April 17, 2015 … on the buses

Slowly, I am becoming acquainted with all the strange foibles of “Ollie”,  the new camera.


Images made by members of the Hutt Camera Club on the ceiling of a Wellington bus.

User manuals are a little unfashionable, but it says something of the complexity of the modern camera, that the English version of the user manual runs to 177 pages. Yesterday, I took a huge risk, using the camera on an important job. I took one of the Canons as well, but did very little with it. Our camera club was invited by one of the major bus companies in the region to submit some tourism-relevant images to be displayed in the buses. For whatever reason, the original idea didn’t work out. so they took a whole bunch of our images, printed them on vinyl, and stuck them to the ceiling of two new buses. Two of us went to the bus barns at Kilbirnie yesterday to make some record shots of the installations.

Buses under repair

In the maintenance section of the barns. The two nearer trolleybuses are Designline bodies on Volvo chassis. Behind them, a MAN diesel bus.

We were outfitted with an escort, bright pink fluorescent jackets and visitor cards and taken into the bus barns. We made our images, and were then allowed a little while longer to capture something of the atmosphere of the old barns. They were built in 1924 for the housing and maintenance of the city’s tram fleet, and here and there, embedded in the concrete floors, are some remnants of the tram tracks. These days, of course, the barns are full of big bright yellow buses. A large part of the barns are simply for secure storage of the buses, but one large section is where the repairs are done.


One of the new ADL Enviro200 buses in for inspection. A manager told me that the exhaust is almost cleaner than the air they breathe in.

The inspection pits revealed that the floor of the barn is on piles, and that there is a vast space underneath, most of which is in darkness except at the pit openings. It was interesting to note the rails at the edges of each pit.


Ration Point sunset

As I said already, I have a lot of learning to do, so I took Ollie out to Pauatahanui. I should have checked the tides and the angle of the sun because from a birding point of view, it was unproductive. Nevertheless I liked the silhouetted trees at Ration Point on the inlet.

It will get better.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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2 Responses to April 17, 2015 … on the buses

  1. Nice to see all our images in use.

  2. nzvideos says:

    Yes, Margaret, I spotted yours and Brian’s. Great idea. I think I will suggest doing such to our local bus service.

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