St Paul’s Anglican Church

Walking along the beach in Paihia St Paul’s Anglican Church becomes visible just before hitting the downtown strip. Honestly I’m surprised at how much colour came out in this image. When I shot the bracketed images the colour was not very visible. I’m really liking the greens and the texture in the ceiling of the church.

Paihia was one of my favorite places in New Zealand. Part of this may be because the prices are much more reasonable. It actually is an affordable place to eat. At least compared to the South Island.

Processed in Aurora HDR Pro and Lightroom. A little bit of photoshop was used to do some dodging and burning. I seem to be doing a lot of that lately. After I got some feedback from a photo I posted in the Stuck in Customs group on Google+ about using light to direct the viewer’s eye. Its made me look closer at my final images and think about how I can use light to emphasize the subject.

Growing up one of my biggest dreams was to explore the world. Honestly I never thought this would become reality. But at the end of 2014 I quit my job as a project manager to do just that. I sold most everything I own, packed up the remaining boxes in storage, and set out to see the world. My goals while traveling are to meet people everywhere I go, work on becoming a better photographer, and attempt to stay where the weather is not freezing. Along the way I am posting photos at and writing about my experiences at