One month until daylight saving time starts … whoopee!
Yesterday’s photographic expedition amounted to a tour of the nearby region, trying to see, trying to extract the visual gems from a congested field of vision. Black backed gulls (Larus dominicanus – named for the Dominican friars who also wear a black and white habit) on rocks off the beach at Seatoun were my first shot.
Carrying on around the coast road, and behind the airport, I came to Lyall Bay where, as usual, there were surfers trying to extract the maximum enjoyment from a minimum of surf. It seems to me that there are few days of real surf each year, and the rest of the time is either flat calm or unusable from a surfing point of view. This may explain the chaotic state of many attempted rides in the brief period I was watching.
In the afternoon, I made my nearly habitual trip to Pauatahanui and was disappointed that the birds were all far across the mudflats. Of course, if I had paid attention to the tide I should have expected that. My disappointment was offset by the sighting of a bunch of “wascally wabbits” in the weeds near the exit to the point.
Back in the Hutt Valley I came down the Eastern side, pausing at the Silverstream railway bridge where I decided to experiment with my variable neutral density filter. This allows a very slow shutter speed and in combination with a solid tripod allowed me to try for that silky look on the water. I was all lined up and started a long exposure when a train gate-crashed the party. In the end I quite like the effect.
Further downstream in the Avalon region, I tried again for the silky effect. Not quite what I wanted but it’s a start.
Something different tomorrow.
* Elmer Fudd