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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A picture study of Omokoroa.

A picture study of Omokoroa.

Omokoroa in the Tauranga Harbour was a sleepy holiday destination then a few people decided that as well as holidays there why not make it a retirement home. With this general mix of people for awhile its now become a satellite style of new town with all the new development to contrast against the old batch style of community and everything in between. To the old timers its just not the same but is still good to see some of the original batches still taking centre stage on the waterfront.

Have been trying to catch some interesting imagery of the waterfront area recently but the good light has been elusive to say the least. So that brings out a bit of a creative thought process with this imagery with some good luck at being in the right place at the right time.

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Right place, right time…

Right place, right time…

So true are these words when i was just doing a bit of “carry the heavy camera bag up and around the Mount” for some resistance training. Thats my excuse anyways. The first hint of a awesome sunset was when you look at the Kaimai Ranges and you can see a clear line of sight just above the ranges then cloud above. This means that when the sun dips below the cloud and above the ranges you get a burst of sunlight under the cloud layer…depending upon whats happening in the Waikato as so far as cloud layers are concerned which would block the light. On this evening there must have been nothing all the way to the west coast as the sky really lit up sending most photogs into a frenzy…online anyway.

But all this is a bit useless unless you have a half decent composition. The best i could find at that time was the main Mount beach which isn’t to shabby anyway.

These two panoramas are made up of 7 images taken from left to right with exposure, focus etc all locked down to keep the images the same so that they would stitch together with-out any tell tale lines between the shots.Was a bit frantic getting everything set properly before the light disappeared. Thankfully managed these shots which are really pleased with especially the shot looking back at the Mount. Kept the hill in shadow as that seemed to suit the image to highlight the rest of the scene. How well did i do? Lets know…submit a comment in the comments form below under the order form…

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Layers upon layers…

Layers upon layers…

Mount Taranaki from Ruapehu.

The intention was to chase that special sunset view of Taranaki from somewhere around Tongariro National Park because when the atmospherics are just right the sight of Taranaki is just magical at sunset.So with that idea as a plan A tried my luck at the Turoa skifeild carpark area as this point gets you reasonably high by just driving up the road rather than risk a vantage point from a hiking track.

The evening started with a bit of cloud but that soon turned to custard with a thick layer of cloud depending around Ruapehu. Bummer…thats not the plan. So after waiting for some intervention as i could see the glow of a sunset underneath the cloud layer, but no Taranaki, started to head down the access road and after a couple of minutes could start to see Taranaki with a just blazing sunset behind. Was quick to find a vantage point on a sharp hairpin bend out of passing traffics way and set up with a 200mm soon lens and managed to get this thru a gap in the  bush. Wow…just had to say thanks for that…as you do.

Its amazing where having a camera and a purpose has taken me. This has to rank right up there because to get layers like this is so very hard to do. What also ranks highly was watching the sun rise from a mountain top…especially with family.

Seems the journey continues…

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Historic…

Historic…

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The historic old jetty at Tokaanu is a bit hard to find as there is only a small sign post on the road and its a mettle track with copious pot holes for you to navigate.

Well worth seeing this piece of New Zealand history which provided service for the steamers plying the lake transporting passengers and freight from here to Taupo town at the northern end of the lake before any form of roading was constructed. According to the info board this jetty was built around 1870 so has stood the test of time with a helping hand.

 

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