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heard | On the road with the HuaweiP10NZ

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I have a phone that is over four years old, it’s not an artifact obviously, but it’s pretty darn close. I don’t have fancy features like finger print scanning, lightning speed charge, mobile pay, hand gesture controls, 4K recording and more. In truth, I don’t fancy these features, but don’t get me wrong, all the extras add to the user experience and I’m sure it will add to mine. But the thing I am looking for, the thing that will sway me into handing over my money is a phone with a great camera and image capturing capabilities. And here is where the new Huawei P10 comes in.

I’ve been captured, given a device and released. Now with a new phone that posses extraordinary hardware and software features, I am left wondering what I should do with it. How do I feel with all this power in my hands? Like this…

A representation of Sin-Mae with advanced technology – via GIPHY

 

I managed to take a few pictures with the wide aperture features, beauty mode and manual focus. I was impressed to find the manual/pro controls, tracking features and voice command. Below are some pictures I took with the phone.

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Wide Aperature Enabled – f 1.4

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Wide Aperature Enabled – f 2

Many people may like the Wide Aperture Feature, by enabling it you bring up a scroll bar of f 0.95 ~ f 16. I did notice that the the phone did confuse some of the foreground image as the background and blurred parts of it. It happened on the lowest aperture and the highest, I am unsure whether that is a software issue but I think with some practice I will see less of it happening.

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Wide Aperture Enabled – f 0.95

I found any number below a f 2 on the wide aperture feature to be harsh and artificial looking in some pictures. Some objects in focus may have gaps and an outline of clear background then a harsh edging of blur.

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I noticed this happening even on the Huawei P10 Plus used at the official launch. This was on selfie mode layered with Bokeh effect, but once again, I need more practice with it.

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Portrait Mode – Artistic Effect Disabled

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Portrait Mode – Artistic Effect Enabled

There is this funky quick button on portrait mode that makes photos a little more dramatic. Above I tested it on sand to see how the artistic effect plays on the image.

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Wide Aperture Enabled – f 0.95

While using the lowest aperture I found that some angles gave me more of a naturalistic picture. Places with a lot going on in the background makes it harder for the software to blur properly. So far I find the feature works really well with closeups and a single leading line away from the subject.

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Pro Mode – manual focus (length)  3.95 , 1/200, f 2.2

You can’t go wrong with the pro feature, this is great for anyone who knows a bit of photography and wants a bit more control. There is no artificial blurring or wide aperture effect in this feature, well I couldn’t find one yet. But the lowest aperture on the hardware is f 2.2, good enough for most occasions and in my opinion better than any applied blur effect.

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Standard Picture Taking Mode – Auto, f 2.2

If you just want something that is a point a shoot but has great capabilities when it comes to low light situations, then this phone can easily do that. I find pictures taken with the Huawei P10 give me clean crispy images which I can easily edit without loosing a lot of quality on apps like Snap Seed.

This is only a quick review into the images I’ve captured so far. To fully test out the capabilities, I’ll be taking it with me on a roadtrip from Auckland to Wellington in the next few days.  Follow us on Instagram to see what I get up to!

 

 

heard | Thomas Oliver – new album + tour!

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Our favourite Wellingtonian, singer-songwriter, Thomas Oliver, releases his debut album this Friday.  

Titled, Floating in the Darkness, the album includes his Silver-Scroll award-winning hit “If I Move to Mars” as well as his single, “Shine like the Sun”.

Thomas will be on the road next month where he’ll be joined by a full band (including Sam Notman, Ed Zuccollo, Johnny Lawrence, Bella Trotter) before finishing off with a string of solo shows.

