I have lived in the Hutt Valley for thirty-four years.
Until yesterday, if anyone had said to me that there is a full width weir across the Hutt river, I would have quoted Col. Sherman T Potter and cried “horse puckey”. Well yesterday, I saw it with my own eyes, and even walked on it. A good friend told me to go and see it. Despite the sullen grey overcast and intermittent rain, I went out to capture my photo for the day. Normally I seek a bit more diversity in the day’s photography, but I make no apology for being captivated by the rushing water. Please click to enlarge to see the detail in these images.
Below the weir, there are many interesting boulders placed to prevent the structure being undercut. There is some resultant white water, and the local kayak community get excited about it in flood conditions when the river flow is high enough. Yesterday’s flow was quite modest, but as you can see I used my variable density filter to get a very slow exposure. This shows the water flow, and if your tripod is solid enough, keeps the fixed objects sharp.
The river stones are real ankle-breakers and given my recent history and somewhat strained relationship with my insurers, I manoeuvred very carefully from one viewpoint to another. I should add that there has been very little manipulation of these shots. I removed a few sticks that a friend was worried might be interpreted as dust, and adjusted the exposure and colour balance, but otherwise they are as taken.
Though I had deliberately lowered the light levels with my filter, a certain level of light is still necessary, and it was getting fairly chilly with the wind blowing from the South up the river, so after this shot, I called it a day. You know the old cliché that “once you have a hammer, everything looks like a nail“. I shall have to take care not to overdo the filter-assisted slow shots.
That’s all for today