Sunset over the Cook Strait

Sunset over the Cook Strait

Driving along The Esplanade from Red Rocks, I stopped the car on the east side of Island Bay. You can see Taputeranga Island on the left side of this photograph. On the far right is the main land on the other side of the bay. Along the horizon you can make out the shapes of New Zealand’s South Island on the other side of the Cook Strait. What I like most is the way the rays of light from the sunset fans out into the sky.

Sunrise behind Castlepoint light house

Sunrise behind Castlepoint light house

Castlepoint Light House is one of my favourite lighthouses in New Zealand. I was very lucky with this sunrise. It made getting up early well worth it. Sunrises are much more of a gamble to photograph than sunset but I often find they are more visually exciting. The night before there was no clouds so the sky wasn’t nearly as beautiful as you can see here. We were staying in a holiday home right on the beachfront so it was only a five minute walk to this location which was even better.

Sunset from Coit Tower

Sunset from Coit Tower

On arriving at my accommodation I asked the receptionist where to get the best views of the city. They pointed to Coit Tower on the map. This 64 metre tall tower was built in 1933 and stands on the top of Telegraph Hill. Not knowing how long it would take to walk up the hill from the waterfront, I arrived at 4:30pm (two hours before this image was captured) with the intention of getting some night shots of the downtown area of the city.

This view is looking west, with Filbert Street on the left and Greenwich Street on the right. The church in the middle of the photograph is Saints Peter and Paul Church. On the far right of the horizon in the mist is the Golden Gate Bridge.

Sunset over the South Pacific

Sunset over the South Pacific

Sunsets are something I actively lookout for when travelling. Without realising it I booked accommodation on the west coast of Rarotonga. For the first three days of my time in the Cook Islands the weather, although warm was very cloudy. Obviously the sun did set but it just slowly went dark rather than a picturesque sunset I was looking forward. Fortunately on my last day the weather was perfect and although a little cloudy on the horizon the sunset was perfect. The above photograph was taken about five or ten minutes after the sun had disappeared below the horizon.