Having been to Castlepoint around half a dozen times now, it’s my favourite lighthouse to photograph. Not just in New Zealand. I’ve shared many landscapes featuring this iconic lighthouse. Here we are looking south, back towards the small beachside settlement. At night the lighthouse is lit up in bright, coloured lights that cycle through the rainbow. As is typical for photographing this lighthouse at sunset. Just as I am about finished with my photographs, putting my camera back in the bag, the lights come up. I thought that the pink colour contrasts well with the coast landscape behind. It makes the lighthouse stand out as the focal point of the photograph.
This is The Lowry, a theatre and gallery space in the heart of Salford Quays. The tall building on the right is the 16 floor Imperial Point apartments. Some of my earliest night time photographs were taken around Salford Quays. It had been 10 years since I’d been back and not a huge amount had changed. This was the second photograph from this spot. Taken during heavy rain on a short photo shoot with my friend Mark. We were stood in front of the Imperial War Museum North.
From the Zhapulu Bridge looking east along the Suzhou Creek towards Waibaidu Bridge and the Shanghai skyline behind. This might be one of my favourite views of the city. There’s still a good reflection of the building lights on the water but it gives a bit more old and new. Older Shanghai architecture of the Former Rowing Club on the right and iconic Waibaidu Bridge. Contrasting with the shiny new buildings on the east side of the Huangpu Bridge. In particular the Oriental Pearl TV Tower and Shanghai Tower. Aside from the west banks of the Huangpu River at The Bund, this was the most crowded location at dusk. There were at least 40 other photographers with tripods all along the footpath of the bridge. A couple even had drones with them for an aerial view.
This round door was only about 5 feet tall. With the beautiful plants and rock garden around it I knew I needed to capture it. Doors and doorways make fascinating subjects to photograph. I don’t know what this door leads to and didn’t try and open it as it was not for tourists and I didn’t want to get in trouble. If I get the chance to visit the Yi Gardens again, I’ll be sure to go with a local tour guide. Then ask them if they know what is behind this round door.