Slope Point sign

Sign at Slope Point

The most southerly point of the South Island of New Zealand is actually Slope Point. For years I thought it was Bluff. Even after visiting the Bluff sign in 2012. Slope Point is about an hour’s drive east of Bluff towards the Catlins. It’s roughly 5 kilometres further south and well worth a look. We went around sunset so the sign was glowing in the golden sunlight. As the sign says, here you are closer to the South Pole than the Equator.

Sign at Bluff

Sign at Bluff

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.

Pike Place Market

Pike Place Market

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.

Hollywood sign

Hollywood sign

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.