Gateway to Hell
Fuji xpro-2, 15mm, f/8, 1/1100s, ISO 200
White Island is the single active volcano in New Zealand. As the name says, it’s an island an hour out of Whakatane, and you can walk (with due precautions, namely a guide, a hardhat and a gas mask) all the way to the edge of the crater where fumeroles and sulfur pools are the only trace of activity (but still pretty impressive). I made use of my new wide angle 10-24mm lens here.
Fuji xpro-2, 80mm, f/4, 1/420s, ISO 200
Whenever I’m faced with a waterfall, the temptation is to take the filters out for long exposure, but the viewpoint over Waipunga falls was too high for the tripod, and I’m glad it was. I chose a narrow depth of field for this shot and I’m glad I did, it gives it a bit of an ethereal feel.
Fuji xpro2, 18mm, f/10, 1/60s, ISO 320
One of the fantastic things in New Zealand is all those species of trees you’ve never seen elsewhere. These orange barks are characteristic of the Kotukutuku tree (if I didn’t get my trees wrong) which is the same family as the Fuschia tree. I couldn’t believe how bright these orange trunks were, and I really wanted to capture them, which I think I succeeded in here.
The Sea in Napier
Fuji xpro-2, 54mm, f/8, 1/500s, ISO 250
Truth is, we got lousy weather in Napier. As a consequence, what I was hoping to shoot (the art deco buildings) I didn’t manage to get any good shot out of. But within minutes of arriving, this break in the clouds gave me a minimalist shot I really liked. I rarely post photos of my kids, but here is one!
Fuji xpro-2, 27mm, f/16, 0,6s, ISO 200
Another spectacular waterfall near Rotorua. The challenge in shooting this one was to avoid the rafts and kayaks either coming down the fall (for the latter) or going up to it (for the former).
Fuji xpro-2, 27mm, f/16, 12s, ISO 200
I know this doesn’t look exactly like the best holiday weather (and it wasn’t), but you make the most of what you have, and I definitely like this haunting long exposure of the fractured rocks by the Cook Straight in Wellington.
Fuji xpro-2, 27mm, f/13, 1,2s, ISO 200
One of the fascinating things about river long exposures is the patterns that appear in the water from the direction of the flow. In shooting the Kaituna River down from Okere Falls, I wasn’t expecting it would be so apparent.
Fuji x-pro2, 27mm, f/8, 1/4s, ISO 200
When you have the appropriate filters, there’s always a temptation to do really long exposures over rushing water. In my experience though, it doesn’t really work to render the flow. Exposure times around 1s or less work best in my experience, and this is what I did here at Huka falls, probably the most impressive rush of water I’ve seen in my life to date.
Fuji x-Pro2, 38mm, f/16, 10s, ISO 200
I arrived in Wellington in late December (so early Summer) to abysmal weather (although the locals told me it wasn’t all that bad…) Still, the coast south of city was such a perfect spot for long exposure that I decided to brave the rain. This is the result, which I think made it worth it!
Fuji XPro-2, 50mm, f/8, 1/160s, ISO 200
I suppose you could see a scene like this anywhere, but here in Hong Kong (and elsewhere in China) there is really the sense that people are constantly glued to their device to the absolute ignorance of anything going on around them. I must have been maybe three meters away from the lady when I shot this, took my time, framed… she never looked up.