Winter’s cold breath is upon us.
Though the weather is ugly, and my images today are a bit on the sombre side, I assure you that life is good. Yesterday I enjoyed the company at lunch of the kind friend who lent me his camera while I awaited the replacement of the demolished one. We chatted about this and that, mostly in a photographic vein, and I learned a lot of interesting things from him. Things that I must try for myself before too long. One of the great things about the photographic community is that, for the most part, they are willing to share their knowledge. It is well beyond the call of duty, however to lend a piece of equipment like this, and I am grateful to both him, and the other friend who lent his 200mm zoom.
Yet another friend who is a long way ahead of me with the slow exposure tricks has offered to share her expertise which is great. That, is the area of today’s efforts. Now that I have two serious filters, I can get really long exposures. Of course this can be overdone, and a close inspection of the first image reveals that most of the masts in the Seaview Marina moved about during the 30 seconds for which the shutter was open.
From the North West corner of the harbour, things got really gloomy. There was a strong Northerly b;owing and I suspect that across the harbour there was more of a chop than there was on this beach. This close in, the wind tended to flatten the water, and the long exposure increased the smoothing effect. City lights were just visible through the murk. The window of blue sky soon closed and we subsequently had a turbulent night with winds gusting to 140 km/h. There is more to come.
Clouds over the Eastern Hills promised rough weather to come. The last rays of the sun sneaking through imperfect seams in the cloud cover left some light on the oil and chemical tanks at Seaview.
Bright lights in the previous image drew to my attention the presence of the coastal oil tanker, Torea, delivering petroleum from the Whangarei refinery to ports around the coast.
To the South,
That’s all for now.