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2014 Collingwood Street Trolley Derby

David Letsche Photography was at the 2014 Collingwood Street Trolley Derby and captured all the action, pre race nerves, cool trollies, close shaves and examples of kiwi “no.8 wire” engineering at it’s best.

Photos are now available via the link below.  Please remember to purchase the commercial license option if you are getting the photo for business purposes.  (Price includes GST and receipt is available on request.)

Photos from the 2014 Collingwood Street Trolley Derby

But here are some images from 2012….

Trolley racer ready to go down the Collingwood St course

Racer ready to roll down Collingwood St in Nelson.

Is it a formula 1 car, nope, a converted mussel buoy.

The race is on down Collingwood St.

Collingwood St provides the perfect gallery for spectators to watch the racing.

This is a bit of a squeeze.

Village Cycles

The Kiwi Flyer, a trolley that featured in a film of the same name that was filmed at the Collingwood St Trolley Derby.

The film star trolley, the “Kiwi Flyer”.

Parents get to race too.

Parents get to race too.

Speeding in a 50 zone is encouraged, but only for the trollies!

“Excuse me, but I recorded you doing 70kph in a 50kph zone, well done mate!!”

Plus the occasional spill

Collingwood St Derby, always something exciting going on.

Hope the weather stays fine for the racing on Saturday.



Richmond Rodeo 18th Jan 2014

Photos from the 2014 Richmond Rodeo

The annual Richmond Rodeo will be held at the Richmond Showgrounds on Saturday 18th Jan 2014.

Bull riding at Richmond Rodeo 2014

Superb bull riding at the 2014 Richmond Rodeo.

The barrel racing event at the local rodeo held in Richmond near Nelson NZ.

Barrel racing at the local rodeo.

There are events for the kids too at the rodeo.

Sheep riding.  Looks almost comfortable.






DSLR Video Production

Here is the unboxed Rode Videomic Pro mounted on a Canon Professional DSLR body.  This is the first piece of kit specifically purchased for DSLR video production.

Much of the experience gained as a stills photographer translates into videography – exposure, lens choice, lighting and composition just to name a few.  We look forward to gaining the additional skills (editing and audio for instance) needed to provide promotional video clips to our Nelson commercial photography clients.

PS the Rode Videomic Pro was purchased from Adam at Splash Audio in Wellington.  In addition to a really keen price, Adam was very helpful giving lots of useful advice on the choice of microphone.  So far, highly recommended.

Compact shotgun microphone (Rode VideoMic Pro) on a Canon EOS 7D DSLR

Dairy Women’s Network Conference 2013, Rutherford Hotel, Nelson

Dairy Women's Network Conference at the Rutherford Hotel Conference Centre in Nelson

The Dairy Women’s Network (DWN) engaged David Letsche Photography to cover the 2013 Annual Conference held at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson.  The brief was to capture the very essence of what being part of the DWN is all about.

The photographic style required by the DWN was:

  • Candid and informal
  • Natural and relaxed
  • Showing engagement and interaction

Using the latest professional Canon camera equipment allowed many event photos to be taken in very limited light without the use of flash.  This both enhances the candid quality of the delivered image and allows the conference to proceed without disturbance.

The gala dinner included an award ceremony for the Dairy Woman of the Year 2013.  Photos of the winner, Justine Kidd, were taken, processed and delivered to the PR company on the night for a press release the following morning.

The Dairy Women's Network Conference at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson, NZ

Dan Steele from Blue Duck Station presents to the delegates at the conference on the importance of the environment.

The ladies of the Dairy Women's Network enjoy cocktails at a pre dinner networking function at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson

Members of the Dairy Women’s Network socialise and network prior to the Annual Conference Gala Dinner held at the Rutherford Hotel in Nelson.

Sue Lindsay addresses the Dairy Women's Network Annual Conference Dinner 2013 at the Rutherford Hotel Event Venue in Nelson

Sue Lindsay addresses the Gala Dinner prior to the winner of the Dairy Woman of the Year 2013 being announced.

