These are some shots I took on a recent trip to Hong Kong. I was the Owner’s rep for a large ferry contract for the new Casino up there and the Purple Ferries being unloaded off the ship were the last of a 14 vessel order.
It is the largest ferry order ever!! These boats travel at 42 knots with 411 passengers and get to Macau from Hong Kong in 1 hour.
The night shot is of the lazer show that happens every night. Taken from Kowloon side looking to Hong Kong. Some unusually clear skies whilst I was there.
The other shot was taken from the Peak and once again, very clear by normal standards.
Christian and I went for a ride today to Bunkers Point and along the way we saw the carnage left by the recent fire at Bunker’s Point. I decided to come back later to see what I could capture and here they are!
Last year some good friends of mine, Brett and Kirsty were at Rotto during a big storm and their story prompted me to promise myself that this year, when the opportunity came around, that I should make the effort and see if I could capture this awesome event.
On Monday night this week, the forecast predicted an 8m swell and 40 knot winds and they were on the money. I woke up at 0700 and sure enough the swell was cranking and off I went on my Rotto adventure!
I met the ferry at 0930 and the crossing was on the rough side, I guess it would be fair to say! About half the passengers were using the beaut little bags that were handed out but fortunately I was not one of those lucky few!
On landing at the island I retrieved my bike off the crew and set off for the West end of Rotto.
I was rugged up in my skiing gear with a Driazabone and ski pants and my trusty orange Crocks and off I went, peddling into a 40 knot gail with rain storms and hail.
It was slow going for a while as there were far more up hills than down and the driving rain made it hard to see for a while, but I finally got there before midday and set up for some shots.
Brett was right, it was wild and spectacular and I am glad I had followed through with the adventure. There is nothing like Mother nature to remind you who is boss every now and again!
The trip home was a walk in the park by comparison to the trip out. A 30 knot SW breeze up my butt and more down hills than up which was lucky because I reckon my total weight would have been over 100kg with all the camera gear and wet weather gear. I was fast running out of steam before I found a trusty Mrs Macs pie at the Jordie General Store and a Mars bar!
The trip home on the ferry was very sedate by comparison to the trip out. The swell had settled to only 5m and the wind had dropped to a nice 15-20 knot sw.
Well I must say that coming to grips with this Blog gig is not as easy as I was hoping, but I am slowly but surely stumbling through it and I am thinking that this should get better and better now as things progress.
The concept of this blog, once I get it sorted will be to post updates on my True North adventures and other photo shoots that I go on. At this stage I have 3 more trips planned on True North between now and the end of the year. Apart from that I reckon there will be at least one sortie with Christian Fletcher to Alice and maybe others.