Category Archives: photos – landscape

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.

Wellington city at night

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Tree lightsJuxtaposition between the White House and Beach Babylonunder jettyWhale SculptureBoat shedBoat shed

Wellington Night, a set on Flickr.

I am still grappling with the deep sense of satisfaction and joy I experienced a few nights ago when I went out after work for a photo shoot in Wellington city.

It was an incredibly calm evening, with virtually no wind – unheard of for the ‘windiest city’.
I was able to start relatively early, and started off from Oriental Parade, where I had just had the most amazing dinner at the White House Restaurant (see review of it from an earlier post).

A friend joined me for our evening shoot, and I found that shooting with company is actually far more enjoyable than alone – bouncing ideas off each other (out right stealing sometimes!!) and watching each other’s back. Perhaps the latter is the real reason for my state of mind (a female roaming the streets alone at night with camera gear is not exactly safe) allowing me to relax, focus and just enjoy the moment.

The night was incredibly calm and quiet, harbor still-ish. We set up our tripods and I can feel myself relaxing already.
During the long exposures, you press the button on the cable release, and then you pretty much just stand around, waiting for the required time to past. I look up and see my friend doing exactly the same thing. I can’t help but smile at the sight of two person standing idly around the tripod-mounted camera, not talking and waiting for the same magical sound of the shutter closing.

Photography is not something you can rush, and there aren’t a lot of people I know who would put up with me when I’m shooting…food will go cold they say!

I also understood why I was so incredibly happy – I was doing something for myself.

I had been quite stressed and anxious at work lately, and now I am feeling more at peace, recharged and back in the game.

Hope you enjoy these photos!

Via Flickr:
Wellington lights from Oriental Parade and the Boatshed

Queenstown: Landscape & Food

Photos in this post were taken during a recent conference trip to Queenstown, New Zealand.
Note: the last photo with Mt Tongario: it was taken before its recent eruption.

snow capped mountain
Views of Queenstown from the Skyline
wide angle shot of Queenstown
Queenstown night lights
wide angle shot of Queenstown night lights
Rata Dining by Josh Emett: Roast duck / turnip / dates / orange / almond with roasted yams and fresh salad
Rata Dining by Josh Emett: Granny Smith apple parfait/ sorbet / champagne sabayon
Photo with Ted (also known as Sir Graham Henry)

Goat cheese and caramelised red onion tart

Roasted chicken with potatoes

Lamb rump with spinach and potato rosti

Pinot Gris Panna Cotta with white chocolate ‘snow’ on biscuit and Pinot Noir pearls

Mt Ruapehu in the centre, Mt Ngauruhoe and Mt Tongariro to the left

Day out with J

Seafood lunch, Kelly Tarltons Aquarium, a visit from a neighbourhood representative, a fun runaround at the park, what a wonderful day! Photos taken with my new Nikon D800.

Don’t forget to check out my earlier post for a chance to win $200 to spend at a camera shop!