Friday, November 17, 2017

... Moeraki

When my cousin Kelly and I did a bottom of the South Island road trip a few years back, I was very cool to finally get to Moeraki. And they were a deliberate stop on this trip too. Primarily, to practise my long exposure photography. I have seen some beautiful sunrise long exposure shots in instagram of the boulders. I learnt that the waves come in the tripod starts to sink into the sand.

My feet got a bit wet in the process.

Monday, November 13, 2017

... Shag Point/Matakaea

Just up the road from Karitane and 9km east from Palmerston is Shag Point/Matakaea. I had never been there before this Labour Weekend. I like that the Maori name is being used. Whoever suggested Shag Point was severley lacking in imagination.

It was blowing a fair gale. There was a minibus full of international tourists taking selfies and two other keen photographers. They were trying to capture (photographically speaking) a common old seagull. The gulls were hovering in the gales. I also saw a couple of divers in a sea thick with kelp and one big, fat seal basking in the sun amongst the birds. He did look up a couple of times and I did wonder how fast he could swim and 'run' compared to my damaged meniscus affected 'run'. Fortunately, I didn't need to test the belief that I could get away from him if I needed too.

Friday, November 10, 2017

... Karitane

Shortly after Waitati, I turned off State Highway 1 for the coastal route through Warrington and Seacliff to Karitane. Seacliff is infamous in NZ for the 'lunatic asylum' which began in 1878 and once comprised about 1000 acres. You can read more about it here.

Karitane, a bit further down the road, was another gem. A super long, unpopulated beach.

I attempted some long exposures. I don't have all the elements quite right yet, so it's trial and error which I find frustrating in the field.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

... to Doctor's Point, Waitati

Labour Weekend is the last long weekend in NZ before the Christmas hols. I thought to myself, I could go home to HB - but I had just been there in the Oct hols - or I could go further afield. (There is no point going anywhere in driving range of Auckland because the traffic will add hours and hours and hours to your journey.) My cousin Kelly and I did a bottom of the South Island road trip a few years ago and I had always wanted to go back to Oamaru, so I booked a flight to Dunedin, a rental car, three night's accommodation in Oamaru and a day off work.

If I had taken the direct route between Dunedin airport and Oamaru would have been 140km, and less than two hours. I took the indirect route and it took more than six hours.

My first stop was Doctor's Point. I had never heard of this place, but saw the sign and turned off from west from Waitati got to the end of the road, literally, and discovered a beauty! The sun was shining, the sky was blue and the sand was so fine.

The estuary is Blueskin Bay. I have a long ago whanau connection to Blueskin Bay as my great great great grandfather, Matt Miller, married a young woman from Blueskin Bay. Matt arrived in Oamaru in 1852 with some sheep (and his daughter - my great, great grandmother Margaret - after his wife and a second daughter had died in Geelong, Victoria) for Mr McMaster. I like to think that he and Margaret may have visited Blueskin Bay back in the day.

I have since seen on the www that even further round the beach at Canoe Beach there are some caves. It's a beautiful part of NZ that was spectacular on the sunny Spring day I was there. 

Coming back through Waitati, I stopped to photograph the first of many war memorials I saw. This part of the South Island has a lot of war memorials. 

Thursday, November 2, 2017

... to Auckland's Diwali Festival

I don't think I even knew about Diwali before working at my current school. Diwali coincided with the NZ Photography Tours street photography workshop in mid October. While the festival was quite small, I am pleased with the photos I took.

Thursday, October 26, 2017

... to Auckland

I know I live in Auckland, but I rarely go into Auckland city. However, I recently attended a 'street photography' photo 'tour' with NZ Photography Tours. We gathered at a city cafe for an overview and then hit the streets for a few hours.

It's a little bit stalkery this street photography. In a good way. And I am pleased with my photos.

The tour/workshop was very informative, interesting and fun. And I will probably sign up for another of their tours.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

... to Napier

Napier rose from the ashes literally after a massive 7.8 earthquake in February 1931. My late Nana was 14 in February 1931. Two stories she told were about saving the record player and one record, sitting on the side of the road and playing that record - 'Happy Days are Here Again' - and being told by a passerby that that song was not appropriate. She also told of sleeping outside in tents until the following Christmas.

Napier is now a popular spot for holiday makers and enjoys many visits from cruise ships over the summer months. It is word famous for its art deco architecture. I think the council, or whomever looks after such things, has done a lot of work over the last 5 - 10 years to get people onto the 'parade' with Ocean Spa, the national aquarium, the MTG, the pier that's not a pier and a very new playground.

The day I visited to take photos, it was a very sunny 20 degrees in early October. Typical Hawke's Bay weather!

Friday, October 13, 2017

... to Magazine Bay

This medium sized wharf is just round the corner and up the road from Maraetai. I went about two hours before low tide on a 20 degree day and was disappointed by how many people were there ... people ruin good scenery photos! But if you slow the shutter right down, they turn into a blur or even disappear altogether.

I have minimal photo editing skills. And having learnt old school on film, believe if you take a good pic in the first place you don't need to edit it. But I did tutu (a word kiwi English has borrowed from Maori meaning 'to play') with these ones in picmonkey to crop them and add/remove the colour.

I imagine this place gets packed in summer. I think it would also make good winter photos with the big sky.