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Tasman Lake by SvenMueller Tasman Lake by SvenMueller
Early in the morning I woke up at the parking lot below Mueller Lake (it was the second night sleeping there in my car). The day before I was taking photographs during sunrise and sunset at Mueller and Hooker Lake. That early morning, when I looked up to the sky I saw some flat clouds right of the Hooker Valley with already a very small red hue. Even it was my original plan to photograph that morning again at Mueller Lake I thought about better leaving and driving to the Tasman Lake. I had been there two weeks ago and I knew that it's difficult to capture the beauty of the Tasman Lake very well but I've said to myself that I could never forgive myself if the colors of the clouds would increase later and I wouldn't have a chance to capture it (the sky above the Hooker Lake was cloudless). Past a while I luckily made the decision to drive to Tasman Lake. Thank god. Because the saturation of the sky grew steadily I drove faster and faster - alone, along the small road, through the valley in the dawn against time with the red sky above the mountain range to my right. I felt some kind of adrenaline and I also felt like a rally driver, someone may forgive me for driving to fast but it felt so right that moment. I stopped hard at the Tasman Valley parking lot, jumped out of my car, grabbed my gear and started running up to the viewing platform. Not more than ridiculous 100 meters later I was totally breathless and feared to miss that sunrise but I continued walking. A little later I reached the highest point and started to capture the scenery. No one there except myself, coughing and puffing like an old man but feeling alive like never before. A cold wind blowing and that awesome sky above me, turning even the gray surface of the rocks and stone fields into reds. I was so pleased with. A wonderful moment.

Two days later I've left New Zealand, that was my farewell gift - thanks for it!

Technical Information:
Canon EOS 5D Mark II | Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L USM II
2 RAW | ISO-100 | f/9.0 @ 1.6 - 4.0 s | 16 mm
Location: Tasman Lake, South Island, New Zealand.

Hope you like it - every comment, critique & :+fav: is much appreciated. :w00t:

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tuftedpuffin Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015
Wow, that sky :O Well done!
Anoya Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2015   Photographer
I've featured your work here in this article: APN Suggestion Saturday #42! All these features have been suggested to me as a DD when I was still a CV Heart
FindYourself98 Featured By Owner Nov 18, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
Amazingly beautiful!! Nature is definitely the world's greatest artist. The way the red and the orange clash together is so beautiful.
YouMeAndYouAgain Featured By Owner Sep 11, 2014
Astonishing! It looks like a volcano!
SparkfromEmber Featured By Owner Sep 5, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow.  That's gorgeous. 
Judeyy Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2014
Woooooooow, mir fehlen die Worte :O <3
kuandohan Featured By Owner Jul 6, 2014
Great description, I feel like I can see a story behind this picture!
Your story makes me want to visit a beautiful place like this as well. It quite rare to see beautiful clouds like these where I live, but it can happen. :P

You got yourself a watcher. :)
acoresjo88 Featured By Owner Jul 2, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Congratulations, you have been featured here!
Would be nice if you´d stop by and have a look. Thank you!
Meema Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
You got exceptionally lucky with the weather. I've never seen that area so lit up like that! Usually, it's just grey and rainy.
SteffenHa Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Sehr nice, gefällt mir gut :)
LexisSketches Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
THat sky is almost unreal!
UpYoursFuckers Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
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danUK86 Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   General Artist
great exposure, light and colours :)
LongingForAutumn Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That is an amazing capture!
Bazz-photography Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014   Photographer
Excellent work!
TheMaakie Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014
that's beautiful
theadorablepsycho Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
augenweide Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
sehr harmonisch, sowohl von der komposition wie auch von der belichtung her, - das auge fühlt sich wohl...
John-Peter Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
:thumbsup: :thumbsup:
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Camera Data

Canon EOS 5D Mark II
Shutter Speed
4/1 second
Focal Length
16 mm
ISO Speed
Date Taken
Apr 26, 2014, 9:12:03 PM
Adobe Photoshop CS6 (Windows)
Sensor Size