Wind, sea, rain, camera

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On the 20th of September 2010 the winds on Auckland’s Waitemata Harbour were blowing at around 40 knots (74kph, 46mph), so I went out on the ferry Osprey in the hope of getting some good shots. When passing through the ferry terminal I found some pigeons that had apparently decided to stay indoors because they feared getting blown off the runway…

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The skipper of the Osprey took an unusual course, heading east alongside the container wharf…

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That’s the bulb on the bow of a cargo ship. After a few minutes we turned so that our bow was into the wind and made a straight course for Bayswater. Having the bow into the wind reduced the boat’s roll, but the boat still had an interesting motion and there was no shortage of fresh air on the foredeck…

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As you can see, the trip was a flop in terms of photographing the wind’s effects (obviously you can’t photograph the wind, only its effects). The skipper kindly invited me onto the bridge for the next trip across the harbour, but the light was flat and dull…

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That’s Stanley Point in the background. In Bayswater the graphic nature of a fire boat caught my eye…

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Once the light got low the photographic opportunities increased…

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That’s John, the skipper. And here he is again…

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By this stage I was using a tiny tripod that you can carry on a belt and the shutter was open for half a second every time – on a moving boat – so I’m amazed that I got any decent shots. Finally, here’s an impressionist view of downtown Auckland, taken through a bridge window:

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