October 22, 2013 … the cold breeze of desperation

Of the pictures I took yesterday, I retained just three.

That is either desperation, or confidence. I have never suffered from a surfeit of confidence. I was desperate. That wretched wind was still there, and still is today.  Anyway the net result is that you get to see my entire photographic output from yesterday. That has not happened before.

Much of the day was spent attempting to assemble a portfolio of six prints for an annual club competition. Portfolios present a special challenge as they need a unifying theme and a certain internal consistency. My set is of birds in flight, or at least with their wings spread ready for flight. Most of my flight images are achieved at a longer distance than the sitting shots, and so are of lesser quality in terms of sharpness and digital noise. Finding six images that suited is no small feat.  My collection has over 3,100 images of birds, and over 500 of these are of birds in flight. I have since tagged all the in-flight shots so I can find them more easily in future.

With that done, I realised that the day was reaching a conclusion, and I needed to get out and take some pictures. High wind tended to rule out bird shots, so I went along the road around the Eastern bays.

Looking South from high above York Bay

The whitecaps tell the force of the wind

There are many little side roads which climb from the foreshore up into the bush, giving access to the many houses tucked into the various crevices on he steep hills.  They are ridiculously narrow roads with few opportunities for turning, but they offer some very nice view windows out over the harbour.

Kaitaki inbound from Picton

If I had to cross the Strait on a day like this, I would do it on the Kaitaki

Coming through the heads, the interisland ferry, Kaitaki seemed impervious to the wind, so I grabbed another shot from back down on the coast road.

Eastbourne as seen from York Bay

It’s a pleasant and slightly upmarket village

Following the doctrine of checking other angles, I saw a view of Eastbourne with its solitary high-rise building.

And that’s all I have for the day.



About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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