Astrophotography, otherwise known as star photography is something I had always wanted to try and New Zealand is a great place to star gaze. This is my first real attempt. My friend James (a very keen astrophotographer) and I went to an event called A Night of Astrophotography with Mark Gee. It is an annual event where world famous (and Wellington local) photographer Mark Gee gets a few hundred photographers to head down to Red Rocks Nature Reserve to point our cameras skyward. You can see the lights from torches on the beach in the lower third of this photograph. Above us was the milk way. Next winter I hope to do a lot more astrophotography.
One of the main things about photographing lighthouses is to think about the subject. Photographs taken in the day can be great but lighthouses purpose is to be seen at night. I was trying to capture the light streaming out to the south pacific ocean. It was the first test of my new compact Sony camera which I recently purchased for an up coming trip. Due to the poor weather forecast I didn’t bring my DSLR or big tripod which I regretted as the compact didn’t far so well for star photography. Casltepoint is a great location for star photography on a clear night.
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.
Lighthouses are one of my favourite subjects for landscape photography. An iconic shape in rocky, coastal locations. I’d heard great things about Caslte point from people at work. It sounded like the perfect place for a relaxed weekend away. It really surpassed by expectations. Castle point is a small beachside town on the Wairarapa coast, about two and half hours drive east of central Wellington. A long drive to go there for the day but perfect for a weekend at the beach. The above photograph was taken early evening. Getting the camera low down helped get the reflection of the lighthouse and moon.
Having been to the Taranaki region of New Zealand a number of times I had always wanted to climb it. This is the largest mountain I have ever walked up. We had to start at 7am as it Mount Taranaki is 2518 metres above sea level. There was very low cloud when starting out and we couldn’t see the summit but we hoped it would clear up and as you can see it did. I’ve shared a photo from the main road which shows the iconic shape with snow at the top, which you can’t see in this photo.
Walking around the Massey University campus in Palmerston North, we came across the Wharaerata Function Centre. As you can see it was a lovely sunny day. We had the place to ourselves as being a Sunday morning it was very quiet. This homestead was built in 1901. Today it’s used as a wedding venue, events centre and has a cafe for the nearby university students.