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.
When I first moved to New Zealand in 2012 I was surprised that they celebrate Guy Fawkes Night. Any excuse to try to photograph a professional firework display is fine by me. This photograph was taken from the Brooklyn Wind Turbine entrance on Ashton Fitchett Drive looking down between the houses to Lambton Harbour. From this height we avoid some of the taller buildings of Wellington’s central business district. Behind the fireworks in the background is Petone on the other side of the harbour.
In Frank Kitts Park on the largest sculptures in this year’s LUX festival is both a unique creative idea and an important message. It is a response to the 83,000 New Zealand children who go to school hungry each day. This is what 6,000 brightly coloured, plastic lunch boxes handing from a tree look like light up at night.
Children were running through the sculpture moving the boxes, setting the camera on a tripod and using a 5 second exposure this is the resulting photograph. When this work came down the artists gave the 6,000 lunch boxes, along with lunch to low decile school students. LUX is an free festival of light in Wellington. Every year it turns the waterfront and laneways into a celebration of light, art, technology and design.