We spotted some interesting cracks in buildings (legacy of the 2010 and 2011 earthquakes) as we were cycling the other day, and went back the next day to grab some photos. Generally I haven’t bothered taking photos of earthquake damage – thousands of keen photographers have wandered the city since day one. However, these made some interesting compositions, and many were rather ephemeral as they were marked by paint but the walls they were on hadn’t been repainted yet.
A nice blue and white pattern. This is a composition of five photos but the vertical joins aren’t an artifact of that, but actual joins on the building.
Another nice and contrasty building.
A couple more with interesting patterns, but which hadn’t been highlighted with paint, alas.
I liked the way this palm tree was set off by the pair of vertical cracks.
There were some other interesting photo opportunities as well, like this towering pile of containers.
A tangle of pipes around the LPG filling depot.
And my favourite, a nice example of machinery repair the end-user way. It was a big fan, about 3 feet across, and those are tarpaulins stuffed into it.
A hot summer’s day and I decided composition practice (aka wandering around with a camera seeing what was on offer) was called for. This was a short walk in the reserve near my house.
- A view from inside a tree.
- Powerlines stretching away.
- The houses on the hill and across the estuary, some boats on the water, and nesting places in the bird sanctuary.
- A footpath stretching away – viewed from a foot above the ground.
- A different view through a tree.
- A newly trimmed hedge, viewed from the end and up a few inches.
- A footpath curving away with the Port Hills in the background and Toi-Toi bushes to the side.
A stroll down the street found three brightly-lit houses within 100m of our house.
- A still night and lights from Mount Pleasant reflecting on the water.
A particularly calm evening sent me out for a short drive to where I suspected there might be some nice reflections. I’ve often seen these lights reflecting when I’m on the way home so I guessed they’d make a good show. I’ve rather taken to the lighting effects when there’s still a bit of light in the sky, rather than inky blackness, with 20 second exposures which makes for nice effects on the water. You can’t see them but there were actually swans swimming to and fro through the streams of light.
- 20 second exposure, F/11, ISO 800
- Still 20 seconds, but stopped down to F/14 which makes the background darker.
- And a view the other way at an industrial plant.
- F13, 20 second exposure, ISO 800
Some more experiments with long exposures after sunset, but while there’s still light in the sky. I like the way the different coloured streetlights illuminate the hillside.
- F5.6, 20 second exposure, ISO 800
- F11, 20 second exposure, ISO 800
- F9, 20 second exposure, ISO 800
- F11, 20 second exposure, ISO 800
One thing about living in post-earthquake Christchurch – there’s always plenty of excavators around. I did a quick expedition to collect some reference photos of excavators (particularly the track linkages and suspension). Five minutes away I found a couple sleeping and snapped some photos. A mechanic was working on the (smaller) one above and let me wander round taking photos, before it went back to work. The larger machine – and it was pretty damn big – was behind some fences but I got a few useful photos of that one as well.
- A larger machine, from across the street to see the whole profile.
- The tracks on the big machine were massive.
- Lots of supporting rollers.
- And this was what I wanted reference photos for. It’s eventually going to be part of an illustration for a science fiction robot.