New York, Cuba, New Orleans, Prague, Paris, Sydney – and Oamaru

Natwick Photography (Natasha ‘Natwick’ Chadwick) has declared Oamaru New Zealand’s best kept secret and a photographer’s paradise:

Heading to New Zealand’s south island for a photographic sojourn, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better location to shoot and to relax than Oamaru. A small harbour side town, located approximately three hours south of Christchurch on the East coast, is a photographer’s paradise. . .

She also rates it as one of the most photographic places in the world:

This vintage town provides spectacular backdrops in abundance whether you’re shooting portraits, streetscapes, movies or wildlife. Around every corner is a setting worthy of a photograph. Having travelled much of the world taking pictures, I rate Oamaru in my top ten for destinations to photograph. It’s up there with New York, Cuba, New Orleans, Prague, Paris and Sydney. . .

And concludes:

I spent my days there photographing the streets, the buildings and the marina. And, of an evening I did timed-exposures of the harbour, much to the disgust of the local penguin colony which came to shore and nestled in the rocks or beneath overturned beached dinghies at night – right where I happened to position my tripod. I sat there beneath the twilight blue evening sky, photographing boats on a still harbour, listening to the gentle cries of penguins – it was a magical experience.

 Oamaru is a place of strong lines and much character as you’ll see from my collection of photos. In only two days I captured hundreds of images and could have taken more. One thing it guarantees, I will return. And if not for the pictures, I’ll go back for the best fudge and whisky tastings New Zealand has to offer. Need I say more! . . .

Clicking on the link at the top of the page will allow you to see some of the photos she took.

 

One Response to New York, Cuba, New Orleans, Prague, Paris, Sydney – and Oamaru

  1. Mr G says:

    I had a lot of fun at the Oamaru Steampunk festival and I met some very good people there. Bill Blair, trug-maker of Oamaru, is one of the featured artisans at Riverton’s up-coming (March 28/29) Heritage Harvest festival. That Oamaru “Victorian Era” thing is wonderful. Ride on, Ordinary Cycle Men, ride on!

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