The adrenalin photographer


Jesper Storgaard Jensen speaks to renowned Italian stuntman photographer Massimo Sestini who specializes in spectacular, often risky, aerial photographs

“I’m often told it’s impossible to take a certain photo, or forbidden to go into a certain area to take photos. At that moment, when I hear the words ‘not possible’, something clicks inside me. It’s like waving a red cape in front of a bull. This prohibition becomes a challenge and I have to prove that it is actually possible to take the photos.”

Massimo Sestini, renowned as the so-called ‘stuntman photographer’ from Florence, is sitting relaxed in his studio. That peacefulness contrasts starkly with what he was doing the day before our interview. A storm had ravaged the Ligurian coastline, causing massive destruction. The 49-year-old had sent himself on a daring mission: to photograph a natural disaster while it was happening.  (more…)

Meet the Image Nation speakers, part one

One of the must-attend events of New Zealand photography is coming up next month, and this year’s programme looks as dazzling as ever.

Image Nation is a two-day conference of back-to-back presentations by some of the biggest names in commercial photography, both local and international. This year it is taking place on Friday, June 13 and Saturday June 14 at central Auckland’s Q Theatre. The organiser, the Advertising and Illustrative Photographers Association, has done a wonderful job in keeping the price of admission down to make the event accessible: check out the tickets here.

To make sure you’re all clued up for this weekend of information overload, D-Photo introduces you to the prestigious speakers taking to the stage at this year’s Image Nation conference:

Simon Harsent

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Originally from England, photographer Simon Harsent emigrated to Australia and has spent over two decades developing his career to become ...full story

Equine excellence: Christine Cornege


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Local photojournalist Christine Cornege has snagged a spot on the international stage in this year’s China International Press Photo Contest, celebrating excellence in photojournalism from around the globe. Cornege’s rodeo image (above), titled Whoa Boy and shot for the New Zealand Herald, earned her an Award of Excellence in the Sports News Singles category of the illustrious awards programme. The photojournalist chats with D-Photo‘s Point-Shoot blog about her successful image.


D-Photo: Can you tell us a little about yourself and your photography?

Christine Cornege: I live in Cambridge with my husband Dave, working full time for the New Zealand Herald in the Hamilton branch office, covering the Waikato area. I ride horses in my spare time and in the summer months I am at horse shows most weekends competing in show jumping. I enjoy photographing a variety of subjects, in particular sport,  I am lucky that my job gives me good variety.

How did your shot, Whoa Boy, come about?

It was my Sunday to work and I finally had the chance to go to a rodeo. It was something ...full story

Medium format going cheap

H4D_40_side_0If you’ve been feeling the pull of medium format photography but found cost was a barrier, now might be the time to make the leap with Hasselblad offering a significant discount on one of its powerful medium format DSLRs.

Hasselblad’s local distributor CR Kennedy has just announced a significant price reduction on the H5D-40 for a limited time. Those looking to step up into higher end production can pick up the camera, with its 40MP CCD medium format sensor, for almost $10,000 less than usual.

Until June 30, the Hasselblad H5D-40 will be available for $14065 (plus GST), down from the model’s recommended selling price of $23050 (plus GST) – contact Greg Webb, the company’s industrial product manager, for further enquiries.

Something of an entry-level model for the medium format world, the H5D-40 is said to be as easy as a 35mm camera to use while benefiting from the high performance advantages of the Hasselblad system, including the HC/HCD lens line. It features True Focus AF, Hasselblad Natural Colour Solution, and digital lens correction plus comes bundled with the improved Phocus 2.0 ...full story

Win a Tim Hetherington DVD

af049The groundbreaking conflict photography of one of the most celebrated modern photojournalists is explored in the new documentary, Which Way is the Front Line From Here?, and we have three copies to give away to lucky readers.

The death of photojournalist Tim Hetherington in 2011 was a tragedy felt keenly throughout the international photography community, but he left behind a stunning body of work from the world’s battlefields, as revealed in this new documentary by Sebastian Junger.

The film tracks Hetherington’s 10-year career covering the frontline stories in warzones like Liberia and Afghanistan, through to creating his Oscar-nominated documentary Restrepo, and his untimely death covering Libya’s civil war.

Madman Entertainment has kindly given us three copies of Way is the Front Line From Here? to give away. In the spirit of Hetherington’s own pioneering work, to win a copy just tell us about an image that has successfully made you stop and think about its underlying message.

It could be a classic bit of conflict photography, a modern World Press winner, or something more subtle like an environmental portrait or provocative landscape. As long as it ...full story

Amateur Photographer of the Year prizes revealed

APotY prizes

New Zealand’s biggest amateur photography competition has expanded again this year, offering the biggest prize pool to date, with a total value of over $14,500.

Sigma and D-Photo, along with category sponsors Vanguard, Hasselblad, GoPro, Epson, SanDisk, Marumi, and Fantail Publishing, are proud to bring this singular opportunity to New Zealand’s amateur photography community.

Without further ado, we present the prizes for this year’s Sigma D-Photo Amateur Photographer of the Year competition:

Grand prize
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The person named 2014 New Zealand Amateur Photographer of the Year will have the opportunity to put together a dream lens kit with $3000 to put towards any Sigma products they desire.


Packing it in

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Expat commercial photographer Brett Stanley continues his journeys in the US, this time looking at the dreaded art of packing for international travel

Moving to another country is never an easy task, there are so many things to take into consideration, and deciding what to bring is one of the more important.

Clothing and personal items aside, choosing which of my gear and hardware to pack when moving to the United States was hard, for a few reasons. Not having a US visa meant I didn’t really know how long I was going for, so did I want to take everything I owned for what might just turn out as a three-month trip? I could always rent equipment once I got there, but that can get costly, and I’d already paid for my kit, so why shell out again?

The obvious answer was compromise. My plane ticket allowed two 23kg bags, and one would carry clothes. The other was my snowboard, as there was no way I was going to the northern hemisphere in winter without it (though it ...full story