to play miniature golf at Treasure Island Adventure Golf.

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  • Capturing the Essence of Autumn

    written by amytam on 2012-05-29
    Capturing the Essence of Autumn

    For those in the Southern Hemisphere suffering from the 'I miss summer' syndrome. Don't Fret. Beat the blues by making the most of the cooler climate and the amazing color scheme produced by Mother Nature and enjoy Autumn - The Best Season Ever.

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  • Auckland Domain: Something for Everyone

    written by amytam on 2012-05-21 #places
    Auckland Domain: Something for Everyone

    Whether you're taking your kids to the museum, having a romantic picnic at the Wintergarden courtyard, playing sports at the fields, or simply taking a break from the busy city life, Auckland Domain has much to offer! Keep reading for the details!

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  • Lomography Redscale XR 50-200: My New Favorite

    written by amytam on 2012-05-21 #gear
    Lomography Redscale XR 50-200: My New Favorite

    A beginnier in photography? Playing with a new camera and going through the trial and error phase? Sick of producing images that are either under- or over- exposured? Try using the forgiving Lomography Redscale XR 50-200 which produces vibrant and striking images and increase your success rate! Keep reading for more details.

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  • Catching Up with Nature at Barry Curtis Park

    written by amytam on 2012-05-09 #places
    Catching Up with Nature at Barry Curtis Park

    Every now and then, I find myself drowning amongst paperwork, e-mails and computers. Urban life can be suffocating and at times, all I want to do is break free and have a one-on-one with nature. When these 'episodes' arises, my favorite thing to do is take a stroll in the park, equipped with a bottle of water, and a camera.

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  • Scenie Bike Ride at Sydney Olympic Park

    written by amytam on 2012-04-19 #places
    Scenie Bike Ride at Sydney Olympic Park

    Riding along the beautiful Olympic and Parklands bike tracks at Sydney Olympic Park with my trusty Diana Mini and half decent weather. I love the outdoors!

  • Supersampler - My First Lomography Love

    written by amytam on 2010-03-03 #gear
    Supersampler - My First Lomography Love

    What is a better way to introduce the playful and experimental style of Lomography than an easy to use Supersampler!

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