Tawhai Falls – Gollums Pool

Driving through the Tongariro National Park, my first stop was here. Tawhai Falls is only a 10 minute drive from the small town of National Park. The Tawhai Falls are 13 metres high. It was the filming location of Gollum’s pool, where Faramir and his archers are watching Gollum fish. I recently invested in some neutral density filters which are like sunglasses for the camera. They let me use a much longer exposure time, which gives this cotton wool effect of the movement of the water. Even though it was raining, I made sure the camera was on the tripod. Using different filters to better understand the effects. This version was one of the longer exposure times of 20 seconds. When converted to monochrome I liked the effect of the soft blurred water contrasting against the hard rocks.

London Eye with swirling railing

One of the best views of the London Eye is on the opposite bank of the River Thames by Westminster Bridge. After getting the standard shots, I experimented with the curve and swirl of the railing. Given this particular day was so cloudy I ended up editing this into a black and white photograph. The building to the right of the giant ferris wheel is County Hall. In the foreground on the left is a crowd of tourists waiting for a boat to take them on a cruise up the River Thames.

Shanghai skyline

Shanghai skyline

The skyline of Shanghai is one of the most impressive in the world. Massive skyscrapers and unique architecture on a sweeping corner of the Huangpu River. This is the Pudong area of the city from the Bund. Having shown many friends and family my collection of Shanghai photos. This black and white version of the skyline has been popular. The increased contrast and monochrome processing makes it seem very futuristic. I prefer my colour version taken at dusk.

Ferry to the south island

Ferry to the south island

Taken one morning on my walk to work along the Wellington waterfront. This photo was taken on the iPhone, developed it in Lightroom and converting to black and white. I thought that the contrast between the early morning sunshine, the way that the light was shinny onto the water of the harbour with the rays of sun contrasted quite well with the darkness of the ferry and the docks on the left hand side of the frame. The textures on the water and contrasting patterns of clouds in the sky also added to the drama of the scene.