Craig’s Prime 10 Photographs of 2023

This 12 months is one other one the place, unsurprisingly, my high 10 is full of private photos. The large distinction this 12 months is that 8 or my precise high 10 should not right here. I can not publish them but for a few completely different causes. So this 12 months my choice ought to be titled ‘Craigs Prime 10 Photographs of 2023 that may be revealed proper now’!

2023 was full of abroad adventures, talking on the Shutterhound convention in Las Vegas, and educating the Model Lab Retreat in Iceland and the Unleashed Workshop in Arrowtown. Visits to Arrowtown and Australia with Charlotte, and Charlotte visiting me in Christchurch all to plan and create content material for the Premium Membership. It is no shock then, that a couple of of my high 10 are from the identical shoots/places as Charlotte’s. However no matter overlap there may be, I feel they illustrate how completely different folks see a picture so in another way. We discover it on the workshops too, give the identical canine to 9 folks in a single location and also you see 9 completely completely different photos because of this.

So let’s do that, listed below are my high photos from this 12 months…

Canon EOS R5, Canon RF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM @81mm, ISO 2000, 1/250 sec, ƒ/2.8, a number of picture sew.

I am positive anybody who follows my enterprise, Furtography, or our Unleashed adventures can be acquainted with this man, Benson. I feel he is probably essentially the most photographed canine in New Zealand! It is all the time loads of enjoyable catching up with him and his mum Merran. This shoot was on the picturesque lake at St Bathans, Charlotte goes just a little into the historical past of the place in her Prime 10 of 2023 put up.

The sunshine was superb and really unusual, a purplish twilight that appeared to linger for ages, I liked the softness and the way heat it nonetheless appeared, so I received Benson to sit down on the jetty looking over the water and in direction of the little mild that remained and this was the outcome, I really like the environment on this shot. 

Fujifilm GFX 50s, Fujifilm GF 63mm ƒ/2.8 R WR, ISO 800, 1/250 sec, ƒ/2.8. A number of picture sew.

Charlotte and I had a shoot with the very pretty Blitz on the river when she visited me in Christchurch again in February. Taken whereas filming our new mini-course ‘Unleashing Mild on Location’, which can get a full launch within the Premium Membership in April. The shoot began out fairly cloudy and we weren’t positive if we would be able to seize Charlotte’s trademark backlit type of picture or get a great sky for me to create a Dogorama® on the river dangerous, which is what we would deliberate for this shoot. Luckily, the clouds broke just a little and we managed to do what we meant. The sundown sky turned out to be significantly epic and enabled me to create this Dogorama® full of color. Blitz’s episode of ‘Unleashing Mild on Location’ was quietly launched some time again and is obtainable within the Premium Membership now!

Canon EOS R5, Canon RF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM @70mm, ISO 1250, 1/500 sec, ƒ/2.8. A number of picture sew.

It could not be a round-up of 2023 with out the inclusion of a few photos from our INCREDIBLE journey to Iceland, we have been there in September educating the Model Lab Retreat with the fantastic Alicja Zmysłowska. It was my first time in Iceland and all I can say is WOW! The uncooked nature and the long-lasting surroundings simply blew my thoughts. This Dogorama® was taken on the well-known waterfall Skogafoss with the gorgeous Boli on modelling duties. Skogafoss is big, you’ll be able to really feel the spray coming off of the falls a number of hundred metres away and the roar of the water crashing down was so highly effective it was virtually deafening.

Canon EOS R5, Canon RF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM @172mm, ISO 640, 1/500 sec, ƒ/2.8.

Again in April, we hosted our second Unleashed Workshop in Arrowtown, this time taking full benefit of the beautiful autumn colors all through the area. After the workshop we had a couple of further days to plan, sure, there was a robust planning theme occurring in 2023, which goes to lead to some superior new content material by way of 2024. Anyway, throughout these few days, we needed to reap the benefits of the season for ourselves and I needed to {photograph} a canine that fitted completely amongst all the nice and cozy autumnal tones. So when Ezlka’s mum contacted me, I knew she was excellent. We headed again to this orchard in Cromwell, the place Ezka kindly obliged whereas her mum gently scattered leaves. She had such a unbelievable number of expressions, that it was arduous to decide on only one favorite from this photoshoot!

We love Arrowtown a lot, that we’re educating one final autumn workshop there in April 2024. We have got simply 1 house left, discover out the main points right here

Canon EOS R5, Canon RF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM @70mm, ISO 800, 1/500 sec, ƒ/2.8.

