My passion is photography.

I took my first photograph when I was about 15 and still at boarding school. My father & grandfather were both keen photographers so I probably caught the bug from them.

The thing I really like about photography is that it compliments & ties in nicely with all the other hobbies you may have.

I grew up in Morrinsville & after spending 11 years overseas on my OE settled here in Tauranga in 1979.

I'm interested in classic motor racing [cars & bikes] and try to get to as many meetings as I can afford. I find that the modern racing scene is too commercial and restrictive - you pay through the nose to get in, then there are more things you can't do than you can do!! Not for me.

Vintage cars, classic cars, custom cars & hotrods all all favourites too.

I also like railways, especially steam, the sound and smell of which bring back fond memories of my childhood. I spent many an hour down at the local railway station watching the steam trains come and go.

Here in New Zealand we are never far away from the beach or countryside and bush, so landscape photography is another passtime.

Currently I'm using a Canon Powershot G11 which I love for it's tilt out screen and impressive image quality. For Motor racing action I use a Canon Eos 60d & 7d with Canon EF 70-300L IS Zoom and Tamron 17-50 f2.8.

I'm still using film, mainly in my Pentax 645, but I recently bought some Agfa APX100 in 35mm format so I'll have to dust off another camera [ I have so many film cameras that I can never make up my mind which one to use!!].

I've kept my basement B&W darkroom operational so I can continue to develop my own films - important if you want consistant quality at a reasonable expense.

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Please note none of my photos are public domain or a free stock image. Images are not to be downloaded, used, copied, duplicated, reproduced, or blogged etc in any medium, physical or electronic, without my express permission. Use without written consent by the author (Nigel Watts) will constitute an infringement of copyright and is illegal and punishable by law.

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Nigel Watts photos of 2011 Jazz train 08.
Below are some images of a classic old train drive by taken by Nigel Watts duing the 2011 Tauranga Jazz
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Further images from the 2010 Tauranga Airshow.
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Tauranga residents were treated to an awe inspiring display of aerial acrobatics in 2010.
Welcome Bay.
These are some photos of Welcome Bay taken in the early 1980's