Mount Victoria reflections

Mount Victoria reflections

Walking home I often photograph this view. It’s one of my favourites along the Wellington waterfront. The city is known for it’s wind and in the late afternoon the harbour would never be this still. This photograph is a bit of an optical illusion but I promise no Photoshop was used here. There is a sculpture that sticks out into the harbour called the Len Lye Water Whirler. There was a large puddle of water at the base of the sculpture. Putting the camera lens almost touching the edge of this still water I was able to create this reflection. If you look closely you can see the reverts of the metal surface.

Castle point beach

Castle point beach

Lighthouses are one of my favourite subjects for landscape photography. An iconic shape in rocky, coastal locations. I’d heard great things about Castle point from people at work. It sounded like the perfect place for a relaxed weekend away. It really surpassed by expectations. Castle point is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast, about two and half hours drive east of central Wellington. A long drive to go there for the day but perfect for a weekend at the beach. The above photograph was taken early evening. Getting the camera low down helped get the reflection of the lighthouse and moon.

Lagoon Bridge Wellington

Lagoon Bridge Wellington at night

Lagoon Bridge is lit up here with lights as part of the LUX festival. Captured at night it was taken in front of the albatross sculpture. It’s a 6 second exposure with a wide angle lens as I wanted to include the full length of the bridge and it’s reflection. If you look closely you can see a thin line in the middle above the clouds which is from a plane flying out of the airport from behind Mount Victoria off to the right.

On the far right is the boat shed a popular venue for weddings and parties. There were a lot of people around when this was taken but because of the long exposure time the movement of them makes them disappear as if by magic. On a bright sunny day the water in this lagoon is clear enough to almost see to the bottom. It’s a popular sheltered area of the harbour for people learning to kayak and dragon boat race.

Castlecliff Beach, Whanganui

Castlecliff Beach, Whanganui

One of the many beaches in New Zealand that I’ve photographed which has black sand. This is common on many of the west coast beaches. This was taken in the North Island just a couple of kilometres west of Whanganui where we were staying for just one night on our drive up to Auckland. The tide is way out and the bay extends quite a long way into the distance. Castlecliff beach is part of the South Taranki Blight which is a huge bay extending for many miles around the south west corner of the north island.

Taken in the late afternoon and I really like the reflections on this very still water. I got a few shots that seemed quite plain, just blue sky and blue reflections with a thin bit of land in the middle of the picture. So I looked around the beach and found this pretty small piece of drift wood. Kneeing down low and getting close to it I was able to capture this photograph. It adds interest with the drift wood by breaking up the water and putting the land on the top third of the frame.