May 14, 2014 … a desperate late night scramble

Nightmare days can turn out alright in the end.

Seaview marina

Long and slow does the trick, though the boats do drift about while the shutter is open.

The Camera club meeting ended at almost 10 pm, and it was then that the realisation of no useful images hit home. So I went down to Seaview with my trusty tripod, and the variable ND filter. I wanted to try some really long exposures (around 30 seconds) and I was fortunate to encounter flat calm water, albeit with light but intermittent rain. Starting in the usual place I took a shot for the reflections. If you look closely, some of the yachts swing about during such a lengthy exposure, but at least the piles stay still.

A big Mack and a little Bedford

So, Grandad, tell me about what it was like when you were young like me

I have often noticed at Seaview Marina a beautifully restored Bedford OLB truck, though I doubt that any truck ever left the Bedford factory with such a lurid green paint job, or so much superfluous chrome. Still, the old girl looks fantastic. Parked next to the Bedford, another truck owned by the same company, though from an entirely different era and different way of thinking about trucks.

night lights

Petone foreshore

Along Port Road, the lights of the Esplanade on the Petone foreshore were reflected in the harbour, and the low cloud overhead veiled the sky. Though it was raining fairly steadily by now, the very long exposure masks the pattern of droplets on the water.

Mt Kaukau across the harbour

Beyond the bush

Swinging around to the West and looking towards Mt Kaukau, I enjoyed the contrast between the city lights to the left, the still water, and the nearby tree. The only source of lighting is the general background from a sleeping light industrial zone. No direct lights were applied.

And that’s all I have to say today.




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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2 Responses to May 14, 2014 … a desperate late night scramble

  1. Worth the scramble. 🙂

  2. Melody Martin says:

    Lovely reflections!

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