Grey wet weather again.
Defeat is not in my vocabulary. At least one purposeful photograph every day is the goal, no matter what the weather is doing. Mary had some shopping to do, so I accompanied here to Lower Hutt and while she was shopping for some clothes, I was turned loose to see what I could find. The old Lower Hutt telephone exchange building was the site of my first attempt. There was not much I could do with it, but I liked the steel fire escape. The only way I could add any mystery was to convert it to black and white, using the look and feel of the old Ilford FP4.
Nearby, the Lower Hutt Town hall and civic centre is being fenced off preparatory to a major earthquake strengthening makeover. I suspect it will be closed for a long time.
No sign of the missing shopper so I carried on wandering and quite liked the texture in the reflection of a an office block in a random puddle. And then she was back.
Our next stop was Petone, and while Mary was in a shop on Jackson Street, I was attempting to catch the atmosphere. Petone is one of the few places in the Wellington region where street parking is free. The city fathers (of both sexes) have not yet figured this out, and wonder why so many Wellingtonians come out to the valley, even on dismal days like this. Look at the cloud hanging on the Western hills.
In the afternoon, I followed the coast road from Wainuiomata, but found nothing but a dull sea and a chill wind at the beach. On the way back, a cluster of toetoe thrashing in the breeze called me over. I used a small aperture and a long exposure, but didn’t need the ND filter to get the waving fronds as I wanted.
Another challenge tomorrow.