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Te Puna i te ao marama

Te Puna i te ao marama
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-31
Categories: Seascape
Camera: Canon EOS 300D, Tamron 28-300 XR
Exposure: f/10.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Travelogue: Northland via West & East Coasts
Theme(s): Seascapes; Sea Views; Coastal Views [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-11-04 3:07
Viewed: 5387
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hokianga Heads

History of Hokianga

From the water, or sometimes from the top of one of Hokianga's high hills, it is possible to imagine what the harbour was like centuries ago, before the human race arrived to make its changes.

To really find out, you would need to go back nine or ten centuries in time - that's when archaeologists and oral tradition suggest that Maori made their first landfall from their original island home of Hawaiki.

It was the great Polynesian explorer Kupe who after sailing round the North Island and naming places as he went, settled on the Hokianga Harbour as his home. Te Puna i te ao marama (The spring of the world of light) was his rather beautiful name for the harbour, and so it stayed until in his old age he decided to return to Hawaiki. The words he uttered then about his decision became the preferred name for the harbour and immortalised his years here -

"Hei konei ra i te puna i te ao marama, ka hoki nei ahau, e kore ano e hokianga-nui mai" - "This the spring of the world of light, I shall not come back here again". So the name Te Hokianga nui a Kupe was given, and in time became simply "Hokianga".

This photo is taken from the South Head looking over the mouth of the Hokianga Harbour to Rangi Point, the northern part of the Hokianga Heads. The sand dunes of that area are very well known to locals and tourists.


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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-11-04 3:55]
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Hi Janice!

Breathtaking! Clouds looks like on old painting, composition and colours are great! Another beautifull place from Paradise. Interesting note about brave Kupe ;-)

Hi Janice

Another nice piece of New Zealand. Well composed with good POV. Well done. Thanks.

Hello Janice!
What an amazing view! Just great place making me tink about holydays :-) I miss summer.

Hi Janice,
Beautiful scene! The composition and framing on this one look superb. Colos,detail,DOF, clarity, all excellent. Nice dramatic clouds.
A great shot!

Hi Janice,
Another beautiful view from your beautiful country.
Very good deep, lovely colours and good details.
Excellent work.

Hi Janice
I liked too much your landscape photo, your composition is very good with vivid colours.
DOF is good and I liked the presence of the sea in it.
Good work

Hi Janice!
Sorry, no time for decent critique, but enough to give you well deserved smiley :)

// Lovely place and very good shot//

Excellent Janice!

I love this view of your beautiful neck of the woods...

Your note says "before the human race arrived to make its changes."

Has this place been "humanized" eg. tourists, hotels, etc??

Great POV, details, colors, lighting, and note.

Thank you!

Wonderful landscape Janice. This looks untouched by man and is uncluttered by any signs of civilization..As you suggest, it's easy to imagine this is exactly how it looked centuries ago. Well done & Thank You.

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  • puciu Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 16] (2631)
  • [2005-11-04 12:56]

Ładne miejsce, zdjęcie jest miękkie i sprawia wrazenie namalowanego , a to plus.

Beautiful landscape Janice, excellent shot! Very much a postcard shot. Excellent sharpness and colours. Great POV, DOF and composition. Thanks for posting. Have a great weekend.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-11-06 3:42]
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Personal assessment of the photo: very good.
Capacity of evocation in me: strong.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Janice, lucky you. I envy you. I can imagine your Joy being at this place, taking this shot and perhaps tinking of to share it with us.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-11-07 6:43]

Hello Janice!
Wonderful seascape.POV,colors,DOF,lighting and framing are excellent.TFS...:-)

As winter draws nearer here in the US, it makes me long for the summers of NZ again ... thanks for sharing!!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-11-08 15:22]

Howdy Janice, very good scene here. It's very well balanced and really good on the eye to look at. The colours and exposure are worthy of a mention too. Very well done.

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  • zeca Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 373 W: 14 N: 539] (2887)
  • [2006-05-25 12:23]
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Hello Janice!
Aotearoa, the land of the long white cloud! All the pictures from NZ are great! What a nice place! Unfortunately I was not a photo addicted when I´ve been there. So, I just have tourist pictures with people in it! But, I think I have one or two nice shots of White Island, coming from the Bay of Plenty, and I will scan it soon to post here.
Nice POV and DOF here, with great lights and colours. Excelent note!

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