Photographic competitions, at club level anyway, are intended to develop the photographer’s critical eye.
So it came to pass that, in addition to meeting friends for lunch yesterday, I spent a pleasurable hour or more wandering the streets of Wellington looking for images that might fit the next club topic, “Wet, chrome or reflective”.
My first image came as I got off the bus at Rutherford House. I was thwarted in my attempts to visit colleagues by the fact that all the elevators in the building were locked down pending inspection after the fairly solid (5.7) earthquake just an hour earlier. I couldn’t use the stairs because I no longer have the staff passkey to get in. Ah well, a coffee at Fanny Anne’s and then I began wandering. I was meeting them later for lunch anyway.
Though it didn’t fit my competition goals, I was delighted with the bright sun on the “Buzzy Bee” sculpture by Hugh Nicholson and Bob Sharpe. Its placement as a piece of public art in close proximity to the “Beehive” was deliberate and delightful.
Coming back on topic, water is always an appealing topic, and in this case the reflecting pools of the Supreme Court building seem to imply that the building has very deep foundations … and so it does, all the way back to Runnymede.
On Lambton Quay, the curve of the road allowed me to use shop windows for a little surreptitious street photography. The vertical splashes of colour are the partially seen contents of the shop windows.
Down a side street, a shop mannequin in the shop appears to embody a letter box outside, and is guarding it with white-gloved hands.
In a harbour city I am inevitably drawn to the waterside. Sunshine and school holidays meant it was reasonably busy, and a fur seal pup drowsing on the sea wall by Frank Kitts Park added to the numbers. For my part, I was watching the water, looking for useful reflections. This is a reflection of one of a small fleet of charter yachts moored near a cluster of popular restaurants.
Then this pattern appeared. The water was attractive in its own right, but this view is moderated by the plastic windshield that surrounds a platform for outdoor seating at the Shed 5 restaurant. I found it interesting, anyway.
And then, on the outer quay of Queens Wharf was a vast aluminium slab sided vessel. For a brief moment I hoped it signified the return to new Zealand of the fast ferries. Alas, it was the latest wave piercing catamaran from Incat Industries in Tasmania, and it is bound for Montevideo where it will join the rest of the Buquebus fleet joining that city with Buenos Aires. These are amazing feats of engineering. Despite its relatively small size, the ship can carry 1,024 passengers and 150 cars at 51 kts. On its empty-ship speed trials it exceeded 58 kts (about 107 km/h). I liked the textures and it was certainly in a wet and reflective setting. The image however is under the bow where the texture on that thick aluminium plate appealed to me.