Justine Kidd, Dairy Woman of the Year 2013

Justine Kidd, Dairy Woman of the Year 2013

The DWN Annual Conference organisers at the Rutherford Hotel Conference Centre in Nelson

The DWN Annual Conference organisers at the Rutherford Hotel Conference Centre in Nelson

Dairy Woman of the Year media release via Scoop

Michelle Wilson (Chair of the DWN) commented on the event photography service delivered for their Nelson conference.

We would like to thank David Letsche for the fantastic photos he recently took at the Dairy Women’s Network conference and Gala dinner held in Nelson in March.

David’s communication has been fantastic from the first point of contact to the follow up with the photos.

David was very patient and obliging, considering the initial time frame we engaged him for ended up being doubled. Nothing was a problem, even when we had to wait for people that were delayed for 45 minutes!

It was a pleasure to work with David, the quality of the photographs and professionalism that he demonstrated were fantastic.

Dairy Women’s Network will definitely be calling David in the future and recommending him to our networks.

Links to the Dairy Women’s Network

>> Website

>> facebook page


Waimea Bridge Opening Ceremony

Great Taste Trail - Waimea Bridge Opening

The Waimea Pedestrian and Cycle Bridge was officially opened on Saturday 26th Jan, 2013.  The bridge crosses the Waimea River and allows yet more of the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail to be cycled as a continuous ride, linking Richmond to Rabbit Island.  The Mapua Ferry further links riders to Mapua and beyond.

Waiting for the Waimea Bridge to open

Cycling on the Tasman’s Great Taste Trail is something that can be enjoyed by everyone.

Mayor Kempthorne officiates the opening of the Waimea Bridge

Tasman’s Mayor Kempthorne introduces the speakers during the opening ceremony.

Nick Smith MP talks about the National Governments cycle track initiative.

The Hon. Nick Smith MP talks about the government’s cycle trail strategy in a week that saw him reinstated back into Cabinet with the Conservation portfolio.

Waimea Bridge

A young rider views the bridge before his first crossing.  (Note: the photographer’s self portrait in the lens of the sunnies!!)

The Waimea Bridge gets well used on the first day after the official opening ceremony

The Great Taste Trail has been  welcomed by so many bike riders who enjoy the traffic-free tracks.

Heading off the Waimea Bridge nr Richmond near Nelson

There will definitely be health benefits to the community from the extra exercise and reduction in stress.

Bike riders on the Great Taste Trail

Faster mum, faster!!!

What a brilliant childs seat!!

The track just past the Waimea Bridge

Leaving the Mapua Ferry to start the Great Taste Trail

The Mapua Ferry links Rabbit Island with Mapua Wharf.  Bike racks are provided in the boat to store your cycle during the short journey.

Relaxing at the JellyFish Cafe in Mapua after biking the Great Taste Trail

Recreational cycling doesn’t have to be all hard work.  The wharf at Mapua offers lots of opportunities to relax with a drink, meal, ice cream or the Smokehouse’s Fish and Chips eaten out of the paper.

Enjoying the Mapua Ferry ride

Pure relaxation.

Straight off the Mapua Ferry at Rabbit Island

A flying start to the trip back home via Rabbit Island. What a smashing day out from Richmond or Nelson.

More photos can be viewed on the David Letsche Photography facebook page >> Tasman’s Great Taste Trail Waimea Bridge Opening Ceremony and trip to Rabbit Island and Mapua

Further information about Nelson cycle tracks and Mapua.

Heart of Biking website – Official website of the Great Taste Trail

Mapua Ferry website

Mapua Wharf website

Ruby Coast Moutere Hills website

fermentAsian Restaurant, Tanunda, SA

Ferment Asian Restaurant in Tanunda, South Australia

Tanunda is central to the Barossa Valley in South Australia.  We were recommended to visit (and book early) by two American ladies we met at Trentham Winery on the Murray River near Mildura, NSW. Evenings were fully booked so we settled on Sunday lunch.

