Personal project…

Personal project…

Something that i have been involved in for some 35 odd years is motor racing in one form or another. Mostly prefer nowadays is to be behind the camera recording the old cars and personalities such as this class called  historic sports sedans.

Back then we could almost stand trackside with out the health and safety rules as we watched these machines that were for the most part created in mechanics sheds with any spare cash available so that they could just have a ball racing with these radical machines.

One such racer from old is Graeme here with his imaculate Marina sports sedan that he raced all those years ago, sold and then after 15 odd years tracked it down again, rebuilt and is now getting it back to the track.

Even in its day it was a radical departure from the normal  because the  fact that the motor is mid-mounted. And still draws admiring looks and the usual questions today at race events.

This is a snap shot of one of the first meetings of this car getting back to the race track at Taupo raceway.

 

Autumn at Tongariro National Park…

Autumn at Tongariro National Park…

Have assembled these images in a rough time-line as there was a early dumping of snow part way thru a visit creating a before and after scenario.

Keep scrolling down to the bottom as there is a few and to view a image large in a lightbox  just click on it…

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Cheers…

Lake Rotoaira on a still misty morning after a nite of heavy rain.

The mist was just hanging around Pihanga on the other side of the lake creating a other worldly effect which is symptomatic of a damp autumn morning. Makes for great atmosphere but not blazing golden sunrises …

Ngauruhoe presents a different mood in autumn before the first of new southerly storms bring a dash of snow to its slopes. The cloud using long exposure techniques creates a soft texture in comparison to the rough rocky volcanic slopes…

This is Girdlestone Peak on Ruapehu with part of the chair-lift of Turoa at the bottom.

This place on this occasion was just howling with wind. Had to shelter behind a ski-field building to try and keep the camera still long enough for a long exposure in the stiller wind gusts with some interesting clouds rolling thru at the same time. Bit of a juggle but success crowns effort mostly…

The Pinnacle ridge on Ruapehu…

With a light dusting of fresh new pre winter snow on its slopes the Pinnacle Ridge takes on a other worldly look with a long exposure technique to blur out the swiftly passing cloud cover. Almost a hard and soft texture effect which highlights the rugged aspect of the ridge-line…

Ngauruhoe pre snow with a passing cloud cap seems to take on a soft side. Don’t be fooled…its cold and windy up there.

Pre snow also makes for a harsh terrain image. Theres still beauty there tho…

The hike to the Tama lakes is not that hard. Its another 1.5 hours or so on from the Taranaki Falls and on this day the wind was just howling…literally. You can see the ice on one side of the bush on the right and the rocks…brrrr.

Ngauruhoe with a cap of cloud using a long exposure technique. A bit tricky in a howling gale tho…

The track to the Tamaiti Lakes from the Chateau end is really well formed. DOC has spent some money. Its a easy wander for a few hours and the mountain view is awesome…

The Wairere Stream which feeds the Taranaki Falls which are just below these rapids. Ruapehu stands proud at the head under a veil of cloud…

Ngauruhoe does seem to create its own weather when the others are clear. So needed to make a problem into a solution…make it look like a rock on the sea-shore…sort off.

And conversely at sunset the cloud takes on a whole different persona…

Never found out what these trees were. Anyways they produce a neat contrast between the sign of Autumn and the sight of a approaching winter with fresh new snow on Ngauruhoe…

A bit of fresh new snow on bare rocks creates some spectacular contrast as the snow is not deep with the ridge lines still clearly seen. A real change of season feel…

Pre-winter season is very busy at the Top of the Bruce with all the construction. Also the helicopters were taking advantage of a really still day…fun to watch.

Ruapehu at sunset at a different angle. You can see the Pinnacle rocks in the middle. Made this image from above the Taranaki Falls…

Hope you enjoyed these images of Autumn at Tongariro National Park over a interesting week-end weather wise.

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Exploring around the northern end of the Desert Road on the eastern side there are some old access roads for the power schemes. Some are sealed and curbed and some just bush tracks such as this one.

Just couldn’t resist a selfie…as you do.

Anzac…

Anzac…

This is a image of the Cenotaph at Mount Maunganui the evening after the dawn service marking Anzac Day 2015. There were red lights illuminating the monument but some other things have shown up which everybody has a different take on. Have not added anything into this image and it has just received normal processing in Lightroom.

To me this is a special take on my war rememberance…

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The tree on the hill…

The tree on the hill…

This image was made at the top of the Minden on a showery day with many passing dumps of wet. The sun just shone a ray of light behind and the whisper of cloud above added a contrast as well.

As with many isolated tree shots its usually one by itself as if its standing against the world and all that it can throw at it. A champion of survival perhaps…

 

Ablaze…

Ablaze…

When you can see later in the afternoon the cloud building to a hopeful colourful sunset you tend as a photog to wait it out and see what happens. Anyways whats the hurry…

Seems that worked just fine. Love these apps to help sort the weather out but at the end of the day its up to mother nature…you just have to be there…

 

The 3 of us…

The 3 of us…

The 3 of us…
What is meant by that title is the fact that there are 3 people to do with this image. You the viewer, the person standing on the beach at Shark Alley at the Mount and the creator of this image. There is at least two people to do with any image using that analogy anyways. But see if you can spot the third one in this case…you will have to enlarge it.
Sunrise at Shark Alley…always a good day.

Wild Wairere Falls…

Wild Wairere Falls…

The Wairere Falls are really dramatic with-out lots of water rushing over being the highest falls in the Port Island but given all the rain from a previous dumping as well as a tail end of a tropical storm in this case the flow really starts to thunder over the ledge.

The next rain squad was bearing down and just managed to get the water in focus before the misty thing happened again. That was lucky…!

As there was no real colour with-in the image it made sense to just convert totally to black and white…much better contrast on the water as well.

As usual prints are available with-out the watermark…check the products and pricing page or just give me a shout out…cheers.

 

Sunset wave on the Kaimais…

Sunset wave on the Kaimais…

This panoramic is a total of 12 images which were bracketed when shot for enhanced dynamic range, blended and stitched into this pano.

The original image is a reasonable file size…tho this file has been down sized for the internet viewing so wouldn’t print to well… and the detail was so good i could see individual trees on the skyline of the Kaimai Ranges. Shot all the frames using a zoom lens to cut out the water from the Tauranga harbour and concentrate on the hills and trees, the misty wave over the ranges and the sunset effect. Having the glow shining up like that was just awesome…seemed like a spaceship in the sky…haha.

Will do canvas prints of this…

As usual all prints are with-out the watermark…

4556tga airshow harvards web by M Handley.

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