Shaun Jeffers Photography Westhaven Harbour Bridge Dusk

Auckland Harbour Bridge

So after weeks of failed attempts I finally took a good shot of the Harbour Bridge down at Westhaven. Client is happy, I’m happy. Sorted! The shot, along with a couple of my other photos will feature on the new Gaulter Russell website. Gaulter Russell is a company based in Parnell, Auckland specialising in sales and marketing recruitment – it’s great to be working with them and I look forward to finishing off their staff portraits this week.

After heading out at least twice a week for the past 5 weeks and coming back with nothing, I had lost a little motivation. The weather just didn’t want to work to my advantage and last night I almost decided to leave it (especially after a painful leg day in the gym!) The weather in Auckland has been awful at the minute and over the last few weeks it has been either dull and raining or blue cloudless skies, both of which are not great for landscape sunsets. Last night was no different, grey and overcast. Begrudgingly I made the decision to go out and as it turns out I was very lucky! We all know how quickly the weather and the sky can change in New Zealand!

Here is the result:

Shaun Jeffers Westhaven Sunset Auckland

Westhaven Harbour Bridge at sunset  – f/8 | ISO 50 | 15 second | 4 stop ND Filter

About 8 minutes after that shot was taken a huge dark cloud came in and decided to hang out over the bridge for the remainder of the evening! I used it to my advantage and focused on the orange lights and the reflections on the water. The orange contrasting with the dull sky worked a charm!

This is what I came up with:

Shaun Jeffers Photography Westhaven Harbour Bridge Dusk

Westhaven Harbour Bridge reflections at dusk – f/8 | ISO 100 | 172 second | 4 stop ND Filter

Overall, I’m really happy with the shots I took last night! I finally managed to get the shot I needed and a few others that will make nice additions to my Auckland stock base.

Just as the clouds came in for my reflection shot!

Just as the clouds came in for my reflection shot!

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Quick shot before sunset!
f/8 | ISO 50 | 10 second | 4 stop ND Filter

This blog goes to show that photography requires persistence… and lots of it! A lot of photographers will only visit the same spot once or twice as shooting the same thing over and over again can be very boring – this is something that I would usually agree with however over the past few weeks I have seen Westhaven looking very different on almost every visit. It’s through these repeated visits that I have now achieved what I set out to do. I would notice something new to photograph each time and the weather (despite the rain and the cloudless skies) has been brilliant for making the same location different.

At the request of some of my followers I will be taking a different approach to my landscape blogs. I know a lot of you are keen to see what settings I use when taking specific shots so here they are! Enjoy and I hope they help!

Here are a few shots from my ‘failed attempts’ over the past few weeks!

shaun jeffers photography auckland harbour bridge

f/8 | ISO 50 | 1/80 second

shaun jeffers photography auckland harbour bridge

f/8 | ISO 80 | 20 second | 4 stop ND Filter

shaun jeffers photography auckland harbour bridge

Westhaven Panorama
f/8 | ISO 80 | 1/10 second | 4 stop ND Filter

shaun jeffers photography auckland harbour bridge

f/8 | ISO 50 | 20 second

shaun jeffers photography auckland harbour bridge

f/8 | ISO 50 | 15 second

shaun jeffers photography auckland harbour bridge

If a sunset doesn’t go to plan you can never fail with a good skyline shot!
f/8 | ISO 50 | 30 second

Keep a lookout for more blogs on Photography Auckland and watch my Twitter feed for regular photo updates. Plenty of shoots this week, mostly event, PR and portraits but I’m sure I’ll get a blog up!

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