Photographer shoots for the stars
The star cluster Matariki, also known as the Pleiades, the seven sisters and Subaru signals the beginning of the Ma¯ori new year.
As a part of Picton’s first ever Matariki festival, wildlife and night sky photographer Tamzin Henderson is running a photography class teaching the technique of long-exposure shots.
‘‘It’s what I do for fun. I like to push boundaries,’’ Henderson said.
A photographer for four years, Henderson recently returned to Marlborough to take over the family business with her sister, Lana.
The business, Henderson’s, is a boat chandlery and fishing supplies shop. It should come as no surprise, then, that her passion is the ocean.
Specialising in wildlife photography, she recently travelled halfway to Antarctica in her search of the perfect shot. After seeing a fishing boat on TV3’s Ocean Bounty, Henderson decided she wanted to go along for the trip.
‘‘I basically Facebook stalked them,’’ she said. ‘‘I asked if they would take a photographer along to take pictures of the wildlife.’’
‘‘You have to ask for these types of opportunities.’’
Her experience on the fishing boat led her to an invite to be guest speaker at the Federation of Commercial Fishermen.
‘‘I’ve talked to a lot fishermen about seabirds. of
‘‘They see them a lot, but often don’t realise how many types [there are] or how far they’ve flown.’’
This November, Henderson and Andy MacDonald (the man behind the Kiwiplaces page on Facebook) are hosting a pho- tography workshop at Great Barrier Island, a night-sky sanctuary.
This will be the second visit to the island for the wildlife photographer.
‘‘One of the accommodation providers, Orama, asked a group of us to go and see what we think of the island, I went up to shoot the wildlife side of it.
‘‘It’s amazing, the scenery is really neat. To be able to explore it and be paid to be up there is pretty cool.’’
Henderson’s nighttime pho- tography workshop is in Picton on the night of the new moon - Friday, July 13 and costs $10.
‘‘It’s hard to get a good night sky photo in Marlborough.
‘‘You need a really fascinating foreground to make the astrophotography pop.
Nature photographer Tamzin Henderson is running a class in long-exposure night photography as a Matariki event in Picton.