My most successful images of 2018, and also my personal favorites - which wasn't an easy choice!
Happy 2019 everyone!
I've been away for a few days, up Kapiti Coast, over Christmas.
Here some shots I did up there:
Sunset between Mana Island and Kapiti Island on Christmas Day...
Moody Kapiti Island on Boxing Day...
Another glorious sunset on the South Coast, Princess Bay.
This is a bracket shot, composed of three images with different settings to catch all light and shadows of the scene. This is to overcome the disadvantage of digital cameras compared to the human eye (cameras have by far lower dynamic ranges).
This one was rather tricky, as I just got back from a break on Kapiti Coast and had no tripod etc. with me. Getting three exposures, one of which long (about half a second in this case), and showing the exact same scene, is quite a task. I managed about four such combined photos in that sort of quality - out of about 300 tries!
Here the three different exposures:
Seen from Massey Memorial on Miramar Peninsula, Wellington, New Zealand!
This is one of my (many) favorite spots in this city. Very peaceful and quiet, offering a distant view towards the bustling city. Especially beautiful at this time of day, when the lights awaken and Wellington starts to look like a giant crystal...
The next set from my early morning shooting, Mt. Victoria, 5something AM...
The panorama, btw, is stitched from 24 single shots and adds up to about 135 megapixel
... In early morning light.
Lack of sleep made me get up 5something AM, looking out of my window and seeing some beautiful colors coming up in the sky. So out into the car and up Mount Victoria! Here my first images from this early morning...
Some time, at the end of November 2018, we had a storm front closing in, just around sunset time. This often causes some peculiar light effects, extreme color casts etc. When I looked out of my window around 8 PM, I saw everything tinted in yellow/golden light, much stronger than just a usual sunset. So I packed up my cameras, tripod and bits & pieces and headed for the Waterfront.
By then the clouds have moved further in, it started to rain, and the light turned from golden to all shades of Jade and Turquoise - Just beautiful.
This picture is a panorama of 20 shots in two rows of 10 each, and the colors are those of the sky and sea at the time of shooting.
This was taken at one of my favorite spots, behind Te Papa Museum, at the statue Solace of the Wind - no Wind at that particular time though!
Here the second set of shots I did at our Christmas convention with The Fashion Creative.
We had a good time, and I had opportunity to do some natural light portrait photography.
The ever present Wellington wind played right into my hands!
Wellington Racing Club