WITH BAND

Fri 5 May – Auckland, Tuning Fork

Sat 6 May – Leigh, Sawmill

Fri 12 May – Christchurch, Blue Smoke

Sat 13 May – Wellington, San Fran

SOLO

Wed 24 May – Takaka, Mussel Inn

Fri 26 May – Queenstown, Sherwood

Sat 27 May – Invercargill, Repertory House

Sun 28 May – Dunedin, Pequeno Lounge Bar

Buy tickets herePre-order the album here

**We featured Thomas as part of our humans of mac+mae series – read his story.

DocEdge 16 | Monterey

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Lisa Burd | Feature Film

Directed by Lisa Burd, Monterey follows Kiwis Paul and Mira as they open their dream café in Grey Lynn. The couple want to create a café different to the array of minimalist eateries populating Auckland, instead providing something cosy and familiar. The first step is finding a chef, and this comes in the form of Samoan Jacob, or J as they refer to him. J makes this doco, hands down. He is funny, charming and dedicated to his job, grateful to be given the opportunity to work as a head chef despite having no formal training whatsoever. As Paul and Mira both point out, J is what Monterey is all about – he is the heart and soul of the homely cafe.

Added to the mix is J’s brother, Tausaga, or Ti, fresh out of prison for armed robbery. Not long after his arrival, J’s cousin Aosoli joins the team. The three Samoan’s work smoothly together, always remaining calm and keeping the kitchen fun and lighthearted with the laid-back, cheeky humour common of the Pacific Island community. They are “the three core” of the business, as Paul calls them.

Monterey is best in its examination of these three men’s lives and relationship with each other. The doc becomes about much more than food – rather, it focusses on the people brought together by food. J, Ti and Soli are proud of their Samoan culture and heritage, and appreciate their positions at Monterey and the ability to provide for their families. J talks about the poor upbringing he had and how his children are able to enjoy simple things he did not, such as having shoes and lunch to take to school each day. The men are content and happy with their lives, striking a chord in the viewer as one thinks of the many dissatisfied New Zealanders who have come from far more privileged backgrounds.

The harmony in the Monterey kitchen is suddenly disrupted with the arrival of British chef Dan. Realising that money is tight, Paul decides to try something new and add a dinner menu to the cafe, making it slightly more up-market. Now with Dan as head chef, J, Ti and Soli are forced to reconsider their positions at Monterey. The new kitchen dynamic is interesting to watch – Dan is a nice guy, and a skilled chef who is essentially just doing his job – but we are attached to the Samoan family by this point and it is hard to see them grow disheartened.

The lowering in moral leads Paul and Mira to reconsider their decision and redefine the heart of the business. Is it about making money, is it about the vibe, is it about family? The documentary’s resolution is poignant and leaves one considering the role of cafes in New Zealand, the position of cafe staff and our country’s Samoan community. In all, a well-formed documentary that provides an interesting insight into New Zealand’s unique culture and makes for an enjoyable watch.

 

The 11th DocEdge Festival takes place in Wellington 4-15 May and Auckland 18-29 May – www.docedge.nz

NZICF 16 | 5 mins with Alice Brine

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Take a ride on the observational freight-train that is life inside the brain of Alice Brine; she’s got a real ‘Beautiful Mind’ vibe going on – except instead of maths, there’s just a lot of really elaborate ideas.  We had five, actually let’s be realistic and say ten minutes with Brine ahead of comedy festival run for 2016.

Describe your show in three words starting with a vowel…  

 I’m spinning yarns

What’s the inspiration behind your show? 

Me and my brain. I’m here to tell funny stories about situations we’ve all been in. It’s just that I’m stupid enough to talk about them in front of an audience. I overthink and I just go hard.  I tell stories and sometimes I talk about a subject but then I do a loop around later and mention that subject again. People love that. It’s called doing a call back. I’ve learnt how to do call backs and I can’t get enough of them. I also riff. No matter how well thought out my show is, every show will be different because I can’t help but go off on the occasional huge tangent. I want to be honest and funny, luckily I have a habit of finding myself in ridiculously funny situations so there’s plenty of material to cover off. 

What are your top 3 festival picks? 

1) Home- girl Laura Daniel +All of the Billy T Nominees

2) Daniel John Smith 

3) Local Acts! Without the local acts, the internationals wouldn’t be here.

