February 28, 2013 by JesstheMess
I was headed off on a trip to Southland, a day for taking in and capturing some scenes. I went with some images in mind, but also in anticipation of what would appear as we drove around. All was not as I expected. I learnt a bit about photography: 1) it is not something that lends well to time limits, 2) it helps to know the place or have time to get to know it before you start snapping, 3) a glorious sunny day can be your worst enemy.
The south of New Zealand is a special place. Your perception will vary depending on your bias (where you come from). Have you been to Southland? What images spring to mind when you think of Southland?
Do you think rural? Green paddocks of rolling hills, vibrant & lush in colour, both grass & thistle, reflecting the moisture that falls and the hours of sunlight to help it grow. Or the late summer blobs of bailage that emerge dotting the landscape, awaiting the harsh cold winter?
My private chaeffeur (thanks Mrs B) took me on south to Bluff. You can see the hill across the plains miles before you get there. Then from that hill top on such a wonderfully sunny day, a 360 degree view. Bluff Harbour and the estuary beyond or all the way across the notorious Foveaux Straight to the hazy yet wonderful sihlouette of Stewart Island.
By this stage I was becoming a little frustrated. Here was Southland, more precisely Bluff, on a gloriously sunny day and my camera just did not seem to be able to capture what I was seeing. The brilliant blues, the vibrance of colour and the haze all reflecting and making it difficult to capture. It made me so aware of my limits, there is so much more to know about how to capture these scenes. But also the limits of technology. No matter how clever the devices we make they are still only a device. They alone cannot capture the essence of a moment.
On we drive, closer to the estuary, and Invercargill’s fabulous bike tracks. The boardwalk seeming to invite us on toward Bluff.
Come on over here to continue in our journey in the south.
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