Purakaunui Falls

Purakaunui Falls

One of New Zealand’s most photographed waterfalls in the heart of the Catlins Forest Park. It was the first waterfall of my weekend camping in the Catlins this winter. Waterfalls are on of my favourite subjects. The weather was perfect for this type of photography. It was cloudy, dry but had been raining in the previous days. Purakaunui Falls are a short 20 minute walk through the forest from the carpark. As you can see the waterfall has three main drops but the total height is 20 metres. Taken from the lower viewing platform. This was a 5 second exposure time to capture the movement of the water.

Purakaunui Bay Bach

Purakaunui Bay Bach

A Bach (pronounced ‘batch’) is a small, modest holiday home here in New Zealand. This photograph was taken in the far south where they’re sometimes called a crib. The bay is on the southern coast of the South Island about a two hour drive from Dunedin. This bach seemed to be empty when we were there. We’d stayed at the Purakaunui Bay campsite, which we had to ourselves. It was amazing to be able to camp right off the beach for $8 each. I’d expect this campsite would be much busier in summer. For the 12 hours we stayed here the only other person we saw was the Department of Conservation ranger. We also saw a large Sea Lion on the beach.

Oriental Bay at Night

Oriental Bay at Night

Whilst seeing and photographing the Carter Fountain most days. I’ve not published a photograph of the fountain before. This is Oriental Bay, one of my favourite parts of Wellington. The fountain isn’t on all the time, only a few hours a day weather permitting. It cycles through a rainbow of colours. I tried to capture the various colours but found the green to be my favourite. It contrasts well with the blues and oranges of the rest of the scene. Making the fountain stand out as the focal point of the image. I have captured the fountain zoomed in with the city skyline behind but I wanted to include more of the bay. Seeing this line of rocks I moved around the include them. These rocks in the foreground lead your eye towards the fountain. This is a 20 second long exposure with my new Sony full frame digital camera.

Wellington Harbour at Sunrise

Wellington Harbour at Sunrise

Walking along the waterfront and spotting this photographer I knew I had to get my camera out. Here we can see the sun rising over the Hutt Valley. The hills behind are in the low cloud. The rays of light from the sun are what stopped the man in the foreground and many others stop to capture this scene. Taken at about 8:15am at the end of May, here in New Zealand this is winter time. So there isn’t anyone using this diving board or rowing in the harbour. Captured on my iPhone this shows how far the quality of phone cameras have come over the last 10 years.

River Mersey at Sale

River Mersey at Sale

The River Mersey taken on a walk around Sale Waterpark. Having spent my childhood in this part of Manchester this is a special place to me. I have great memories of walking and cycling along the banks of this river. As you can see this was a great summers day which makes this landscape nice and colourful. I framed this photograph to show as much of the river curving off into the distance as I could. The reflection of the bright blue sky on the water contrasts against the green of the grass.