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Oratia, West Auckland

About Oratia:

Oratia is a suburb of West Auckland, New Zealand, situated in the former Waitakere City. It is situated at the eastern edge of the Waitฤkere Ranges Heritage Area, approximately 16 km southwest of Auckland Central Business District. 

Oratia is a fairly quiet community, bridging metropolitan Auckland with the wild forests and beaches of western Auckland. Located in the suburb, the popular Oratia Native Plant Nursery is known for plant conservation and is one of the first native nurseries in New Zealand.

At the 2018 New Zealand census, Oratia had a population of 3,801 with 1,137 households

History

Oratia was first settled in the 1860s, with 40 acres of land given to new settlers. Cochrane's orchard may have been the first orchard in the region to date back to this period, but it no longer exists. Some of the original orchards have now vanished.

Sunnydale in Parker Road is the oldest remaining residence in West Auckland, constructed about 1860 from Kauri woods milled on the site.

While still relatively sparsely populated compared to most of the Auckland metropolitan area, Oratia has grown into a community with many businesses and homes.

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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 ๐Ÿ˜‚. 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! ๐Ÿ’ค
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๐Ÿ„ ๐ŸŒŠ 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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๐ŸŒŠ ๐Ÿ‘‹ 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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My face when itโ€™s 11:11 & I make a wish.. ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ’—โœจ || wearing piha_swimwear ๐Ÿ‘™(gifted) ...

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๐Ÿ–๏ธ๐Ÿฆ 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 ๐ŸŒŠ 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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๐Ÿฆ† ๐ŸŒง๏ธ Ducking in and out of rain clouds, chasing some sort of composition. Weather doesn't always agree with an astrophotographer's wishes and by the time you set the tripod again, you lose the moment to get that panorama you had planned. Oh well, there's always another time, sometimes that happens to be months later but makes the chase all the more satisfying when you finally get it. This spot is called the Piha Gap and it is not a difficult hike to get here, I'll have to come back during sunset one of these days, I've never seen this place in daylight ๐Ÿ˜…
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EXIF:ISO1600,20 seconds,12mm F2.0,Sony A6000
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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 โ€˜eyes of godโ€™ 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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New horizons.. โœจ || ๐Ÿ“ท: joshilliam ...

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Beautiful Sunset at Karekare, New Zealand. Photo ๐Ÿ“ธ By mrlesterchan
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Beautiful sunrise at Cornwallis Wharf๐Ÿ˜
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Weekend getaway in XGT4X ๐Ÿ˜€

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2018. Muriwai beach. I took this shot without even realising this rock pool was shaped like a fish. It had to be pointed out to me ๐Ÿคฃ
Canon 5DIII, 17-40mm f/4L. Lee big stopper. 240sec exposure if I recall correctly.

Still one of my favourite shots.
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Last night was pretty dreamy โ˜€๏ธ๐Ÿฅฐ ...

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๐ŸŒ„๐Ÿ•ถ Sun setting behind Kauwahaia Island is just another of so many hidden gems in our own backyard of Auckland. This is a charming little area located in Oโ€™Neill Bay accessed via Te Henga (Bethells Beach). Arrived early to scout locations to shoot the stars that night but as it happens, I had a great deal of fun trying to shoot sunset scenes. I normally avoid the sun in frame as was used to getting horrible flares with my old wide angle lense but happy days now playing around trying to get sun stars, learning to use ND/CPL filter and heart racing moment camera almost went for a swim when attempting the classic sunset long exposure closer to the beach ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿฆˆ
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No one is you, that is your power. ๐Ÿ’•โœจ ...

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Happy Earth Day 2020! ๐Ÿ’— โ€˜We seize all the tools and actions that we have, big and small, to change our lives and change our world, not for one day, but forever. ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฝ While the coronavirus may force us to keep our distance, it will not force us to keep our voices down. The only thing that will change the world is a bold and unified demand for a new way forward.

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While Earth Day may be going digital, our goal remains the same: to mobilize the world to take the most meaningful actions to make a difference.
No matter where you are, you can make a difference. And youโ€™re not alone, because together, we can save the Earth.โ€™ ๐ŸŒ๐ŸŒธ๐ŸŒฑ
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Piha! First time with a camera here. 10/10 would trade again. fujifilmxseriesnz X-T3 and 16mm f1.4, mefototripods Backpacker Tripod and breakthrough.photography 6 Stop X2 ND Filter.
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๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿคโ€๐Ÿง‘ ๐Ÿ–๏ธ 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 didnโ€™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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Are you even a kid if you donโ€™t pester your parents to swing you ?!
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There goes another weekend gone in a flash!

I wish they would last longer but I love how we are always making the most of them filling them up with family time.

We were lucky enough to have our friend halliecampbellphotography take some photos of us weekend.She was so patient with Hollys larger then Life personality and Iโ€™m always so grateful for family photos.

How did you spend your weekend?
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