07.11.09

Onwards through Northern Italy and Austria

Posted in Landscape, Nature, Travel at 12:30 pm by Warren Williams

Travelling northward from Venice the following morning, we quickly headed to the border of Italy and Austria. The high quality roads through the Alps were absolutely amazing, offering unparalleled views.

Italian Alps
Making a quick stop at a service station

Endless Italian Vineyards
From the coach, endless vineyards in northern Italy.

Glacial Riverbeds over Italy
Glacial Riverbeds over Northern Italy

Church on the Hill, Italy
Church on the Hill, dwarfed by the Alps

First view of Austria
First view of Austria

Snail on plant
During lunch stop at another service station, with spectacular views over the valley

Fly on flower

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06.13.09

Warwick Castle on a Summer’s Day

Posted in Architecture, Birds, Nature at 6:01 pm by Warren Williams

With a bright summer’s day looming over England, my friends Katie and Ken decided to venture off to Warwick Castle and Stratford-upon-Avon for a day trip. Considering I had been there a couple of years ago, I offered to show them around at one of the prettier and entertaining castles on offer.

The birds of prey were again on display, as well as a special flaming trebuchet and glorious warm sun.

Warwick Castle Owl


The rear view of Warwick Castle with the Avon River passing by


Katie taking a photo in Stratfor-upon-Avon at sunset

05.29.09

Sunrise over the O2

Posted in Landscape, Nature, Travel at 5:00 am by Warren Williams

With London having such a high latitude, sunrise/sunset in the middle of the year is rather extreme. This mornings sunrise was up before 5am, which meant leaving home at 330am to venture towards the Isle of Dogs near Canary Wharf for a view over the Thames and O2 Dome. What a beauty of a day, she turned out to be…

Spider
At this point, I also created a sequence of shots that I pieced into a video:
85L @ f2.8 DOF test

O2 Dome Sunrise
Dawn over the O2 Dome


Another version of the same angle


Shooting over the grass

O2 Dome Morning Glow
Silhouette of the O2 Dome

O2 Dome Sunrise

Sunrise over O2 Dome London


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04.22.09

Spring Flowers in London

Posted in General, Nature at 4:45 pm by Warren Williams

More than a year has passed since last visited St James’s park, next to Buckingham Palace. Back then, plenty of daffodils were on display, however this year the season has already passed, with the other flowers in full colour.

Dying Daffodil
Dying Daffodil

Bluebells London
Bluebells


Field of flowers, with London Eye


Spent the next few days at the family home in Hastings, where the garden was also blooming.

01.26.09

Rugged Piha

Posted in Landscape, Nature at 10:30 pm by Warren Williams

Piha and Karekare beach have been my local beach for many years, after living up in Waiatarua and Oratia. This was my forth visit in the past couple of weeks, but first time with the camera.


View from up Lion Rock


Lion Rock

01.09.09

Bokeh!

Posted in Birds, Nature, People at 6:00 pm by Warren Williams

Bokeh is the photographic term for the background blur of photos. Just gave myself a new Christmas present, in the form of Canon’s pristine 85 f1.2 L lens.

85 1.2 L wide open
Full resolution, straight out of camera


Elayna & Lisa @ Mission Bay – Auckland’s waterfront


Pip the budgie

12.21.08

Koala on Great Ocean Road

Posted in Animals, Nature, Travel at 2:00 pm by Warren Williams

Taking the beautiful Great Ocean Road back to Melbourne, came across a forest of Eucalyptus trees. Immediately saw these cute Koala very close to the road edge.

Lazy Koala

12.19.08

Twelve Apostles Sunset

Posted in Birds, Landscape, Nature, Travel at 11:46 pm by Warren Williams

The stunning twelve apostles are a collection of limestone stacks, located just offshore in the Port Campbell National Park, Victoria. Large crowds covered the good viewing platforms along the cliff entrance, however beach access is no longer available through Gibson Steps, and Thunder Cave.

