Fog Rolling on the Hills of the Harbour

Fog Rolling on the Hills of the Harbour

As new techniques be come part of my repertoire I find instances where I want to go back and update old photos that I’ve processed in order to really pull the best out of them that I feel they can be. This photo of Picton Harbour in New Zealand has always been one of my favorites, and it really makes me want to pack up my bags, hop on a sailboat and be waterbound for a while.

Hills of Harbour Picton William Woodward

The Sounds

The Sounds

A place like Marlborough Sounds in the north of the South Island of New Zealand has an enticing nature to it, because of it’s intricate mazes of sounds, penninsulas, and islands, and it’s remoteness due to the wooded and often steep hills that make up it’s shoreline.  Originally inhabited by the native Maori groups, the sounds were said to be the prows of the sunken canoe of Aoraki.  There still reside some small settlements and houses that are accessible only by way of the water.  Although navigating the sounds is a relatively safe endeavor, due to the calm waters blocked by the hills, entering the Cook Strait is another matter.  Today, the passage is made several times daily by two ferry companies, the Interislander being my choice for the voyage.  A thick fog filled the sky on the day of my travels, which made for some really cool pictures.

The Sounds Picton William Woodward

One of my few non-HDR images, the fog settling in over the hills, with a few small boats in the distance.

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Picton Harbour HDR

Picton Harbour HDR

Here we are!! I would have to say this is up there on my list of “most proud” photos that I’ve taken.  It turned out spectacular, just like I remember that day in harbour, about to take the three and a half hour ferry ride across the Cook Strait, from Picton to Wellington, New Zealand.

Picton sits at the head of the Queen Charlotte Sound (one of four that make up the Marlborough Sounds), and is the departure point of the Interislander Ferry, which I was excitedly awaiting to board. The fog rolled over the mountains of the sounds fantastically, and the water glistened with green.  I really enjoy harbour & marina photos, because of the great colors and details of the ships.  The background of the city and mountains just topped this off!

A 3 shot HDR brought out the details and the colors wonderfully for this photo.  Next time, I will post one of the originals, to show how much of a difference HDR processing can make.

Picton Harbour NZ William Woodward

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