March 20, 2017 … close to home

We had a guest speaker at camera club last week. His name is Andy Spain and his specialist expertise is in architectural photography. He was everything I hope for when I look for guest speakers … he is not only skilled at his trade, but he is able to articulate how he achieves his results in ways that allow others to share the benefit of his long experience. On top of his underlying skills, he was entertaining. Of course I had to go out and try some of the techniques he described.

Featherston St

Attempts at architectural photography with no converging verticals … downtown in Featherston St

I am not an architectural photographer, nor do I have the time, the patience or the influence to get the shots he gets, and in addition, I took my shot opportunistically, in broad daylight when I got there. For all those excuses, I liked the portrayal of Featherston Street in the morning sun.


Putting on its best face, Wellington Harbour from Maungaraki

Yesterday, Wellington was on her best behaviour. Bright sun, scattered cloud and almost flat calm is how I like it. The image above, and the ones that follow all suffer from that same opportunistic flaw. A serious photographer would wait for the golden hour, around sunset, or the blue hour, after sunset and before darkness descends.

I think this is the common Chorus cicada (Amphipsalta zelandica) … its song was certainly part of a chorus with hundreds of others in the warm morning sun

Nevertheless, there is a  certain joy in being out without wind, and able to listen to cicadas playing their seemingly endless mating call with its predictable pattern of buzz and click.


From the Puketirotiro lookout at the Korokoro end of Maungaraki Road. The ferry Strait Feronia is steaming through the heads.Below the Maungaraki shops in the foreground you can see the Petone wharf, still closed due to damage in the November earthquake.

Above Maungaraki, there are a number of knolls wich are high enough above the surrounding houses to have been designated as reserves from which walkers can enjoy the view over city and harbour. Our landscape is so creased and folded that the view from each lookout is significantly different from the others around it.


Wellington CBD from Horokiwi

From there, I headed South towards Ngauranga, where I turned North to get to Horokiwi (There is no longer an entrance for Southbound traffic). Horokiwi is a place of so-called “life-style blocks” or farmlets. It offers a few interesting viewing points of its own.

wind farm

Wind farm. Though the blades appear to be spinning that is because it was a very long exposure and they were really just ticking over

A little further up the road, there was a view to the West looking across the windfarms at West Wind and Mill Creek to the dark shape of Arapawa Island 40 km away, across the strait.

Sad to say, my marina based project was unsuccessful with the honours board of the PSNZ. Nevertheless, bloody but unbowed I might share that set with you next week.


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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3 Responses to March 20, 2017 … close to home

  1. i would liked to have heard Andy but was in Opotiki

  2. Jo says:

    Always enjoy your photos and I also like the curves of the Welly Building shot … I had never noticed them until this ! cheers Jo
    PS Love the local shots – you cant beat the hills on a good day!

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