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🧑‍🤝‍🧑 🏖️ Long walks on the beach. Piha showcasing that famous "sky on fire" sunset quite typical of West Auckland beaches.
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Due to the angle of the sun at this time and the volume/density of gas that the light passes through in the atmosphere, it really brings out that red in the longer end of the visible light spectrum. One of those moments that if you're not watching for it, can pass quite quickly in the later moments of golden hour, was constantly adjusting the ISO setting to keep as didn’t want to compromise the shutter speed and miss those waves. If you are curious to search more about it, the phenomenon is called "Rayleigh scattering".
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🙃 ⛈ Sometimes what you could easily view as a negative turns out to be a series of awesome events. See it often in my life and love those blessings! Krish and I had just finished up a few hours at Piha having explored the area, relished a remarkable sunset and practiced a plethora of photography ideas. Hoped for astro in the dark but just after sunset it began pouring down with rain. We got to the carpark, only ones left now, approached by a firefighter advising that a power line had fallen and we were not allowed to leave for some hours. Coincidentally, our bro Monish had seen my Instagram story and decided to join us in the astro mission, calling saying he was parked up nearby but couldn’t see my car. He was on the other end of Piha. It was an interesting walk in pitch black for us all to find each other on the beach but ended up being a memorable time catching up at Lion Rock. We took a lot of random shots and just enjoyed the simple process of seeing what we could as clouds pass and playing around with light painting photos. I think it was some great luck that night, to be ‘trapped’ there, to enjoy something like this in good company. The sea haze and high cloud made for amplified star glow too, this is quite the silver lining to a rainy night.

Thanks to Krish for helping with side lighting and Monish for slaying the torch pose.

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EXIF Tamron 17-28; 17mm f/2.8, 4seconds, ISO 12,800 single shot

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🏄 🌊 Tried my hand at some surf photography, this is one genre that is a lot harder than it looks but quite a lot of fun running around trying to find compositions. Used a vintage telephoto lense and I am blown away at how it compresses the background, the sky looks almost like a water painting. Thank you West Auckland beach sunsets for the CRAZY colours!
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🌊 👋 Waved goodbye to the weekend, filled with memories of what seems like several days of adventure. The west coast is very quickly becoming my happy place.
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Summer commute ...

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The three brothers are reunited, celebrating under the 7 sisters (Matariki). Matariki is a time of Maori New Years, the word translates directly to ‘eyes of god’ referring to the 7 star cluster Pleiades. Pictured behind us is a strikingly similar cluster known as Southern Pleiades and we were absolutely stoked to get gaps in the clouds to observe this as we celebrate our own little reunion post covid lockdowns. This is a very important event in Maori culture, I hope New Zealand will coin this a public holiday with respect.
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Been a while since I've taken a sunset photo, maybe I should get back into it?

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Often end up with grainy shots like this and I hesitate to post it but Milkyway chasing is about so much more than just the final picture. The thrill of chasing the composition, enjoying staring at the bright stars, running in and out of rain clouds which ALWAYS storm in when you have something lined up, trying to figure out how best to process it later on to portray what you saw and how it felt.. and most memorably the week long recovery after a long night out 😂. This was the last shot of the 'night', taken at 4.42am. This time of year the sky is nice and dark with the galactic core above horizon for extended periods of time but if you want to see it arching over the West Coast then be prepared for some odd hours! 💤
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EXIF:ISO1600,20 seconds,12mm F2.0,Sony A6000
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Sure enough found a shot from same location as yesterdays post (Piha Gap) that I hadn’t yet processed. Looking forward to finally getting an updated shot or two here this winter. This was taken 6th July 2019 at 3.19am as the core sets to the west as an arch. This time will take beach chair and plenty snacks, maybe just camp on the beach 😆 good to reflect on the older shots, have learnt so many techniques now to improve detail and reduce noise, as well as obtain better focus. Hopefully will finally get a nice cloudless night and capture a good clean shot here after 2 years.

