2020 September/October social media roundup.

2020 September/October social media roundup.

This is a round up of the Facebook, Flickr and Instagram imagery that was posted. Have added some extra back stories over and above what was shared to the social media platforms as on this website there is far more scope to share additional information.

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2272 Tongaporutu archway

This archway at Tongaporutu is a really prominate feature when trying to explore the coastline here. So much so that this time it was impassable as the storm just gone had moved the sand from against the cliff face and under the arch and around it so much that it was impassable. This was at dead low tide and was up to my knees at this point and the water was getting deeper the further i went and chances of rouge waves tipping me over was just too great. Never mind … exploring this coast will just have to wait. A hand held shot.

2338 Pourerere Beach

This is Pourerere Beach on the coast in Hawkes Bay east from Waipawa town.Its a really easy access beach with a flat sandy foreshore with mostly no rocks until you travel around the headlands.

With this image used the good old leading lines effect to carry the eye up to the point in the distance. Object was to convey the wide open space and flat beach foreshore giving a impression of being there alone just wandering along as we all do just thinking about heaps and then not much at all at the same time…as you do.

2350 Pourerere Beach headland

Another shot at Pourerere Beach but looking the other way. The out going tide was leaving nice wet sand areas for awesome reflections and the gulls had to get in on the act. This is looking south.

1834 crawfishing tractors

The cray fishermen just before Cape Palliser have a dangerous piece of coast line to launch and retreive their boats. So much so that old bulldozers make for the best option as a tow tractor to get the trailer in and out. Probably where all good bulldozers go to die…

There was a Lotto advert made here with these tactors not so long ago.

2157 Dawson Falls

These are the Dawson Falls which are reached relatively easily from Manaia Road. The road thru the bush is really well worth the drive by itself to get up there and not for some one in a rush.

Waterfalls can sometimes be a bit problematic especially with a blue bird day such as this was because there is very bright highlights and really dark shadows. The trick to get around this issue is to whats called bracketing  at least three shots in Raw format- one at one stop under exposed, one normal and one over exposed by one stop. This means that under exposed  image gets all the highlight data running thru to the over exposed shot which gets all the dark shadow data set. These are combined using a what is called a HDR programe [ high dynamic range ] to show a balanced image. The camera cant record the dynamic range like our eyes can see so the challenge is to produce a shot that mimicks what we saw at the time.

2488 walnut tree

A exercise in luminosity and contrast with the high lighted walnut tree in winter set against a back ground of a approaching rain storm.

2533 Pourerere Beach pano

The headland looking north at Pourerere Beach on the eastern coastline of the Hawkes Bay.

2570 Pourerere Beach rock

A rock in the sand surrounded by water on the beach at sunset. Pourerere Beach again. Not much more to add really…

2562 Pourerere sunset point

Pourerere Beach again. Tracks from vechicles leaving lines towards the southern headland. A classic use of  leading lines in image composition. 

2678 Waitonga Falls - small

The lower Waitonga Falls which are reached before the base of the higher falls. They seem more attractive as a small water feature which are seemingly hidden to some extent. It takes a bit of a rock hop to get to these.

2721 Waitonga Falls

The upper Waitonga Falls cascade over a lava flow with the renaments of a recent snow fall still just hanging on. These falls from this angle can be problematic the photograph as there is a wide variance in lighting from the bright sunlit areas to the deep shadow areas so to acheive a balanced exposure i use a technique called HDR or bracketing tree exposure where you take one of normal exposure, one under exposed to gather details in the brighter areas and one overexposed by one stop to gather the details in the shadows. These three images are blended together to create one balanced image without blowing out the highlights or losing the details in the shadows. Care needs to be taken so as to not create a image that is far removed from what you saw on the day. Humans can discern a higher dynamic range than what cameras can.

2623 Waitonga tarns boardwalk
2620 Mount Ruapehu

On the way to the Waitonga Falls you pass these tarns which are protected by a board walk. On this trip the ice was still covering the surface of the tarns  which made it a bit harder to capture below the surface but some juggling with a polarising filter managed to find some under water detail with out losing the texture of the ice.

2759 Mangewhero Falls

These falls are just beside the access road to Turoa skifeild and the look out here is just 5 minutes walk from the car park. The difference for getting this shot was the recent snow fall creating a fresh dynamic rather than just the normal image made from here. Used the snow at the bottom to create a leading line or pointer to the falls. Seemed to work…

2591 Ruahine snow and shed

A late spring snow fall on the Ruahine ranges provided a contrast with the steep farm paddocks and a old farm shed in the foreground.Waited for the passing clouds to part and let some sunlight on the green hills and the shed to illuminate the landscape just perfectly. Pays to have patience.

4431 sunset tree

The lone tree in a image is a thing so just adding a country version with a few sheep for good measure.

2102 tongaporutu boulders

The boulders at Tongaporutu are very elusive and a bit dangerous to get to so wont say how to get to them. But they are really magical and as they are not well knowen makes them a bit mystical as they appear and dissapear with the shifting sands.

2671 red crater pano

A panorama standing atop Red Crater at dawn with the moon still visable at the top left looking north towards Lake Taupo. The Emerald Lakes are seen bottom right with Blue Lake in the middle distance. If you enlarge the image by clicking on it you will see the area in more detail. It was a freezing morning that day with frozen fingers trying to set the camera up properly but wouldn’t have missed it for the world.

