One of the best views of New Zealand’s capital is from the top of Mount Victoria. In the foreground there is a lot of trees that hide the suburb of Mount Victoria. The area in the middle of the frame is Wellington city centre. The hills opposite are home to the suburbs of Kilburn and Northland. I wanted to capture the lights of the city with the after glow of sunset behind the hills. When composing this photograph it was important to include as much of the city centre and Lambton Harbour as I could. By using a wide angle lens I was able to do this but chose to crop the photograph into more of a panoramic format as there wasn’t much more of interest in the sky or the dark foreground.
The most northerly part of New Zealand's South Island has a peninsula called Farewell Spit. I wanted to see how far north I could get and what there was to photograph that the many tourists never get to explore. It turned out there are no roads along Farewell Spit. I think there's a lighthouse at the end but without a four wheel drive it would be impossible to get too. Fortunately in the area is Cape Farewell so I went for a short walk along the Puponga Hilltop Walk. When I climbed up to the top this is the view out to the Tasmin Sea.
This beautiful valley is called Upper Takaka and is around 10 kilometres north west from Motueka in the Nelson district at the top of New Zealand’s South Island. We were driving north towards Golden Bay along the when I came over the top of Takaka Hill I saw this bueatiful scene. There was a very sharp, hairpin bend where I was able to pull of the highway and park the car. Looking over the barrier this was the view. You can see if you look closely at the bottom of the valley the road on the left side of the photograph, heading off into the distance. On the range of hills on the other side of the valley there was very different weather as you can see a rainbow if you look closely.
New Zealand has two Lake Rotoitis, one in the North Island and one in the South Island. This Lake Rotoiti is in Tasman Region of the South Island and was previously known as lake Arthur. It is one of the two main lakese in the Nelson Lakes National Park. The lake is surrounded by beech forest, is about 82 metres at its deepest and around 8 kilometres long. Looking down a valley, on the right of the photograph we can see the Travers Range of Mountains which has a number of peaks, with the highest being Mount Hopeless at 2278 metres. On the opposite (left) side of the lake is the St Arnaud Range with a number of similarly high peaks. This photograph was taken at around 9:30pm on the first evening we camped by the lake side.
This is a more complete view of the Albatross sculpture, showing the small enclosed harbour area behind the Wellington Rowing club and boat shed on the left. I like how still the water is in this beautiful evening light. The colourful lights behind the sculpture and to the right are installations as part of the annual LUX festival. The sculpture has been here since 1986 and I'm fortunate in capturing this as I didn't want the sculpture's own lights distracting from the LUX and city lights behind. There is actually flood lights underneath that make it glow yellow most nights but I didn't want that colour tint.
Secondly, I was lucky as there are times when both the light and water aren't on. Here I got the timing right and the fountain was on without the lights, just what I wanted. The sculpture is by artist Tanya Ashken and is one of her best known works. I found a great comment about this work of art from Francis Sutton "it's curves evoke the flight of an albatross while the right angles remind viewers of the city nearby, the water falls intermittently and it falls softening the solid forms". The shutter speed on this capture was 2.5 seconds to give the water that soft ghostly quality.
Matiu Somes Island is right in the middle of Wellington harbour. It's small at just 62 aches and it takes around an hour to walk the path around the island. It is about a 30 minute boat trip from Wellington's city centre and over summer we went camping for a night on the island. It's famous for it's wildlife including little blue penguins which unfortunately we didn't see this time. The little blue penguins come onto the island at night to nest on the island.
This view is on the opposite, more rocky side of the island looking towards the Wellington centre which is off to the left. I wanted to show the lighthouse from this angle at dusk to show the jagged rocks on the left with the little lighthouse on the right third. I wanted to show the actual light of the lighthouse. It was import to me to show that the light is shinning out over the rocks. The lighthouse has been here since 1866 and whilst it is still in use today, it has been automated since 1924. On a clear night the light is visible for 16 miles into the Cook Straight which is off to the left.