February 11, 2015 … becalmed in a windy city

There was a stunning silence.

Marina

Oriental Bay Marina a clear calm day

The wind had gone. Of course it will be back, but for a delightful day, or perhaps two, there has been that magical calm. In Oriental Bay, the old Marina was still a little ruffled when I arrived, but the boats were not bouncing around as they had been in recent weeks.

Monastery

St Gerard’s Monastery and Church from Oriental Bay

Looking up from the same pot, there is a good view of St Gerard’s Church and Monastery. As a young country, we don’t have the architectural antiquities that other countries do, but this building has been a dominant feature of the Wellington landscape since 1908 in the case of the church, and 1932 in the case of the monastery. The Redemptorist  order has long gone, and the place is now home to a mission community.

Friends

Friends taking in the view

To the East, these three men sitting in companionable conversation reminded me of the British sitcom, “The Last of the Summer Wine“.

Seaview

Seaview Marina

Last night was a camera club night and we finished as the twilight was fading. The stillness promised reflections in the Seaview Marin, and there were. However, I had left my tripod at home. I gave it my best attempt at a hand-held shot. I leaned the camera against a rock for stability, held my breath, and the result is an amazing testimony to the stabilization capability of the Fujifilm XT-1 lenses. f2.8 for 0.4  seconds. Hand-held!

May the wind stay away a bit longer.

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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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One Response to February 11, 2015 … becalmed in a windy city

  1. nzphotogToya says:

    Very impressive for a hand held shot! Well done!

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