April 16, 2014 …. expletives not entirely deleted

Profane language rang out today.


The full Easter Moon, in the penumbra already, climbs up from the Eastern hills, but then disappeared into the clouds before we could see the eclipse proper.

I was moving my camera with the big lens. I had used it the previous night to attempt to shoot the eclipse. I got the moonrise  and the reddish colour that indicated that the moon was in the penumbra, but then it ascended into the heavy overcast and I didn’t see it again. I left the camera on the tripod overnight and had moved it to a place of safety. All I can guess is that the tripod’s legs were not spread properly but as I turned away, I heard a shattering crash and there on the floor was the wreckage … the lens,  just one month back from its previous repair had torn the mounting ring out of the body of the camera and I think both the lens and body are severely damaged if not destroyed. My insurance company hates me already. Owwww. And I shall be without my bird lens at the Photographic conference in Blenheim next month.  Waaaaahhh!


Logging on the Haywards Hill

Anyway, earlier in the day, I had been over the Haywards road, and noticed that a long-standing clump of pines had been clear-felled. My first job was at the Kinleith paper mill, so I have always had a sense of affinity with forestry.


Slow shutter, fast train

In the afternoon, I found a spot that gives an unimpeded view of the railway line near Wellington, so tried more slow exposures. Here a Wellington-bound train comes in from the Kapiti line.

Aaaaaghhh … how could this happen to me again?



About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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