Having been to Bluff before a few years ago it was good to be back at the Southern tip of the South Island. Rather than getting the typical Bluff sign photograph, I wanted to try a different angle. Sitting down on the ground infant of the sign and looking up this was the angle. Rather than seeing all the locations you can only see a few. The one I focused the camera on was Wellington, my home city and New Zealand’s capital city. 784 kilometres to the north of this sign.
When travelling to new cities apart from looking for skylines and architecture to photograph, markets can also be a great source of photography. Especially close ups of the traditional displays of fresh fruits and veg. Pike Place Market is a little different. I first saw the bright neon signs on my walk from the train station to my accommodation, noting that I had to come back at sunset with my tripod. Being on the waterfront in the heart of the city centre overlooking Elliott Bay it is very crowded. Thinking about coming back at dawn there would still be cars or vans parked in front of the sign unless I was very lucky. This photograph was taken about half an hour after the sun had set.
The Hollywood sign isn’t just a landmark of Los Angeles but an American cultural icon. Signs often feature in my travel photographs, but rarely do I capture one as famous as this. Surprisingly, it was very difficult to photograph. Even here, there is part of a palm tree covering the lower part of the H. The main problem is that it is very difficult to get anywhere near it. This image was taken from over two miles away on Franklin Avenue and Canyon Drive. The centre of Hollywood is a few miles west of here. That is slightly closer to the sign but the letters are at an angle, so the letters aren’t as clear.
Wondering the streets of new cities, looking for things to photograph is something I enjoy very much. Despite being in French Polynesia for nine days and nights I was only on the main island of Tahiti for my first night and last day in the country. The above mural was taken in the capital city of Papeete. It was on a corner of building that housed on of the many tourist gift shops. The shop was just a couple of blocks inland from the main harbour.