Sunday, May 4, 2008

Early winter dawn photo shoot in the Wanaka, South Westland trip and a long post on New Zealand landscape photography

Every autumn river mists rule during any still fine weather over the Clutha river that drains Lake Wanaka, and if you can get up early enough and face the frosts there are a number of excellent vantage points for some uniquely New Zealand landscape photography.

Clutha river mist in the foreground and Hawea river mist in the background, and a good frost in between!...
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Last week Dougal and I headed up the West Coast to visit cousin Deirdre and Murray, and we stopped off at Fox Glacier to stretch the legs with a walk to the glacier on the last day of perfect weather...
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Here we look across a bulge from a heavy snow fall several years ago to the delightful snow grass terraces of the Chancellor Hut (Built 1929-1931). I must go back there soon...it's one of the most delightful settings in the Southern Alps...
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Nothing thrills me quite as much as a roadie on the West Coast. It's like stepping back in time when you contemplate Sat,. night on the main street of lovely Whataroa...
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With not many deciduous trees to delight a landscape photographer on the West Coast, and overnight torrential rain that set in at Reefton [yes, the name probably has it's origins in mining], we headed to dryer climes over Lewis Pass, and found our gold...
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Our visit to Deirdre and Murray's Bed and Breakfast Tininn was just a sheer delight, and with some good light to enhance landscape photography I took quite a lot of shots to upgrade their site with.

Since returning I've found myself pondering many aspects of this sort of photography in New Zealand, so under my Southern Light banner I've posted some thoughts on our unique environment blessed with amazing landscapes and seasons ... more>>


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3 Comments:

Blogger B said...

Well
Not being in Southland doesn't seem too bad, good to keep posted with your blog. Wish I could have cought up when I was in Inver-giggle. RW hopefully passed my hi to you.
Nice pix, jealous re the George sound, looks cool
B

May 7, 2008 at 9:05 PM  
Blogger Shirley Goodwin said...

Ahh, lovely photos as usual Donald. I'm off to Hanmer Springs this weekend which is lovely at this time of year but it'll probably be raining by the looks of it. Never mind, it's a blob-with-the-dogs time.

May 8, 2008 at 6:52 AM  
Blogger Shirley Goodwin said...

And because I like the photos so much on Southern light, I've "borrowed" one to go on my blog, and put a link to your site.

May 8, 2008 at 6:59 AM  

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