An interesting day today! Working around the home this morning and thought that we were off to a bad start when the digger took out the water supply to our house but then it got a little more interesting in the afternoon with a magnitude 5.8 earthquake, followed by a 6.0 a bit later. Merry Christmas Canterbury! More annoying than anything else but frustrating because it means that our odds of getting contents insurance any time soon quickly disappeared this afternoon! Oh well, just have to be careful… This is a lily that was lying on my parents deck tonight so though it would make a good photo for day 355 🙂 Hoping for an uninterrupted sleep tonight followed by a successful day of playing plumber man tomorrow!
We finally got into the Red Zone today! They opened up a walkway through to the Cathedral Square in Christchurch this weekend so we took the family through for a look today. I’ve been waiting almost a year to get inside and take some photos and even though this was all fenced off and pretty packed it was really good to see the inner city and the changes that have been made. The Cashel Container Mall was pretty awesome to see for the first time and really good to see something starting to happen in the Central City! Anyway, enough words so enjoy the images and have a look closely at the McDonald’s photo for the half-eaten food that was left there over 9 months ago! Successful day 329 🙂
I got back after work and had planned to take a photo but then got busy. I saw that the sun had come out from the clouds and thought that it would look pretty awesome on the Cathedral. I grabbed the camera, jumped in the car and drove down. There were a few people taking photos and a rather large fence but I pushed it apart enough to get the camera in between and get the shots. This was from 3 handheld shots (-2, 0, +2) at f/6.3, ISO 100 and I’m pretty happy with the result! I think day 171 is the favourite of the project so far… Long may the HDR continue!
Today I had the pleasure to take a ride with a friend who’s family owns a drain laying business. They are upgrading their website so wanted some shots of their crew in action and asked me to take some photos. The company (http://www.worthington.co.nz) is doing a lot of fantastic work with the post-earthquake Canterbury rebuild and are one of only three companies in the area to use well point dewatering. Kind of a long word but basically means that they put long tubes with special ends into the ground at regular intervals then connect the tubes to a pipe which connects to a pump, which in turn pump out the water and lowers the ground water table. At the first job I went to, they had put down 10m long tubes in order to dig out and repair a water tank that would otherwise have been under water and inaccessible. It a very impressive operation to see and great to have the chance to see first-hand what it going on around our city.
This shot was the first of about 50-60 pipes running down a street where they were replacing the damaged sewer lines and I got to watch as they drove and connected new tubes at a surprising speed.