Oriental Parade – Wellington



Oriental Parade - Wellington



This was taken from the end of the Clyde Quay Wharf.
 The white building on the left is the Freyberg Pool and Fitness Centre (my current gym). I walk along this stretch of the waterfront many times a week. In the centre is the marina, boat sheds and the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club. Above the gym on the left is the iconic Saint Gerard’s Catholic Church and Monastery. To the right of this are the beautiful villas perched on the hillside. A close look might reveal a red car on a platform that sticks out from the hill (hint, it’s next to the orange house). Then, of course, is the lookout at the top of Mount Victoria. There are about 300 metres between the boat sheds and lookout, 200 metres vertically.

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.