Late afternoon photography is a lottery.
If you judge it wrong, leave it too late, then the scenery is flat and drab. I cut it very fine yesterday. With Mary, and our grandchildren, Maggie and Cooper, we went to the Kaitoke Reserve, North of Upper Hutt. We parked near the entrance to the Pakuratahi Forks walkway. I had visions of still waters, or perhaps of stilling tumbling waters. Mary heroically took the kids hunting Hobbits. My first stop was on the shingle below the bridge, a favourite summer swimming hole for generations of Wellingtonians. Needless to say, with an air temperature of just 8 degrees C, no one was swimming. Besides, it was late in the day, and the sign at the gate said the park would close at 5pm.
My next shot is a minor miracle on several fronts. If you have read a few of these blogs, you may recall that I don’t deal well with heights. This was taken from the middle of the swing bridge … a 30 second exposure at f22 on a tripod. Not only did I have to overcome my fear, I had to wait for the bridge to stop swinging before using the wireless remote to trigger the exposure, and then remaining motionless for 30 seconds. It took several shots but I am pleased with the result.
I went back up the road and followed it to where there was a view of the river coming down a bit of a chasm. By now the light was fading fast and this is a three-minute exposure.
I went back to the car park where Mary and the kids were having some refreshments. The opportunity for a different perspective on the same swimming hole as the first shot was irresistible. Yes, all of these images were taken using the ND filters and long exposures.
No Hobbits were harmed in the making of these images.