Dawn at Mount Maunganui, New Zealand

Discussion in 'Scenic, Architecture, and Travel' started by Dioptrick, Feb 4, 2012.

  1. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    I enjoy dawn photography the most because it's quiet and peaceful. The light can also be intriguing and can change very quickly from cool to warm from one minute to the next, depending on how the sun peeks through the clouds. Sometimes I come home empty handed with nothing but grey images, but every now and then the dawn rewards my early rising. Either way it's good for the soul.

    Sony NEX-5N / E 18-55mm Zoom (18mm f6.3 1/80 ISO Auto)

    Sony NEX-5N / E 18-55mm Zoom (18mm f9.0 1/100 ISO Auto)

    Sony NEX-5N / E 18-55mm Zoom (55mm f5.6 1/160 ISO Auto)

    Sony NEX-5N / E 18-55mm Zoom (50mm f5.0 1/80 ISO Auto)

    Sony NEX-5N / E 16mm Prime (16mm f4.0 1/60 ISO Auto)

    Sony NEX-5N / E 18-55mm Zoom (20mm f18.0 1/160 ISO Auto with small HVL-F7S Flash)

    This one was taken with a humble Sony Cybershot W120 (auto everything, exposure unknown). Apparently some team from Hawaii made the sand carving the day before and I chanced upon it that following morning. The pixels are pretty noisy as can be expected from an inexpensive compact camera... oh how I wish I had my 5N back then!

  2. lapdog99

    lapdog99 TalkEmount Veteran

    Sep 3, 2011
    Thanks for sharing. Wish I had an Nex 15 years ago when I was wandering around Picton and Wellington.
  3. Phoenix

    Phoenix TalkEmount Top Veteran

    Aug 25, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Phoenix Gonzales
    Very nice set mate
  4. freddytto

    freddytto TalkEmount All-Pro

    Dec 2, 2011
    Puebla, Mexico
    a very beautiful photos
  5. davect01

    davect01 Super Moderator Subscribing Member

    Aug 20, 2011
    Fountain Hills, AZ
    Looks like a nice place to hang out.
  6. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Cheers guys!

    Yes it's a wonderful place to hang out, Davec01. I'll try to keep adding some more pics as time and opportunity allows.
  7. jfazer

    jfazer TalkEmount Regular

    Dec 1, 2011

    Nice place and nice shots!
    I like the first one and the 6th one...

    thanks for sharing!
  8. DjordjeJ

    DjordjeJ TalkEmount Rookie

    Jan 13, 2012
    Belgrade, Serbia
    Very nice images. Beautiful place for sure.
  9. jebuskrust

    jebuskrust TalkEmount Regular

    Sep 16, 2011
    Limassol, Cyprus
    Great composition, breathtaking pictures.
    Really love the location, light, everything.

    Well done.
  10. hodad66

    hodad66 Sony Guru

    Feb 8, 2012
    Indialantic, Fl
    a truly beautiful set....
  11. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Thank you for your kind comments.

    The ocean images in the first set show some little islands, the largest one is called Leisure Island. This next photo is of Mount Maunganui itself, taken from that island. I shot that first set as I was walking up to the summit a week earlier. You can see part of the walking track at the grassy lower right side of the mount.


    The mountain itself is beautiful but if I turn around, I'll be facing the sunrise which also offers some good vistas depending on the weather. This latest set of photos were taken at dawn during a manual focus testing session for my Tamron 24mm 1:2.5 legacy lens - all at 1/60 sec, f11 with Auto ISO varying from 800 to 3200, hand-held.

    This next pic was taken earlier. It was overcast (a good thing) but I arrived late and thought I had already missed the elusive "sunburst-window." Then all of a sudden bang, the sky turned red! It only lasted a few seconds then it was gone.


    Normally everything would go grey after that, but not that particular morning. Although not as dramatic, the cloud cover provided some more interesting skies for a further 10 minutes or so. The photo of Mount Maunganui itself was one of the last ones I took.





    These last two were taken the day before, at dusk - the opposite side of Mount Maunganui from across the inner harbour... same lens.

    Tamron 24mm f8, 1/160 sec, ISO Auto - SCN/Landscape Mode

    Tamron 24mm f8, 1/125 sec, ISO Auto - SCN/Sunset Mode

  12. Dioptrick

    Dioptrick TalkEmount All-Pro

    Feb 4, 2012
    New Zealand
    Mount Maunganui from across the inner harbour, Port side... very early morning, pre-dawn.

    Legacy lens: Asahi Pentax Super Takumar 55mm, f1.8, 1/60 sec, ISO Auto, hand-held
  13. hodad66

    hodad66 Sony Guru

    Feb 8, 2012
    Indialantic, Fl
    exquisite shots!
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