A recollection of postings on my social media pages being mostly Flickr and facebook plus some musings on photography in general.

Also have joined a alliance of international photographers promoting the principles of nature first. Here are the goals;

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Nature First is built on seven core principles that help communicate how each of us can enjoy nature photography responsibly. The Seven Principles of Nature First Photography were developed to help educate and guide both professional and recreational photographers in sustainable, minimal impact practices that will help preserve nature’s beautiful locations.

THE NATURE FIRST PRINCIPLES

Prioritize the well-being of nature over photography.

Educate yourself about the places you photograph.

Reflect on the possible impact of your actions.

Use discretion if sharing locations.

Know and follow rules and regulations.

Always follow Leave No Trace principles and strive to leave places better than you found them.

Actively promote and educate others about these principles.

A link to the website; please copy and paste to your search bar.

https://www.naturefirstphotography.org/#

3062 lake wairarapa

This lake is this colour as the local strong winds stir up the sediment on the lake bottom which contain phosphorus. Its really shallow so doesn’t take much to get some waves going. Cannot honestly say that would even swim in it. Whilst looking for a good spot to place the tripod legs noticed a decent splash from what looked like one of the local eels doing its thing but you just cannot see anything in the water. Its a case of waiting for something to jump up before you be able to indentify it. I guess that by now you have gathered that this lake sure did impress…

But still liked the way the wave cloud lined up with the old jetty posts tho.

3177 sunset pano

The sky just exploded with red that evening so whats a photog to do but do a grand lanscape panorama to try and get it all in. 

4761 silage making

A typical rural spring scene of silage harvesting with a tractor windrowing the cut grass into rows for the silorator to be able to fine chop the grass and then blow it onto a truck to cart to the silage pit. The Ruahine Ranges are in the background. Liked the way the sun was illuminating the feilds in patches.

3292 old house

On the highway south after Masterton was this old shed which in itself was interesting enough but the leading lines of the maize plantings as they growing just rounded it all off. Methought that if i didn’t capture it then the next time the crop would have been way to high. Sometimes you just have to stop and get the camera out even if you are running late…

2504 pourerere rock

This rock is a really strange creation of nature. It looks almost like a gourd or similiar maybe but you do wonder at the geological forces at work to create it. Spotted at Pourerere Beach on the Hawkes Bay coast just around the southern headland.

3322 rocket lab

A long exposure of Rocket Labs launch heading to space as seen from Pourerere Beach. You can see the star trails and a hint of the northern and southern polarities as this is a wide angle view. Meaning that you can just see the curve in the stars at top right and some curve at bottom left as well. Made a mistake of not leaving the exposur longer as the plume would have been visable at about 3 minutes on as the booster took over the rocket and there is often a white cloud plume of the freezing fuel turning to crystals being illuminated by the setting sun as the rocket is high enough at that stage. One allways lives and learns. Its when you don’t you have a problem…so next time will be ready. The story continues as there are plenty of more launches to come especially as they have just built another launch pad at Mahia.

3367 twilight lights

Twilight;

“noun 1 [mass noun] the soft glowing light from the sky when the sun is below the horizon, caused by the reflection of the sun‘s rays from the atmosphere:”

After capturing Rocket Labs launch at about midnight at Pourerere Beach grabbed a couple of hours sleep and shot some images of the twilight. Magic time of day…

3585 sky whaka

Made a spur of the moment trip to Ruapehu for some tramping but being at the time a no-go because of the heating of the crater lake the places where we wanted to go were blocked of in case of a Lahar. 

So the only thing was some food at the cafe instead. Was looking for a fun shot of the speeding gondalas…just for fun.

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