I have not done any post-pro to any of these images. These are practically all straight out of camera!
What an impressive start to what turned out to be a really awesome and adventure filled day, jam packed with many memorable events. These included Christchurch being bathed in a high of 34 C (usually we don't get past 32/33 in summer, and that's on the few very hot days... it was only while we were away at the end of last year that temperatures got up to 36 C one day); not really a "highlight" for me (since hot weather isn't my cup of tea), but still, quite a factor in the rest of the day's events... The real highlights of the day though were having a close-up encounter with a flock of friendly fantails in Deans Bush, and spending a lovely few hours at the Lantern Festival, which were off by seeing a long and varied fireworks display overhead + up close (from the opposite side of the lake).
Pics from the Lantern Festival are coming - I ended up playing with a new workflow for processing them this time (to alleviate the WB issues I'd been plagued by in previous years, and also to try out some post-Picasa workflows). However, all that's been taking a bit longer than expected, as the new tools are a lot slower, requiring a lot more effort to get similar results as before. Not to mention all the tweaking/learning effort required... Still, hopefully this will be up soon.
I was originally drawn to investigate the sunrise by this nice view out the back door while heading to the loo...
Curiosity got the better of me when I realised that I was on track for seeing sunrise, so I opened the door, and was greeted to this impressive red skyscape!
It didn't take much to lure me further outside... the building epicness was just that: epic!
I wonder whether we'll have anything quite as interesting this weekend! :D