Waitangi Day New Zealand, February 6th each year, is always an unusual day for me. Unlike 4th of July in the USA, or Australia day for our western neighbours it isn’t a day that inspires great thoughts of patriotism for me. It really is just another holiday for most people I know.
This is probably because it commemorates the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi which effectively ended the Maori wars with the British invaders. Not the inception of a new country or signing of the Declaration of Independence. So it is always to me a non-event and more than anything a document that divides a population and focuses attention on the past, rather than bringing us together, so we can live in the present and work toward a brighter future.
Anyway enough of that, the great thing about W.Day for me is that it is in February and in most instances the weather is great. So as usual on holidays, when I am home, I got up early and went to find a nice spot to check out the rising sun.
Devonport offers a great view back to the CBD and also takes in the sun rising in the east. I love 3 to 1 Panoramas and as mentioned in my last post the Sony A99 + PC28/2.8 Super Angulon are my go to kit for these types of shots.
So while it is not the 4th of July or Australia Day, it was still a great day for photography. I even managed to get a round of golf in later in the day.
A few photos below. I also had my Rolleiflex 3.5f loaded with FP4 and will upload a few from that roll once they are scanned.