Days 5 and 6: Moeraki and Dunedin, New Zealand – December 2015.

Days 5 and 6 – Moeraki and Dunedin.

Just outside the coastal town of Moeraki there are numerous large concretions, exposed and highly visible, lying along a stretch of Koekohe Beach. I thoroughly recommend reading more about them (here is a Wikipedia link).

Here are a series of images captured during our brief visit.

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000526

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000526. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000500

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000500. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000496

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000496. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000517

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000517. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000533

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000533. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000549

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000549. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000538

Moeraki Boulders 2AM-000538. ©Andrew McInnes

 

After a thoroughly enjoyable dinner washed down with a local amber ale at the Moeraki Tavern, I took these shots of the nearby harbour. We had hoped to also eat at the famed Fleurs Place restaurant another night but, alas, it was closed for a while over the Christmas break.

Fleurs Place - Restaurant 2AM-000598

Fleurs Place – Restaurant 2AM-000598. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki 2AM-000599

Moeraki Bay 2AM-000599. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki 2AM-000593

Moeraki Bay 2AM-000593. ©Andrew McInnes

Moeraki 2AM-000595

Moeraki Bay 2AM-000595. ©Andrew McInnes

 

A little further south is the city of Dunedin, where I have family heritage. We had a joyous visit with a cousin and her family, and she accompanied us on a lovely hike to see the Organ Pipes. “The Otago peninsula was formed entirely by volcanic activity and the tall polygonal columns featured on this walk are remnants of this past. As molten lava cooled slowly beneath the hardened crust, it contracted and formed geometrical cracks which propagated downwards as the mass cooled.” (source: NZ Tramper website).

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000567

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000567. ©Andrew McInnes

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000576

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000576. ©Andrew McInnes

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000577

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000577. ©Andrew McInnes

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000578

The Organ Pipes 2AM-000578. ©Andrew McInnes

 

After the organ pipes we wanted to visit the world’s only mainland breeding colony of Royal Albatross so we ventured out to Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula. Unfortunately we did not see any albatross, but there was a rather active colony of gulls. Whilst wandering along an observation path, we heard, then saw, quite an aerial commotion… upon further observation we saw a Black-backed Gull being harassed by several smaller gulls – the larger gull had apparently “kidnapped” a chick and was heading off with it. For those who may be a bit squeamish about natural history, the following two images may concern you.

Black-backed Gull 2AM-004861

Black-backed Gull 2AM-004861. ©Andrew McInnes

Black-backed Gull 2AM-004882

Black-backed Gull 2AM-004882. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Looking down the steep cliffs of Taiaroa Head I was entranced by bull kelp (Durvillaea species) as it seemingly twirled and shimmied in a whimsical tango with the ocean.
Rimurapa - Bull Kelp 2AM-004857

 

Overlooking the spit within Otago Harbour – our lunch spot on our way back to Moeraki.

Harrington Point 2AM-000580

Harrington Point 2AM-000580. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Back to Mouraki, we were thrilled and fortunate to observe, up close, a few Yellow-eyed Penguins (Megadyptes antipodes)! These New Zealand endemics (native) are purported to be among the worlds rarest penguin species.

Yellow-eyed Penguin 2AM-004739

Yellow-eyed Penguin 2AM-004739. ©Andrew McInnes

Yellow-eyed Penguin 2AM-004780

Yellow-eyed Penguin 2AM-004780. ©Andrew McInnes

 

Thanks for visiting – I hope you enjoyed these images.
Cheers 🙂

Lunar Eclipse over Perth, Western Australia – October 8, 2014

The ‘blood moon’ of the lunar eclipse over the city of Perth, Western Australia.

A little fun and experimentation with multiple exposure images and multiple lenses with the purpose of emphasizing the eclipsed “blood moon” over downtown Perth.
This is a double exposure image (two images) shot on the same camera body, but with two different lenses (the city at 73mm, the moon at 400mm).
The moon is, shall we say, ridiculously out of scale, but there is certainly emphasis on it 😉

Lunar Eclipse 2AM-006251and006254_composite. ©2014 Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

Lunar Eclipse 2AM-006251and006254_composite.
©2014 Andrew McInnes. All Rights Reserved.

