Beginning of summer 2012-13

Summer holidays 2012-13

Our Summer holiday hasn’t started too well with the weather this year. The back-end of a recent cyclone in Fiji means we have more rain than we would like. Is it just me but how come the weatherman always seems to be 100% accurate when predicting crappy weather in summer?

Things have changed for me photographically recently. Managed to trip over my two big feet, knock my tripod, M9 + 28 Summicron into the Auckland Harbour, below Harbour bridge at Northcote Point. After sweating bullets for a couple of weeks NZI paid out. Have to say thanks to NZI because I have had a bit of an ‘unco’ year and they have been great.

During the two-week downtime I made the decision to go back to the ‘dark side’ of DSLR style camera for my digital work and decided on the new full-frame Sony A99 with the wonderful Carl Zeiss 16-35/2.8, 24-70/2.8 and the Sony 70-200/2.8 zooms. Makes sense when 90% of what I shoot is landscape related and while Leica M9 is a stellar street shooter there are a numerous concessions to endure shooting landscapes. Well enough words here are a few early examples with Sony A99:

Murray's Bay, Auckland
Sunrise over Murrays Bay. Lived in Auckland for 48 years and I think this was the first time I had been here. It won’t be the last.

Murrays Bay, Auckland LE
This is the Long Exposure version. The A99 is a darling for LE with the articulated screen. Also all three lenses have the same filter size. Well thought out.

When the rain is coming down then long exposure photography seems to be the only options. After an incredibly wet and muddy walk we reached the falls at Wharekirauponga.

Pauanui Estuary Sunset (1 of 1)
Our first day of sun. Beautiful lunch with Michelle for her birthday in Whitianga, back for 9 holes, smoked chicken on BBQ and then down to Pauanui beach for sunset. You can see the beginnings of todays storm on right of picture.

A nice place to watch sun go down. (1 of 1)
Spectacular clouds & colours.

Auckland Harbour Bridge
And finally a tribute to my trusty Leica M9. This is the last photo taken after I rescued the SD card. The M9 experience taught me a lot about what I want out of my photographic journey. Goodbye old friend:(

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