I took this shot in 2014 while I was on a road trip through the West Coast of New Zealand. It was my first visit to Punakaki and the famous Pancake Rocks (I'll let you guess where the name comes from...). It took a few attempts at working through the post processing on this one as I kept trying different moods, but I'm really happy with how it's turned out.
Another reason Milford Sounds is such a stunning location, when there are water falls like Bowen Falls crashing down within view of the village itself. I had my camera set up taking morning shots of Mitre Peak when the sun burst into the fiord and illuminated the spray from the falls. Nothing like nature giving you multiple options in one location.
It’s funny how sometimes your favourite photos can come from shots where the end result was never intended. While in Te Anau I was waiting for my dinner to be cooked so I went down to the lake with the camera and took a few photos of the shore line. The lighting was quite nice and there were some interesting clouds so I took a few shots at varied exposures. I started with a bracket of three shots to get the full dynamic range of the scene and then I put a 10 stop neutral density filter on to get a couple of 30s exposures to smooth out the water. When I got home from my trip I looked through the photos and couldn’t decide if I wanted a dreamy long exposure shot or a sharp short exposure. Then I thought, why not both? I started a manual blend of the shots combining elements off each. I’m really happy with the effect this created with silky smooth water and a transition between the dramatic clouds and smoothed out clouds. I guess you could think of it as blending time as well as light.
Lake Fergus in Fiordland. Another one of the fantastic sights along the road to Milford Sound. I was rewarded with mirror-still water just after sunrise, which is pretty early that far south in the middle of summer but totally worth it. Ten minutes later the wind picked up and the reflections were lost.
While travelling through Milford Sound I spent a night at the Department of Conservation campsite at Cascade Creek. Not only is it the closest campsite to Milford Sound, but it also has its own attractions during summer. It’s pretty amazing to be able to wake up in the morning to open the tent and be presented with this view.
Lake Matheson in the West Coast of New Zealand is known for producing mirror finish reflections of Mt Cook. There was no view of Mt Cook on offer this visit with a thick mist but the lake did not disappoint.