The return to Piha
I'm trying to spend more time over the next three days taking photos. It kind of helps that it is the school holidays. That makes it a little easier to get to some more remote parts of Auckland. Remote in the sense of being distant from my current location on the North Shore. No school traffic makes things a bit smoother.
The weather was mostly overcast, with showers today. So I decided I'd return to the Piha Regional Park and try getting some more photos of the Kite Kite Falls. If conditions are too bright, then photographing waterfalls becomes a greater challenge. Sunlight striking the falls can easily cause burn outs in the final image. If conditions are too dull, then we won't see the colours I want. Today looked optimal, albeit I was hoping as I drove over, the clouds would hang around.
The recent heavy rain had already boosted the water flow over the falls, so they looked impressive. Less idea was the higher water levels. It was a time for getting my boots wet. The odd rain shower contributed to this as well. It wasn't just the boots that ended up wet. Also, it's funny how less agile you become when carrying a bag of lenses, a bag of filters, a tripod and a camera.
One of the first shots I took was of the falls from the base. I'm perched atop a large boulder, water flowing around me on all sides. This ended up being one of my favourite shots from the trip.
I also got a shot of the whole falls from the track that lead to the falls. It gives some context for the scenery, and also shows how tall the falls are.
Heading back along the track, I looked out for potential stream shots. A lot of these didn't quite work out, but I did like these two.
All photos were taken with a Sony a900, and either a 50mm lens or a 28mm lens. One of the useful gadgets this time was the Lee lehs hood. This served the additional of keeping errant showers from landing droplets on my lenses also.
Keywords: Auckland photos, Kitekite Falls, NZ photos, long exposure, stream, waterfall, waterfall photos
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