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Fuji TX2, 45mm, f/5.6, 1/100s, ISO 400
Film: Kodak T-Max 400
It’s hard to do good landscape shots at any time, but it’s especially hard when the light isn’t interesting. On my first day in Auckland a friend toured me around and took me to Piha Beach, which on a bright day would have been fantastic for photos. As it was, I only took a few shots and thought nothing of it. Turns out they were rather more interesting than I thought.
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 1/400s, ISO 400
The view from the rotating top of the Auckland Skytower is stunning, especially on a bright day like the September day I went up there. It is however surprisingly difficult to take a good shot of that view in between the unusually high vantage point and the color cast from the windows. Still, I managed to produce this one. It’s not a work of art by any means, but it shows downtown Auckland, the harbour in action and Rangitoto. Better than nothing…
Canon 7D, 32mm, f/13, 1/10s – 1/20s – 1/40s- 1/80s – 1/160s, ISO 100
Shooting Cathedral Cove was a goal of my Coromandel expedition, and it was a tough job to take on, not only because of the trek to get there but because of the light conditions. I now hope that I’ll be able to go back there with hindsight to helm me decide on the best course of action, but in the meantime I still have this 5-exposure HDR shot that, hopefully, gives a sense of the majesty of the place. The photo was edited with HDR Efex Pro and Lightroom using XeL 2.0.
This is the third and last installment of my Coromandel Travelogue. Feel free to check out Part 1 and Part 2 if you haven’t already. Please leave comments if you enjoy this so I know whether to show similar travelogues in the future! The next morning I got up before dawn, hoping for a glorious [...]
(This is the second part of my Coromandel Travelogue. You can find Part 1 here.) Having taken a few shots of Hahei Beach, including this panorama, Hahei Beach Panorama iPhone 5 I booked a room at The Church, and had a quick but tasty chowder at the Hahei Beach Café; then it was time for [...]
The last (and first) time I went to New Zealand I didn’t really get to see anything beyond Auckland, so when I had to go there recently for work I decided I would leave Auckland for the week-end. After some hesitation, I decided to head out to the Coromandel Peninsula, a reputedly beautiful place within [...]