A travel photographer’s advice I just read was “practise at home”.
Yesterday was a back-to-earth day after returning from our trip to Rotorua, Whakatane, National Park, Horopito and Foxton Beach. With no strange and exotic places to visit I wandered around my own region. I conclude that wind, unless it is of spectacular force, is generally unhelpful for photography.
At Naenae, there was a sheltered place and a patch of sunshine on the clock tower which, like Rupert Brooke’s famous church tower, is frozen in time. Both clocks are right twice a a day.
I found nothing useful at Pauatahanui, and moved on to Plimmerton where Dotterels may sometimes be found. I was about to conclude that there was nothing useful there either, when it occurred to me to take the variable density filter out and see what I might get with that. Mana Island is out there on the horizon with the tip of Whitireia Park to the left. The jagged rocks in the foreground are where the dotterels are sometimes seen. This is a very long slow exposure to flatten the water and I had to apply strong downward pressure on the tripod to stop the camera bouncing in the wind. (Note to self … I must get a sandbag to hang off the centrepost for stability)
When you have a hammer, they say, everything looks like a nail. Having got the ND filter out I went in search of running water, and ended up on the side of the Hutt River near Stokes Valley looking North towards the gorge.
Ho hum. Perhaps today will produce a different idea.
*“The Old Vicarage, Grantchester” by Rupert Brooke