This is where I went camping for a couple of weeks over Christmas 🙂
I really like this statue on Wellingtons waterfront but I can never get it looking the way I want it to… This one was close…
Rolleiflex 2.8 E, Ilford HP5+ 400 ISO Film, CanoScan 9000F Scanner.
Last Sunday I went on a shoot with a friend to Titahi bay. We predominately went to take landscapes but old habits die hard and I ended up taking more images of people than of landscapes. We probably looked a bit odd since I was shooting with Rollei and he was shooting with a Mamiya RZ67.
Its a great area to shoot and gets the last of the sun so the light is awesome in the late afternoon. We also found a couple of places I hadn’t been before. I think I need to go back and try and take more people shots of the people in the boat sheds…
Last Friday Sam and I went out shooting as usual, making the most of the fine weather that has since departed. As we parked the car on Oriental Parade we noticed people staring out into the harbor. We got out of the car and put Sam into the backpack and went and had a look.
It turned out to be a pod of Orca cruising round the harbor.
Now a Rolleiflex isn’t the best camera to take images of things far away so I settled on taking images of the people watching… However when I developed and scanned the film I did get one shot with an Orca in it (see image below between the two people on the left… If you cant see it I have enlarged it and it is the next image down).
After they had passed we continued on our walk and in the next marina we spotted a seal that the Orca must have chased in, it came within a few metres of us and just as I was about to take its photo someone stomped up behind us to have a look and scared it away (sigh). I hope he got away… Sam was saying “cat” and waving to it and the seal was waving back…Very cute.
Later in the day when we were driving out to Lower Hutt there was chaos on the motorway as people were pulling over and getting out of their cars to look at the Orcas as they continued on their way around the harbor basin.
Sometimes you gotta love Wellington 🙂
Above: Orca fin… This is why I didn’t get more images of them 🙂
A bit more waterfront action from the weekend. He had to leave shortly after I took this shot due to the swimming leg of a triathlon going straight through where he was fishing.
Rollei has been away for the last 3 weeks having some repairs done as well as a bit of a general service… The Rollei withdrawal has been a bit harsh but the 35mm fix has been helping to stop the cold sweats and occasional bouts of shakes.
Anyway I got it back last week and have put about 3 rolls of film through it already and I’m feeling much better…
There is some sort of Karate tournament on at the moment so there are people doing stuff like this all over the city
Finally got round to developing and scanning the Black and White film images taken the other week at Titahi Bay.
This was the first roll of Ilford Pan F+ 50 ISO film through the Rollei and I have to say that I like it. This week I am trying Kodak Tri-X 400 which should also be interesting to see how it comes out.
Couple of shots from a fine day at Oriental Parade in Wellington.
Maintenance person painting rust spots on the Tug Boat Restaurant.
Tourists sitting on the Oriental Bay Breakwater.
Sunset taken while passing through Kaikoura…
Nikon F5, Tokina 19-35mm Lens, Fuji Velvia 50 ISO.
Waves breaking against the cliff at Castle Point
Storm coming in over Makara.
Ended up getting very wet and having to take shelter for about an hour before heading back to my car.
Is it the end of the world?
On a Dark and Stormy Night.
Replacing sand before a big beech volleyball tornament. The beech is entirely man made with sand trucked in from Golden Bay in the South Island.
I forgot to take my remote shutter release so could only get short (30 second) exposures and it started raining almost as soon as I got there.
Made for good dramatic clouds though.
This is from last weeks 4WD mission out past Redrocks.
I am assuming that this around about the SS Penguin sank in 1909
I like the fact that its a bit crooked. Not sure if it was built like this on purpose to break the waves that come from predominately one direction or if the person who put it there was permanently drunk.
Nikon F5 with 80-200 f2.8 set to f22, ND8 and ND6 Graduated filters, 2 second exposure
Went out as a day trip after looking at a map and thinking it would only take an hour and a half to get there from Wellington. 3 Hours later we arrive and only get to spend 30 minutes before we have to leave to get back to Wellington to pick up the family from work and creche.
Very cool place to take photos, must go back and camp sometime.
Sometimes it feels like my D70s has more dust than sensor.
Shot after a big storm overnight… It still seems crazy that these guys wait for the big waves to go past and then jump onto the back of them from the rocks to get into the water… I guess it saves lots of time paddling.
One of the things I find increasingly funny in the photography world today is the large proliferation of people who have expensive DSLR’s who spend large amounts of time in Photoshop making their images look like it was shot on a cheap Lomo type of film camera with a plastic lens. You know who you are!
BUY A LOMO AND SHOOT SOME FILM!