Christchurch – Holiday


Christchurch, the lovely city on the coast of New Zealand’s South Island, was devastated by an earthquake in 2011 and much of the CBD still lies in ruins.

While I was aware of the loss of life, extensive and major damage to the city when it happened, until I got here and saw the extent of the repairs, hastily-propped up buildings and damaged structures being demolished over 5 years after the event… really, I admit I had no concept of what it must have really been like here during the quake and in its aftermath.

All of the shots of the CBD here were shot on the Olympus OM-D E-M5 mark II with the 7-14mm f/2.8 PRO lens.

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A Christchurch tram – similar in style to San Francisco’s, but they aren’t cablecars – taking tourists on a tour of the city and the destruction.

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Around the other side of the block construction is moving forward as Christchurch is being rebuilt. Despite shooting this at 1/400th of a second it’s still not needle sharp, which is disappointing. But it’s pretty close.

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This building survived the quake and I was attracted to the old car out the front. It had to be shot in monochrome and the lines at the top really draw the eye in. Shot in mono on in camera and tweaked in Lightroom.

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Locals playing chess in the town square. By swivelling the screen on the E-M5II I could get an overhead shot.

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The camera almost at ground level, focussed on the foreground chess piece.

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