Little Green Bus... On the Lindis Pass...

Continuing on our trip around the South Island in April, here's one of my last images from the trip. I still have more from earlier in the trip, but as of yet haven't got round to sorting and processing them.

This image was shot from a layby at the summit of Lindis Pass on our way back to Christchurch.  A vastly different landscape to the temperate rainforest of Millford Sound and the surrounding area where we stayed only a few days prior.  This landscape had a very Martian feel!

Lindis Pass

The Monday Blues...

Here's another image from our recent trip to the South Island, this time one from Lake Matheson which is located just outside Fox on the west coast.

Lake Matheson is famous for its early morning lake reflections. Within about 30mins of me shooting this (and many more images), ripples started to form on the surface and totally destroyed the reflection. A magical place, but you do get a lot of tourists there with the same idea in mind!

The snow covered mountains you can see on the right of the frame form part of the Southern Alps - Horokoau/Mt Tasman (left) and Aoraki/Mt Cook (right). Mt Tasman is NZ's second highest mountain at 3497m, and Mt Cook is in first place at 3724m.

Lake Matheson

Hawkes Bay's Winter Blast

Last weekend saw a major southerly winter blast hit NZ.  The central north island seemed to take the brunt of the storm with a good dumping of snow bringing down powerlines and leaving large parts of the region without power.  Unison did a fantastic job of quickly repairing the damage, so a big shout-out to the guys who got to experience the full force of the storm.  

On Monday, I took a drive over to Puketitiri with another photography mate of mine and took a few snaps.  Hawkes Bay certainly looks different when it's covered in snow!

The last image in the slideshow below shows the SCP Toyota Hilux shortly after being dug out of the snow.... Got a little stuck while trying to turn around on a snowy/icy farm track.  Wrong tyres for the conditions and no snow chains made it fun once the going got tough.  Thanks to the friendly farmers who helped me dig it out of the snow!

A Trip up Te Mata Peak

Yesterday afternoon I took a drive up Te Mata Peak after I'd finished shooting some images at Hereworth School.

The weather was on the turn, and as as typical for this time of year there were controlled burn-off's from local agri-businesses dotted here-and-there which certainly adds to the 'atmosphere'.

Here are a couple of shots, one looking at Mt Kahuranaki (bottom) and the other looking towards the ranges (top).


The drive from Te Anau to Milford Sound (SH94) has many beautiful places to pull over to the side of the road to admire the scenery. This was one of those places...

The Eglinton Valley is the home of the Eglinton River (not surprisingly) which flows for a distance of 50km from Lake Gunn to Lake Te Anau which is the largest lake in Australasia by volume. By surface area it is the second largest lake in NZ, with Lake Taupo being the largest.

The mountains on the left of the frame lead up to Mount Eglinton (1854m above sea level), a vertical climb of around 1500m from where this image was taken.

Stingray Bay

Last weekend Andrew Caldwell and I took a stroll (and when I say stroll, I actually mean a death defying, rock scrambling, 30 minute hike in the pitch black) to Stingray Bay and Flat Rock, Tangoio.

Access is gained along a very eroded coastal path from Tangoio Beach, just to the north of Napier.  This is a beautiful part of the Hawkes Bay coastline, and I intend to make the trip sometime in the future with a fishing rod also!


Sacred Kingfisher

Another image from my recent trip to Lake Tutira...

I didn't think much of this image when I first saw the RAW file, but then with a little work I've ended up with an image which I really quite like... I think a square crop really helped it as it removed some distracting elements on the right of the frame...

A few minutes after taking this shot, I spotted a New Zealand Kingfisher sat in a tree a few metres away.  I didn't manage to get a shot of that particular bird as it would have flown off before I'd put on a longer lens, but I did have one in my archives which fit the bill rather well...

I normally don't add objects to an image which weren't there to begin with, but for this shot I felt it needed a little more.  As I'd spotted a Kingfisher in the area I figured it perfectly possible that it would have sat on that branch at some point in it's life, and probably would be there again if an annoying photographer wasn't around!...  :-)

Lake Tutira

So here it is, my third and final image from the weekends trip to Lake Tutira...

This was one of the first frames I shot, thanks Andrew for pointing me in the direction of these handily placed rocks!

For anyone interested in the tech specs for this image, here they are... 

Camera: Canon 5D mkiii, Lens: Tokina 16-28mm

Shutter: 3.2secs, Aperture: f/16, ISO: 100, Focal length: 18mm

During the summer last year, we took a family trip to Tutira.  Here's an aerial image from that trip.  My two previous blog posts were shot from along the land bridge between the two lakes... Enjoy the view...

White Out...

Here's my second image from yesterday morning's trip to Lake Tutira... 

I had to stand motionless in the water, with the camera firmly affixed to my tripod for a good few minutes whilst the Black Swans made their way into the frame... Click...

Tomorrow I will post what I think is my third and final image from this trip... Watch this space!

A Stick, The Sun...And a Whole Lot of Fog

This morning I briefly wrote on my Facebook page about a trip up to Lake Tutira which Andrew and Liz Caldwell and myself did this morning.

The weather was a little on the frigid side, minus figures on the car thermometer and thick fog shrouding the lake and surrounding hills.

I've got a couple more images which I'll post in due course, in the meantime here's one of may favorites...


Bright and early on Sunday Morning, fellow togger, Andrew Caldwell and I met up on to shoot the breeze and try and get a nice shot or two.  

The fog didn't quite play ball and I ended up calling it a day as the damp air began to strike into my bones... Must be getting old!

In the end, I came away with this pano shot of the back of Te Mata Peak.  Not quite what I wanted, but there's always next time!

Te Mata Peak, Havelock North

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Following on from my Sleeping Giant PhotoNews post a few days ago, here's another from my scouting trip.

This image consists of 18 individual shots which I stitched together to create a panoramic.  On the left of the image you can see Te Mata Peak, and on the right-hand-side you have Mount Erin.