The Eiffel Tower is currently the world’s most visited paid monument in the world. Its also one of the most iconic landmarks. Having been to the top of the tower about ten years ago I was keen to photograph it at dusk. Arriving in the daylight gave me time to look around for the best view. I ended up sitting in this spot for about an hour. On the edge of the Place du Trocadero looking along the Jardins du Trocadero in the foreground. There were hundreds of tourists coming and going. People playing and having their photos taking in the fountains in the foreground. I’m happy how this photograph turned out and enjoyed the illuminations. Due to a copyright of the illuminations this photograph isn’t available for licensing or commercial use.
It’s been over ten years since I was last in Paris. So I was very keen to go back to recapture some of the iconic tourist attractions at night. On our first night in Paris I wasn’t planning any photography but it was a lovely warm evening with a clear sky. Notre-Dame de Paris (French for Our Lady of Paris) is one of the most popular tourist attractions in the city. There were hundreds of tourists in this square in front of the western facade. A couple of nights later I came back to get some better photographs later in the evening with a darker sky. This first attempt with the dark blue twilight sky is my favourite. That is the moon to the right of the cathedral.
One of the main things about photographing lighthouses is to think about the subject. Photographs taken in the day can be great but lighthouses purpose is to be seen at night. I was trying to capture the light streaming out to the south pacific ocean. It was the first test of my new compact Sony camera which I recently purchased for an up coming trip. Due to the poor weather forecast I didn’t bring my DSLR or big tripod which I regretted as the compact didn’t far so well for star photography. Castlepoint is a great location for star photography on a clear night.
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.
One year on from the previous photograph of fireworks I wanted to get a bit closer to the water to avoid foreground distractions and attempt to get some of Wellington city lights in the background. Not knowing exactly where the boat or platform that the fireworks would fire from would be, I went along Oriental Parade. I set the tripod about half way up the hill on Carlton Gore Road, looking back towards central Wellington. Due to the winds the platform came much further out into the harbour than last year’s firework display, so the background shows more of the Port but it’s certainly an improvement over last year.