Milky Way from Haldane Bay

Milky Way from Haldane Bay

Camping at Haldane Bay, east of Slope Point I was lucky enough to be treated to a clear night sky. After a couple of cloudy nights this was a real treat. Especially as it was my first astrophotography shot with my new camera and lens. Antares is the bright star at the top of the Milk Way. I had assumed that the bright light reflecting on the bay was Mars but my friend James informs me this is Jupiter. The camera settings were a 30 second exposure on a 14mm f/2.8 lens at ISO 6400 on the Sony A7iii camera.

McLean Falls

McLean Falls

One of the best waterfalls in the Southland area of New Zealand. Here you can see both the upper and lower waterfalls. Captured with a wide 14mm lens and a 2 second long exposure time. It is a popular spot with tourists. I waited 45 minutes for people to get out of my framing of this photograph. Those with a keen eye might be able to spot one person in this capture but at least they were wearing black. The tourist with the fluorescent pink top had moved at least.

Creamoata factory

Creamoata factory

I’ve never heard of Creamoata before coming to Gore, a town in the middle of the Southland region of New Zealand. This factory was the home of Creamoata. An oatmeal porridge that was the breakfast for thousands of New Zealander’s for much of the last century. The cartoon character on the left side of the building is Sergeant Dan. The mill was built in 1919 and was closed in 2001. This factory was a big local employer. The town’s library had a large exhibition all about Creamoata and Sergeant Dan.

Sign at Bluff

Sign at Bluff

Having been to Bluff before a few years ago it was good to be back at the Southern tip of the South Island. Rather than getting the typical Bluff sign photograph, I wanted to try a different angle. Sitting down on the ground infant of the sign and looking up this was the angle. Rather than seeing all the locations you can only see a few. The one I focused the camera on was Wellington, my home city and New Zealand’s capital city. 784 kilometres to the north of this sign.

Tautuku bay

Tautuku bay

Driving along the Chaslands Highway we came over a hill to see this coastal landscape. This is the view from Florence Hill Lookout. From here to the Tautuku Peninsula it’s about 2 kilometres. It’s the only place left on the east coast of the South Island where native forest fully covers a catchment from hill-tops to sea. The ancient forest with trees over 1,000 years old and grows right down to the seashore.