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Roy's Peak
Wanaka Area

The walk up to Mount Roy from Lake Wanaka takes you more than 1km straight up along a 4WD track initially, then a steep and narrow ridgeline. The weather was very kind that evening for the walk down after dusk but well worth the view, the blisters and the takeout dinner afterward ! Lake Wanaka meanders off into the distance framed by the town of Wanaka on the right and Mount Aspiring National Park on the left. One of many memorable moments from our now distaant trip to New Zealand in May.

The video of our trip at a dizzying pace here:
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Hooker Valley
New Zealand

On a freezing clear dawn, I made my way up to Hooker Valley in the dark- The trail itself was very good, yet in the pitch black, somehow I managed to lose the trail a couple of times ! Despite the lack of clouds, it was still a magical place to be - perhaps influenced by the hypothermia I induced by wading across the base of the lake !

The 'reel' of every single shot we took is compiled here in 12 minutes!
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Glenorchy Lagoon
New Zealand

This was one of my most favourite scenes from the trip to New Zealand earlier this year. Having woken up and done our morning routine with Charlotte, we packed her up tight and snug on my back where she soon fell asleep and missed this beautiful dawn which transitioned from pink to gold to misty frost beauty. Glenorchy Lagoon is a must see for any landscape photographer visiting New Zealand on a limited schedule.

The video of our trip at a dizzying pace here:
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Lake Manapouri
New Zealand

During our recent trip to New Zealand, I did one night of the Kepler Track and found myself at Shallow Bay on the shores of Lake Manapouri. Rising mists and light rained combined to give this rainbow over the lake itself. This seemed to last forever and was one of many great moments of our trip. This was an exposoure blend of three images done manually. I did take one with a big stopper but found the feel completely different without the ripples of water and sheen.

The actual footage of the rainbow can be seen in this video
[A New Zealand Miracle part 2]

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Lake Mackenzie
New Zealand

First of all, sorry for the lack of posting but Marianne, Charlotte and I were busy preparing and then finally enjoying our trip in New Zealand from which we just returned. About this shot.....

The location is 13km into the Routeburn track from the Divide in Fiordland National Park. The conditions when I started the trek could only be described as wet.......pouring rain, small rivers became streams to splash across along the trail, little visibility, a roaring 174m waterfall (Earland falls) requiring a detour at its base. All of us who arrived at the Lake Mackenzie hut that evening were sodden through despite our waterproof gear. As such, it was hard to get the motivation to sit lakeside at sunset, but the rain had stopped as we arrived so a little hope turned into smiles as this scene evolved over the still green waters of the lake. A moment to savour ! ps. Charlotte and Marianne were down in Milford sound enjoying similarly spectacular conditions!

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Kirkjufell
Iceland

Sorry for the prolonged absence from dA. Life has been incredible busy of late with weddings, home renovations, work publications, and of course, Charlotte taking up most of my time. I've recently acquired a 5dmk3 and hope to revisit Iceland in winter to take high iso images of aurora in particular. This one was taken during our 2010 trip which is filled with fond memories.

Marianne and I will be heading off to New Zealand for 3 weeks at the end of April and we can't wait to test out the new camera's abilities! Happy Easter everyone :)



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Port Willunga, South Australia

A few weeks ago, I headed down to a favourite location for a rare sunset shoot rather than dawn. At the time, there were large bushfires on Eyre Peninsula a few hundred kilometers to the west. This resulted in the strange diffused light which the sun was emitting at the time . The clouds of sunset also helped give a striking appearance to the scene. It was unfortunate that the tide was so low as I would have loved to have seen this with the water around the rocks!

Sorry about the absence here - the Loupe Awards recently had us busy in various ways along with life in general!

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Glenorchy Jetty
New Zealand

This was shot from one of my favourite locations during this last trip. The Northern end of Lake Wakatipu and Glenorchy was simply stunning with the clear nights leading to frosty mornings where the ground was covered with a layer of ice and the lakes covered with a layer of mist. Noone was out and about in these conditions so I had it all to myself appreciating the wintery crispness ;)

We are off to Eyre peninsula this week so hopefully we can come back with a contrasting set of earthy rocky outback type pictures from the Gawler Ranges in particular!

The video of our trip at a dizzying pace here:
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Milford Sound
New Zealand

Dylan and I recently came back from a 3-week trip to New Zealand's South Island. It was our first real holiday since Charlotte arrived and we were quite looking forward to it. I was a bit nervous about travelling with an 8-month old baby, but she turned out to be absolutely fantastic as we dragged her out for sunrise and sunset almost everyday.

On this night Dylan was not with us as he did an overnight trek on the Routeburn Track. It had been raining all day until suddenly at 4pm it ceased. The rain caused a multitude of small waterfalls to magically appear, cascading off the mountains around us. I was trying to feed Charlotte dinner in our accommodation and watching the sky very closely. As soon as she finished I rushed out with her and tried to capture what was left of the light - seems that I misjudged how long it takes to get a child fed, strapped into a carrier, covered with mesh (so sandflies don't bite her) and then lugging all the photographic gear to the right location.

Thankfully there was just enough interesting clouds catching the light to make my efforts worthwhile. Bowen Falls on the right hand side of the image is not normally so visible but there was so much water from the rain it was roaring.

Thanks to my hubby for helping me process the image!
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Almonta Beach Dunes
Coffin Bay National Park

Our recent trip to Eyre Peninsula introduced me to large dunes (though not as large as major deserts). It has also now fuelled the fire to see even bigger and more spectacular ones! These dunes are inland from a pristine white beach on Eyre Peninsula with no clear path to them. Wild weather at the time gave rise to very interesting lighting and photographic opportunities though it was a little painful with sand and rain flying around the place. I didn't dare get the camera too low just to minimise the sand whipping past the body.

On another note, our 2013 calendar is now available and we will be taking orders for the next 2 weeks. details are in the blog post here: [link]



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