By Dr Brendan Moyle
At the entrance to the Waitemata Harbour, at Devonport, is Maungauika or North Head.
The reserve can be appealing to explore in evenings. On the west side, you get views of Devonport and Auckland itself. On the east side there is a view of Rangitoto Island and the channel separating it from the North Shore. With a couple of hours to kill, I ventured back on there in the fading light. It’s a nice place to explore, as few people hang around as it gets dark. You’re more likely to startle the odd hedgehog instead – as I did…
I ventured out with a minimal landscape kit. My tripod, some Lee filters, and the Sony a7R with the Minolta 17-35mm f3.5 G lens. I’ve also added one more bit of kit. My iPhone can also act as a camera remote. You make a WiFi connection with the camera, and you’re good to go. This can be handy when you can’t view the camera-back, because say, it’s too high up on the tripod.
North Head – I liked the basalt rocks in the foreground, the sweep of the sandy beach and the glowing sky of Cheltenham Bay.
Cheltenham Beach– a long exposure photo from the rocks at the south end of the beach. For this shot the camera was so high up, I had to use the iPhone as a remote to take and compose the photos.
Glowing Rangitoto Island– while I was in the shade of Maungauika, Rangitoto itself was still glowing with the setting sun.
It rained hard before I had finished the shots I wanted to take. So I ended up at a bar in Devonport with a glass of wine, to dry off and fill in the rest of the evening. I can recommend the combination of photography and a local bar. It makes the shoot feel very civilised.
All photos have been uploaded to my Hauraki Gallery.
Chthonic Wildlife Ramblings is the blog of Massey University researcher Dr Brendan Moyle. As well as his stunning wildlife and nature photos, you’ll find some thoughtful posts there on wildlife loss, poaching and how to combat it.