Castle point beach

Castle point beach

Lighthouses are one of my favourite subjects for landscape photography. An iconic shape in rocky, coastal locations. I’d heard great things about Castle point from people at work. It sounded like the perfect place for a relaxed weekend away. It really surpassed by expectations. Castle point is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast, about two and half hours drive east of central Wellington. A long drive to go there for the day but perfect for a weekend at the beach. The above photograph was taken early evening. Getting the camera low down helped get the reflection of the lighthouse and moon.

Mount Taranaki Summit Track

Mount Taranaki Summit Track

Having been to the Taranaki region of New Zealand a number of times I had always wanted to climb it. This is the largest mountain I have ever walked up. We had to start at 7am as it Mount Taranaki is 2518 metres above sea level. There was very low cloud when starting out and we couldn’t see the summit but we hoped it would clear up and as you can see it did. I’ve shared a photo from the main road which shows the iconic shape with snow at the top, which you can’t see in this photo.

Wharerata Function Centre

Walking around the Massey University campus in Palmerston North, we came across the Wharaerata Function Centre. As you can see it was a lovely sunny day. We had the place to ourselves as being a Sunday morning it was very quiet. This homestead was built in 1901. Today it’s used as a wedding venue, events centre and has a cafe for the nearby university students.

Windows XP style wallpaper

Looking out of the window one morning, I saw this view across the field and thought it reminded me of something. Although this landscape is a little more cluttered with a tin shed on the right, the way the sun is coming through the clouds and lighting up the grass reminds me of a photograph titled Bliss by Charles O’Rear taken in California. It was used by Microsoft for the default wallpaper background in Windows XP. Kawhatau Valley is a remote area north of Palmerston North in New Zealand. We recently stayed in a holiday home for a couple of nights.

Viaduct Basin Auckland

Viaduct Basin Auckland

Over Christmas I had a chance to get out with my camera and finally capture the Viaduct Basin at night. I had this location on my list for the last couple of years. Being Christmas, the Skytower on the right is lit up like a Christmas Tree in green and red which contrasts nicely against the dark blue of the sky. The super yacht on the left is Janice of Wyoming, a locally built yacht at 40 metres long. Just off frame to my left where I took this is the Wynyard Crossing, a footbridge which provided a great spot for my tripod.