Spring is here!


The weather’s very unpredictable now that spring is here. Blue sky, thundery clouds, heavy down pour that only lasts for 2 minutes and then rainbows. This all happened five times in a day, like a song stuck on repeat.
This went on for days, and the weather finally cleared the day I flew to Wellington. As I walked out of the boarding gate and onto the tarmac, I was stuck by how bold the rainbow’s sitting just in front. I sought and received permission to take photos right there (afterall there are rules around taking photos at airports!).

I usually sit on the right hand side of the plane to get photos of the mountains. Today the clouds were quite thick and I didn’t expect to see Mt Taranaki. I was wrong.

After a mad day at work, I had precisely 20 minutes to dash from my office to my hotel to get changed and to get on the 5.04pm bus, the same bus which my fellow photoshoot friends were all jumping on along the way to get to the top of Mt Victoria.

I told myself as I dashed out – I will miss things if I rush like this. Well I did – I forgot about cash [michelle’s mum: I don’t understand how you could not have cash on you at all times]. Specifically cash for the bus!! Luckily the friend I was travelling with had some [we do live in a country where eftpos is king].

The bus journey itself was an adventure – I could not believe buses could go so fast in such narrow roads without causing accidents [I was corrected – accidents do happen]. I met some new friends and we were all very eager to get to the top.

Where on earth are all the clouds when you want to shoot a beautiful sunset? All gone, none there to create beautiful light patterns. Well I could only make use of what’s given, so here we go.

It was another adventure to say the least to get from Mt Vic to Newtown, and it’s suffice to say we were all very glad when we got there and saw houses [civilisation!]

Newtown has been described as shabby chic, and definitely not the kind of photography subject/location I’m familar with. The six of us fanned out in all sorts of direction, with the promise of a good pub burger not too far ahead.

It was a good challenge and I look forward to more of these ‘planned’ photoshoots in the future.

When I woke up in the morning, the weather had completely changed and clouds were heavily covering the sky. Where were you 12 hours ago? I asked.
Determined to make use of the time [I couldn’t sleep and woke up very early] I headed out to the waterfront where plenty of joggers were out already. Time to test my ND filter.

On the way back to Auckland, there were some interesting cloud formations and this is one of my favourite ones – where I am right between heaven and earth. So close so close.

One Comment Add yours

  1. David Ip says:

    I had some of your experience during the Paralympic period in London.Will send you some photos

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