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Sony A6000 & Samyang 12mmF2, 20”, f/2.0, ISO1600, 6 shot pano (portrait)

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🏖️🦁 Collecting sticks to build some kind of hut by Pihas Lion Rock. Spoiler alert, the tide came in moments later and swept those sticks away 🌊 Appreciate every moment while you have it, happy Friday!
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Sigma 400mm f5.6 adapted to Sony E on A7Riii
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//EXIF 400mm f/8, ISO100, 1/60sec
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Into the sunset
Piha beach

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🦁 ⛰ Welcome to my backyard, as a West Aucklander I just love heading out and recharging here. These are our "bad" Astro conditions in Winter, lucky right? Moons out, tail end of the Milky Way in this direction, clouds getting thicker, we are really blessed to see such things from as early as 7pm 🙏🏿😍. While the stars were playing hide and seek with the clouds, the silver lining is that it created a unique star glow with spectacular colours. The lockdown and recent crazy working hours have reminded me not to take free time for granted, don’t know when I’ll have a vacation. While I’m still planning so many ‘perfect’ shots of the sun, moon and Milky Way, I’m making more of an effort to just get out and make sure to enjoy personal time my own way regardless of conditions, because the love of the adventure is more important than just taking random staged shots, at least for me. What have been your post lockdown reflections?

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1 x 20”, ISO1600 17mm f2.8. Used this same composition so many times but trying different techniques and hopefully getting better 😅 Used a torch to light paint certain areas through the exposure, learning to use this technique more tastefully, pointed at the mist it can emphasize fog/reflections, also used the torch to create subtle leading lines ✌🏾 This time used shutter delay, then used torch mostly from side rather than from behind camera as a lesson learned from Richard nightscapeimages

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Sometimes your love, it’s so pretty I just want to sink in.... ✨🌊🌸💕🌞 ...

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C R O W D E D
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Even a 30sec exposure wasn’t enough to erase the crowds from piha.
But it kind of adds story to the image I think.
Ghostly figures among the waves wait on their next big surge.
This was my first time visiting Piha beach.
I can see why everyone goes there.
Pretty happy with the recommendation from my local guide.
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I don’t think I’ll ever get sick of snapping Lion rock, here’s another from Tuesday’s adventure.
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Remember to take a moment to admire all the beautiful things that may be taken for granted everyday.

A beautiful view of Piha I captured when we stopped on the side of the road to take in and enjoy the view.

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Been to this spot in Aucklands Piha Beach across many different times of the day and it never disappoints. This is one of my all-time favourites, capturing a bit of the glow from sundown with unique lighting, cloud movements, and in the single shot stars peeking through.

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Sony A7R3 & Tamron17-28/2.8, 30”, 17mm, f/2.8, ISO1600, ND filter

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No one is you, that is your power. 💕✨ ...

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About Piha Beach:

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Piha is the most popular surf beach in New Zealand. Situated on the west coast of the North Island, 40 km from the town of Auckland, this black sandy beach has a reputation for an impressive surf that rolls across the Tasman Sea. When the Uncle Toby Iron Man contest was held at Piha in 1997, the canoes were snapped in two, and they never came again.

It could be moody, misty and enigmatic, wild, damp and wind-swept. Power goes off, phone lines go down, often the road in (and out) is blocked. It's not for the faint-hearted to live here.

Piha was the birthplace of the Malibu boarding school in New Zealand, launched by two Californian lifeguards in 1956. The first surf boat race to be held in New Zealand was at Piha in the 1930s.

Piha has rips and currents, and she's really unforgiving, so it's essential to swim only in areas patrolled by surf clubs. Fisherman deaths out of the rocks on a fairly regular basis, so check with the clubs before you head out.

Piha is not just surfing and sand. The landscape is spectacular and inspiring, with the towering cliffs and the magnificent Lion Rock standing guard over the sand. The beach is assisted by the Waitakere Ranges, a protected parkland in the subtropical forest, accessible via various bush tracks.

Piha has a beach side community composed of owners and residents of the river. Lifestyle is comfortable and easy, but there are all the essential facilities for a good life.

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