I have spent most of my free time in the last month, judging competitions for camera clubs. That amounted to a carefully considered written paragraph for each of 168 images. I needed to be mindful of each photographer’s sensitivity while at the same time trying to being honest enough to be helpful. This calamity came about because I am the kind of fool who tends to say yes, if possible, but forgets to check whether the due date clashes with promises already made to other groups. And so I found myself judging more or less concurrently for three clubs. This was a self-inflicted injury that will not be repeated.
I spent an afternoon wandering downtown and began to enjoy reflections in the various glass tower blocks. This image shows the Wellington Central railway station reflected in the glass curtain of the recent extension to the Business School of Victoria University of Wellington.
From my bedroom window, I spotted an interesting looking plant in my neighbour’s garden. With permission, I acquired one of the flowers and in due course, set about identifying it and then photographing it. It is the Flannel bush (Phylica pubescens)
When I got out a place I liked to go to this month, has been Wellington’s South coast, especially Tarakena Bay which runs from the harbour mouth Westward to Moa Point near the Southern end of the airport. The sea was relatively calm and I used a neutral density filter to get a long exposure and near total stillness.
Grey skies and little wind tempted me away from the drudgery of judging (thereby increasing the pressure as the deadlines loomed). The Hutt River boatsheds caught my eye here.
It was a misty morning and I just loved the soft greyness of the day as I looked South to the harbour entrance.
For the sixth consecutive year, I organized the Wellington chapter of the Scott Kelby World Wide Photo Walk. This year, 17,484 walkers registered to walk in 932 locations around the world. A shot I made during the walk was of the new mirror facade of what used to be the Bowen State building.
From a different architectural era is the parliament building. It is probably not very distinguished among this kind of building. When you get up close, you have to love the Oamaru Stone cladding.
I have shot this many times, but I can’t resist the varying shades of the receding hills from Lower Hutt to Upper Hutt and the Tararua Ranges in the background.
The stillness was coming to an end, and you can see the ominous front away to the South as seen from Petone Beach. The 9 am sailing of the Kaitaki was heading out into the wild, on its way to Picton
My last shot this week is also from Petone Beach is across the silvery harbour to Wellington City. See you next time.