bring an umbrella

I must admit that, aside from the weather, Wellington, New Zealand is pretty cool. There is an abundance of unique coastline views with interesting craggy rocky rockyness. The weather is never cooperative but you can still search out interesting sky drama that compliments the strange coastal compositions.

Out of the 7 or so days I spent in Wellington, there was only one visible sunrise. Every other morning was a grey foggy overcast that seemed to burn away a few hours after the sun graced the horizon. I did manage to take advantage of the one sunny morning though, but every other day I had to search out shots like this. There were even a few days where I scrapped the whole photography thing and drank local Kiwi beer instead. Unproductive = Yes, but Tasty = Yes as well.

Technical Mumbo Jumbo:

– Nikon D700 – Nikkor 24-70 f/[email protected] 62mm f/8 Iso: 100
– 5 Exposure Brackets (-2,-1,0,1,2)
HDR Photography Processing & Tone Mapping using Photomatix Pro
– Post Processing & Color Correction in Photoshop
– Added a smidge of adaptive saturation with Topaz Adjust
– Sharpened edges with Topaz InFocus
– Enhanced detail with Nik Software Sharpener Pro
– Had one too many

Daily Banana – The Gathering Storm

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HDR Photo - Wellington (Island Bay) New Zealand - The Gathering Storm[/beforeafter]