Light on the Harbour

One photo hand held with a zoom: two photos using a tripod and a wide angle prime. The connection is working with harsh light.
Processing in Darktable.

Ducks and Bokeh, Leith Valley

These were taken ten days ago, on a walk through a park in Leith Valley.

Nikon d800, Voightlander 20mm f4.5, Nikkor 85 mm f1.8.

Sunday at the inlet.

I packed lightish: D800, 85 mm f 1.8 Nikkor, and 20 mm Voightlander f 4.5. I regretted bringing a longer zoom, as there was considerable bird life. These are the shots from a one hour walk.

Processed in Darktable.

Seals, beach, fog.

In autumn the seals spend a fair amount of time on the Peninsula Beach.


Nikon D800, Darktable

Pohutukawa and other flowers (and a cat)

We are in the process of unpacking, including pulling out the cameras. The Pro Photographer is thinking of when to upgrade her cameras. I am not. I’m still using a D800 as the main camera. Today I put on a second hand, ugly zoom (that was bought off a press photographer, with the hood held together by duct tape) and took it out into the rain, and shot all the photos but the one of the cat.

I was trying to get shots of the Pohutukawa flowers. This “The New Zealand Christmas Tree” normally flowers around Christmas. It is flowering a month late, even in the South: we are having a miserable summer, with snow on the hills in what should be the warmest time of the year. But the roses like it.

Slightly different processing: photos were imported using rapid photo downloader, which is lighter and faster, and then processed in Darktable. D800, F2.8 70 – 200 zoom.

Mick’s place.

In October, Robyn and I visited our friend Mick. He lives in a house above Lake Hawea. It was spectacular.

Nikon D800, Darktable, multiple filters, Voightlander 21 mm f4.0, Nikon f1.4 50 mm

Rainbow. blossoms, Lake.

Normal lens, during a walk (with rain showers) around Lake Hawea.

Nikon d800, darktable, and yes, I have taken multiple photos of one of those caravans….

Seaweed, Doctor’s Point, High Tide.

The Sunday walk was foreshortened by stones, deep and cold water (I managed to get a thorn through my foot and waded for a bit to manage the pain) and kelp.

d800, processed in Darktable, primarily 85 mm Nikkor 1.8.