Walking home I often photograph this view. It’s one of my favourites along the Wellington waterfront. The city is known for it’s wind and in the late afternoon the harbour would never be this still. This photograph is a bit of an optical illusion but I promise no Photoshop was used here. There is a sculpture that sticks out into the harbour called the Len Lye Water Whirler. There was a large puddle of water at the base of the sculpture. Putting the camera lens almost touching the edge of this still water I was able to create this reflection. If you look closely you can see the reverts of the metal surface.
Astrophotography, otherwise known as star photography is something I had always wanted to try and New Zealand is a great place to star gaze. This is my first real attempt. My friend James (a very keen astrophotographer) and I went to an event called A Night of Astrophotography with Mark Gee. It is an annual event where world famous (and Wellington local) photographer Mark Gee gets a few hundred photographers to head down to Red Rocks Nature Reserve to point our cameras skyward. You can see the lights from torches on the beach in the lower third of this photograph. Above us was the milk way. Next winter I hope to do a lot more astrophotography.
One of the main things about photographing lighthouses is to think about the subject. Photographs taken in the day can be great but lighthouses purpose is to be seen at night. I was trying to capture the light streaming out to the south pacific ocean. It was the first test of my new compact Sony camera which I recently purchased for an up coming trip. Due to the poor weather forecast I didn’t bring my DSLR or big tripod which I regretted as the compact didn’t far so well for star photography. Castlepoint is a great location for star photography on a clear night.
Castlepoint Light House is one of my favourite lighthouses in New Zealand. I was very lucky with this sunrise. It made getting up early well worth it. Sunrises are much more of a gamble to photograph than sunset but I often find they are more visually exciting. The night before there was no clouds so the sky wasn’t nearly as beautiful as you can see here. We were staying in a holiday home right on the beachfront so it was only a five minute walk to this location which was even better.
Lighthouses are one of my favourite subjects for landscape photography. An iconic shape in rocky, coastal locations. I’d heard great things about Castle point from people at work. It sounded like the perfect place for a relaxed weekend away. It really surpassed by expectations. Castle point is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast, about two and half hours drive east of central Wellington. A long drive to go there for the day but perfect for a weekend at the beach. The above photograph was taken early evening. Getting the camera low down helped get the reflection of the lighthouse and moon.