Weekend Wanderings: Coastal Walk In Biarritz, France

Biarritz, queen of beaches, beach of kings. I fell in love with this cute town on day 1 of my visit. I even remember exactly when it happened: at the very moment when I stepped out of one of the town’s narrow alleys, overlooking a long stretch of sandy beach from above with hundreds of surfers paddling their boards towards a magical sunset above the mountains of the Spanish Basque country in the background.

Here is what I enjoyed most while walking along the French Atlantic coast between Pointe Saint-Martin (Lighthouse) and the Plage de la Côte des Basques.

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People are just as wonderful as sunsets if you let them be. When I look at a sunset, I don’t find myself saying, “Soften the orange a bit on the right hand corner.” I don’t try to control a sunset. I watch with awe as it unfolds.
~ Carl R. Rogers

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):
Canon EOS 60D, 70mm, ISO 100, F32, 30 sec., no filter, no flash.
Location: Darwin, Australia.

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Weekend Wanderings: Coromandel In Landscape Mode

Coromandel is a small peninsula on New Zealand’s Northern Island. It’s a popular weekend destination for Aucklanders, especially during the summer months.

We went there in winter!

Coromandel in winter = empty beaches, peaceful walks, silent sunsets, pure tranquility. Have a look!

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Photo Essay: Rarotonga, Cook Islands

When winter is coming to New Zealand, a Kiwi’s biggest concern is How to make the summer last a little longer.

Top answer: “Fly to Raro, mate!”

No sooner said than done, the waterproof GoPro, Mr ae.i and I found ourselves back in a time travel machine (aka flight VA173, leaving Auckland each Friday at 7pm, arriving 4 hours later in Rarotonga, on Thursday shortly before midnight).

Being a Pacific Island, Rarotonga is all about white beaches, coconut palm trees, and stunning sunsets over a turquoise lagoon. But the island gets mountainous in the centre, with Te Manga exceeding 650 metres.

That peak is where surprisingly many rain clouds get stuck, which supported the creation of a dense forest (I will write up another article about the island crossing through that forest – stay tuned).

So if you find yourself under a grey cloud on one side of the island, grab your scooter and drive 15 kilometres (half way) to the other side. You will likely end up under blue sky and sun. We explored the lagoon each single day; by kayak, paddleboard or while snorkeling. Enjoy our Top 25 Paradise Photos below.

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A Smile Of Nature

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Never waste any amount of time doing anything important when there is a sunset outside that you should be sitting under!
~C. JoyBell C.

Photo details (please click on the image for best quality):
Canon EOS 60D, 17mm, ISO 100, F22, 1 sec., no filter, no flash.

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One Year Weather Photography Over Rangitoto

Exactly one year ago, while updating my blog post “Sunrise Over Rangitoto”, I decided to keep on photographing the weather phenomenons over that volcanic island near Auckland – always from the same viewpoint. As of today, I created 37 panoramas over the past 12 months, all depicting some typical moments of a city by the sea. I uploaded them

  • as a collage with all photos in chronological order: photo 1 was taken in March 2013; the last photo in March 2014 (please click the collage to enlarge it)
  • as a gallery to browse all captures by theme: sunrise, cloudy, foggy, rainy, cloud free (please scroll past the collage for the gallery view)
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Weather over Rangitoto, Auckland, New Zealand (March 2013 – March 2014)

Click any photo below to open the gallery mode. Then browse by using the arrows to the right or left.

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Mount Eden Rush Hour 2

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Mount Eden during the two hours right before sunset (please click on the image to see the single frames larger)

I love Mount Eden! Especially during Rush Hour.

And I am regularly attracted to visit the popular volcanic cone in Auckland’s centre with my camera. Just yesterday I went back there to photograph the bustling activities before sunset. I wasn’t disappointed.

A collage over time – like the one you can see above – was my original intention (in the style of my Wynyard Crossing collage). But with the help of an estimated 50 sporty Aucklanders and 80 tourists I shot 274 photos. Woot!

Here are my three favourite frames (cropped from the much bigger originals):

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5 Japanese tourists with their mobile phones and one female model — A dancer — People taking a break after running uphill

I didn’t intent to create a timelapse, but after seeing the amount of photos I gave it a try. It’s not a flawless video since I didn’t take my photos with the same time intervals (sometimes I didn’t take a photo for 1 or 2 minutes; at other occasions I took 3 in a row). I am still satisfied with the outcome and motivated to go back for a real timelapse.

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