Melbourne was really quite wet on Monday night. For me, this would – and has – meant a night inside, with taking photos being very low on the priority list. However, I felt like doing something different.
Taking Photos in the rain
First, you need to have the right weather sealed gear. That includes personal clothing and quality camera hardware. For these shots, most were taken with my 70-200L lens, L generally meaning high quality and weather sealed. And on my 5D2, which is able to cop a shower. The other important element was a big lens hood to protect from sideways rain. I do have wider lenses, but they would have copped too much water on the glass, which is something I wasn’t really wanting.
Here is the last instalment of photos (scenic ones, anyway) from my NZ South Island trip. It was way too short, and I must go back in winter. The lakes are an amazing blue, every corner presents new breathtaking sights, the roads are great to drive on, there are so few people and the sky just opens up. All in all, I really loved the South Island drive, and I can’t wait to see more.
The second part of the drive was from Queenstown to Wanaka, where the wedding of secrecy was to be held. All we knew was to be at place x by certain time, but the photos here aren’t about the wedding.
As for the drive, the weather was wonderful for this middle part, and the drives were spectacularly awesome. Crown Range Road is one epic drive that makes giants look like hobbits – everything was massive. Not much traffic, great quality road and scenery that was jaw dropping at every corner. I will be back. The car – a Toyota Camera – was really nice to drive, and compared to my last road trip where everything went wrong, this was a dream.
Seeing as I had a day off, I decided to head a little out of Melbourne to the Organ Pipes National Park. It has some really interesting rock features, as well as some nice natural bush and wildlife. We saw plenty of birds and wallabys, but there are also snakes, echidnas and wombats – which we didn’t see.
As I am no scientist / geologist, more information is available from the Parks Victoria Website: “The Organ Pipes, a set of basalt columns formed by the cooling and cracking of molten lava”.
The rain caught me by surprise. Everyone wanted to hide, but I was loving it!