Otaki Kite Festival

Otaki Kite Festival

Having missed the kite festival at Otaki Beach for the last few years, I was happy to finally get there. There were kites of all different types. With kite clubs coming from around the country. Even a demonstration from a team that had come over from Australia. These inflatables were the highlight. In this photograph, I tried to capture the variety. Standing ankle deep in the surf to get some reflections in the foreground.

International Boat Show, Darling Harbour

International Boat Show, Darling Harbour

During my first week in Sydney I was at a conference in Darling Harbour. The Sydney International Boat Show was the same week. My nearby hotel meant it was easier to get here before dawn for some photographs of the amazing boats. In the evenings there was more movement in the water and many more people around. With hundreds of boats in close formation it is difficult to know which to focus on and which to exclude. Here I focused on the two dark blue boats in the foreground. In the background you can see the ICC Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre on the left. The Sofitel Hotel in the middle and Harbourside Shopping Centre on the right.

Narrowboat on the bridgewater canal

Narrowboat on the bridgewater canal

Cruising down the Bridgewater canal on my dad’s boat I see the canal from a lower angle. Being in the middle of the canel rather than on the banks gives a unique perspective. Especially of the other cruisers and narrowboats moored along the banks. This is one of the nicest looking traditional narrowboats I saw. We cruised from Sale Cruising Club up to Thelwall and back. The furtherest we have been on the boat. The Evening Star of North Yorks is a traditional narrowboat.

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.