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Archive for January 1, 2010

Locomotive JA1250 “Diana” NZGR

An excerpt from Glenbrook Vintage Railway website “Locomotives and Rolling Stock”.

“A 4-8-2 “Mountain” class locomotive designed for main line service of the New Zealand Railways, a variant of the “J” class. Usually the coal-fired versions operated in the South Island, and the oil-fired ones in the North Island. Originally designed and built with streamline fairings, these were later discarded in favour of ease of maintenance.”

According to a brass plate on the side of the locomotive, “Diana” was built at the NZGR Hillside Workshop in 1949. This image was taken at an “operating day” at the Glenbrook Vintage Railway, Waiuku, New Zealand.

Sony Alpha DSLR – A200, 1/10 sec, F 3.5, ISO 200, Sigma DC 18-200 lens at 18 mm


Sand Yacht – Kariotahi Beach

Kariotahi Beach offers long distances of flat sandy beach that are ideal for horse riding, four-wheel driving and sand yachting. On the day of our visit there were several sand yachts enjoying a stiff breeze which enabled them to sail at high speeds along the sand beside the pounding surf. This one was the largest and sleekest that we saw.

Sony Alpha DSLR – A200, 1/125 sec, F 13, ISO 100, Sigma DC 18-200 lens at 100 mm

Kariotahi Surf Patrol

Another image in the Kariotahi Beach series. Here Kariotahi Surf Club members patrol the length of the beach on a quad bike on the lookout for people swimming in dangerous places.

Sony Alpha DSLR – A200, 1/250 sec, F 13, ISO 100, Sigma DC 18-200 lens at 35 mm

Kariotahi Surf Patrol Boat

Another image taken at Kariotahi Beach, near Waiuku, south of Auckland, New Zealand.  Volunteer surf patrols are common and necessary on New Zealand’s wild west coast beaches.  Young men and women give up their weekends to patrol the beaches from surf clubs based at the most popular spots along the coast.  Rubber boats like the one in the picture are used to get out through the waves to patrol the surf and rescue people in distress, usually from being pulled out into deep water by tidal rips.

Sony Alpha DSLR – A200, 1/100 sec, F 13, ISO 100, Sigma DC 18-200 lens at 18 mm