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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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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

Limitless Potential – Albert Park, Auckland
Remember that feeling as a child, when you naively believed anything was possible? When the word “limits” meant absolutely nothing? I think that’s exactly what this kid saw when he came across this fence at the Auckland Lantern Festival. To him, it wasn’t a fence, just something in need of climbing over or ducking under. It wasn’t a limit, merely an obstacle.

Photo notes: I took this photo using an Olympus OMD EM5 and an Olympus 75mm lens. The Olympus 75mm is equivalent to a 150mm full frame portrait lens, which is why I’ve managed to get some decent bokeh in the background.

More street photography at Aucklandia.com

Limitless Potential – Albert Park, Auckland

Remember that feeling as a child, when you naively believed anything was possible? When the word “limits” meant absolutely nothing? I think that’s exactly what this kid saw when he came across this fence at the Auckland Lantern Festival. To him, it wasn’t a fence, just something in need of climbing over or ducking under. It wasn’t a limit, merely an obstacle.

Photo notes: I took this photo using an Olympus OMD EM5 and an Olympus 75mm lens. The Olympus 75mm is equivalent to a 150mm full frame portrait lens, which is why I’ve managed to get some decent bokeh in the background.

More street photography at Aucklandia.com

Lanterns for Sale – Auckland Lantern Festival
I must’ve passed this lantern seller at least a dozen times while wandering around the Auckland Lantern Festival, and each time he had the exact same look on his face. He was just unimpressed by everything and everyone. Maybe it was the thronging crowds, the mid-summer heat, or perhaps he was just pissed off that no one had complimented his awesome hat?
 Photo notes: I took this photo using an Olympus OM-D and a Panasonic 75mm 1.8f lens, just as the sun was starting to set. The Panasonic 75mm is the equivalent of a 150mm portrait lens on a full-frame camera, which is why it took quite a bit of patience in the large festival crowd to get this unobstructed view from several metres away. More Auckland street photography at Aucklandia.com

Lanterns for Sale – Auckland Lantern Festival

I must’ve passed this lantern seller at least a dozen times while wandering around the Auckland Lantern Festival, and each time he had the exact same look on his face. He was just unimpressed by everything and everyone. Maybe it was the thronging crowds, the mid-summer heat, or perhaps he was just pissed off that no one had complimented his awesome hat?

Photo notes: I took this photo using an Olympus OM-D and a Panasonic 75mm 1.8f lens, just as the sun was starting to set. The Panasonic 75mm is the equivalent of a 150mm portrait lens on a full-frame camera, which is why it took quite a bit of patience in the large festival crowd to get this unobstructed view from several metres away. More Auckland street photography at Aucklandia.com

Waiting by the Waterfront – Wynyard Quarter, Auckland
We’re all waiting for someone or something – friends, family, lovers,  opportunities, adventures… death. Some are just more visibly in the act of waiting than others.
Photo notes: Captured using a Canon 6D and a Petzval Art Lens, just an hour or so before sunset. More Auckland street photography at Aucklandia.com

Waiting by the Waterfront – Wynyard Quarter, Auckland

We’re all waiting for someone or something – friends, family, lovers,  opportunities, adventures… death. Some are just more visibly in the act of waiting than others.

Photo notes: Captured using a Canon 6D and a Petzval Art Lens, just an hour or so before sunset. More Auckland street photography at Aucklandia.com

A Strange Kind of Love – T-shirt Design – (Buy this shirt)

Latest t-shirt design is inspired by all the strange kinds of lovers in Auckland. This is for all the people who don’t quite fit inside the box society has built.

A Strange Kind of Love – T-shirt Design – (Buy this shirt)

Latest t-shirt design is inspired by all the strange kinds of lovers in Auckland. This is for all the people who don’t quite fit inside the box society has built.

Mountainside Raconteur – Queenstown, New Zealand
I’m looking back over some of my old photos, preparing print version of them to go on my online store. I came across this one of a mountainside musician I encountered in Queenstown, New Zealand.
I met the raconteur on a little pathway alongside Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, while traveling by myself around the South Island last year. He wheeled his olde timey piano and set it next to the wall keeping the lake water at bay, and placed an old timey suitcase on the ground with his CDs for sale.
He was unassuming, unpretentious, and unspectacular …. that is until his fingers hit the ivory. I’m sure people more familiar with piano music might disagree, but the 10 or so minutes he played were some of the most enchanting minutes I’ve experienced in my life.

At this point in my trip around the South Island I was desperately poor, and didn’t have $20 to spare for one of his albums – but this man got all the loose change I had in my pocket, and then some! 
Buy this photo as a limited edition print or large-sized poster, at the Aucklandia Store.

Mountainside Raconteur – Queenstown, New Zealand

I’m looking back over some of my old photos, preparing print version of them to go on my online store. I came across this one of a mountainside musician I encountered in Queenstown, New Zealand.

I met the raconteur on a little pathway alongside Lake Wakatipu in Queenstown, while traveling by myself around the South Island last year. He wheeled his olde timey piano and set it next to the wall keeping the lake water at bay, and placed an old timey suitcase on the ground with his CDs for sale.

He was unassuming, unpretentious, and unspectacular …. that is until his fingers hit the ivory. I’m sure people more familiar with piano music might disagree, but the 10 or so minutes he played were some of the most enchanting minutes I’ve experienced in my life.

At this point in my trip around the South Island I was desperately poor, and didn’t have $20 to spare for one of his albums – but this man got all the loose change I had in my pocket, and then some! 

Buy this photo as a limited edition print or large-sized poster, at the Aucklandia Store.

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Sometimes all you want to do is pour a hot cup of coffee, put on your headphones, and zone out as lines of code start magically appearing in front of you. This t-shirt is to celebrate those glorious moments when you’re in the zone and wracking up code contributions like a total boss.

Inspired by Britomart, Auckland.