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A timelapse of Mt Eden summit while the sunsets.

Latest t-shirt design for the Aucklandia Store is inspired by those moments where, despite your best instincts and prior knowledge, you scroll down the page and read the comments on a Stuff.co.nz article.

Stuff comments – not even once!

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Read about how I designed this t-shirt

After launching the Aucklandia Store last month, I’ve had a lot of people ask how I design my t-shirts. Usually the conversation starts with them questioning my drawing abilities: “I’ve seen your handwriting and sketches … you’re a liar, Mr Ahmed!” (my friends are brutally honest).

I’ve been using Paper by FiftyThree to start the drafting process, following it up in Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop to make print-ready art. I’ve sung Paper’s praises a million times before, and will sing its praises a million times more now that I use it so intimately in my design process.

Read the full guide to using Paper by FiftyThree to design t-shirts.

Buy the t-shirt above, here (10% of all profits go to the Auckland City Mission).

Walk on by – Silo Park Markets, Auckland
Every moment has a mood and a story – sometimes I take photos which only catch the mood of that single frame instead of the wider story. This is one of those images. Almost right after I took this photo, the boy above saw his friends, immediately perked up and ran off joking and laughing. If this photo was taken in isolation, without context, it would be a completely different tale.
Photo notes: This particular moment was captured on a Canon 6D with a Petzval Art Lens, briefly before sunset. I like that the sunlight brought the boy out from the background, unfortunately the image is a lot softer than I’d like – but manual focus on the Petzval took a while for me to get the hang of. More Auckland street photography at Aucklandia.com

Walk on by – Silo Park Markets, Auckland

Every moment has a mood and a story – sometimes I take photos which only catch the mood of that single frame instead of the wider story. This is one of those images. Almost right after I took this photo, the boy above saw his friends, immediately perked up and ran off joking and laughing. If this photo was taken in isolation, without context, it would be a completely different tale.

Photo notes: This particular moment was captured on a Canon 6D with a Petzval Art Lens, briefly before sunset. I like that the sunlight brought the boy out from the background, unfortunately the image is a lot softer than I’d like – but manual focus on the Petzval took a while for me to get the hang of. More Auckland street photography at Aucklandia.com

Caught in the Rain – Nuffield Street, Auckland
A minute before this photo, and a minute straight after, there was nothing but sunshine. This lady experienced a typical Auckland deluge with much class.
Photo notes: Taken on an Olympus OMD EM5 with a Panasonic 25mm f1.4. The angle is all stalkery because it’s from the window of my work, one level above the street. You can see my reflection slightly in the bottom of the frame. I quite liked this effect so left it in.
More Auckland street photography at Aucklandia.com

Caught in the Rain – Nuffield Street, Auckland

A minute before this photo, and a minute straight after, there was nothing but sunshine. This lady experienced a typical Auckland deluge with much class.

Photo notes: Taken on an Olympus OMD EM5 with a Panasonic 25mm f1.4. The angle is all stalkery because it’s from the window of my work, one level above the street. You can see my reflection slightly in the bottom of the frame. I quite liked this effect so left it in.

More Auckland street photography at Aucklandia.com