Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors

Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors

A few weeks ago the Terracotta Warriors came to Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. Outside the museum’s main entrance were the lanterns. These life-size, brightly coloured lanterns are lit up at night. Commissioned for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. There are 38 figures and two horses.

Wellington Cable Car at night


Wellington Cable Car at night


The view of Wellington from outside the Cable Car Museum is one of my favourites. Especially in the early evening. A few years ago I photographed the Wellington Cable Car at Dusk from this spot. With more experience of capturing light trails and a new camera. I wanted to try and improve on the original photograph. This is the result. The moon rising over the harbour was an added bonus.

Moonrise over Wellington Harbour

Moonrise over Wellington Harbour

It was a calm evening when I took the camera up to the Wellington Cable Car. Whilst waiting around for the next car to come up the hillside. I noticed the moon starting to peak above the clouds. This is the big advantage of having a versatile lens like the 24-240mm. I was able to zoom in on the moon without changing lenses. The disadvantage is that this isn’t as sharp as it could be. It is the sharpest and best exposed of the half dozen photos I took, as the moon moved fast into the night sky. In the foreground on the right is Point Jerningham, Roseneath. In the middle distance, you can make out the white of Massey Memorial. This is at the end of Point Halswell on the Miramar Peninsula. With the Point Halswell Lighthouse to the left out in the harbour.

Saloon cars at Wellington Speedway


Saloon cars at Wellington Speedway


Motorsports is something I don’t get to photograph enough. Like any fast action sport, it is difficult to capture good photographs of the action. Having now been to the Wellington Family Speedway half a dozen times, I’m getting to know the best places to stand. This is the fourth and final corner coming into the home straight. The evening events usually have half a dozen different classes of cars racing. Sometimes there’s even a demolition derby at the end of the night. These four are the Saloon class of cars. Whilst they aren’t the fastest, they still drift around the corners at high speeds.