The fermentAsian Restaurant is set in a stone built villa on the main street in Tanunda.  A beautiful, cool building when it is hot outside.

Welcome to fermentAsian

The menu is concise but the combination of dishes would appear to work very well together and incorporates local ingredients .  The wine list of Grant Dickson (Co owner and husband of Tuoi Do) is legendary and comes as a near book describing each wine.  Fortunately, Grant who is front of house, has excellent wine knowledge and will help you select the perfect glass of wine to accompany each course (he also works at the local Barossa Valley winery Rockford).

fermentAsian menu

Thit lon cuon la lot – Fresh betel leaves with sticky caramelised pork with incendiary components.  Any meal that has “incendiary components” has to be chosen from the menu.  Nothing we ordered was insanely hot, just a clean chilli-like heat that most people could cope with.

Fresh betel leaves with sticky caramelised pork with incendiary components

Nen Ha Noi – Hanoi spring rolls with salad of fresh herbs and classic Vietnamese dipping sauce.

Hanoi spring rolls with salad of fresh herbs and classic Vietnamese dipping sauce

Gio mia Sai Gon – Saigon sugar cane prawns with lime-chilli-salt. The sugar cane “stick” can be chewed to release the natural sweetness after eating the prawn.

Saigon sugar cane prawns with lime-chilli-salt

Lon voi gung va cam – Schu Am Barossa Berkshire pork belly with ginger and orange sauce.

 Schu Am Barossa Berkshire pork belly with ginger and orange sauce

Ca ri bo – Penang peanut curry of Barossa Black Angus beef ribs.

Penang peanut curry of Barossa Black Angus beef ribs

As we were having our main courses a larger family group arrived who were fairly noisy, not in a terrible way but perhaps more than this restaurant is used to.  Grant offered us a complimentary glass of red wine which we thought was a nice touch.

Desserts were just as good as the first two courses, Chocolate and lemongrass mousse and Black sticky rice with caramelised banana.  To complete the meal we ordered Vietnamese coffee – a double expresso with condensed milk and ice.

Vietnamese coffee - a double expresso with condensed milk and ice

It’s a DIY job!  Add the condensed milk to taste and then the ice.

Vietnamese coffee - a double expresso with condensed milk and ice

The interior decor is simple and pleasant.

fermentAsian South East Asian Restaurant in Tanunda, South Australia

We read on Trip Advisor that people felt rushed occasionally but we did not feel this in the least, quite the opposite.  The restaurant feels family run, we could see into the busy kitchen which added to the experience.  After the lunch serving was complete, Tuoi Do, Chef and Owner, left the kitchen and visited each table to enquire if diners had enjoyed their meals – another nice touch.

Final Thoughts

This was the best Asian food we had ever had.  What can only be imagined as more authentic and cooked so that each delicate flavour is preserved.  The dishes are not stodgy as can be the case in some other Asian restaurants we have experienced.  The wine list and the help in choosing the right wine is first class, as you would hope for in the Barossa Valley. If you want to experience fermentAsian we would recommend that you book a couple of weeks ahead if you have a specific date and time when you will be around Tanunda.

Website fermentAsian Southeast Asian Cuisine, Tanunda

fermentAsian South East Asian Restaurant in Tanunda, South Australia

Moutere Artisans Labour Day Weekend

Moutere Artisans Weekend, Upper Moutere

The Moutere is showcasing the Moutere Artisans this Labour Day Weekend.  The regions foremost food and drink producers, artists and accommodation providers are collectively opening their doors to welcome visitors from near and far.

