Then I hit the road on the scooter. I stopped at various locations around Rarotonga grabbing shots, including secluded beaches, Wigmore’s Waterfall, Black Rock (got a FANTASTIC panorama here with the aqua blue ocean), and around the main town of Avarua.
In the afternoon, I took the GoPro diving and got some more great shots of star fish, coral and fish. Well, when in paradise…
And that was where my day ended abruptly as I strained my right foot/ankle while diving. Twisted the wrong way while standing up to get into my kayak (that’s life). Had to rest up and go into repair mode pretty quickly. It was lucky the injury happened when it did anyway as a large rain storm came in and swamped everything, so was still not able to get my elusive sunset shot or any shots for that matter.
Time to rest up, repair, and oh, is that another cocktail calling? 🙂
Up again early to do some sunrise shots around a group of large rocks I found. Was a wonderful sunrise and am very happy with the shots I got. I also had the GoPro Hero 3 doing a timelapse which I can’t wait to put together when I get home.
From there I started doing more shots for the new Slim Birdy website. Had lots and lots of fun! Looking forward to seeing the website when it is completed with photos done by yours truly.
Once that was done the weather became overcast. I found this dramtic landscape (black jagged lava that had frozen upon hitting the shoreline many centuries ago) and began to take shots with my ND filter. I got some terrific shots as the waves smashed up against the rocks. I even got smashed myself, embarassing.. all captured on video too!
Once again no good for the sunnset as was overcast. Time to sit back with a cocktail and enjoy the evening in paradise 🙂
Up to shoot the sunrise and beginning of the Adrian Alford Photography video which you will see completed mid 2013 on this website. Basically the video will detail more about my photography, my techniques and some of the stunning places I get to visit. It will appear under the “About Adrian” tab.
Had to go into the main town of Avarua to get my Cook Islands drivers licence for the scooter. Even though I have a drivers licence and international drivers licence they still require you to have a “Cook Islands” drivers licence. There is one main road that goes around the circumference of Rarotonga so it’s pretty hard to get lost. I had a bit of fun with the drives licence picture and nailed “Blue Steel” hehe 🙂
I then went to Wigmore’s waterfall in the middle of the island. It was this perfect little oasis and I got a lot of different angles. The best part was when the sun came out and dappled across the waterfall and green mossed ledge side, beautiful. The mosquitos were pretty thick though. My camera and scooter were covered in them as they’re attracted to black. I did however have some tropical strength insect repellent (which coincidentally had just picked up from a store) so that kept them at bay thankfully.
Did more scouting and found some good spots for more shots.
In the afternoon I made my way over to the deserted Taakoka island via kayak in the middle of Muri Lagoon. Took the Gopro Hero 3 camera and found a perfect spot to go snorkelling. Got some incredible video footage and stills of the different fish, corals and bombies. The best shot however was when I surfaced and discovered a single yellow hibiscus flower floating in the middle of the ocean. I got a terrific shot as it floated by (see insert). I am now using it as my blog background 🙂
Found the perfect beach to take another sunset shot. Unfortunately the sunset was a complete dud this evening. But will return to the same spot tomorrow and hopefully get a better shot.
SPECTACULAR sunrise this morning so took full advantage with the silhouette of islands in the lagoon. Lots of clouds with pink, orange and purple colours. Probably some of the best sunrise shots I’ve ever taken. These will be available to view and buy very soon from this website, stay tuned.
I secured my scooter for getting around the island for the rest of the week. Love my scooters, just so much fun! They’re also economical, easy parking and they can get you into places cars can’t. Great for photography.
Shot pics for new exciting website soon to launch called slimbirdy.com. I have a feeling this website will be a HUGE hit in the future, so keep your eyes out for that one. It concentrates on healthy living tips, delicious recipes, fun exercise and much much more.
In the afternoon I did a bit of scouting for locations, then shot a beautiful sunset on the western side of the island.
Off to shoot night shots with bright stars over islands.
Loving this place so much! 🙂
After a long flight and arriving at 1am in Rarotunga, it was relieving to get to my accom at Muri Beach. Given the late hour, I could not resist to go down to the waters edge in front of my bungalow. I looked up to see the milky way in a bright cloudless night sky over the silhouette of a small island out in the lagoon. Pricelsss moment.
Upon waking I discovered an oasis lagoon with water so blue it was like someone had tipped coloured dye into the water. I have been blessed with beautiful weather today to get my initial shots around the Muri Beach area. Remote lttle islands lay within the lagoon so I grabbed a kayak and paddled out to do a recky for some potential shots on one of the islands. Found some great spots.
Once again luck was upon me and a group of young local children had a sailing regatta in the lagoon. Their miniature sailing boats were too cute, and boy could they go! Got some wonderful shots as they raced around the lagoon.
Such a magnificent first day and I still have all week to enjoy. Am really looking forward to it.
Sunrise and sunset shots again tomorrow. Have found some nice locations to shoot from.
I also have a new best friend in a little cat who follows me around everywhere getting under my feet hence her nickname CIC. Short for Cook Islands Cat.