Castlecliff Beach, Whanganui

Castlecliff Beach, Whanganui

One of the many beaches in New Zealand that I’ve photographed which has black sand. This is common on many of the west coast beaches. This was taken in the North Island just a couple of kilometres west of Whanganui where we were staying for just one night on our drive up to Auckland. The tide is way out and the bay extends quite a long way into the distance. Castlecliff beach is part of the South Taranki Blight which is a huge bay extending for many miles around the south west corner of the north island.

Taken in the late afternoon and I really like the reflections on this very still water. I got a few shots that seemed quite plain, just blue sky and blue reflections with a thin bit of land in the middle of the picture. So I looked around the beach and found this pretty small piece of drift wood. Kneeing down low and getting close to it I was able to capture this photograph. It adds interest with the drift wood by breaking up the water and putting the land on the top third of the frame.

Hammock in Paradise

Hammock in Paradise, Cook Islands

Riding my hired scooter around the small island of Aitutaki in the Cook Islands. I ended up at Josie’s Beach Lodge to grab a bite to eat. Behind the hammock you can see the lagoon that surrounds the island with the waves breaking on the barrier reef beyond. On one hand this was right at the end of Aitutaki Airport’s runway so very occasionally a plane flies overhead. On the other hand, the tropical island is one of the most remote places I have ever visited. It only gets about three flights a day so I’m sure lying in this hammock you wouldn’t be disturbed too much.

Palm Tree at Aitutaki lagoon

Palm Tree at Aitutaki lagoon, Cook Islands

The main part of the island of Aitutaki is about 2 kilometers across by 12 long. On my first day on the island I decided to try and drive my scooter along every road on the island and see what I came across. My first discovery was that most of the roads are more tracks so it was pretty slow going (like they say, “you’re on island time now”).

This small deserted beach was found on the west coast of the island looking out across the shallow lagoon. Jumping off the scooter and grabbing my camera to take this photograph I noticed movement on the beach. This hive of activity was small red crabs running back into the sand.

Santa Monica Pier at night

Santa Monica Pier

Los Angeles is a huge city and putting my shoot list in order put Santa Monica Pier at dusk at the very top of my list. The ferries wheel and roll coaster are famous icons of the city. On my first night I didn’t scout out the location in the day and ended up with a really bad night shot taken from a distance on the boardwalk. This had lots of people and bins and a wire from a telegraph pole in the foreground. So the next night I went back without my shoes. Taking the tripod onto sand is something I try to avoid at all costs. Here the water was coming in around the tripod legs but this was the price to pay in order to capture the reflections on the water. Turned out to be well worth it in the end.