By Brendan Moyle 04/09/2016


This week I got out to Te Henga (Bethells Beach) for some photography.  I’ve not previously managed to get out there, despite a couple of visits to Lake Wainamu.  One of the motivating reasons was the weather on Tuesday was near perfect in Auckland.  The clear skies and almost total lack of clouds in the morning also meant my waterfall photography was compromised.  Bright sunlight dappling waterfalls is not a good look.

The drive from the North Shore in the mornings is easier if you avoid the motorways.  I take a route via Albany through to Riverhead, Tupaki then Te Henga.  The weather stays near perfect.  I’d hate to have been stuck working inside that day.

I decided to take the Te Henga walkway when I arrived, and O’Neill’s Bay provided a wonderful vista.

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Down at the beach I’ve got time for a variety of shots. Here I’ve slowed the shutter down to 2.5 seconds to capture some of the wave motion.  There’s a reason I carry a selection of ND filters.  There’s something quite remarkable about that surf. It’s nothing like the Hauraki Gulf at all.

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