Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors

Lanterns of the Terracotta Warriors

A few weeks ago the Terracotta Warriors came to Te Papa, New Zealand’s national museum. Outside the museum’s main entrance were the lanterns. These life-size, brightly coloured lanterns are lit up at night. Commissioned for the Beijing Olympics in 2008. There are 38 figures and two horses.

Wellington Cable Car at night


Wellington Cable Car at night


The view of Wellington from outside the Cable Car Museum is one of my favourites. Especially in the early evening. A few years ago I photographed the Wellington Cable Car at Dusk from this spot. With more experience of capturing light trails and a new camera. I wanted to try and improve on the original photograph. This is the result. The moon rising over the harbour was an added bonus.

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.

New Years Eve Fireworks over Wellington

New Years Eve Fireworks over Wellington

Standing at the end of Clyde Quay Wharf is about the closest you can get to the harbour firework displays. They happen a few times a year. This was from New Years Eve. It’s one of my favourite spots to photograph fireworks, as you can see the city skyline behind. There are also a lot fewer people than along the waterfront by Frank Kitts Park. In the foreground to the left is the Wellington Marina Berths for yachts.