Calke Abbey

Calke Abbey

Back in the UK for another family reunion. This time we spend the long May bank holiday weekend at a farm house in Calke (pronounced Cork). Being so close we all made sure we visited the abbey. This Baroque mansion was built in 1701 but was never actually an abbey. It was owner by the Harper family for nearly 300 years. Today it is in the care of the National Trust. The grounds were expansive and well worth a visit. Inside much of the interior is in a variety of states of decay. This was surprising but still very interesting to see.

River Dove cascades

River Dove cascades

It’s been many years since I was last in Dovedale. Going with a few friends and making the day of it by climbing Thorpe Cloud. This visit was much shorter as we were stopping for a picnic lunch. We did cross the Dovedale stepping stones and walk up the River Dove for about half a mile. This little waterfall gave me a chance to experience with some long exposure effects. This was captured on my iPhone using the long exposure setting. Where the phone captures a short video. Then uses the multiple frames of the video to blend them together to give a long exposure effect. It’s worked well given I didn’t have the camera on a tripod.

Sunset from Hawker Street

Sunset from Hawker Street

Taken on a walk around my local neighbourhood of Mount Victoria. I’ve been pointing the camera at the sun more recently as I like the look of lens flare. It’s especially great in video, which I have been experimenting more with recently. Though I’m far from ready to share my video work publicly. As you can see Hawker Street is a steep street, close to the city centre. It is the road that you have to drive up to get to the Mount Victoria lookout. It has a couple of great spots overlooking Wellington.

Orange rose flower

Orange rose flower

Orange is one of my two favourite colours and roses are my favourite flowers. It has also been far to long since I shared any flower photography. This was captured at The Lady Norwood Rose Garden at the Wellington Botanic Garden. Where you’ll find some of the biggest and brightest roses in the city. One of the amazing things about this photograph, to me anyway, is that this was taken on my phone. This is an unedited photograph straight from the iPhone X. Whilst it was in direct sunlight the blurred background. It’s impressive for such a small camera lens and sensor. The iPhone won’t be replacing my camera gear anytime soon. But for many daytime shots it is an extremely capable camera.

Sunset from Piha beach

Sunset from Piha beach

For this landscape, I walked right up to the edge of the water. This gives a closer view of the sun setting behind these jagged rocks. I find with landscape photography, I often shoot very wide views to try and capture everything I’m seeing. Like the previous photograph of Lion Rock at sunset from much further back up the beach. It’s often worth getting closer and focusing on specific details in a landscape. I much prefer this composition. Not just for the great colours in the sunset but also the textures and lines of the rocks and water.