One of the first photographs I took from the top of Mount Victoria in Auckland. I wanted to capture a night shot but this was actually taken early on a winter’s morning. There’s often hundreds of boats in the harbour but obviously at this time of day there isn’t anyone sailing. This is from the North Shore area of the city and in the bottom right of the photograph you can see a couple of the larger New Zealand Navy ships. In the centre of the photograph is a huge container ship and often there are big cruise ships to the right of the port. The skyline behind the harbour is dominated by the 328 metre tall Auckland SkyTower. Behind the city centre are the mountains of the Waitakere Ranges.
Here I wanted to make the Cloud Gate sculpture appear quite small in the frame. By using a wide angle lens and putting the camera (on tripod of course) low down has given me this perspective. The buildings here are some of my favourites as they are very tall but also have quite a unique older style of architecture. Only one or two have the ultra modern glass walls you see in many of the larger cities around the world. When I captured this photograph I was unsure about including the moon in my final edited version. In this ten second long exposure the bright white of the moon has become like a star, but so have all the orange street lights behind the sculpture. Even the lights reflected on the stainless steel have starred out in the same fashion which seem to have worked well in my opinion.
Typically after spending a whole day cycling around and across the Golden Gate Bridge looking for the best view points it was one of the first I found of the day. Torpedo Wharf is just down the hill from the Golden Gate Bridge Pavilion but gives a clear view across the bay to the bridge without any other distractions in the photograph. Due to the position of the bridge across the bay, it gets foggy. In the week I was in San Francisco there was fog covering the bridge more evenings than not. Despite unpredictable weather I got the bus very early in the morning (about 5am) and made it down to the wharf before the sunrise. Having waited many years for the chance to visit San Francisco and capture a photograph like this I am very happy to be able to add this to my collection.