Tell us about your most memorable time on stage…

I realised that I was most at home doing off the cuff +storytelling the night I did my first Monologue at SNORT at Basement Theatre in the 2015 Festival. I had always wanted to just trust my gut and go into riffing/off-the cuff but was too scared as it’s basically the opposite of how traditional stand-up comedy works. In a SNORT monologue, an audience member just yells out a topic and the comedian has to totally come up with all of their material off that word (a nightmare thought for a lot of people but basically my dream come true.) I got the word ‘Death Star’ and it was the best 5 minutes I had ever done in stand up, to that point.  I had previously always stayed to script which was fine but very structured compared to the style of stand up that I do now. I thought it was impossible to do a riff/storytelling style of stand up but after that first monologue I realised my best work came off the top of my head and I worked to find a way to get the best of both worlds into my style of comedy. I now do a mix of funny stories that are prepared earlier and then also allow myself to just go out there with nothing and just riff it out. It’s always the best stuff that comes out of the tangents. (This makes me want to reassure anyone coming to my show that I am not planning on making it all up on the spot!) (Just some of it) 

Word Association:

Comedy – Yellow. Everything is always yellow. Ross Noble and Amy Schemer and Billy Connolly.

Fashion – Expensive. Haters’ gunna hate. I love my bodycon dresses with Nike Dunk Sky Highs. Love ripped jeans and a leather jacket. Juliet Brine. Rebecca Gibb. If I ever get rich I gotta hire a stylist pronto. If anyone wants to send me their fashion stuff to plug please do. I love clothes. Size 10. Size 7 shoes. 

New Zealand – Mum. My mum is amazing. 

Sheep- New Zealand. Whoever wrote these questions ended up accidentally doing word association with themselves. 

Selfie – Game is strong. 

Dating – Such a 90’s word. Should not be used as a word unless you’re Rachel from the hit TV series, Friends. 

And finally, describe the last meal you ate.

I’m currently drinking a cold instant coffee. I had some kind of cereal for breakfast but its 2.30pm and this cold coffee is the only thing near me. I microwaved a soup about an hour ago but never went back to the kitchen to get it. I think it is still in the office microwave. Unless someone threw it out. There is probably about to be an email that goes around asking about whose soup was left in the microwave. I just got distracted doing work and answering these questions. The last meal I ate hasn’t been eaten yet but it will be re-microwaved soup. I’m going to legit go and eat it now.

ALICE BRINE performs BRAINSTORM Tues 26 – Sat 30 April at Wellington’s BATS Theatre and Tues 10 – Sat 14 May at Auckland’s Basement Studio, as part of the 2016 NZ International Comedy Festival powered by Flick Electric Co. from 22 April – 15 May. For the full line-up of shows in the Festival head to comedyfestival.co.nz.

heard | our top picks for WOMAD 2016

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Leaves are starting to turn, days are becoming (somewhat) shorter and there’s a slight chill in the air – for the NZ Festival scene, it can only mean one thing – WOMAD is upon us!

In its 12th year, the festival returns once again to Taranaki, to showcase different cultures through music – this year, WOMAD will transport you to over 20 countries over seven stages, with 30 acts performing over 3 days. It’s a festival like no other. With so much choice, we thought we’d pick out some of our not-to-be-missed acts for this year’s festival.

NZFW2015 | Miromoda

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Three days of fun and intensity flew by too quickly and here I sit in front of my keyboard missing and reminiscing about it. I am talking about, New Zealand Fashion Week. There were a lot of great shows with reputable brands but only a select few impressed me. I am the type of person who like to save the best for last and Miromoda is one of the best. Miromoda strives to support, expose and launch emerging indigenous designers or culturally charged creatives. It combines some of the strongest known, unknown and lesser known designers in one spectacular show worthy of high praise.

With 13 designers and labels showing in Miromoda this year we got to see everything from casual street-wear to extravagant and artistic pieces.

 

STEVE HALL – Abandon Man

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Abandon Man is a collection that draws heavily on Japanese culture. The look of strong, masculine and military inspired warriors are seamlessly counterbalanced by soft cuts and shape.

 

KYLIE MANGAN – Black Meets White

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Kylie creates effortless fashion with timeless designs and staple pieces she says every woman needs in their wardrobe, her designs are minimal, street and chic.

