Fort Opau Holga Pano
A couple of Holga Panos from a few weeks ago when I went out to Fort Opau, an old WW2 gun emplacement.
Holga 120 Camera with Custom 35mm Pano Adaptor, Ilford Delta 100 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.
Went on a bit of an adventure last night with Fergus and Alex trying to get some more time lapse and long exposures. We started off going to Palmers Head above the Wellington Airport where I set up a time lapse on the roof of the main bunker and then went and did some light painting inside while it was ticking over (still have to process it into video). A few minutes after we arrived a couple on a date turned up with a romantic dinner complete with candles and a chilly bin filled with food. I think having three photographers along probably didn’t help the mood much so we left after about an hour. Fergus did get to share some of there alcohol though 🙂
I’m now have something like three rolls of film to develop from Rollei but I’m now just waiting to get my developing stuff back so I can finally develop them…
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 🙂
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.
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 🙂
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.