Tasman Lake with a Mountain Backdrop

Staying in the Mount Cook area of New Zealand and another lake – Tasman Lake which was formed and is fed from the melting Tasman Glacier. The lake is often filed with mini icebergs and although they weren’t operating when we were there you can take small boats out among them on the lake.

A perfect spot with the mountain backdrop – and also a dramatic reminder of global warming when you realise how rapidly the glacier is retreating!

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
Cruising along Doubtfulsound

Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island.

Wikipedia History: Doubtful Sound was named ‘Doubtful Harbour’ in 1770 by Captain Cook, who did not enter the inlet as he was uncertain whether it was navigable under sail. It was later renamed Doubtful Sound by whalers and sealers, although it is not technically a sound but a fiord.

  • Aperture: ƒ/22
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/8s
Cruising along Doubtfulsound

Doubtful Sound in Fiordland National Park on New Zealand’s South Island.

Wikipedia History: Doubtful Sound was named ‘Doubtful Harbour’ in 1770 by Captain Cook, who did not enter the inlet as he was uncertain whether it was navigable under sail. It was later renamed Doubtful Sound by whalers and sealers, although it is not technically a sound but a fiord.

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/25s
Tasman Lake with a Mountain Backdrop

Staying in the Mount Cook area of New Zealand and another lake – Tasman Lake which was formed and is fed from the melting Tasman Glacier. The lake is often filed with mini icebergs and although they weren’t operating when we were there you can take small boats out among them on the lake.
A perfect spot with the mountain backdrop – and also a dramatic reminder of global warming when you realise how rapidly the glacier is retreating!

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 33mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/500s
The Road and the Mountain

The landscape around Mount Cook on the South Island of New Zealand is one of the most amazing places you could visit. From glacial lakes to snowcapped mountain peaks I could easily spend months here watching the landscape change with the seasons and weather and taking photos. And the roads around the area just add something to photos!

Definitely must visit if you’re in New Zealand

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 35mm
  • ISO: 200
  • Shutter speed: 1/1000s
The Lake and the Mountain

The amazing Mount Cook on New Zealand’s South Island is well worth a visit for hiking, exploring and a bit of photography.

Even better, to get to Mount Cook you need to drive alongside Lake Pukaki which has an amazing blue colour which is hard not to want to photograph.

Put the two together and wow!!! Just an amazing area in New Zealand. Wish I was back there now….

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Exposure bias: -1EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 135mm
  • ISO: 100
  • Shutter speed: 1/2000s
The View from the Top

New Zealand and the view from the climb up Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom) located in the Tongariro National Park. If you’re doing the Tongariro Alpine Corssing or the Northern Circuit and the weather conditions are right this climb is well worth the effort – even with the loose scree and somewhat sketchy descent!

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Exposure bias: -1EV
  • Flash fired: no
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s
Rainy Days on the Milford Track

The Milford Track was closed recently for the first time this season due to flooding. Those of us trapped on the track at the time were held at our huts, but we did manage to escape for short day walks on non flooded sections.

Those bits that were impassable had water over head height and raging rivers across the track.

But Mintaro Hut is a great place for a 4 day, 3 night stay!

  • Aperture: ƒ/8
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/100s
The View from the Top

New Zealand and the view from the climb up Mount Ngauruhoe (aka Mount Doom) located in the Tongariro National Park. If you’re doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing or the Northern Circuit and the weather conditions are right this climb is well worth the effort – even with the loose scree and somewhat sketchy descent!

  • Aperture: ƒ/9
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/200s
House under the Glacier


Sitting under Snæfellsjökul this little house a great view of the mountain and of out to sea. I can imagine in bad weather it would feel quite remote, but in the morning sunlight it’s a nice winter wonderland.

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 135mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 1/640s
Under the Northern Lights


Two years ago I went to Iceland to see the country and hopefully see the Northern Lights – the latter never happned in two weeks.

This week after being in the county for two hours the sky put on this display while I was walking along the harbour – a quick learning curve for photographing them and hopefully they’ll be about a bit more in the coming weeks!

 

  • Aperture: ƒ/4
  • Camera: Canon EOS 5D Mark II
  • Focal length: 16mm
  • ISO: 400
  • Shutter speed: 4s

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