Saturday, 6 July 2019

Auckland Harbour Bridge


Auckland Harbour Bridge ( Wikipedia ) , initial stage completed in 1959 with "clips-ons"  completed in 1969.



The woman in red ........


Most times I go out to Muriwai there are tourists and often wedding couples having their photos taken on the big wave cut platform at the southern end of Muriwai Beach. Sometimes I catch them letting their hair down :)



Full colour 


All colours except red set to zero saturation (effectively black or white) 


Black and white with the effect of a red filter (darkens blue , lightens red) 

Thursday, 27 June 2019

Starfish at Muriwai


Only visible a short time either side of low tide at Muriwai.





Thursday, 13 June 2019

Very dramatic sky over the Hauraki Gulf


Some very dramatic sky over the Hauraki Gulf day. All taken from North Head.


Looking east towards Browns Island 


Above and below looking north east 


Tuesday, 4 June 2019

Downtown Auckland the four year building site - so far.




I worked for many years up until mid 2016 in the building just to the right in the photos above and below,  the construction of the City Rail Link started in 2015 along with the demolition of the Downtown Shopping Mall. The mall had been there even before I came to Auckland in 1976 but was a great place for a bit of lunch time shopping as well as a snack in the half decent food hall. 

The building I was in was originally built by the Ministry of Works in 1973 for Air NewZealand but was for as long as I worked there the HSCB Building. A mixture a commercial, central and local government tenants, a few of whom vanished along with their exotic and expensive (someone else's money) cars from the basement car park with the global financial crisis. The latest move by the current owners is to evict the tenants and turn the whole place into apartments, north facing ones above level 6 will have great unrestricted views over the harbour. Below level 6 you'll see the side of the ferry building - buyer beware. 





You can dress it up with neon but it's still horrible.

Neon - Downtown Auckland


I could not work out what this was advertising - downtown Auckland but you have to admire the flare in an otherwise drab and road works strewn part of town.




Monday, 27 May 2019

Installation Queens Wharf in Auckland


This model of a 1950's State House sits at the end of Queens Wharf in Auckland. Accessible only on foot but within easy reach of the ferry terminal and Britomart Station.

Controversially expensive but what quirky art piece isn't ? "The Lighthouse"

Personally I love it, especially at night but I just wish they hadn't double glazed the windows it makes photographing the interior a nightmare, and yes I did photoshop off the ugly landing (see link above) in the middle photo.









Bridge over the Waikato River at Huntly



Tainui Bridge is a 7-span bowstring - arch for road traffic opened in 1959, when the 1915 bridge became rail only, and a footbridge was attached to its side. Tainui Bridge was strengthened in 2005[ to allow 500 tonne turbines  to be carried to the Power Station, work which gained an award. Seismic strengthening  was done in 2011. The bridge was repainted in 2016.



Monday, 20 May 2019

Regent Theatre - Helensville


One of many once glorious theatres - for a long time a very unusual second hand shop with an equally eccentric owner. See Noted article