Neudorf Vineyards, Peckham’s Cider,Himmelsfeld Vineyard, Woollaston Estates, Harakeke Farm, Kahurangi Estate, Moutere Inn, Sunset Valley Vineyard

Neudorf Dairy, Neudorf Olives, Moutere Gold, Moutere Strawberries, Neudorf Mushrooms

Icon Centre of Contemporary Art, Michael MacMillan Gallery, Anna Barnett Pottery, Pegleg Woodwork, Barlett & Gold Gallery

The Mudcastle, Lancewood Villa, Neudorf Hall, Kahurangi Estate Vineyard Cottage

Blackbird Valley Western Pleasure Horse Trekking

The Moutere Artisan group have a website and also a facebook page

Harakeke Winery Cellar Door

Intense cat!

Himmelsfeld Vineyard

Cheesemakers at Neudorf Rd

Owen Bartlett Gallery, Upper Moutere






Nelson City Cathedral Criterium – Nelson Cycle Fest 2012

Nelson Cycle Fest 2012

Superb Weather for the 2012 Nelson City Cathedral Criterium blessed this unique race. Riders race on a tight circuit around Nelson’s famous Cathedral, which most spectators will not appreciate has a tough uphill section on every lap.

Many more photos on facebook

A Grade –

B Grade –

C Grade –

DE Grade –

Juniors –

D Grade clips in for the Nelson City Crit

D Grade sets of from the start line.

Felix Laufkotter wins the B Grade sprint

Felix Laufkotter wins the B grade sprint.

Peter Angelsey - Nice colour coordination!

Negotiating the tight turn at the top of the course.

Murray Cameron

Murray Cameron MCs the Nelson City Cathedral Criterium 2012.

Ross Ellison

Ross Ellison – President of Tasman Wheelers Cycling Club.

A Grade in front of the Cathedral steps

A Grade lines up for the start

Daniel Ellison

Daniel Ellison

Kieran Hambrook

Kieran Hambrook


2011 Nelson City Criterium Photos

I will be photographing and maybe riding (scary thought!!) around the Cathedral in Nelson this Sunday.  Here are some photos from last years racing.

Nelson City Cathedral Criterium - Murray Cameron MC

Murray C – hey – MC

Start of the Kids Racing

Before the off at the Cathedral steps in sunny Nelson.

Nelson Cycle Fest

Stop it Murray – you’ll scare ’em off.

Nelson Cycle Fest - kids racing can be serious stuff!

A grade starters at the Nelson City Cathedral Criterium

A Grade about to start.

George Bennett turns the tight corner around the back of the Cathedral

George Bennett makes easy work of the Nelson Cathedral circuit.

Kieran Hambrook

Kieran Hambrook flat out around one of the fastest corners on the Cathedral circuit.

Dean Fulton

Dean Fulton at the highest point on the circuit behind Nelson Cathedral.




Nelson Wineart 2012 New Release Tasting Event

Nelson Wineart Launch 2012

Held at the Boat House on Wakefield Quay to celebrate the 2012 release wines from our local Nelson and Tasman Vineyards and Wineries.

“David took great photographs at the Nelson Wineart new release tasting that really captured the vibrant atmosphere of the event – many thanks”

Gisela Purcell, General Manager, Nelson Wineart

Brightwater Vineyards


Ruby Bay Vineyards


Rimu Grove Winery


The Wineart Tasting was a sold out event


Wine Tasting as a science


Blackenbrook Vineyards - Cleave Shearer tops up his glass


Nelson Wineart 2012 Launch Event


Nelson Wineart 2012 Launch Event


The latest Wine fashion


The Boathouse, Nelson NZ

Wild Tomato Magazine

Photos from the Wineart 2012 New Release Tasting were published in Wild Tomato magazine.

Wineart 2012 Launch photos in Wild Tomato magazine

Marchfest 2012

Marchfest 2012 photos at Founders PArk

Marchfest 2012 had some stellar acts this year including John Cooper Clarke, the Bard of Salford.  The rain was not kind to Founders Park in Nelson but around 3300 people turned up anyway to celebrate craft beer and local wine.

Checkout a few quirkier Marchfest photos on the David Letsche Photography facebook page.

John Cooper Clarke at Marchfest 2012