Today I walked down the Ngaio Gorge track. I used to do it every month or so but for no particular reason hadn’t been there since before COVID. Quite a lot of work had been done on steps and footbridges, but the very bottom was blocked off as work continues to repair a slip on the nearby road.
I’ve been going down a big rabbit hole of looking at Fuji, in camera, recipes lately. All the shots below are straight out of camera JPEGS using the Shinrin Yoku recipe from film.recipes. Shinrin Yoku apparently translates from Japanese as “forest bathing”. I suspect that it is one of those concepts that when translated into English and adopted by Anglo cultures loses something. But a walk in nature is always calming, even when, as in this case, you can hear (and in a couple of places glimpse) trains on the suburban Johnsonville line.
It was complicated light, because it was a gorgeous summers day but there were lots of trees, and the banks of the gorge. In some shots the result was a bit warm/yellow for my tastes, but in other cases its worked out well.
A photo walk of course calls for a which way photo …
Some other walkers might need to pull up a seat
Gorge of course indicates a river (or in this case a stream) and there was pretty much water, water all the way (although the stream is so clear it might be hard to see here)
and there is always weekend sky to look up at
Lastly there are a few bonuses, like a rare opportunity to respond to Crispina Kemp’s Friday Fungi
or play around with the X100V’s 10cm minimum focus distance for an almost “macro” for Pic and a Word. Having failed to figure out extension tubes I am now really lusting after a real macro lens for my XT-3, although I do like the bokeh the X100V produces up close at f2