Yachts at Clyde Quay Marina

Yachts at Clyde Quay Marina

Harbours and Marinas are often great places to take your camera, especially on a sunny day with a blue sky. I’m very fortunate to live a short walk from the Clyde Quay Marina and the gym I go to is the large white building on the left of the photograph. On the top right is the lookout and summit of Mount Victoria. In the middle on the hillside is Saint Gerard’s Monastery. This was taken at about 7pm on a spring evening.

Boats harbour and gym

Boats harbour and gym

Taken early one evening on my walk home from the gym. The Feryberg Pool and Fitness Centre is the white building on the right of the photograph which is my location gym. I’m very fortunate that this was taken only about ten minutes walk from where I live. This is on Oriental Parade and is one of two small harbours for yachts. Here we are looking away from the city centre. The hills behind are across the Wellington harbour, towards the Hut valley and Johnsonville. I’ve seen this view hundreds of times as I walk past this view many times a week. The water is often very still in the morning but I’m looking for good times of the day to capture photographs like this one. I want to try and do more, maybe at night of this and similar views of the harbour. Just off to the right, out of frame, is a couple of dozen small wooden beach huts which run along the waterfront to the gym.

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.

Bora Bora canon

Bora Bora canon

Today Bora Bora is world famous as a luxury holiday resort and the island’s economy is almost solely driven by tourism. This wasn’t always the case as this huge World War II cannon over looking Pofai Bay and the main town of Vaitape. The United States used the island as a military supply base for the South Pacific. There were originally seven artillery guns like this one dotted around the island to protect the base from attack. Over sixty years later much has changed for Bora Bora.

Venice Canals

Venice Canals

Having heard of Venice beach I wasn’t expecting to see canals. The “Venice of America” was built in 1905 as a recreation of Venice, Italy. Most of the canals have been filled in and only a few blocks remain. In 1992 they were extensively renovated and today are lined with funky, expensive, and architecturally diverse urban homes. With the wonderfully clear weather and still water give great reflections I took hundreds of photographs as I walked up and down the canals for a few hours. This is one of my favourites because of the small red canoe in the foreground.