I could claim that today’s single theme was a planned outcome.
It wasn’t. That’s just how it turned out. Through the morning curtains, a rosy gleam told me something interesting was happening. Overhead, there was heavy black overcast. Away to the North, beyond Upper Hutt, there was a gap between the still dark valley floor and the cloud above. In this distant window, I could see radiant morning light and a magnificent layering of the hills. A long lens got me past the darkness to the area of interest.
Later in the morning, the colour had gone, but the layering continued. The number of places where you can get an unobstructed view of the Tararuas are few, though I suppose these could be increased by getting higher, perhaps on the Eastern hills.
On the Western bank of the Hutt River, near Silverstream, there is a rocky outcrop that provides a good upstream view of the river. I used the ND filter to still the river. The very long exposure also gave an interesting texture to the clouds.
The river itself was gleaming in the hazy sunlight and it too got the long exposure treatment. I love the pewter look in this shot.
Maybe more variety tomorrow