April 18, 2014 … wind in the night

Darkness descended with not a photo taken.

Night lights


Out into the cold and dark of a wild Wellington night. My camera was mounted firmly on the tripod but I could feel it vibrating in very strong the wind. With firm downward pressure on the tripod I made the exposure, but the wind was so strong that the best I could achieve was this. Quite abstract really.

Darkness and wind

Wellington across the harbour in a gale

I tried a little later from a more sheltered position, and though I failed again to get perfect stillness I wanted. Both this and the preceding image were intended to show the same subject … the night lights of Wellington from the Eastern Bays. In the upper photo, the lights at the top are Mt Victoria and the dark shape below is Mokopuna, the little island to the North of Matiu/Somes Island.

Day's Bay Wharf

Day’s Bay wharf in the dark of night

Around in Day’s Bay, with shelter from the trees and my car, I tried to capture the night lights on the Day’s Bay Wharf. The bright light to the right of the wharf is the sail-training ship Spirit of New Zealand, at anchor, sheltering from the wild winds out at sea.

Day's Bay wharf

The wharf and the lamp lit waters … not as smooth as the picture suggests

From a slightly different place I focussed on the wharf itself, and was quite pleased with the star-burst effects around the street lights and lamps on the wharf.

That’s all for now.


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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