Thunder Creek Falls – Haast

Tall and thin waterfall surrounded by thick, green foliage and a rushing river in the foreground.

This waterfall has been on my list to revisit for nearly 10 years. Back in 2013 I had an extremely wet visit to the Thunder Creek Falls. It rained so hard that even with the camera in a waterproof bag it stopped working after two shots. Revisiting it meant many extra hours of driving. Fortunately it was up the West Coast of the South Island which is a spectacular drive. It was raining when I took this photograph. Using a 30 second long exposure I was lucky not to get too much rain or spray on the lens. This is a 28 metre tall waterfall. It is great to revisit locations like this with more time and better equipment. When comparing the two photographs it’s clear to me which had more thought go into it and which was a quick snap shot.

Morning mist on the Avon River

Waking up to a hard frost on a winters morning in Christchurch I knew there was one place to take the camera. After a quick coffee stop I drove to the Christchurch Botanic Gardens. I hadn’t been here for years and never before in winter. The low winter sun had come up as we walked over the footbridge. Looking north this was the view of the mist rising up from the Avon River. At first I wasn’t going to share this photograph due to the cars in the carpark in the background to the right. It ended up being one of my favourite shots of the River Avon in Christchurch.

Red London Eye at night

The London Eye is one of the icons of the city and one of my favourite things to photograph in the centre of London. As the wheel moves almost constantly at half a mile an hour. One rotation takes around 30 minutes. This means that The London Eye rarely stops moving. A longer exposure time of more than a few seconds at night results in this blur of the wheel. After taking a shorter length exposure. It started moving and I set the camera to a 30 second exposer to get this photograph. The red light of the wheel appears as one continuous ring, as the lights on the 32 capsules almost blur together. The lights of the County Hall building to the right, are lit up in blue light which contrasts well next to the red. One of the issues I had with such a long exposure time is there are boats moving up and down the river. They leave long light trails which can distract your eye from the focal point of the image. The two barges in the foreground move from the motion of the river, even though they’re tied up to the bank. I tried to capture this whilst the boats were as still as possible.

London Eye at night

London Eye at night

Walking along the River Thames is one of my favourite things to do in London. Especially at dusk. I hadn’t planned to take photos this evening, I didn’t even have my tripod. Finding myself here at twilight I knew I had to get my camera out. This is one of a couple of photographs I took of the London Eye. It took some time to wait for the wheel to stop moving long enough to capture this 8 second exposure.