When I first thought about going to Castlepoint and looked at the possibilities, I looked at Google Earth and saw the moon rising over the reef. In fact the image on Google Earth that day looked pretty close to the image above. Virtual scouting is a valuable tool to have in your kit bag.
This year I have been trying to work on my scouting skills. The aim is to start to build up a database of places to go and the kids of conditions which will suit those conditions. To help this I have decided to use Photopills to gather the information.
Most people have taken an image of a beautiful scene in front of them, only to be disappointed when they saw the finished image. This can be confusing and frustrating. Landscape photography looks easy, after all hasn't nature done all the work already? In some ways yes but there is so much more to it.
With the large number of apps available for our phones these days we can keep up to date with the going's on of the world and the heavens. I have always had an interest in astronomy, both the science and the beauty of the sky. When I was 18 the astronomy club I was part of in conjunction with Air New Zealand took tourists out to see halley's comet as it swung by earth.