 

AJ BRADLEY – The Hungry Years

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“The Hungry Years is an exploration into the culture and envrionment of an epochal time for American music, literature and photography”.

 

CAMPBELL LUKE (Bobby Luke) – Bespoke Memories of a Pā kid

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Campbell Luke is a brand driven by kaupapa Māori and modern aesthetics. Bespoke Memories of Pā kid is based on nostalgic work wear and the of matriarchal societies within family and culture.

 

AHO (Kristy Bedi) – Aho Manawa

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Kristy Bedi’s work draws on concepts of culture, identity, hybridity and whakapapa. Aho Manawa translate to ‘the heart line’ which draws on the complex and elegant pattern of the kōwhaiwhai.

 

SYRE (Aaliyah Jobe) – CAPT

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SYRE creates defiant street wear for the rebellious and disobedient inspired by American pop culture and sportswear. CAPT is a collection that address the debate on the new flag using satire to bring light the issues of sovereignty and colonisation.

 

HIAKO (Tasmyn Roach) – Hiako

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Hiako embraces traditional and contemporary Māori prints reflecting the designer’s Māori and Pakeha cultural heritage. Hiako is a sportswear collection made out of sports enhanced materials aimed at catering to all cultures.

 

HORI & MIMI (Hohepa Thompson & Mia Brennan) – The Hangi Collection

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The Hangi Collection represents whanau, food and bringing people together. The fabrics used in this collection were dyed by a process of being buried in a hangi along with cooking ingredients and allowed to simmer for days.

 

JORDAINE BROGAN – Adjust 2.0

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Adjust 2.0 is Jordaine’s first collection and it is about finding her own path, aesthetic and her own feet. The collection aims for simplicity and comfort creating a look good and feel good wear without elaborate embellishments.

 

DARLENE GORE – Darlene Gore A/W 2016

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The collection is influenced by climate and settings of the South Island. Darlene Gore creates finely tailored pieces that transcends fashion fads to become lasting pieces.

 

MITCHELL VINCENT – M V P M

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Simple, sophisticated and proudly New Zealand owned. Mitchell Vincent produces internationally influenced, ready to wear garments that reflects the relaxed culture and lifestyle of New Zealand.

 

SHONA TAWHIAO – Battle Cry

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Shona Tawhiao productes stunning flax woven pieces by combing traditional Māori weaving skills and her eye for contemporary design creating pieces that are literally a work of (wearable) art. Her designs combine modern materials with Harakeke (native flax).

 

DMONIC INTENT – Habit

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Aiming to make Avant Garde the norm, Dmonic Intent design what they want rather than aiming to please the masses. Their label’s philosophy focuses on development, experimentation and innovation; individualism is their goal and they focus on being design and made in NZ.

 

More images of Miromoda will be uploaded to our Facebook page so make sure you head on over there and follow us see them all.

 

NZFW2015 | Kate Sylvester AW16 ‘a Muse’

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Designer:  Kate Sylvester

Title of Show:  a Muse

Season:  Autumn/Winter 2016

Inspiration for the Collection: In a blurb Sylvester lists names, names whom are creative muses that have either influence her creativity or were great people whom found inspirations through others (the same way she did). “A great muse inspires, challenges and infatuates an artist. Kate Sylvester’s Autumn Winter 2016 collection celebrates the muse in all her complexity, strength, style beauty and eccentricity”.

Fabric:  Colours in her collection are peach, purples, blue, greens, tan, grey, cream and black. Textures seen in her collection were leather like, thick woolly fabrics, hairy fabrics and lace. Patterns seen were purple and green flora, vertical and horizontal stripes, dots of millefiori prints arranged to resemble polka dots, checkered fabrics.

Aesthetics/Style of Clothing:  Flexible range. It is smart and can be casual, wear for work and after work drinks. Designed with comfort in mind.

Atmosphere:  Avant Garde. Down the end of the runway stood an abstraction of lines and curves which formed a group of posing figures. The sculpture reminded me of Picasso’s first cubist painting of women titled Les demoiselles d’Avignon. The sculpture seemed to foreshadow a collection of new, unusual and experimental ideas.

 

 

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Photos by Sin-Mae Chung