Over Christmas I had a chance to get out with my camera and finally capture the Viaduct Basin at night. I had this location on my list for the last couple of years. Being Christmas, the Skytower on the right is lit up like a Christmas Tree in green and red which contrasts nicely against the dark blue of the sky. The super yacht on the left is Janice of Wyoming, a locally built yacht at 40 metres long. Just off frame to my left where I took this is the Wynyard Crossing, a footbridge which provided a great spot for my tripod.
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.
Matiu Somes Island is right in the middle of Wellington harbour. It’s small at just 62 aches and it takes around an hour to walk the path around the island. It is about a 30 minute boat trip from Wellington’s city centre and over summer we went camping for a night on the island. It’s famous for it’s wildlife including little blue penguins which unfortunately we didn’t see this time. The little blue penguins come onto the island at night to nest on the island.
This view is on the opposite, more rocky side of the island looking towards the Wellington centre which is off to the left. I wanted to show the lighthouse from this angle at dusk to show the jagged rocks on the left with the little lighthouse on the right third. I wanted to show the actual light of the lighthouse. It was import to me to show that the light is shinning out over the rocks. The lighthouse has been here since 1866 and whilst it is still in use today, it has been automated since 1924. On a clear night the light is visible for 16 miles into the Cook Straight which is off to the left.
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.
Zooming in on the camera can change perspectives and views dramatically and this is an example of that. When going to view points (in this case the lookout out at the top of Mount Victoria in Auckland) we are often drawn to taking a wide, panoramic view. I often focus on capturing such views but when you zoom in the camera on details as I have done here you can get just as dramatic results. Here we see part of the centre of Auckland. It was taken with a 200mm lens, early on a winter’s morning.
In the foreground we can see the Ports of Auckland containers, one of the main ports for the whole of New Zealand. Behind the flood lights we can see the central suburb of Parnell, which is where I used to live. The large building on the left side of the picture is the Auckland War Memorial Museum with Auckland Domain in front of it. To the right in the distance is the Mount Eden domain, which is an extinct volanco. The distances here is roughly 1km between Mount Eden and the museum. It’s probably another kilometre between the museum and port. So whilst here everything looks very compact, we’re looking at over 2kms or roughly 1.5 miles distance from foreground to background.