This week started out differently. The Kapa Haka group at Hutt Valley High School wrote to the camera club and asked if anyone was willing to take individual and group images of their members at an annual event. I have mixed feelings about people asking for freebies. As a general principle, it undercuts the local professionals and also tends to place low value on the time and talent of the amateur. I will never do pro bono jobs just for the “recognition”. I don’t need recognition. On the other hand, some causes are worth supporting. You would not meet a finer bunch of young people than this anywhere, and HVHS and the local community should be very proud of them. I was intrigued to see the process by which the temporary tattoos or moko are applied. Latex stencils are inked with rollers an applied carefully in the appropriate position. I think there were seven pieces for each boy’s face, but it was quite a production line. Just one stencil in the chin for each girl.
A spell of almost reasonable weather on Saturday made it worth looking at the South Coast. I experimented with some long exposures and then had the idea to merge with conventional shots, Not sure whether it was entirely successful, but it works in principle.
In the afternoon, Mary coaxed the grandchildren and me to walk down the road to “Minoh House” and from there I saw a potential panorama. Eight shots were merged to make this view looking South towards the harbour entrance from the lower slopes of Normandale.
Stillness on Sunday evening drew me back to the marina, and though the sunset didn’t live up to its promise, I liked the mood and the tones in the water.
Maggie had left her bag at our house, so on the way home from the marina, I dropped by their house to return it. They have a priceless view across Petone and Matiu/Somes Island and straight down the mouth of the harbour. As I arrived there, the day was coming to its glorious close.
Mornings are not my thing, but the colour of the light through the gape in the curtains triggered something. I got up and caught this moment as the glory was just past its peak. It’s a pretty good way to start the day.