Archive for July, 2011

Half Frame Architecture. Part 1

Some half frame shots from a couple of weekends ago. It definitely takes a while to get through 72 frames on a half frame camera, even when shooting a fair few multi panos like these.

Canon Demi S Half Frame Camera, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Vegetable Peeling On Cuba Street

School holidays are still going strong here which is still limiting the amount of shooting I am doing but everything should be back to normal next week. I have missed a couple of great shots, including a sleeper on the waterfront complete in sleeping bag, from not having a camera because of biking or general two kid activities. I’m not complaining since we have had a pretty good holiday.

These were shot while the kids were playing on the Tuatara and slide on Cuba Street.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Wrights Hill Fortress WW2 Remains

Wrights hill Fortress is THE best preserved WW2 fortresses that I have been to. It is currently being restored by a small group of enthusiasts and is open on most public holidays. If you are in the area on a public holiday it is definitely worth going to see it.

I managed to get a bit of a look round without the crowds when one of the photographers, Bev, who I do some assisting for planned a photo shoot there so we went along to do a recci before the shoot and of course I took some test shots also πŸ™‚

It was originally meant to have 3 guns but only 2 ever got built. The only time they were fired was when they were “proofed” and the force of the shock wave broke the windows of houses at the bottom of the hill.

Nikon D70s and F5


So there is a bit of a winter storm happening over New Zealand at the moment so when the first snow flurries started to hit I decided it would be a good time to head to the south coast and get some images as the storm rolled up from the south island.

Its school holidays which meant that Amanda was home to look after the kids as I put on as many clothes as I could find and headed out.

The great thing about owning an aging digital SLR is that you don’t mind so much if it gets a bit wet so even though the spray off the waves was pretty bad I still got some shots. I also took my F5 which was pre loaded with some expired Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO film so it will be interesting to see how they come out since I was getting up to about a 10 second exposure, hopefully I will develop that roll in the next day or two.

Nikon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, ISO 200.Β  1st two shots with a Cokin ND8 and Cokin ND4 Gad

Fort Buckley WW2 Remains

Some shots of Fort Buckley. I stress these were just test/location shots as the day I went the light was super bright πŸ™‚

Fort Buckley at the entrance to theΒ  Kaiwharawhara gorge housed a couple of guns for defense of the inner harbor and was originally built around 1885.

When I was there at the end of 2009 it looked like the area was getting an upgrade with a new walking track down to the gun pits.

Nikon D70s, 50mm f1.8, ISO 200

WW2 Fort Dorset Remains

More location shots of bunkers again today. This time above Seatoun, these were to protect Port Dorset which lay on the other side of the ridge and the harbor entrance.

There are some old images of it HERE although the two gun pits are pretty much just rubble.

These were by far the most overgrown battlements and it looked like someone had been living in one of them. I especially liked how the metal shutters on one of them had rusted to look like lace.

In some places houses have been built only meters away from some of these structures so it makes you wonder how much longer they will last…

Nikon D70s, Various Lenses, ISO 200.

Sinclair Head WW2 Forward Observation Post

Looking back at some images on my hard drive I found a couple of series of WW2 Gun Emplacements and Observation Posts that I wandered around from late 2008… The idea was to go round all the sites and take reference images and then go to the National Archives, National Library and Military Museums and get historical images and try to put a book together…Maybe with all the renewed interest with the military selling off lots of its land this is something I should re-look at.

Sinclair Head Forward Observation Post was a radio post used for spotting ships coming through the Cook Straight. I assume that it was relayed up to Wrights Hill where the main battery of guns were. You can see where the radio antenna was located in the main lookout.

This was about a 3 hour walk around the Red Rocks Reserve and then straight up a hill bordering on a cliff… That being said these were the best preserved and least graffiti-ed remains that I have found to date.

Nikon F5, 50mm f1.8 Lens. Ilford Delta 400 ISO Film, Noritsu Scanner.

Sitting In Civic Square

School holidays are upon me again… It’s a time where my wanderings are a bit curtailed having to look after two small people not just one… So its back to the archives for a week or so until I can get out shooting again…

Here’s one from summer in Civic Square.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

A Fist Full Of Half Frame

Some half frame panos from a trip to Titahi Bay a couple of months back.

Canon Demi S Half Frame, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Coffee Vs Beer

This is from the other weekend where rain interrupted a street shoot with me and Fergus (Cunningvision).

The first shot is sitting outside the St James Theater on Courtenay Place drinking coffee with Rollei on the table pre-focused and the second is on Cuba Street outside J J Murphy’s drinking beer with the same setup although I did have to get Fergus to lean out of the shot while I took it and it was a bit under exposed…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Man Hungry


Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Cops With Spray Cans? WTF?

