April 25, 2014 … conference day 1

Photographic conventions don’t provide as many opportunities for photographs as you might think.

Wither hills lookout

Looking down on the lights of Blenheim to the left and Eastward to the sea. Though there is light in the sky, sunrise is still some way off.

The day is full to overflowing with keynote speakers, workshops, and other sessions. There is also the trade show with many temptations. Yesterday however began at some mythical hor of the morning which I am astonished to learn occurs every day. At 6 am we were trudging up the walkway to the Wither Hills lookout above Blenheim. It was completely dark except for a few small glow-worm type flashlights  carried by foresighted people.  We arrived at the lookout, some of in better condition than others. Our hope was to catch the sunrise (whatever that is) spreading its golden rays across the hills and plains.

Wither Hills

Though the sun may have risen the clouds and the hills prevented a clear view.

Sadly, the Eastern sky remained sullen for the most part, and the anticipated spectacle happened in a very filtered kind of way. Photographers in groups are funny to watch as they shuffle to get a clear view of their common target without including other photographers in the image. It’s a bit like watching Emperor penguins shuffle their eggs to the sheltered spot in the flock.


View to the West. Omaka airfield is just behind the second line of trees to the right of centre

As I was heading back to the carpark to attend the first conference session of the day the sun finally broke through and the colours of the Marlborough landscape were at last revealed.

And that’s all I have from yesterday.


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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