Sunday, 18 February 2018

Auckland Harbour Bridge


There has been a project running to light up the Auckland Harbour Bridge (Vector) in a more sustainable way than similar projects overseas.  This is via solar energy, batteries etc - although since the majority of our power is generated sustainably (- hydro, wind and geothermal) this feels more a PR exercise than something innovative and meaningful to the majority of Kiwis.

There is a (very) short "show" at 9pm each night which can be seen from vantage points around the city. The show includes a number of "chasing light" (moving) sequences which I wasn't able to photograph meaningfully.

The photos below were taken "hand held" from the Sky Tower and although the tower is an excellent view point it is less than ideal for photographs as it is "through glass". There are ways to mitigate this obstacle but from what I saw in the Tower there will be a lot of people getting home very disappointed with their pictures due to the internal reflections.



At twilight - a purple glow (above)




At the end of the "show" the bridge lighting rests in this red (below) - maybe not very day but at present it's the Chinese New Years so that may account for the colour.



 


Chinese New Year


It's all over bar the shouting and spending the contents of your "Red Envelope", and what better place than the Sky Tower Casino ......





Saturday, 10 February 2018

Three faces of the Auckland CBD


Lovely public space near the Auckland Art Gallery - Lorne Street


 Vulcan Lane running between Queen Street and O'Connell Street - lots of interesting pubs and eating places 


........and this Fort Street in the prime tourist area a land value of $5mil and annual property taxes of $21,500


Wednesday, 7 February 2018

Obliterated - Exhibiting - Auckland Art Gallery


There is currently an exhibition at the Auckland Art Gallery by Yaoi Kusama titled "The Obliteration room" Auckland Gallery - well worth a look but don't stay in too long you might get very disoriented!

Lots to see in the rest of the gallery and there is a cafe overlooking Kitchener Street if you need time to reconnect with reality.








Sunday, 4 February 2018

Kodak Vest Pocket Camera


The Kodak Vest Pocket Autographic ( Historic camera ) was my Dads first camera acquired second hand just before WW2. He took it with him to Canada (pilot training) and then to the UK.

I'm not sure which year Dads was manufactured but it's somewhere between 1915 and 1926 - it has a serial number 845021.



Not especially large and easily fitting in ones pocket.


Everything is still in working order.



Rear "window" opened to show where the user could write on the film with the metal "pen" this is still attached in its holder. 


A couple of examples of photo's taken with this camera. They are contact prints, that is the same size as the negative. With only two shutter speeds available 1/25th and 1/50th there wasn't a hope of halting the motion of all individuals in the frame (above).



Saturday, 27 January 2018

Multi Cultural New Zealand


New Zealand is a country of many cultures with the main ethic groups identified here  2013-census profile-and-summary-reports

I'm the (unpaid) official photographer for the Zhongshan Chinese community and as the Chinese New Year approaches they have been celebrating the year of the Dog.

Their web page is here Zhongshan.nz  and I've taken many of their (NZ) photos in the last six years.

Today a very big YumCha free to all members and held in a very large venue in Mt Wellington.


Three image panorama 


Those born in the various years of the Dog receive a "red envelope" (money).


Kylie Hewitt discusses the academic awards for 2018 - rewards for those succeeding in their studies 


President Prof Jilnaught Wong welcomes guests 




Friday, 26 January 2018

Flys - annoying in the house but colourful up close

Minding his own business on the Fennel flowers on North Head.