Gisborne is a beach city and famous for its surfing beaches. This was taken from Waikanae Beach looking across Tūranganui-a-Kiwa (Poverty Bay). I chose to make this a black and white photograph as there is a lot of contrast in the way that the sun was hitting the waves. I watched this kite surfer for about half an hour. There were about five others in the water but this person stood out. They were moved fast up and down the waterfront. And getting airborne a lot. A couple of times they went much higher out the water than this. As someone who enjoys flying a kite, kite surfing has always interested me as something I’d like to try one day.
Saloon cars at Wellington Speedway
Motorsports is something I don’t get to photograph enough. Like any fast action sport, it is difficult to capture good photographs of the action. Having now been to the Wellington Family Speedway half a dozen times, I’m getting to know the best places to stand. This is the fourth and final corner coming into the home straight. The evening events usually have half a dozen different classes of cars racing. Sometimes there’s even a demolition derby at the end of the night. These four are the Saloon class of cars. Whilst they aren’t the fastest, they still drift around the corners at high speeds.
Kite surfing Golden Gate strait
Taken from Crissy Field East Beach looking west towards the Golden Gate bridge. It was great to see so much activity on the water. There were dozens of people kite surfing, wind surfing and sailing. The person on the beach in the foreground with their kite makes this photograph work. At the time of capturing this scene there were dozens of other people around. Both with and without kites. I zoomed in to focus on this one person. But made sure I included the full length of the Golden Gate bridge in the background
BMX rider in front of San Francisco City Hall
Searching for good things to photograph in San Francisco, the city hall wasn’t high on my list. It seemed difficult to find a unique image of the building. Walking towards downtown from Alamo Square I was near San Francisco City Hall. Being my first time in the city I had some time to check it out. Little did I know Dew Tour (sponsored by soft drinks brand Mountain Dew) was on.
At first this was a disappointment. From the placement of the stands, big trucks and hundreds of people, there wasn’t a clear view of the whole building. Sports photography is something I do enjoy, especially on two wheels. After an hour or two of wondering around the track and shooting hundreds of photos I found this spot. Using the 200mm zoom lens I could crop out everything but the rider. The rider must be well over 100 metres from the front of the City Hall.