July 30, 2015 … more in hope than expectation

That drive and hope thing is still happening.


Aratere taking the Northern passage between Matiu/Somes and Petone

As much as I tell myself that intentionality is the key to photographic progress, I continue to depend on serendipitous encounters for most of my images. On my way back from Eastbourne, yesterday, I spotted the ferry Aratere doing a slow anti-clockwise circuit around Matiu/Somes Island, heading towards the Petone foreshore. She’s not a conventionally handsome vessel, especially after all the surgery to lengthen her, but I don’t buy into all the political scaremongering that suggest she is a maritime lemon. She is now the longest of the Interisland Line’s fleet and I believe the one that moves the most tonnage.

Upper Hutt

Upper Hutt from Pinehaven

In the upper valley, at the top of Pinehaven, I found a view out towards Upper Hutt and beyond.


Rimutaka Prison

Down below the hill on which I stood, is the Rimutaka prison. It’s a medium security prison, and I like it about New Zealand that there are no watchtowers with armed guards. There is razor wire, and lots of video surveillance for sure. I don’t suppose for an instant it is a pleasant place to be locked up in, but I am glad that as a society we generally don’t mistreat our prisoners.

Still life

Still life with focus stacking

My last shot of the day is another focus-stacking experiment. Mary has a heavy square glass vase in which she drops the things she finds at the foreshore. I saw the vase on the diagonal and decided to explore the possibilities. It can speak for itself.

Something else tomorrow.


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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