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).

Cloud Gate reflections

Cloud Gate reflections, Chicago

The most reflective sculpture in Chicago was always going to make for a good photographic challenge. After speaking with friends who had been (no pun intended) before I knew it was a popular spot for tourists. So much so that anytime of the day or evening Millennium Park was packed with people. Looking for a more abstract view of Cloud Gate, focusing on the refections of the skyscrapers around it, I got up before dawn to get the place to myself. This photograph was taken from the north side of the Bean to show reflections of the biggest buildings along Randolph Street.

New York Bridges and skyline

New York Bridges and skyline

The DUMBO (Down Under Manhattan Bridge Overpass) neighbourhood of Brooklyn has amazing views of New York from across the East River. After spending a couple of hours wondering around it with my camera I moved a few blocks south along the bank of the river and found myself in Brooklyn Heights. Much of this area by the river is a construction sight at the moment but I did find my way to the promenade which you can just see in the lower right hand corner of this photograph. When I’m photographing cities I often forget that the camera can zoom, wanting to capture as much as possible and so mainly shooting wide angle. However the advantage of a zoom lens can be seen here. The bridge in the foreground is the Brooklyn Bridge with the blue colour of the Manhattan Bridge behind. The tall skyscraper on the left of the photograph is the iconic Empire State Building.

Brooklyn Bridge and New York Skyline

Brooklyn Bridge and New York Skyline

The motivation for revisiting New York was to capture a twilight photograph of the skyline and Brooklyn Bridge. I wasn’t expecting Jane’s Carousel, pictured on the far left of this photograph. Though the carousel is nearly 100 years old it has only been in its current location (after years of painstaking restoration) for two years. In my opinion it doesn’t really distract from the main focal point of the photograph, which is the bridge itself. The tallest building in this image is the new One World Trade Center that is opening in January next year.