3002 rainbow windfarm

Some times when on a road trip you see stuff that you just have to stop. This is one of those times so couldn’t miss this opportunity to capture a rainbow in front of the Tararua wind farm. Just seemed apt really…

4817 lone tree red sunset

There is still something about a tree by itself in the landscape. Its it against the world attitudal type of message. 

This red sunset seemed to carry the idea off nicely leaving the tree as a sillouette.

4842 sunset fields

The sunset over some freshly harvested feilds for silage beside the Ruahine Ranges. 

2962 snow tracks

A dumping of late spring snow was a opportunity not to be missed for some contrasty images. This follows the classic composition style of s curves to draw the eye thru the frame towards the mountains in the back ground. Tongariro National Park just off the Desert road.

3031 misty tree

Another classic image with a single tree in the landscape withn fields around and a misty atmosphere running into the middle distance. These conditions do not last long so you have to be quick before the heat of the rising sun dissapates the mist.

4419 misty hills

The early mist rising over some steeper farmland with a contrasting black clouds in behind. Waited to get just the right light on the hills to add some drama to the image. Came out well i thought.

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Castlepoint then and again..

Castlepoint then and again..

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This place can be a enigma. Its a bit of a crountry drive out to the coast from Masterton town but the country side is what you would call typical New Zealand country starting from rolling hills at the outskirts of Masterton to steeper hill country and narrower roads which you share with the trucks and cars servicing the farms and forests to the visitor traffic heading to Riversdale and Castlepoint beaches.

Being a photog the weather plays a big part in planning and time can be spent going over the apps we have nowadays predicting these things but really at the end of the day its a case of if you dont try and just go you dont get anything. Therefore you must be prepared for the enivitable dissapointments.

Case in point would be heading to Castlepoint to try and capture the Rocket Lab launch. On the Thursday on this occaision it was delayed at the last minute because of high wids at just after dark. The thought was if the launch went as planned just on sunset it would have made a awesome shot with hopefully some sunset colours going on. Nope…

The next Saturday they tried again and it went off okay with some high cloud but man did that thing race into the sky. Talk about getting the settings all wrong. Big fat nada again.

So not wanting to let any chance go by have collated the other shots from those visits into this blog post to just prove that its never a waste of time anyway if you dont always get what you thought or planned.

Catching a rocket launch is a ongoing projet as it looks like Rocket Lab is winding up its launch schedule. Watch this space…

1477 Classic Castlepoint Lighthouse
0416 Castlepoint lighthouse
0669 Castlepoint lighthouse evening
0651 Castle Rock at Castlepoint
1447 Castle Point long exposure sunset
1453 Castlepoint at sunset
0649 Castlepoint sunset
1468 Castlepoint fun star trails

That last image i had some fun with. Dont know if it would print well but its nice to do something not serious.

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Favourites so far from the Coromandel…

Favourites so far from the Coromandel…

The Coromandel has some of the most spectacular spots in the whole of New Zealand. From white sand beaches and coves  to entrancing waterfalls there is a feast of scenery to take your fancy.

Below is a slide show of some of my favourites. If you fancy a copy of one of them for your place take note of the file name at the bottom left and drop me a line about the next step. Easy as…

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3492 Orokawa Bay selfie
1894 Onemana
4731cathederal cove fire hole
1863 Tokakahakaha Island
3347 Orokawa Bay flax
1816 Spanner Rock
0159 Te Hoho rock. Cathedral Cove
7576 onemana tramp beach
7449 onemana tramp cliffs
4749 Cathederal Cove rainbow
9270 tokakahakaha island
1573 waterfall homunga bay
3313 Homunga Bay Pano
1213 Burke Street wharf, Thames

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Favourites from the Bay of Plenty…

Favourites from the Bay of Plenty…

This is a collection of imagery created over a few years which are my favourites for many varied reasons. There is no real theme running thru but that they all are from the greater bay area and cover a wide gammut of subjects…all have their own story. Most are available for inhouse A2 or A3  prints on fine art papers  or for commercial licensing. Please do enquire by quoting the image title and number found at the bottom left of the highlighted image or by holding your cursor over the image.

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1370 Bridge marina sunset waters
0842 Sulphur Point sunset
5183 port of tauranga tugs misty
2992 Mount beach sunset at Leisure Island
9480 Kaiate Falls
5777 Mount red sunset
9536 Pilot Bay sunset
8723 Papamoa beach sand dunes
7979 Mclarens Falls on a misty autumn day
4318 sunset Papamoa family
3135 Pohutakawa flowers at Mount summit
3103 Mclarens falls park
0900 White tui
7030 Historic stairway at Mount Maunganui
3061 Sunset from the top of Mount Maunganui
0225 Sunset at Mount Maunganui
8733 boats in rainstorm
7330 lifeboat competition
8815 Mount Tauranga panorama
3392 fireworks at Tauranga
5277bridge marina sunset
8859 kauri point wharf

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Bunch of boxes…

Bunch of boxes…

For a small pictoral essay followed the Sally Maersk as it was leaving the Port of Tauranga on its way to Asia on the weekly freight run thru Tauranga of these super container ships. It really dwarfs every thing else around it.

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