Plans sometimes change, and thus I found myself free in the late afternoon.
This allowed me to join a group of like-minded friends from the camera club. We originally set out in pursuit of landscape opportunities. After a little bit of “fluffing around” , we settled on a trip up Palmer Head to the old gun emplacements there. This was late afternoon, so we were hopeful of some good light. I should add that the graffiti-covered gun emplacements featured in a recent guest speaker’s presentation at the club, so we were all eager to see what we could achieve.
From up here, you get a very clear view of Wellington Airport and realise it is not so much a small airfield as a large aircraft carrier. The problem for Wellington will always be that extending it is likely to involve astronomical costs. Millions of dollars per added metre.
I have said before that I dislike heights. The bunkers are surrounded by crumbling clay slopes, so in addition to heights, I had the added problem of uncertain footing. My insurance company has already imposed added penalties in the event of any further mishaps to my cameras, so in addition to my fears for my own safety, I was nervous about the camera as well. Nevertheless, I managed to quell my fear sufficiently to get the view I wanted.
While I dislike all graffiti in principle, I have to concede that some of it presents strikingly as an images. This shot is a “HDR” composite … a sandwich of three images each shot two whole stops apart, By this means I was able to capture both light and shadows in a dark space without the use of a flash.
While my friends were still scrambling fearlessly about the gun emplacement, I wandered off up the track that leads past the airport navigation system and the trig station. From there I could look down on the harbour entrance, just in time to watch he Holland-America liner, Oosterdam pause to drop the pilot before resuming her voyage up the East Coast to Napier.
That will suffice for today.