Sunrise at North Head, Devonport

This is my first time trying out sunrise shoot at New Zealand. Not knowing where would be a good spot, we took a bet on this place since it’s a east facing direction. And here we are at the venue… we couldn’t find any good foreground interest for our shots, so it would be just the Gun Batteries to fill up the frames.

Before Sunrise
Before Sunrise

Sunrise at North Head #1
Sunrise at North Head #1

Sunrise at North Head #2
Sunrise at North Head #2

Aside from attempting sunrise picture, I also did time-lapse but failed as I manually trigger the shutter without the aid of a timer *sad*. I suppose my fingers are too chilled to avoid camera shake due to weather that is below 10°C. I definitely need to be more prepared and perhaps do some learning on time-lapse when back in Malaysia.

Well, if there’s nothing else to shoot but the scenery is awesome… Then it’s time for panorama! Thank goodness Sony build the auto stitch panorama feature into their cameras. Click below for a larger size panorama picture.

City Panorama from North Head
City Panorama from North Head

I believe North Head’s main attraction is the big disappearing Gun and the four Gun Saluting Batteries, the big gun hides underground and appear again for firing it’s enemies, which are the Russians back then before the 19th Century. There’s actually quite a number of large Gun Batteries that is built but only one that is left for area reserved, which now turns into tourist a attractions.

Memorial Saluting Battery
Memorial Saluting Battery

8 inch miniature
8 inch miniature

Underground view of the Big Disappearing Gun
Underground view of the Big Disappearing Gun

The Memorial Saluting Battery on ground
The Memorial Saluting Battery on ground

Other than the Memorial Saluting Batteries as historical attraction, there is structures without any canon still intact and the view of Rangitoto Island as well as Narrow Neck Beach is visible within the hill itself.

Narrow Neck Beach
Narrow Neck Beach

North Head is a volcanic cone forming a headland within North Shore City, New Zealand, in the suburb of Devonport at the east end of Auckland Harbour. The place is not only a good place for short visit, but catching some cool breeze and walk up the short hill during the weekends seems like a good activity. I see people jog and bring their dog up for a walk as well.

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