Pourerere Beach impressions…

Pourerere Beach impressions…

One of the things about beaches on the southern Hawkes Bay coastline is the relative isolation they enjoy. I say enjoy because the only people you see there are those that want to be there rather being a passing thru destination. 

Pourerere Beach is one of these gems and its a inviting place to be with its wide open sandy beach area which at low tide you can drive along but be careful of the soft spots. There is no store facility so you have to be prepared if you are doing a day trip or staying a bit longer. There are freedom camping spots so long as you play by the rules and the park up spots are beachside. Climbing out of your van at sunrise right on a white sandy beach cannot be beat.

Most of these images can be purchased from us as A2 or A3 sizing fine art prints using Canon inks which we print in house. The panoramas we are printing with a local supplier on canvas. Please feel free to ask if one of these images would look great on your wall. 

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2562 Pourerere sunset point

Low tide at sunset makes for some really nice reflections. Named this image ‘Vanishing Point’ as the vechicle lines seem to vanish at the pointed headland.

2350 Pourerere Beach headland

At low tide there are reflections galore of the surrounding hills and headland with sea gulls for company. Its also a good spot to collect seaweed after a storm if you want some for your garden.Can vouch for that.

2338 Pourerere Beach

The receding tide leaves a run of sand ripples which work to guide the eye towards the dissapearing land scape at the headland. The whole beach is in a big curve and is really safe but everyone should exercise caution when at a unfamiliar beach for any hazards. Really popular for fishing but if you have a boat it would pay to find out where the rock features are when launching  and the channel markers.

2533 Pourerere Beach pano

The northern headland at Pourerere Beach. Was waiting for the late afternoon sun to give a soft sunset colour to the hills of the surrounding farmland and worked well accentuating the ridges. Lengthened the exposure time so to create the impression that the headland was floating on the water. Seemed to have worked ok.

2568 Pourerere Beach sunset reflections.

You know when you have a low tide at sunset and calm conditions that some great reflections are on the cards. So wasn’t dissapointed that evening. Made the wait really worthwhile in the end.

2510 Pourerere Beach panorama

A panorama of Pourerere beach near to sunset looking northwards at low tide. Used the warm side light of sunset to highlight the ridges and valleys of the farmland on the other side of the bay. A really tranquil spot.

2570 Pourerere Beach rock

You cant go past a lone rock at sunset time which takes up its own pool of water which reflects the sunset sky. Also loved the sand patterns guiding the eye towards the rock feature. Nature is the best landscape gardener.

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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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October 2018 social media round-up…

October 2018 social media round-up…

Octobers postings for the month on Facebook and Instagram was a mixed bag of places with a bit of experimentation thrown in for good measure. Variety is supposed to be the spice of life isn’t it?

A lucky chance passing the Tauranga Bridge Marina when the light was just starting to show some awesome colour was the incentive to stop and look for some nice reflective imaging. When was about to press the shutter waited for this intrepid boat in the dingy to pass and got him in just the right spot with a tad of added blur to show the movement. He was actually well-chair bound so hats off to him…

This was a image that i published a few full moons ago but it was spotted to go up as a 8 meter wide wallpaper in a new Tauranga office. Awesome…

Nothing like watching the sun go down at the Tauranga Sulphur Point Marina…

Nothing like watching the sun go down and lights come on from atop the Mount.

Just for fun a disastrous attempt at star trails with a selfie…

The mettle road to Tokino  ski field from the Desert Road is a interesting little sidetrack on a road trip…

Tawhai Falls or Gollums Pool as some know them from the LOTR movies. Such a difficult place to image until you get the right light and atmosphere.

A focus on: The Wellington waterfront…

A focus on: The Wellington waterfront…

Recently had the good fortune to be in Wellington for a major family event. And the saying that you cant beat Wellington on a good day was so true as to my mind it rivals and sometimes surpass Tauranga as a harbour city. Auckland has its moments too but it takes so long to get around. Now i know that you may say that Wellington with its sometimes narrow and winding streets is a bit old fashioned but i think that that is what gives this city some of its charm. Theres plenty of history here and a vibrant arts culture as well as all the hot air around parliament.

When you drive down the motorway leading into Wellington from the north and you make that right hand turn and see the harbour and cityscape for the first time on a nice sunny day you cant beat it.

If you are driving into the city centre and like me not used to how to get where and which lane to take good old Google maps with lane directions is a good start. Parking at Te Papa is a breeze as it keeps you away from the carparks that the city workers use and which can cost a arm and a leg and some with 2 hour limits for shoppers. At Te Papa you can stay for 5 or 6 hours but just have to pay of course.

So this is a small collection of images from the waterfront near Te Papa. All of these have been listed on the Alamy stock photo site and are also available as a print if you so chose. Lets talk..

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Owharoa falls…

Owharoa falls…

These have to be one of the most photographed falls in the Bay of Plenty/Coromandel by far. Having said that makes a different composition all the more hard so left out the rocks and went for a nice flowering piece of herbage…
5061owharo falls weeds web by M Handley.

Alpine garden…

Alpine garden…

Ruapehu stands over all the landscape and definitely has its moods. This day a approaching weather system from the west created some cloud to swirl about the tops. Amazing the resilience of the plant life on its lower slopes and how they cling to the volcanic environment. Made sure that i didn’t stomp all over the plants either…its hard enough in this climate with-out some pesky human trampling on ya..

4794ruapehu web_ by M Handley. 4751ruapehu le web by M Handley. 4735Ruapehu stormy web by M Handley.

4794ruapehu web_ by M Handley. 4751ruapehu le web by M Handley. 4735Ruapehu stormy web by M Handley.

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