Yesterday, I formed the intent to commit a considered act of photography.
A beautiful misty start to the morning gave me a theme for the day, and I set out to celebrate the beauty of the grey. It is no secret that I rarely do monochrome. If nature presents me with colour, who am I to bleach it from the image? On the other hand, when nature offers shades of grey, how can I refuse?
As is often the case when there is mist, there was also calm. In the harbour, the sea was almost completely still, though there was sufficient air movement to allow a few yachts to ghost about. From Petone beach, Matiu Somes Island was looking interesting and mysterious.
From the Western end of the beach, a stray shaft of sunlight broke through and gilded Petone Wharf. The light was fleeting and I had the wrong lens mounted to back out to get the whole structure, and by the time I swapped, the light had gone.
Over at the Point Howard oil terminal, the tanker Stena Provence offered a splash of bold colour that emphasised the nearly uniform grey of its surroundings.
And then my favourite of the day was found where the Korokoro stream flows into the harbour. Before the big rainstorm earlier in the year the stream took a more circuitous route to the sea. Now it takes the most direct path and this seems to have smoothed the flow. It made a nice mirror for that grey sky. On the whole I enjoyed staying with the theme for the day.