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Capture: Someone, Somewhere, In Summertime

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  • ChrisW, in reply to BenWilson,

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    Very Waiheke! (in every respect alas.)
    Your big files allowed a closer look at the pink rock pool - and should share it back, so here it is for contemplative interest and pleasure.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 820 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

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    This cave is lined with the pink stuff, and at lower tides, it coughs and splutters and booms. It's a really eccentric sound very much like an animal rather than just a function of the way the air is compressed by the wave motion and forces itself out at the top like a whale spouting. Tricky one to photograph, because it's at its most exciting in big swells, which is not the time I like to be standing off a rocky coast in a small dingy with my back to the sea. The reflecting waves can create steep faces on the incoming ones. I don't fear for my own life, it's only 500m to the beach, but the boat would be wrecked if it capsized, as would the camera.

    Next time I'm there, I'll have a crack. A calm water close up of the throat is doable.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8316 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson,

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    Meanwhile, in Oz. A friend of mine on Bribie Island's kids look out toward an inferno. He's caught by news presenters in his car saying "The fact I've packed up my kid's One Direction stuff means it must be serious".

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8316 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

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    What wonderful photos. I can’t top them, and I wouldn’t want to try. I did, however, go on a road trip yesterday to a very special place. My best, and oldest, friend and her husband own a 6 acre bush block on the way to Warkworth, just before the Pohuehue viaduct. It doesn’t take long at all to get there from Auckland but it is several worlds away. The house that’s on the land is pretty basic, and has had the same tenant living in it for 16 yrs. I think they’ve had it for about 5 yrs or so, and have decided that they would take the time now to do it up a little – nothing major, tittification my Carol calls it – and decide what they want to do with it. Have it as a holiday/weekend house, or just re-rent it. Anyway, we’d never been, so off we went so we could see for ourselves. We knew they’d been doing a lot of work but we weren’t quite prepared for what we found.
    The bush around this place seems to be, at youngest, 2nd generation native. Incredibly beautiful with some really old trees. A sight to behold.
    1) The Hacienda (deck being built onto)
    2)Nga rakau
    3) and the Treehouse, which gets it’s own post.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

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    So, the Treehouse. This is what my friends have been really working on up until now. It’s just one room, with a bed and a couple of chairs. The house has only one bedroom so they’re looking to put visitors up in this one. It’s built very beautifully onto the side of the very steep hill, with a hard wood deck, built around the trees. The view from it is just stunning, and the only thing missing really is a convenient loo.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Jackie Clark,

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    One more because I couldn't stop staring skywards.

    Mt Eden, Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 3123 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to BenWilson,

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    Look at this sunset at Hokio Beach, near Levin, this week. The skyline is grubby with the smoke of the burning Australian bush.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18709 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

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    Earlier at Hokio.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18709 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

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    Earlier at Hokio.

    Those are great RB.

    Went to catch the sunset at the Wade River inlet round from Arkles bay last night, but got there a few minutes too late. Nice place though. Will go back another day.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2121 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Jackie Clark,

    One more because I couldn’t stop staring skywards.

    Nice looking place Jackie. Looks like a sanctuary from city life.

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2121 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown, in reply to JacksonP,

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    Those are great RB.

    Too kind. I think that taking pictures of the sky was a key in the logic of the current iPhone camera.

    But also, here's my family at Hokio on the same evening. It was fun light.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 18709 posts Report Reply

  • JacksonP, in reply to Russell Brown,

    But also, here’s my family at Hokio on the same evening. It was fun light.

    *Like*

    Auckland • Since Mar 2011 • 2121 posts Report Reply

  • BenWilson, in reply to Russell Brown,

    Too kind. I think that taking pictures of the sky was a key in the logic of the current iPhone camera.

    It does seem to kick Android's arse on that. Droids seem to maximize terrestrial colors. I've got many shots with vivid lifejackets against dull grey sea and bright grey sky.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 8316 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Nice looking holidays everyone's having!

    Holiday at home …..
    Dahlia
    Sunset
    Evening sky

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2187 posts Report Reply

  • Chris Waugh, in reply to Russell Brown,

    It was fun light.

    Air pollution does have that advantage [he types wondering just what colour his lungs are after all these years... ] but sheesh, are the fires that bad? Bloody hell...

    Beijing • Since Jan 2007 • 2011 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    Bit of a smoky haze on my side of the motu too - just pre-sunrise this morning from the log-seat at the foot of my garden. Rather cock-eyed first up for one reason or another.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 820 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW,

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    Back on the level. High tide, and I have the ducks well trained.

    First burst of the sun, 2 mins later.

    No complaints about the smoke.

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 820 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to ChrisW,

    How peaceful, surely the only reason for being up so early!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2187 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs,

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    Got some captive Dahlias for capturing…..

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2187 posts Report Reply

  • ChrisW, in reply to Nora Leggs,

    Your dahlightful flames must be producing all that coloured smoke!

    Gisborne • Since Apr 2009 • 820 posts Report Reply

  • Paul Williams,

    Nora, that evening sky shot is stunning - they all are actually - how did you achieve such light on the trees as well as capturing the stars?

    Sydney • Since Nov 2006 • 2210 posts Report Reply

  • Nora Leggs, in reply to ChrisW,

    dahlightful flames must be producing all that coloured smoke!

    It's all smoke and mirrors.... just like the smell of bacon, I can smell the smokiness in those smokeladen pics.....

    how did you achieve such light on the trees as well as capturing the stars?

    Long exposure function on the camera - this one was 30 seconds, long enough to detect the stars and way long enough to get the trees lit by my outdoor light... o, and the tripod, or table, or ledge or whatever - keeps everything pretty still, except the leaves blowing around in the wind : )

    Auckland • Since Dec 2011 • 2187 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

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    Kawhia in summer heat

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2030 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

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    Tide out

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2030 posts Report Reply

  • Hilary Stace,

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    Kawhia wharf

    Wgtn • Since Jun 2008 • 2030 posts Report Reply

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