January 31, 2015 … scratching around

My muse was as dry as the weather.


Pop-up village. I have no idea where it goes for the rest of the week.

Lunch in Wellington with a friend gave me the chance to wander the waterfront. I don’t know how I have been unaware of it thus far, but it seems that every week there is a “pop-up” village on the waterfront. This consists of a bunch of small shipping containers, each containing a complete shop of one sort or another. Many of them are outlets for cottage industries such as clothing or jewelry. Most seem to be ethnic food outlets.


Boeing on the waterfront

Another thing I didn’t expect on the inner city waterfront was a Boeing 737. To be fair, it was the nose section only, from just behind the forward door, complete with cockpit and nosewheel. I would have sat in the cockpit, but I would have had to compete with too many other small kids. This is situated just outside the national Museum, Te Papa, and is part of a display celebrating Air New Zealand’s 75 years in operation.


Experimenting with close-up settings and lights.

Unhappy with the day’s output, I set up a macro shot at home with the seed head of a dandelion. It was the completeness of the thing that appealed.

Today has been a long day, so enough for now.


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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3 Responses to January 31, 2015 … scratching around

  1. nzvideos says:

    Thanks for the dandelion shot. I have never been able to come close to such a macro shot, unless using a ring light and that ends up too much light. I enjoy your soft light result giving nice detail to the seed head.

    • Hi Charles, I am convinced that the essential elements of macro photograhy are a very solid tripod and a remote shutter release. You can then do long exposures in limited natural light and add highlights (as I did in this case) with a hand-held LED light

  2. DennisW says:

    My first of six, so far, vists to NZ coincided with the 50th anniversary of the founding of Air New Zealand. After enjoying a hangi in Rotarua folllowed by Moari dancing we completed our tour of NZ and continued on to Tahiti. The hotel in Papeete where we stayed was/is well known for hosting Tahitian “luaus?” several nights a week. To our surprise ANZ, to celebrate their anniversary, had flown in a troupe of Moari dancers to perform in place of the Tahitian dancers while we were there! I’ve seen several Moari performances since, but have yet to see live Tahitian dancers.

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