This article is a bit of a milestone as it represents number 300 in terms of the number of postings on my photography blog. As this occasion has been approaching I’ve been wondering about what topic to cover. I decided to share some images from New Zealand that will be included in one of my forthcoming photography e-books.
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This first image was taken along the Tutukaka Coast on the North Island of New Zealand. We had quite a bit of rain follow us around during our 4 weeks of shooting. Since none of my Nikon 1 bodies is weather-proof that did pose a few challenges.
The only area of New Zealand that we visited twice during our 4 weeks of shooting was Matapouri Bay. A planned dolphin watching boat tour became unrealistic because of inclement weather in the Paihai area so we went back to Matapouri. As you can see from the image above, there are some wonderful rock formations along much of the New Zealand coast which can make for some very interesting images.
Our travels took us from Cape Reinga, the most northerly point on the North Island (image above) all the way to Slope Point which is the most southern point on the South Island.
The wind is so strong and harsh at Slope Point that it has had a noticeable effect on the vegetation. We had to unlock the gate to a farmer’s field in order to walk out past the sheep to reach Slope Point.
We spent quite a bit of our trip on small, gravel roads visiting some out-of-the-way places in New Zealand. The image above is the road leading to the hamlet of Cosy Nook on the South Island. Unfortunately there was a hard, driving rain during most of the time of our visit so my images were less than optimal. A visit to Cozy Nook on a bright sunny day would yield some magnificent seascapes.
Backtracking on the road leading to Cosy Nook did yield a few interesting images such as the one above.
New Zealand is so green and lush due to the copious amounts of rain that fall in many parts of the country so there are many waterfall photography opportunities. Purakaunui Falls was one of the planned stops we had on our tour. This is one of the most photographed waterfalls in New Zealand as it is quite accessible.
If you are partial to rugged, mountain scenery the South Island affords many photographic opportunities. The image above was captured in the town of Te Anau during an evening lakeside walk with my wife.
One of the objectives of my photography e-books is to demonstrate to readers that quite pleasing images can be captured during the typical times of the day when they are travelling. That’s why I purposely planned to capture most of my images between the hours of 9AM to 5PM.
We also kept our hikes into photographic locations at quite reasonable levels, most often no more than about 400 meters or about 1/4 mile. New Zealand has some spectacular photographic spots but to reach them may involve some very long, strenuous hikes. The image above of the Rangipo Desert on the North Island was taken less than 50 meters from the highway.
This flower/cliff scene was captured at Onaero Bay on the North Island in a small park directly on the beach. This image, like all of the ones that will be in my e-books, underwent some very simple post processing. This typically takes no more than about 3 minutes including computer processing time. I think it is important for folks to know that they don’t have to spend hours on an image to get a decent result.
During all of my photography field trips I captured images on a ‘catch as catch can’ basis. I simply tried to do the best I could given the conditions at the time. The image above was captured on route to Picton on the South Island on an overcast day at low tide.
The weather wasn’t all ‘doom and gloom’ and we did have some nice sunny days. The image of the Mataura River above was captured en route to Queenstown from Te Anau.
If you have the opportunity to visit New Zealand you will find image opportunities like the one above abound. It is a wonderful country with warm, engaging residents.
One of the common objectives I have with all of my upcoming e-books to is encourage people to go out and create more photographs, regardless of the equipment they use to do so. I think the more that we can make photography accessible by taking a practical approach with it, the more people will embrace this wonderful pastime.
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