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 drive from Lake Tekapo to Mount Cook/Aoraki National park was one of the highlights of our trip. Unfortunately, our little girl was in a particularly grizzly mood during the drive so we couldn't stop for long but this blueness of the lake combined with incoming snow storms, sunlight and autumn foilage all just came together at various parts of the drive. Once we were in the mountains, the weather was inclement.
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!
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 !
Our time spent around Lake Wakatipu was characterised by clear conditions which meant freezing mornings. This led to the marsh grasses freezing over and layers of mist over the water surfaces in the early morning. Charlotte was asleep on my back for the whole time we were out here but hopefully she took in some of the freshness of the whole experience from just being there Marianne was also out and about taking pictures which I will have to bug her to post here !
Gunyah Dunes Coffin Bay National Park Eyre Peninsula South Australia
The Gunyah dunes are accessable by 4WD a few kilometres off the road to Coffin Bay National Park. The last section toward the beach is very sandy which meant that Marianne and I chose to walk it given the SUV we were driving and my limited 4X4 skills. This sunset was a portent to stormy weather which would hit the area for the next few days giving some incredible conditions for photography but conditions difficult to tolerate especially in the dunes. Eyre peninsula is a photographer's playground and we would love to return there again one day!
Marianne , Charlotte and I recently returned from a fantastic trip to New Zealand and Sydney. Part of the trip included a hike (alone) to Angelus Hut near Lake Rotoiti. Despite not being one of the 'great walks' in New Zealand, it is still very popular with locals, particularly since we were visiting around Anzac day. Due to the bad weather on the outward hike, there was a 40% no show rate at the hut that evening which made things cosy and comfy. The next morning, I really got up with a hope to simply see the distant mountains but instead, a brief intense light show arose on the eastern horizon. Thereafter, the clouds drifted in and the blustery grey continued. I would highly recommend this hike as the surrounding areas are just pristine and rugged.
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!
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!
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]