August 16, 2015 … loitering with intent

Yesterday, I formed the intent to commit a considered act of photography.

River mist

The start of a flow of river mist heading down the valley

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?


Matiu/Somes Island and the Eastern Hills

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.


Petone wharf snares the only ray of sunshine

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.

Stena Provence

Keeping the home fires burning, Stena Provence delivers oil products

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.


Korokoro Stream

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.

More tomorrow



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 August 16, 2015 … loitering with intent

  1. Your loitering was most beneficial. All beautiful.

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