Having explored many areas of photography I’ve found my connection with the stunning landscapes of New Zealand , and its dark night skies. Its this connection that gives me my passion for getting out at any time of day or night, often in freezing conditions with long trips in the dark to places people often don’t ever see, or at least at the hours I am there.

For me its all about conveying emotion. Trying to put across the feeling of being there. About making a connection between myself, the landscape and the viewer with just one image. Its all about sharing passion for natures outstanding beauty. This takes time and effort to find the right locations, the right times of year and conditions. Often going back to the same spot time and time again.

I’ve exhibited some work here and there and won a few prizes for my work, including New Zealand Geographic photographer of the year 2011 Landscape category with a classic early morning Hagley Park shot..

I am available for commissioned work, tuition, workshops and often lead photography adventures with One Of A Kind photography Adventures, an awesome group of people and amazing trips!

Some of images are available for licence via HedgeHogHouse or on 500px Prime , fine art prints are available via rjd.co.nz , or send an email to rjd@rjd.co.nz

That brings me to gear! I currently shoot with the following :

  • Canon 6d
  • Sony A7r
  • Canon 16-35f4L IS
  • Sigma 50mmf1.4 Art
  • Samyang 14mm f2.8
  • Canon 70-200f2.8L
  • Tamron 90mmf2.8 macro
  • Canon 400mmf5.6L
  • Canon 24mm TS-E mkII
  • Feisol and Sirui tripods
  • Markins Q3T ball head
  • Gigapan Epic pro robotic panoramic head
  • Novoflex VR Slim manual panoramic head
  • Timelapse – Emotimo  TB3 and Dynamic Perception Stage Zero slider

I also use an assortment of other gadgets and devices, including a Giga t pro II remote release, Lee filters, Nissin flashes and including software like The Photographers Emphemeris and PlanIt Pro.

The best way to keep up to date with what I am up to is on my Facebook page, or follow me on twitter @RJDLandscapes , or on instagram.

I retain copyright on all my images on here (or elsewhere), I welcome any and all enquiries for their use, commercial or otherwise, and will happily take commissions.


  1. Just seen your lightning shot of Christchurch from last nights storm & was thrilled to bits to see such an awesome photo!!!! Well done!!!
    Is there a chance of being able to buy a photo of it & if so how much?
    Look forward to hearing from you when you get time.

    • Hi Andrew,

      I’ve got your email thanks, I will reply.

      I’ll be sorting out some (canvas)prints of this for sale, probably put some on trademe as well.

      Please contact for license or other prints!


  2. Love your night photography man I’m just getting in to photography and would like to come along to one
    Of your workshops I live in otematata so if you are holding a work shop in the area e. mail me and il try to make it
    Thanks Brett smith

    • Hi Brett, Otematata by Laked Benmore etc? What a location! I do plan getting down that way sometime soon so will keep you posted!

    • Hi Sue, I assume you dont want to licence it via HHH? Do you have any more info on the calendar and fund-raising? Cheers,Rob.

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