A Visit Back in Time at Burkes Pass

During our most recent visit to New Zealand we had the opportunity to drive through the village of Burkes Pass as we were returning from Mount Cook National Park. We arrived at Burkes Pass late in the day after the shops had closed, but still thoroughly enjoyed our colourful ‘visit back in time’.

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Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 15mm, efov 41mm, f8, 1/400, ISO-160

It would have been great to talk to the owners of this unique display of eclectic items, and the small collection of retail shops – I’m sure they would be very creative folks!

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f8, 1/100, ISO-160

As my wife and I strolled the grounds we were almost overwhelmed with the diversity of the items on display.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f8, 1/200, ISO-160

There were some interesting examples of re-purposed items like the table made by incorporating the front end of a Morris.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 15mm, efov 41mm, f8, 1/200, ISO-160

There were also some examples of Kiwi humour.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 60mm, efov 162mm, f8, 1/320, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 46mm, efov 124mm, f8, 1/100, ISO-160

During our brief visit some heavy storm clouds were approaching which caused us to rush our explorations somewhat.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 18mm, efov 49mm, f8, 1/500, ISO-160

Burkes Pass is one of those unique locations where one’s eye cannot help but be attracted to all kinds of unusual items, shapes, and combinations of colours.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 20mm, efov 54mm, f8, 1/60, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 14mm, efov 38mm, f8, 1/60, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 64mm, efov 173mm, f8, 1/100, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 14mm, efov 38mm, f8, 1/80, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f8, 1/50, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 10mm, efov 27mm, f8, 1/160, ISO-160

Part of the challenge when composing photographs in this kind of almost over-stimulating environment is to find specific shooting positions and fields-of-view to try to direct a viewer’s eye in an image.  Adjusting the distance of your camera from the ground can be an important consideration when framing images.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 15mm, efov 41mm, f8, 1/250, ISO-160
Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 14mm, efov 38mm, f8, 1/80, ISO-160

Zoom lenses that provide a wide range of focal lengths like my 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 (efov 27-270mm) are often panned by many photographers due to optical quality trade-offs.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 20mm, efov 54mm, f8, 1/80, ISO-160

For this kind of subject matter I found the 1 Nikon 10-100mm to be ideal because of its focal length flexibility.

Nikon 1 J5 + 1 Nikon 10-100mm f/4-5.6 @ 11mm, efov 30mm, f8, 1/160, ISO-160

If you ever find yourself on the South Island of New Zealand driving along Highway 8 between Tekapo and Fairlie, a stop in the village of Burkes Pass is well worth it!

Technical Note:
All photographs were captured using Nikon 1 gear as per the EXIF data. All images were produced from RAW files using my standard process of DxO PhotoLab, CS6 and the Nik Collection.

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4 thoughts on “A Visit Back in Time at Burkes Pass”

  1. Well it’s yor photography which inspired me to carry on investing in the 1 system, so I’m aspiring to achievement!

  2. Great shots of interesting subject matter Thom. Particularly liked the 1970s Triumph chop with the coffin petrol tank. I’ve just taken the plunge and upgraded my J3 to a J5 I spotted on ebay today with 266 shutter count. Can’t wait to try it out!

    1. Thanks Roger – I’m glad you enjoyed the images! You should notice some nice improvements moving from your J3 to a J5 in terms of image quality (i.e. better dynamic range and colour depth) as well as a more ergonomic set-up with the J5. Hope you enjoy your J5 as much as I do mine!
      Tom

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