After a week of relentless right brain activity (moving out of apartment, sorting essentials for 3 different trips, terminating services etc…) finally this was the moment signifying the start of my freedom: five minutes into the three hour ferry trip from Wellington to Picton…
There was no noticeable swell until we had left Wellington harbour & hit Cook Strait – I went outside & went up 3 decks to the viewing area & was struck by three seperate sounds:
– the throb of the engines venting out of that weird sculptural exhaust in the photo above, especially when we manouvering (eg reversing into Picton harbour) the deep almost subsonic beating tones were beautiful!
– when we hit the swell at the harbour entrance, the bow wave went from a gentle constant hiss to much more clearly defined longer doppler waves, 10-15 seconds in duration as we rode through each swell
– some lovely arhythmic percussion courtesy of these two tinkling triangles, beautifully rigged to resonate (what could their other purpose be?)
open water = freedom!
And this is heading into Marlbourough Sound, a sheltered deep cove… Noticed the two guys fishing, just off the point – local knowledge rules!
After getting off the ferry at Picton I had a four drive ahead of me over to the West Coast, but first stop was my favourite prop/junk store in Picton – scored an old gas can that was SO resonant, I went up to the counter asking how much was the portable gamelan? $15? Sold!
Midway stop in Murchison = two more props… And then into dense bush as I crossed the top end of the Southern Alps. Crossed this one lane bridge and had to stop so I could take a few photos
Arrived in Westport & drove past my sister studio!
And finally out to the West Coast, just in time for sunset! According to swellmap, I may have to wait until Tuesday for 4m waves but lots to explore & record before then….
FWIW I did a major camera and lens upgrade in the last month – sold my canon 7D and all but one of my lenses, and have made the leap to shooting full frame! I am now the proud owner of a Canon 5DmkIII and three gorgeous L series lenses: 16-35mm f2.8L, 70-200 f4L, 100mm f2.8L Macro (kept my 50mm f1.4) and am waiting on the Atomos Ninja 2 to come back into stock so I can get set up to shoot video in RAW format. The difference in lens quality & camera was so immediately apparent – I plan to shoot a LOT of material on this trip south as need to be instinctively familiar with this new setup before starting my short film project as part of Japan Artist Residency in September… As with getting new mics and/or recorder, it feels a LOT like my own resolution has been increased! Amen to that!