Watching the sunr​is​e at Circular Quay

Watching the sunr​is​e at Circular Quay

One hour after watching the moonrise over the Sydney Opera House the sun started coming up. Now there were a few more people around. Looking at the round street lights made me wonder. Would it be possible to compose the sunrise behind one of these lights? This experiment turned out much better than I’d hoped. Especially with the couple stood under the light and the two ferries in the harbour.

Wellington Harbour at Sunrise

Wellington Harbour at Sunrise

Walking along the waterfront and spotting this photographer I knew I had to get my camera out. Here we can see the sun rising over the Hutt Valley. The hills behind are in the low cloud. The rays of light from the sun are what stopped the man in the foreground and many others stop to capture this scene. Taken at about 8:15am at the end of May, here in New Zealand this is winter time. So there isn’t anyone using this diving board or rowing in the harbour. Captured on my iPhone this shows how far the quality of phone cameras have come over the last 10 years.

Sunset from Hawker Street

Sunset from Hawker Street

Taken on a walk around my local neighbourhood of Mount Victoria. I’ve been pointing the camera at the sun more recently as I like the look of lens flare. It’s especially great in video, which I have been experimenting more with recently. Though I’m far from ready to share my video work publicly. As you can see Hawker Street is a steep street, close to the city centre. It is the road that you have to drive up to get to the Mount Victoria lookout. It has a couple of great spots overlooking Wellington.

Sunset from Piha beach

Sunset from Piha beach

For this landscape, I walked right up to the edge of the water. This gives a closer view of the sun setting behind these jagged rocks. I find with landscape photography, I often shoot very wide views to try and capture everything I’m seeing. Like the previous photograph of Lion Rock at sunset from much further back up the beach. It’s often worth getting closer and focusing on specific details in a landscape. I much prefer this composition. Not just for the great colours in the sunset but also the textures and lines of the rocks and water.