Saturday, 29 December 2012

Christmas road trip 2012 - Waikato and Taupo

Just to mix it up a bit, here are a few photography posts from our Christmas road trip. We drove down to Wellington in a day (it's about 650km / 8 hours drive).

Chris is currently wearing a 'moon boot' to support his injured ankle, so my colleague kindly offered to swap my ute for her automatic car. The Adventra has the acceleration and fuel economy of an ocean liner, but it did the job!

I blogged about the area around Taupo on our last road trip (when we went to Hawke's Bay). We chose to go around the east side of the lake, if you were wondering.

It's good to know where your next coffee stop is.

This caravan may look happy, but it has a terribly flat tyre. The driver was oblivious, and didn't see us flashing the lights or waving (he had no wing mirror extensions, silly man). It took about ten minutes of horn-tooting and arm-waving. As he pulled over, I wound down the window and shouted that he had a flat tyre. He gave us the thumbs up and waved us on.

A side note - Lake Taupo is pretty.

Do you see what I see? Mount Doom ahead!

Incidentally, if you have a driver who doesn't want to stop, you can still take photos. Most of mine were taken through the window, with a shutter speed of around 1/500s. The aperture varied between about 5.6 and 7.1, and I adjusted the ISO as needed.

You will get better photos by stopping the car, of course. However there is not always time, and often no safe place. Some of your photos will be blurry, and some will have window reflections. It's better to have imperfect photos than none!

Have you taken any road trip photos recently?

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