Moonrise over Wellington Harbour

Moonrise over Wellington Harbour

It was a calm evening when I took the camera up to the Wellington Cable Car. Whilst waiting around for the next car to come up the hillside. I noticed the moon starting to peak above the clouds. This is the big advantage of having a versatile lens like the 24-240mm. I was able to zoom in on the moon without changing lenses. The disadvantage is that this isn’t as sharp as it could be. It is the sharpest and best exposed of the half dozen photos I took, as the moon moved fast into the night sky. In the foreground on the right is Point Jerningham, Roseneath. In the middle distance, you can make out the white of Massey Memorial. This is at the end of Point Halswell on the Miramar Peninsula. With the Point Halswell Lighthouse to the left out in the harbour.

Floating Braziers at Whairepo Lagoon

Floating Braziers at Whairepo Lagoon

Back in June last year Wellington celebrated Matariki ki Pōneke. The city held a month long series of events. From live music and dance to fireworks and light shows. My personal highlight was here at the Whairepo Lagoon. From Frank Kitts Park looking down on The Albatross Fountain with the lagoon behind. Matariki is the Maori name for a group of seven stars known as the Pleiades star cluster. Matariki appears in the eastern sky sometime around the shortest day of the year. Floating on the water are the Wai Ahi Floating Braziers. These braziers represent the stars of Matariki. On the other side of the lagoon was a stage with live music and dance.

Watching the sunr​is​e at Circular Quay

Watching the sunr​is​e at Circular Quay

One hour after watching the moonrise over the Sydney Opera House the sun started coming up. Now there were a few more people around. Looking at the round street lights made me wonder. Would it be possible to compose the sunrise behind one of these lights? This experiment turned out much better than I’d hoped. Especially with the couple stood under the light and the two ferries in the harbour.

Darling Harbour at night

Darling Harbour at night

Standing on Parmont Bridge gives a great view of Darling Harbour and the Ferris wheel. This was taken in the evening so there was more movement in the water from wind and water taxis. The building on the left is the ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre. The Sofitel Hotel in the middle and Harbourside Shopping Centre on the right. Originally I wanted to capture the full reflection of the Sofitel building on the water but decided to focus more on the ferris wheel’s reflection. Using a 5 second long exposure time when the wheel was moving makes it almost look like a ring of light. Behind the wheel and the glass roof of the shopping centre is the Novotel hotel.