Nugget Point Lighthouse

Nugget Point Lighthouse

This is New Zealand’s most southern lighthouse. Built in 1870 it sits on the dramatic Nugget Point. I’ve seen dozens of incredible photographs of this lighthouse at night. So I was keen to point my camera at it. Sadly it was a cloudy night as the stars a much more visible in this remote part of the country. Without climbing up the cliff side it was impossible to capture the lighthouse with the nuggets (rocky islets) behind. I stuck to the path but you can see one of these nuggets in the water to the right of the lighthouse.

Matai Falls

Matai Falls

At first sight of this waterfall, I was disappointed. I thought that the fallen branches in the foreground would be too distracting. I’d considered moving them but there was no way I could have moved the larger branch. The other option was the get closer. My travel tripod wasn’t tall enough or strong enough to have its legs submerged in the moving water. Whilst this waterfall isn’t as impressive as the Purakaunui Falls it is well worth a visit. Its a 30 minute return walk from the road and the waterfall has a 10 metre drop.

Purakaunui Falls

Purakaunui Falls

One of New Zealand’s most photographed waterfalls in the heart of the Catlins Forest Park. It was the first waterfall of my weekend camping in the Catlins this winter. Waterfalls are on of my favourite subjects. The weather was perfect for this type of photography. It was cloudy, dry but had been raining in the previous days. Purakaunui Falls are a short 20 minute walk through the forest from the carpark. As you can see the waterfall has three main drops but the total height is 20 metres. Taken from the lower viewing platform. This was a 5 second exposure time to capture the movement of the water.

Purakaunui Bay Bach

Purakaunui Bay Bach

A Bach (pronounced ‘batch’) is a small, modest holiday home here in New Zealand. This photograph was taken in the far south where they’re sometimes called a crib. The bay is on the southern coast of the South Island about a two hour drive from Dunedin. This bach seemed to be empty when we were there. We’d stayed at the Purakaunui Bay campsite, which we had to ourselves. It was amazing to be able to camp right off the beach for $8 each. I’d expect this campsite would be much busier in summer. For the 12 hours we stayed here the only other person we saw was the Department of Conservation ranger. We also saw a large Sea Lion on the beach.

Oriental Bay at Night

Oriental Bay at Night

Whilst seeing and photographing the Carter Fountain most days. I’ve not published a photograph of the fountain before. This is Oriental Bay, one of my favourite parts of Wellington. The fountain isn’t on all the time, only a few hours a day weather permitting. It cycles through a rainbow of colours. I tried to capture the various colours but found the green to be my favourite. It contrasts well with the blues and oranges of the rest of the scene. Making the fountain stand out as the focal point of the image. I have captured the fountain zoomed in with the city skyline behind but I wanted to include more of the bay. Seeing this line of rocks I moved around the include them. These rocks in the foreground lead your eye towards the fountain. This is a 20 second long exposure with my new Sony full frame digital camera.