 

 

35 images over 35 hours – in the heart o’ Texas

Thirty five hours driving and photographing around Eden (and Brady, Pontontoc, Castell, and Menard), Texas with Ken Zoller.

Although my total trip time was 35 hours, the images in this blog essentially follow the progression of actual shooting time from 11 pm on June 1st through 1 am on June 3rd, though the order of images may not necessarily be strictly as shot.

 

Pontotoc Ruins 2AM-110394
Illuminated entirely by waxing gibbous moon (2 days before full moon).
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens.f5.6 for 46 seconds at ISO 400.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Pontotoc Ruins 2AM-110400
Illuminated entirely by waxing gibbous moon (2 days before full moon).
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5.6 for 46 seconds at ISO 400.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Pontotoc Ruins 2AM-110391
Illuminated entirely by waxing gibbous moon (2 days before full moon).
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f4 for 30 seconds at ISO 400.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Pontotoc Ruins 2AM-110390
Illuminated entirely by waxing gibbous moon (2 days before full moon).
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5.6 for 30 seconds at ISO 400.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Rural Dawn 2AM-110403
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1.6 seconds at ISO 400.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Hay Bales 2AM-110412
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 0.8 seconds at ISO 200.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Wild Oats 2AM-110425
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/125 seconds at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Wild Oats 2AM-110432
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/200 seconds at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Locust and Thistle 2AM-110423
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/40 second at ISO 500, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Coreopsis 2AM-110452
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/20 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Sunflower and Ladybird Beetle 2AM-110488
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/640 second at ISO 500, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Sunflower and Ladybird Beetle 2AM-110490.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f8 for 1/800 second at ISO 500, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Thistle and Coreopsis 2AM-110455
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/15 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Thistle and Sunflower 2AM-110468
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/25 second at ISO 500, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Ranch and Wildflowers and Old Implement 2AM-110546
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/125 second at ISO 200, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Ranch and Wildflowers and Old Implement 2AM-110547
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/125 second at ISO 200, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Ranch and Wildflowers and Old Implement 2AM-110556
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/125 second at ISO 200, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Wildflowers and Wire 2AM-110495
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Wildflowers and Lake 2AM-110499
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f20 for 1/15 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Wildflowers and Sky 2AM-110541
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/200 second at ISO 200, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Wildflowers and Fence 2AM-110506
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/60 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Wildflowers and Fence 2AM-110507
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/50 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Wildflowers and Fence 2AM-110508
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/50 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Wildflowers and Yucca 2AM-110503
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f20 for 1/40 second at ISO 400, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Wildflowers and Yucca 2AM-110505
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/60 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Ranch Wildflowers and Trees 2AM-110522
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/40 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Ranch Wildflowers and Fence 2AM-110532
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/25 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Ranch Wildflowers and Trees panorama
Two-image stitch. Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/30 second at ISO 100, handheld.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Pontotoc Shed 2AM-110573
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f11 for 1/60 second at ISO 100.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Pontotoc Shed 2AM-110588
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f22 for 1/13 second at ISO 100.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Pontotoc Ruins 2AM-110605
Light direction by Andrew McInnes (exterior light painting by Andrew McInnes, interior light painting by Ken Zoller).
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5.6 for 20 seconds at ISO 100.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Presidio de San Saba 2AM-110607
Illuminated entirely by waxing gibbous moon (2 days before full moon).
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5.6 for 30 seconds at ISO 200.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Presidio de San Saba 2AM-110622
Light direction by Andrew McInnes – interior light painting by Andrew McInnes, exterior walls light painting by Ken Zoller.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5.6 for 8 seconds at ISO 640.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Presidio de San Saba 2AM-110624
Light by Andrew McInnes and waxing gibbous moon (2 days before full moon).
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5.6 for 8 seconds at ISO 640.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

Presidio de San Saba 2AM-110625
Waxing gibbous moon.
Canon 7D with Canon 24-105mm f/4L lens. f5.6 for 8 seconds at ISO 640.
Copyright © Andrew McInnes/2AM Photography. All rights reserved.

