August 14, 2015 … here and there

I am still locked into happenstance.


One of the Korean-built electric commuter trains accelerates out of Porirua heading North

I keep telling myself that I need to do purposeful planned photo shoots, but somehow, driving around and looking for things is still my norm. Probably this is a consequence of my commitment to a photograph every day. Thinking ahead to tomorrow, and designing a shoot ahead of time requires more skill, and perhaps more resources than I have. For now, at least, serendipity rules. My first shot is taken in Porirua City by the stream between the shops and the railway line.


Asbestos-free locomotive at Paremata

A little further North at Paremata, another train crossed my path. This time it was a long freight train hauled by a pair of the big double-ended DL class locomotives. These were built in China, and despite explicit contractual specifications to the contrary, when they were delivered, it was discovered that the locomotive cabs and engine hoods contained asbestos. The contract was enforced and technicians from China were sent to New Zealand to remedy the fault. As you can see from the green stickers on the cab and on the side rails below the hood, this one has had the asbestos removed. New Zealand crews would not handle the locomotives until the changes were made.


This cluster of flowers is about 30 cm in height and each flower is perhaps 2 cm in diameter

My neighbour has a huge succulent growing in a tub beside the house. It is taller than I am and it is a very heavy plant. Despite the near flat calm, the long conical flower stems were waving in the breeze. I wanted to do focus stacking  but because the plant was moving between shots, I first had to align the four images before I could blend them.


Backlit succulent leaves

I had a look at the leaves, and this is a single shot. When I took the shot I had no idea that the little hairs on the edge of the leaves were backlit, but it produced a strange effect. Click to enlarge and you will see it.

That’s all 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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