Recently most of my photos have turned out quite crummy, for one reason or another. Then last week I spent a few days in Christchurch, and managed a couple of pictures I rather like.
All the photos look much better larger. Click one and then click again to see it large.
Although I grew up in Christchurch, I’d forgotten about how bright the light is down there.
I’d also forgotten how broad and flat the roads are. It’s quite relaxed and expansive. It made me realise that in Wellington we always feel pressured and somewhat cramped, thanks to the narrow, winding streets.
It’s autumn now too, and I couldn’t resist one shot of some trees near the University. The Christchurch streets are lined with exotic and native trees — one reason it’s known as
The Garden City.
The friends I stayed with have a Border Terrier called Cosmo. The shot of Cosmo is just lovely — the iPhone handled it well.
Karuhiruhi, Pied shag
Back in Wellington, I took the dogs for their least favourite walk, along Oriental Parade.
By the Royal Port Nicholson Yacht Club we left the footpath and went down the steps to walk beside the water. Right there was a beautiful large seabird, that seems to be a Karuhiruhi, also known as a Pied shag — Phalacrocorax varius.
The bird didn’t scare easily, and the dogs actually sat quietly while I dug out my good camera and even switched lenses.
I did a bit of adjusting using Aperture 3 — for some reason most of the images had turned out a tad too blue.
In the background of the wide shot is the Overseas Terminal.
It’s a relief to again take some shots I’m pleased with.