 

 

Thanks for taking this photo journey with me!

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May 11-22, 2011: The Junction experience with Wyman Meinzer

Two weeks based out of the Texas Tech University campus at Junction, Texas, shooting with Wyman Meinzer and others. Conditions are very dry yet beauty abounds. What follows is a sample of the images captured from various locales visited.


Day 1: 05/12/2011

Started out up nice and close with a western diamondback rattlesnake.

 

Then off to “paint” a Church at night. Wyman does all the work and we just compose and shoot the image. This image was actually taken pre-painting, as there was a pretty sunset and the “street” light (on left, out of frame) was providing sufficient light on the left to balance the sunset light on the right.
Day 2: 05/13/2011
Morning shoot of rapids on the Upper Llano River.

 

Evening shoot on the Llano River.

 

 

 

Day 3: 05/14/2011
More Llano River images – this time from the gorgeous property of artist Bill Worrell.

 

 

These next few images were taken with moonlight – a wet and chilly shoot.

 

 

 

This next series is from a different location on the same river.

 

 

 

Day 4: 05/15/2011
Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area – a very dry though still magnificent location.

Three looks at prickly pear cactus:

 

 

 

Dusk

 

And then it was dark…
another “painting” – Wyman was running back and forth in the dark and somehow didn’t fall whilst painting.

 

Day 5: 05/16/2011
The following flower images were captured at Native American Seed company.

 

 

Church at dusk – another splendid paintjob by Wyman Meinzer.

 

 

Day 6: 05/17/2011
Independence Creek Preserve is a holding of The Nature Conservancy. The artesian spring contributes significantly to the Pecos River. The riparian area is truly in contrast to the desert region surrounding it.

The following two images are of a Round-tailed Horned Lizard.

 

 

Here is a Black-chinned Hummingbird:

 

and here are some black-tailed prairie dogs:

 

 


Day 7: 05/18/2011

A typical scene at Independence Creek.

 

and another:

 

This scene is a result of a beaver dam on a seep that feeds into the main creek:
Day 8: 05/19/2011

More “typical” views:

 

 

 

Day 9: 05/20/2011

Back at Junction. New bridge leading to the Texas Tech at Junction campus painted by who else but Wyman:

 

Another night shoot so captured these oaks at dusk:
Day 10: 05/21/2011

Back to 377 Falls.

 

 

 

 

 

Day 11: 05/22/2011

Sabinal River near Utopia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Day 12: 05/23/2011
A morning shoot – Portrait work – in a feedstore warehouse with natural light.
“Wild Dave” was the first model:

 

 

Then Maddee:

 

Then back to Bill Worrell’s property on the Llano River for an evening shoot:

 

 

 


Day 13: 05/24/2011
This morning we visited a ranch to image more western diamondback rattlesnakes:

 

 

Evening shoot at Fort McKavett – time to ponder the past and the lives of folks back then:

 

Then another “painting” by Wyman:

 

After the shoot Wyman and “Wild Dave” wanted to refine a shot they had planned of Wyman “painting”. As they were practicing the shot I grabbed an opportunity shot which changed the approach of the final shot. Here is that first “inspiration” image:

 

After Wyman and Dave saw the image, we three, along with Trevor White, began to discuss how to create the final image. What follows is the image we decided on shooting (all light painting by Wyman Meinzer):
Day 14: 05/25/2011
Back to Native American Seed farm – the breeze came up making macro work very challenging so I switched to capturing zoom-blur images instead:

 

 

 

We ventured back to Mason Mountain Wildlife Management Area for our last evening – a time to shoot, visit, and enjoy our last evening as a group. Frienship abounds.

 


Day 15: 05/26/2011
The final shoot was an opportunistic one of a water moccasin and patchnose snake:

 

 

 

So long from Junction.