Astrophotography is something I have been trying more in the last couple of years. I’ve always wanted to capture the northern lights or aurora. When I was in Iceland I looked for them but didn’t see them. This year a friend asked if I wanted to go out looking for them in Wellington. I’d seen photographs taken in the South Island but rarely here in New Zealand’s capital. Known as Aurora Australis or Aurora Borealis it’s one of the hardest things I’ve photographed. Even though we knew there was a solar storm and it was a moonless night, we couldn’t see them with our eyes. Only through the long exposure of the camera could we start to see the light display.
Driving along The Esplanade from Red Rocks, I stopped the car on the east side of Island Bay. You can see Taputeranga Island on the left side of this photograph. On the far right is the main land on the other side of the bay. Along the horizon you can make out the shapes of New Zealand’s South Island on the other side of the Cook Strait. What I like most is the way the rays of light from the sunset fans out into the sky.
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.