Pho­tog­ra­pher shoots for the stars

Marlborough Express - The Saturday Express, Marlborough - - FRONT PAGE - MATT BROWN

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.

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