More New Zealand, a different view

Paths through the forest. One of the best things about New Zealand’s North Island is the forests. One could spend a lifetime just exploring them. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f8 12mm 1/80 ISO3200) 
La Rotisserie, the best roast duck I’ve ever had! Wellington, New Zealand
Tangles in the forest. Kapiti Island off the North Island west coast. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 60mm 1/30 ISO3200)
The Kūkupa (New Zealand wood pigeon), Kapiti island, New Zealand (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f5.6 150mm 1/320 ISO800)
Forest path along the Pohangina river, North Island, New Zealand (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 13mm 15s ISO200)
Water flows over the rivers rocks. (Olympus OM-D E-M10mkII, f9 36mm 3.2s ISO200)


Sunset on Milnerton beach, Cape Town,  South Africa. What a place to live.

f5.6 1.6″ iso200 @14mm (ND1000+ND8)

Playing around, harbours and 10 stop mountains

So the day was spent relaxing and moving around different areas of Hout Bay, Cape Town. We started with a boat ride out to Duiker island so my daughter could see the seals. It’s a fun ride, the sea calm and none of the usual icy cold wind.

After that we wondered around the harbour. I was amazed to find 4 sunken trawlers lying in shallow water along the piers. This is a small harbour, and I could not figure out why these hulks were just left there, like drowned reminders of some past.

From there I took advantage of Chapman’s peak drive to find a piece of escarpment to photograph. I’ve just bought a Cambriox ND1000 filter to add to my bag, so was keen to try it out. 

I found that even 10 stops were too little, but then again it was midday. So I stacked a little (yes I know…bad bad bad) – CPL+ND1000+ND8 = 2+10+3 stops = 48s @iso200, f14. I’m rather pleased with the result. Looking in Lightroom6, there was no colour cast, and only slight vignetting from the stacking, which was easily fixed in post. 

The full scene taken with a Huawei P9, just to show the vista. I want/need a 10 or 12 mm wide angle!!!

Till next time


Cape Hangclip and Kogelberg Nature Reserve

Sunday saw a early start, driving out to Cape Hangklip, on the far side on False Bay, South Africa.

We left home at 4am to get there before the sunrise, driving along the coast road. This is possibly the most scenic road in false bay, where one is able to see right across to Cape Point on a clear day. Also a great place to whale watch in the August/September whale season. Awesome place to take photos, of waves and rocks and plenty of opportunities to explore along the route as well. I would say this is one the sunset side of the bay – that is best light at sunset.

Cape Hangkip sits at the East end of False Bay, just outside Pringle Bay. This is where the land end turns towards the east. So sunrise becomes the best light of day, although I will be checking out sunsets on this stretch as well in the future.

The Cape Hangklip lighthouse

Unfortunately the skies at sunrise were not very interesting, with just a smudge of cloud. The waves however were not disappointing!

After the sun was well above the horizon, focus switched to the waves!! I love these in Black&White.

Rene taking an image of the waves breaking over the rocks
Waves and rocks
Incoming waves striking the rocks.

From there it was off to Kogelberg Nature Reserve to take images of the river as it meanders through the mountains. Got there midday, so not the best in terms of light, but such as beautiful environment cannot be overlooked.

In the flow


Into the Kogelberg Reserve. Such beautiful mountain waiting to be explored

That’s it for now – time to plan the next outing. More to learn, more to see, more to shoot.

A mixed day, of beaches and forests, rivers and rock

An early start on the rocky shores, and a day ended in the mountain forest. 

Harsh light and clear skies greeted us on the beach, with howling winds and spray clouding our eyes and lenses. 

And forests struggling to drink as the drought sets in its teeth, what little water there is spent between the living and the sunsets heat. 

End of the line. Rails to the edge. The tracks used to launch fishing vessels down the slipway.

Rocks in turbulent seas. 

What’s left of the river of life, cutting through the forest, quenching what thirsts it can before becoming a river of sand and rock.

Don’t go chasing waterfalls…🎶🎶

Should have listened. The drought in South Africa has dropped the water levels in the streams to a very sad level. Lowest I’ve seen them in 15 years. Still beautiful to photograph.

Millers Point revisited.

Always a new view, always a new angle, and always new light.

Olympus OM-D E-M10 mk II, Olympus 14-42mm f3 5-5.6 EZ.

Playing with new filters. Stacked 2x nd8 + CPL filters.