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The cover image was posted on the 19th of July of some Yellow Daisys just for something colourful in the middle of winter to brighten up a dull covid day.
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The Ruahine Ranges are a dramatic visual land form and when you combine them with a rain storm rushing thru you can get some dramatitic layering effects with the hills receding into the distance creating the effect of greater depth within the image. For this to work the elements in the fore-front must be sharp in focus such as the tree to the unsharp hills at the back surrounded in misty rain. By converting the image to black and white really accentuated the effect of contrast and diffuse light.
A chance sighting of a brilliant red sunrise in the Tararuas one morning could not be missed. Out came the long lens to capture the layered hills in the foreground to produce a harmonious effect of layers all thru the image.There was a whole bunch of burn offs the day before with no wind to blow the smoke away which helped to create the red effect.
The Cape Palliser lighthouse is definetly a destination as the road goes no further. In fact its a bit sea worn in places so watch out driving the access at high tide in a southerly.
There was a visitor who arrived as i was setting up this shot and he started taking the steps up two at a time then one then phew… needed a rest a third of the climb. They are deceptively steep and forgotton how many.But the view up there isn’t to shabby.
Was waiting for the sunset to light up the high clouds but that was a fizzer. Never mind…can’t win them all.
The Putangirua Pinnacles when you are standing underneath them can be a bit disconcerting. More to the fact that they are really just packed mettle which has been eroded over time with the rain and wind. The thought of a earth quake happening at the same time brings up visions of crumbling tons of mettle and stones racing in your direction. Probably a bit over kill because they have’nt collapsed yet but the mind does sometimes work over time.
Creating a image on a brilliant bluebird sky day here can be problematic for the reason that you get very bright highlights and of the scale dark areas. For a camera thats a bit challenging so to over come this we create at least three images from a dark shot to capture the bright details, a normal exposure then a long timed shot to get the details in the shadows. This is whats called bracketing. These images are blended together in a image processing programme to give a balanced image. These types of shots are best done with a tripod to make sure that all the images line up properly making the blending exercise so much easier.
Hopefully i acheived that here.
Some filming for the ‘lord of the rings’ was done here also. Don’t ask me which scenes tho as am not so much a fan of the movies except to say that the screen play was awesome.
This is one of the jettys on the Hamurana side of Lake Rotorua. There was a storm on the far left rumbling away to itself and was hoping that it would move over in my direction but not to be. But then the sunset went of with all this colour so methinks it all worked out then.
Another angle of the Putangirua Pinnacles with some formations appearing to have a head formation on the top not unlike Easter Island and the rock carvings.
Another 3 bracket image.
With-in the centre and just down on the right you should see the outline of a Kiwi bird. Once you see it you cant unsee…
A long exposure of about 20 minutes of star trails looking due south over a survey trig station in a paddocke. By framing towards due south it creates the circular effect as the earth spins on its axis. A bit of a slow process waiting…bit like watching paint dry but its always awesome to be out under the stars at night so long as you are wrapped up nice and warm.
This is at Lake Mangamahoe just east of New Plymouth on the highway looking over the lake towards Mount Taranaki at sunrise with a passing shower creating a brilliant rainbow to complement the scene.
This is the Len Lye centre in New Plymouth town.
Its a challenge to create a image that has some impact or feel of this building. Being a grey cloudy day methought a black and white rendition and some other tweaks would create just what i was after. When you getting these shots you try to imagine how the image will come out after the final edit and am happy with this although it took awhile….
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