I'm sitting on my 25th plane ride of 2016. By my calculations it'll be 36 by the end of the year. It's a lot less than some people but at one plane every 10 days, it's more than most. I'm kind of lucky because about half those flights have been at my employers expense. I've always said you can never complain about a free plane ticket. As I've gotten older I've extended that view to you can't complain about any plane ticket. Middle seat, pointy elbowed passenger next to you, crying baby, too close to the bathroom? None of them are justified when you consider the amazing opportunity to see this diverse and stunning wide world that flight allows. Thanks Wright Brothers..or that French guy some claim really invented flight.
This flight takes me to Auckland from my new home in Samoa to catch another flight; the epic 17 hour Auckland-Dubai journey. It's not the longest flight in the world in terms of kilometres covered but it is the longest in terms of time. I'm looking forward to the first 12 hours but dreading those last 5. So tonight, AFTER I finish writing this, I'm dumping my bag, getting on a bus and going to photograph Auckland's skyline and harbour area. It'll be dark and I hope the water is calm to get some of those reflections on the water and sharp lights a city skyline can give you at night. I'll try to get that star effect of any of the street lights or spot lights that can really make a photo pop. I'll probably take a few in black and white because black and white at night is my favourite image type these days.
I'm basically giving myself a gift to balance out the journey to Europe that, although it is an incredible privilege, is going to leave me exhausted. It'll ease my internal complaining. The inner dialogue will be "You may be tired, bored and hungry, but how amazing did Auckland Harbour look last night!"
Come at me Auckland harbour, Auckland skyline! Let's see what you've got.