Trails of light through Napier

This is a style of photography I haven’t tried for a few years. It took half an hour of standing around and waiting for traffic to come from north to south along Marine Parade. This roundabout is in the heart of Napier. You can see The Dome behind. The road to the right is Browning Street. Most of the cars were coming up Browning Street or coming towards the camera along Marine Parade. Light trail photography can be quite unpredictable. Especially when the lights are coming from moving vehicles that you don’t know where they’re heading. With headlights being so much brighter than the red of trail lights, too many cars coming towards the camera don’t make for a pleasing photograph. In the end this was a motorhome heading around the roundabout and south along the parade. It was a 5 second long single exposure.

Ātea a Rangi

I had originally called this archway at night. It was taken a night, pitch dark in fact. But this is an educational star compass. It’s called Ātea a Rangi. It was so dark I had to use a flashlight to get the camera to focus. Sadly the sky was overcast. I’ll have to try again on a clear night. It would be incredibly spectacular to capture a rising Milky Way behind Ātea a Rangi. Designed and constructed in collaboration with Māori celestial navigation experts and landscape architects. The compass is a classroom that teaches students how to navigate by the stars. It’s set in coastal plantings around tidal waterways that reclaim this precious environment, restoring habitat and biodiversity. Signage helped me learn more about the history and significance of the site.

Maraetotara Falls

About 40 minutes drive south of Napier is Maraetotara Falls. Close to the site of the old Havelock North Power Station. It’s a short 10 minute walk from the road. That said the access to where this photograph was taken was far from ideal. Certainly far from accessible. It’s a tiered waterfall with a height of 15 metres. When we went in the morning there was only one other couple. They had been for a swim in this crystal clear water. There’s also a view down on the falls from the left side. As we were leaving a dozen or so people turned up with a BBQ so clearly it’s a popular swimming spot with locals.

Six Sisters Napier

These two story timber villas were built in the early 1900s. Facing the Pacific Ocean on Marine Parade. When I first drove past I thought there would be no way to get a “clean” photograph of all six of them. By clean, I mean without parked cars and people distracting from the buildings. Even still they are a difficult subject to photograph due to the busy road right in front of them. This ended up being taken on a quiet Monday evening. Even still there’s a few distractions in this photograph. Like the wheelie bins and the bright blue parking meters. The panoramic was created by combining three images in Lightroom. The blue house on the end was for sale at the time for offers over 1 million NZD. Almost all of the six sisters now home businesses of some sort on their ground flours. The Six sisters Coffee House always seemed very popular when driving past. Next time I’m in Napier I’ll have to try their coffee.