Twelve Apostles Sunset
Erosion caused the collapse of a stack in 2005

Twelve Apostles Sunset
Looking East along the rugged coastline


Great viewing platforms along the length of cliff edge

Sunset over Twelve Apostles
Sunset over Twelve Apostles

Penguins at Twelve Apostles
Penguins after dark, using cameras maximum abilities

Penguins in the surf, Twelve Apostles
Penguins in the surf

12.18.08

Hobart to Melbourne – Circle Rainbow

Posted in Aviation, Nature, Travel at 6:27 pm by Warren Williams

Seven Mile Beach, Hobart
Just departing Hobart over Seven Mile beach

Circle Rainbow
Circle rainbow only seen from above, with moisture in the air and the sun behind you

12.17.08

Cradle Mountain Ascent

Posted in Landscape, Nature, Travel at 7:52 pm by Warren Williams

The imposing Cradle Mountain, standing 1545metres (5069ft) tall looked like a formidable peak to climb. Rising to the challenge, decided to head up via the Marions lookout track, packed with camera gear, water and a heavy tripod (quite possibly the silliest idea of 2008!). The total trek took over eight hours, including the final hour of ascent of Cradle Mountain,  scrambling over large boulders on the very steep slope.


A few hours later the next morning, Cradle Mountain comes into view


Lake Lilla, during the ascent of Marion’s lookout


Cradle Mountain and Dove Lake


Climbing dangerous loose rocks overlooking Dove Lake


And the view left


Ascended the very steep rocky area to the left


Looking South with Mark atop a safer platform


Valley behind Cradle Mountain

The actual summit was further West along the range, however didn’t provide views over Dove Lake and the valley below. Rather than keeping to the path, many climbers including myself went straight up, which was steeper, more dangerous, but provided far superior views.


Following the edge track back, provided good views over Dove Lake


Eight hours later, the light has changed over the boat shed

12.15.08

Freycinet National Park & Wineglass Bay

Posted in Animals, Landscape, Nature, Travel at 8:01 pm by Warren Williams

The arrival into the Freycinet National Park is marked with some spectacular views and pristine clear waters. After breakfast on the shore of Coles Bay, headed for the main carpark at the base of the Hazards (620m). Chose to complete the 11.5km walk over the Hazards, down through to Wineglass Bay, and across the isthmus to Hazards Beach, before finally zipping around the base of Mt Hazard on the coastal track.

Wineglass Bay Lookout
The first 45min walking uphill is rewarded with some spectacular views across Wineglass Bay

Wineglass Bay Lookout

Wineglass Bay
Wineglass Bay with the approaching surf

Freycinet Wallabies
Plenty of Wallabies around, as well as snakes, frogs and spiders!

Hazards Beach
Glorious Hazards Beach

Idyllic Hazards Beach, Tasmania
Idyllic Hazards Beach

Hazards Beach / Cove
Northern end of Hazards Beach

Honeymoon Bay
Honeymoon Bay with stunning clear water

Sun burst Freycinet
Rain clouds on their way in, blocking the sun


Sun briefly comes out again to light up the Hazards

Swansea Beach

Posted in Landscape, Nature, Travel at 9:00 am by Warren Williams

Swansea is Tasmania’s oldest seaside settlement, with views stretching outwards over Great Oyster Bay and the Freycinet National Park.

Swansea Beach
The highest land on Freycinet Peninsula, marking where the next destination was

Tasman Peninsula Sunrise

Posted in Landscape, Nature, Travel at 5:25 am by Warren Williams

Just beyond the Tasman Arch, is this stunning scene, looking further South East along the Tasman Peninsula

Tasman Peninsula Sunrise
Sunrise at 5:25am just below the stormy skies

12.14.08

Tasman Peninsula – Tasmania

Posted in Landscape, Nature, Travel at 9:53 pm by Warren Williams

The Tasman Peninsula starts from Eagleneck Wood featuring rugged coastal scenery, and the historic former convict settlement of Port Arthur.

Pirates Bay Drive Lookout
View over Pirates Bay

Pirates Bay, Tasmania
Pathway down to Pirates Bay and Tessellated Pavement


Tessellated Pavement (Tessellated detail shot on flickr)

Tasman Arch, Tasmania
Tasman Arch


Port Arthur from the harbour


Bumble bee amongst the many flowers in the garden

11.09.08

Scotney Castle, Kent

Posted in Architecture, Landscape, Nature, Travel at 8:39 pm by Warren Williams

Scotney Castle is a ruined 14th century, set in picturesque surroundings of a lake and English gardens.


A different mood


“Anke”, who runs the popular blog, http://anke.blogs.com/

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