Havana Coffee Works is my favourite coffees. Thanks for the tip from my friend Mark. They roast their coffee beans in this building. It’s on Tory Street in the centre of Wellington. I took this whilst picking up some freshly ground coffee for my friends and family. Inside they have a little cafe. They also supply local supermarkets and a few of my favourite cafes such as Deluxe and Midnight Espresso. If your in Wellington, get in touch and the coffee is on me.
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.