November 10, 2015 … images thick and fast

It was a thick and fast kind of day.


Morning traffic heading into the mist towards Wellington. This is from the Horokiwi Rd

There was thick fog in Wellington and fast water in the Hutt River. The fog seemed to have a severe impact on city bound traffic, and when I got to the city I saw lots of opportunities with no chance of parking anywhere near the viewpoint I wanted. Being inherently lazy, I gave up on the nice shots I saw but didn’t make. Instead, I drove back to Horokiwi, and looked back towards the city.


Looking West from Horokiwi

There was little or no fog in the Hutt Valley so I went on up the side roads and narrow lanes of Horokiwi. There was some heavy fog or cloud to the West.


Turbulent water over the rocks below the weir

In the afternoon, in reasonable sunshine I went to the weir in the Hutt River near Silverstream. The last time I was there the river was in full flood and the thick brown water was thundering over the pipe. Yesterday, the flow was still fast and turbulent over the rocks but the water was much clearer.


Until I met some engineers yesterday, I thought the upstream structure was a weir. It turns out that it is simply a sewer pipe that has become increasingly exposed as the river bed gets scoured out by successive floods. Either way, it still offers some interesting effects.

I sat on a downstream rock and, with the aid of my trusty ND filter got what I think is a nice shot upstream.


This exposure of just 1.8 seconds produces an interesting view of the flow

And then in keeping with the old dictum that, to the man with a hammer, everything looks like a nail, used the ND filter again.

And that will suffice for the day.


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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