Oh Grimm, what a good-looking boy! One other photoshoot within the Otago area and one other break from planning with Charlotte. This was taken only a few weeks in the past on the finish of November in Glenorchy, on the far finish of Lake Wakatipu roughly an hour from Arrowtown. Grimm’s mum, Mady, is a Furtography common and together with Merran, Benson’s mum, are a few of my favorite folks to work with. Mady (and Merran) all the time encourage me to embrace my creativity and are all the time prepared to let me attempt new concepts out with them and their canines, for which, I am eternally grateful. I really like this shot from our Lupin photoshoot as a result of it showcases the placement, with the flowers and the snow-capped peaks within the distance, completely.

For this shot Grimm was standing up on an outdated apple field so he would not disappear within the top of the lupins, this isn’t the one shot in my high 10 the place a prop was used to raise the canine…

Canon EOS R5, Canon RF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM @163mm, ISO 640, 1/500 sec, ƒ/3.5.

That brings me to this picture of my very personal little monkey, Ralph sitting excessive(ish, it was a small tree) up within the cherry blossoms this spring. This was taken only a 3-minute stroll from my home and we carried just a little step ladder to raise him on. You possibly can catch a fast behind-the-scenes reel on my Instagram web page right here. This 12 months has been such a whirlwind of adventures, it was solely after I got here to make my annual Ralph calendar (thanks for what has turn into a practice for me now too Charlotte), that I realised I would solely executed 2 correct photoshoots with him this 12 months, the primary being at dawn on New Years Day, the opposite being this one, so I did not have sufficient photos to make a calendar this 12 months. I will not repeat that mistake in 2024!

Fujifilm GFX 50s, Fujifilm GF 63mm ƒ/2.8 R WR, ISO 100, 1/8 sec, ƒ/11.

That is one other shot from Iceland, Kvernufoss to be precise, a unbelievable waterfall only a few minutes away from Skogafoss, within the picture of Boli earlier. This was a really difficult shot technically, and is one I needed to seize in Iceland if the fashions proved to be nonetheless sufficient! I used to be fortunate to search out 2 fashions who may maintain a pose completely nonetheless lengthy sufficient for me to seize a pointy picture at a really sluggish shutter pace, that might enable for the water to blur. Including to the issue stage, I did not have a tripod and needed to handhold the digital camera. Nessie was such a great mannequin, this was her second day with us on the retreat. We first met her at our first session at a glacier. Other than managing to perform a reasonably difficult shot, technically talking, I really like her pose and the way in which the sunshine falls on her, in addition to her silhouette simply creeping into the sleek water falling from 30 metres above.


Fujifilm GFX 50s, Fujifilm GF 63mm ƒ/2.8 R WR, ISO 1600, 1/125 sec, ƒ/2.8. A number of picture sew.

That is one other shot from our adventures in Arrowtown, again in Cromwell for this one, this time within the outdated city. I have been discovering myself having fun with twilight and low mild conditions just lately, there’s one thing concerning the mild and the way in which color could be pulled from this time of day I really like. It does push the bounds of the digital camera, particularly when taking pictures pure mild. So I’ve additionally discovered myself utilizing the Icelight extra typically too. That is Remi, and massive thanks once more to Mady for bringing this cutie to mannequin for us on the Unleashed Workshop.

Canon EOS R5, Canon RF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM @111mm, ISO 100, 1/1250 sec, ƒ/2.8.

Who would not love a silhouette? When visiting Charlotte, we took a while out to go as much as Bribie Island to {photograph} huskie Rider. There was a bushfire very close by which did get just a little worrying for some time there. However fortunately it was on the opposite aspect of the island and we have been protected. It did trigger a smoky hazy shiny orange sky at sundown. I really like this silhouette a lot, only for the little little bit of water that Rider is kicking up that’s catching the sunshine.

Canon EOS R5, Canon RF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS USM @200mm, ISO 640, 1/500 sec, ƒ/2.8.

One closing shot from Iceland, Tiina the large schnauzer joined us on the very first glacier shoot and as soon as I had grabbed a couple of photographs with the icy blues behind her, I turned the digital camera away from the glacier viewpoint and shot her between big mounds of black moraine, sandy particles and rocks left from the volcanic rocks and ask that has fallen throughout eruptions in occasions passed by. Low-key photos all the time intrigue me and I’m actually pleased with how this try at pure mild low-key turned out.

In order that’s it, my high 10 (that I can publish now) from 2023. It is humorous, 9 of those photos I created while I used to be with Charlotte. I do not suppose that could be a coincidence, we deliver out the most effective in one another and undoubtedly encourage and encourage one another to discover our creativity extra. I’m excited for all we’ve deliberate collectively in 2024 and past, to proceed pushing the boundaries of our artistic selves and see what magic we are able to deliver forth for ourselves and for you pretty folks, our fabulous Unleashed neighborhood.

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