Auckland Skytower at night

Auckland Skytower at night

Spending a night in the Amora Hotel I captured this view of the Skytower from the balcony. I didn’t have my tripod with me so this was taken hand held. From this height you can only just make out the harbour between two of the buildings. I’d need a drone or at least a room on the top floor see more of the beautiful harbour behind the skyscrapers. 

Wellington at dusk

Wellington city at dusk

One of the best views of New Zealand’s capital is from the top of Mount Victoria. In the foreground there is a lot of trees that hide the suburb of Mount Victoria. The area in the middle of the frame is Wellington city centre. The hills opposite are home to the suburbs of Kilburn and Northland. I wanted to capture the lights of the city with the after glow of sunset behind the hills. When composing this photograph it was important to include as much of the city centre and Lambton Harbour as I could. By using a wide angle lens I was able to do this but chose to crop the photograph into more of a panoramic format as there wasn’t much more of interest in the sky or the dark foreground.

Auckland SkyTower at Dawn

Auckland SkyTower at Dawn

One of the first photographs I took from the top of Mount Victoria in Auckland. I wanted to capture a night shot but this was actually taken early on a winter’s morning. There’s often hundreds of boats in the harbour but obviously at this time of day there isn’t anyone sailing. This is from the North Shore area of the city and in the bottom right of the photograph you can see a couple of the larger New Zealand Navy ships. In the centre of the photograph is a huge container ship and often there are big cruise ships to the right of the port. The skyline behind the harbour is dominated by the 328 metre tall Auckland SkyTower. Behind the city centre are the mountains of the Waitakere Ranges.

Auckland from Mount Victoria

Auckland from Mount Victoria

A panoramic photograph from the top of Mount Victoria in Auckland. This is the highest volcano on the North Shore side of the city, raising to 87 metres. It’s one of the favourite views of the city. From here we get a lovely skyline looking across the water. Here I choose to show a wider view than normal, I usually would zoom on part of the central business district of city off to the left.

This wider view shows the whole of Stanley Point looking directly west from the top. To the left we see the ever dominant Sky Tower. In the middle of the frame we can see a couple of ships on this side of the harbour, which is the Ministry of Defence Navy Base. In the distance to the right, we can see the harbour bridge, from this angle we get an idea of how long it is. This was taken in the early evening in January (a summers evening).