I spotted this in Leftbank Mall earlier in the week… Apparently the police are looking for new ways to recruit people.

Um isn’t this kind of illegal? Maybe they got permission?

To me this just evokes images of a couple of uniformed cops with spray cans and stencils looking shifty… possibly one on lookout while the other puts up the stencil… both jumping at the sound of any passerby…

The old guy looking in the window was just a bonus…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Shooting The Shooters

Shot from last weekend when Fergus aka Cunningvision and I went out for a street shoot, which 10 minutes into it the weather packed up and rained for the next hour or so…

This didn’t mean that we packed it in just that time was also spent at Galleries, drinking coffee and later on drinking beer πŸ™‚ I got some shots while drinking both coffee and beer so a productive use of time all round.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Street Art: Girl With Giant Moths

Saw this awesome piece of street art on Vivian Street and had to take a shot. Unfortunately it was on the other side of a chain link fence so didn’t quite get the angle I wanted.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Second Hand Book Sale

Last weekend as I was walking along the waterfront I noticed that the rowing club was having a book sale and it started in a couple of minutes… Now I love books so I thought this would be a good opportunity to see if they had anything I wanted as well as get some shots of people looking at books.

If you have ever been to a second-hand book sale right as it starts you know what a chaotic place it is as everyone tries to scan through the books before anyone else to get the best books. This pretty much meant that after the first minute of looking for books I was pretty much invisible when I started taking images as everyone there was focused on the books… Invisible is Awesome!

It was upstairs and the sun was still pretty low in the sky so it made for great lighting.

I didn’t end up getting any books but the images were great πŸ™‚

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.


Random shot while sitting on Courtenay Place… This is a good example of camping to get images πŸ™‚

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Boat Fight

These yachts were following/dueling right next to the wharf a couple of weekends ago… I have to say that I had no idea that boats this size were so maneuverable as these guys were ripping it up something fierce!

Rollei doesn’t have a tele lens and this image isn’t cropped so they were pretty close!

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Dan And 4×5

I found this shot of Dan using my 4×5 camera at Point Halswell while I was looking for images of Fort Balance

Nikon F5… Cant remember what else sorry it was a while ago…

Fort Balance Retrospective

On the front of Fridays Dominion Post there was an article about the military wanting to sell off the land that a number of the historic fortresses are on. A few years ago I decided to go and investigate all of the old forts and battlements around Wellington and found this one while looking for something else… I think these were taken around 2008… I have kept meaning to try and get actual permission to go back since this one and a couple of others are on Military land but have never got round to it… Possibly because I have no idea where to ask πŸ™‚

Here are some shots of Fort Balance which was built in the 1880s. There is a good article HERE which details most of the history of the fort.

Nikon D70s, 18-70mm Lens, ISO 200.

Fishing Boat

Couple of shots of fish being sold off the boat at the Waitangi Park Farmers Market last Sunday.

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Bus Fatality Memorial

Last Saturday while I was wandering around I spotted this memorial of flowers on Willis Street… I decided to lean up against the wall of shops and wait for people to interact with the memorial. It turned out to be quite an interesting 20 minutes. There seemed to be an invisible line where people wouldn’t stop if I was too close but didn’t seem to notice me at all if I was behind this line. The difference was only something like 30cm difference.

Unfortunately it started to rain after this and the foot traffic just disappeared…

It turns out that the Tuesday before a woman was hit and killed by a bus here (News article HERE)

This is part of the Manners Mall bus lane change where road layouts have changed and previously one-way streets have been turned into two-way streets for buses.


Addition: Walked past the same spot today and all the flowers are gone… I wonder if the council didn’t like the reminders…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Sequence Of Sam

Straight out of the camera and scanned as one negative… I really like the flow of this image… Half Frame is cool πŸ™‚

Canon Demi S Half Frame Camera, Kodak Supra 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Half Frame Tripod With Legwarmers

A couple more shots of the Tripod with its legwarmers. I thought the Pom Poms were a nice touch πŸ™‚

This time in colour from my half frame… Not sure what is up with the crazy yellow shift in the first one. It probably means the film was somewhat expired πŸ™‚

Canon Demi S Half Frame Camera, Kodak Supra 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.

Even Tripods Get Cold

Its a bit hard to make out but the sculpture at the end of Courtenay Place has had legwarmers put on it by some Knitting Graffiti Personages. I took a series of closer shots on half frame camera but since it took three weeks to shoot 12 frames on Rollei it might take a while to get through seventy two on the Demi…

Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.