Social media posts from 19 July to 29 August roundup.

Social media posts from 19 July to 29 August roundup.

Its the custom around here to sumarise the social media postings from Facebook and instagram but with some more of a back story to the images.

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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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4336 Rainstorm  on the Ruahine Ranges

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.

4343 Red sunrise

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.

1816 Cape Palliser lighthouse

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.

1757 Putangirua Pinnacles

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.


2344 Lake Rotorua jetty

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.

1768 Putangirua Pinnacles

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.

Galactic Kiwi

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…

2037 star spirals

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.

2108 Mount Taranaki sunrise

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. 

2307 Len Lye centre

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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Social media roundup. Jan to June 2020

Social media roundup. Jan to June 2020

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A roundup of the Facebook and instagram posts from January to June 2020. There is no particular order regarding types of images only a general order that they were published. 

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0416 Castlepoint lighthouse
0334 crazy clouds
0632 sunset road
0426 sheep herd
0450 clouds at sunset
0651 Castle rock
0669 castle point lighthouse
3818 misty hills
0693 angry clouds
0749 Ruahine sunset pano
0764 Trig station sunset
0716 sunset fields
3897 Full moon arising
3804 hill light
3929 hills are alight
3764 lone tree sunset
0450 clouds at sunset
1046 Te Apiti wind farm
1139 sunrise at Mount Taranaki
1429 Rainbow farm

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Social media posts from  June  to Dec 2019

Social media posts from June to Dec 2019

These are the images that appeared on the Muzz Handley facebook page from June to Dec 2019. If you click upon a image it will open in a lightbox viewer. To enquire upon any image take note of the reference number and title either at the bottom left when in the viewer or hover over a image with your cursor and a reference will appear. A contact form is at the bottom of the page.

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Hope you enjoy these images. They are not in any genre order. Only in the order that they were published.

1881 Tongaporutu Boulders at sunset
4061 The rainwater lake beside the Desert road with Ruapehu
2115 Tongaporutu Boulders with setting sun
4010 Walking track with fresh snow at Ruapehu
3476 Misty Bowentown beach sunrise
4085 Ruapehu with stream flowing away
2016 Tongaporutu sea stack at sunset
2001 Tongaporutu sea stack
4277 Waihi stamp battery on a misty morning
4318 Papamoa beach sunset walkers
1137 Staircase Falls in the Kaimai Ranges
4238 Genko tree in autumn
2064 Caverns on the Tongaporutu coastline
4254 Misty Waihi town
4433 Mount waves
4451 Pilot Bay walkway
4544 sunset at Waitarere Beach
031 misty Mount track
079 Long exposure at North Rock
0098 Sheep farming in New Zealand
3558 aussie bushfire smokey sunrise
0259 Te Apiti wind farm
0127 Waipunga Falls

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Old historic wharf at Tokaanu at sunrise…

Old historic wharf at Tokaanu at sunrise…

The old historic wharf at Tokaanu is not particularly easy to find. Only a small sign saying wharf road and if you have a allergy to mettle roads then its not for you. Apart from that you arrive at a park area just at the wharf wondering whos been here before and whats lying around as its a bit secluded. But the bird life is amazing and if you are lucky like i was this time the sunrise is amazing as well.

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3557 Tokaanu Wharf sunrise
3565 Tokaanu historic wharf
3557 Historic Tokaanu wharf
3557 Wharf at Tokaanu at sunrise

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Tongariro National Park wanders April 2019..

Tongariro National Park wanders April 2019..

Anytime we have the opportunity to visit Tongariro National Park it is looked forward to at least a month beforehand. This is partly decided by the availability of our fav book-a-batch but this time it was totally booked up so had to make a change around  but ended up all good.

Usually we plan a tramp where we haven’t wandered before to create new imaging and try a new challenge. So this time it was up whats called ‘Hardmans Ridge’ which for us the start and finish was the carpark for the start of the Tongariro Alpine Crossing. Its best to have some one drop you off so thats where family are very handy.

After starting there its up to Mangatepopo hut which is a small way up the crossing track and to the left. Going around the hut its down across the Mangatepopo Stream and up the sidling to reach the start of ‘Hardmans Ridge’. From here we were to follow the ridge line in almost a direct line towards Tongariro summit but before the base of Tongariro we followed GPS cordinates running on a gentler line to the north until we reached a small flat crater to the north of Tongariro. By this stage , about 5 hours or so, looking at the steeper climb over the volcanic rocks to the summit and approaching sunset a deviation to the Emerald Lakes on the crossing track was  deemed a better solution as we were a bit over scrambling up lose rocks etc. Bah to that. Even so it was still some cross country down a gully and across another crater to get to the lakes. Most of the tramping so far was over volcanic rocks which dont make for the best hiking with a decent pack with camera gear on. And was  also was voted the bunny of the day when muscle cramps did their thing just betfore the lakes so some hasty water drinking to rehydrate was in order.Gee that really hurts like crazy. Pity didn’t have any electrolytes. Have remedied that issue for next time.

Dinner was had at the lakes- some stew and potatoe with strawberry ice cream for pudding. Amazing what you can get with dehydrated meals.

To get back to our collection point at the carpark mean’t now climbing Red Crater which is 190 meters of scrambling up what seems like a loose mettle dump. Nearly blew a valve on that one… After summiting Red Crater – that sounds silly – its a wander in the park all the way down. Actually really pleasant as it was so still, totally dark with no moon light and nobody to be seen. Awesome…

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This image is a screen shot from my phone with the GPS hiking app that we use to track our route and also to double check where we are in case the weather closes in and visibality becomes non existant. Very handy. You can see our track where we deviated from the crossing track at Mangatepopo and up the ridge which isn’t named on this map as its all off trail. Actually it makes  a nice round track appart from ‘Hardmans Ridge’  which lives up to its name…

The view of Mount Ngauruhoe and Mount Ruapehu from Harmans Ridge about two thirds of the way up. You can see the lava flows on the side of Ngauruhoe and also the alpine plants are just fantastic. You really have to not step on them…

A panoramic made of the lower Emerald Lake just after sunset with the sunset glow still going on. You can make out the Alpine Track on the centre left heading into the distance which up to a thousand people give or take hike every day if conditions are right. Not much growing here…

One of the Emerald Lakes looking back at the steep ascent we made to the top of the Red Crater at top right. The whole thing is like climbing up a big mettle pile…two forward and one back. Phew…

From left to right the first two are  bush scenes from National Park. Next is the Mangawhero Falls on the Turoa skifeild access road and lastly the Mahuia Rapids. 

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