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.
Harbours and Marinas are often great places to take your camera, especially on a sunny day with a blue sky. I’m very fortunate to live a short walk from the Clyde Quay Marina and the gym I go to is the large white building on the left of the photograph. On the top right is the lookout and summit of Mount Victoria. In the middle on the hillside is Saint Gerard’s Monastery. This was taken at about 7pm on a spring evening.
One year on from the previous photograph of fireworks I wanted to get a bit closer to the water to avoid foreground distractions and attempt to get some of Wellington city lights in the background. Not knowing exactly where the boat or platform that the fireworks would fire from would be, I went along Oriental Parade. I set the tripod about half way up the hill on Carlton Gore Road, looking back towards central Wellington. Due to the winds the platform came much further out into the harbour than last year’s firework display, so the background shows more of the Port but it’s certainly an improvement over last year.