Today, very sadly is my last day here in beautiful Queenstown. What a memorable trip! I have some of the most incredible shots from around the south island. I can’t wait to get home and do a bit of post producing on them and load them to this website.
This morning began early for me. I was up before dawn and headed to Coronet Peak (a mountain 15 mins from Queenstown). From here I shot some amazing star shots with the glow of Queenstown below. I used the magic Nikon 14-24mm lens and to say I’m happy with the shots I got is an understatement. I then shot sunrise shots including panoramas with The Remarkables in them.
I then had breakfast at a cute little café in Arrowtown. I love Arrowtown, if you’re ever visiting here in Queenstown it’s worth the drive out to experience it, make sure you visit the bakery 😉
It was then back to Queenstown where I did some experimenting with my GoPro (photos and timelapse videos) and threw on the monster Nikon 80–400mm lens on the D800 and got some wildlife shots.
This trip will go down as one of the best I’ve ever had. I’ve seen mother nature in all her glory, easily some of the most spectacular mountain scenery ever and of course I was engaged to my beautiful soul mate Kristy. Life is so good! Get out there and make the most it. As Ferris Bueller said, “blink and you might just miss it.”
Take care, and until next time.
Glorious sunrise this morning. Incredible colours of pink and purple as the sun came up over The Remarkables.
Well after getting engaged yesterday and a long night of celebrating I took it easy today and just cruised around the Queenstown area itself with the camera.
I mostly took shots over in the botanic gardens area and did a lot with the GoPro today in terms of time lapse videos. Look forward to putting them together when I get home.
Finished the day off with casual cruise on the TSS Earnslaw (a 100 year old steam ship) across Lake Wakatipu with my new fiancé. Perfect end to another wonderful day here.
Last day tomorrow. So sad to be leaving but will make the absolute most of my last day shooting.
Today I asked the most beautiful person in the world if she would marry me. And she said, YES!
It all happened in my favourite and what I would describe as the most magical place in the world. At Paradise not too far from Queenstown on a picture perfect day.
Words escape me in describing the love of my life. All I can say is I have well and truly found my
soul mate. I am the happiest and luckiest man in the world.
Well, it had to happen and today was the day. Snow! Yes, I awoke to beautiful snow showers sprinkling across Lake Wakatipu and The Remarkables. The whole of the town took on this magical glow. I live in a tropical climate so experiencing snow for me is special.
After a huge breakfast I headed out to Arrowtown, about 20 minutes away from Queenstown. Here I found early settler houses and a main street filled with incredible character. There’s the old Chinese settlement from the gold rush days, with huts so small you WOULD hit a cat if you did swing it! Goodness knows how they survived in those tiny huts during the snow of winter. They made for some great photos in the snow.
In the evening I went to Queenstown’s botanical gardens and got some terrific shots around a water fountain that changed colour.
I love Queenstown so much. There’s something about it I connect with so well. Maybe it’s the mixture of adventure and beautiful scenery? All I know is I feel like I’m home when here.
I think it’s time for a delicious Patagonia’s hot chocolate. See you all tomorrow 🙂
Such a beautiful day today. Started out a little cloudy, but quickly cleared up to reveal stunning mountain ranges covered in snow.
I decided to head to Glenorchy today. A little town about 45 minutes away from Queenstown. The mountains here are just stunning and combined with the aqua blue water of Lake Wakatipu made for some great shots.
From here I headed to a place called Paradise. This is one of my favourite places in the world because of it’s diverse landscape elements. Lakes, wildlife, forest, waterfalls, long sweeping plains, and mountains. Of course it is here that I am in my element. I almost filled my camera memory card for the first time on this trip. I was salivating as I saw the most amazing gifts of nature. Snow frosted plants. mirrored snowy mountains in lakes, rock solid frozen grass with icicles and suns rays streaming through tall ancient forest trees.
What a magnificent trip it has been so far. So much fun, wonderful weather and getting some great shots along the way. Tomorrow is Milford Sound. I’m going to try out my new Nikon 80-400mm lens and hopefully get some good wildlife shots 🙂
Today will go down as one of the BEST photographic days I’ve ever had. Picture perfect weather along with mother nature turning it on in real style. My journey took me from Queenstown up to Mount Cook. Just so much happened it would take me forever to type everything, so here’s a short version for you:
* Started at dawn – firstly found a mini oasis of a waterfall over rocks at a place called Roaring Meg.
* Mist on and sunrays through cloud upon Lake Dunstan near Cromwell.
* Panoramas of snow capped mountains near Lindis Pass.
*Mount Cook National Park – Shots around Lake Pukaki and Mount Cook itself.
*Lake Takepo – Good Sheppard Church shots and shots around the lake.
*Night/star shots of the Good Sheppard Church
*Night/star shots of Lindis Pass
I can’t wait to show you all the shots on my website. Had so much fun along the way too today.
Now super tired and ready for bed after a massive 7 hour drive with photos in between. Good night to you all 🙂
An absolutely stunning day here in Queenstown New Zealand!
The day began with a trip out to the gorgeous Wanaka via the short cut up and over the Alpine Ranges. There were many stunning vantage points looking back over the valley, perfect for my first panorama.
First things first, as I drove into Wanaka I visited my favourite little bakery that I had discovered years ago and ordered the usual. Meat pie and cream filled donut (trust me I don’t always eat this bad). From there I went across the road to Lake Wanaka. If you are ever visiting the south island of New Zealand you MUST visit here. The scenery is jaw dropping. Very happy with the shots I obtained including a terrific collection of shots around this lonely little tree protruding from the lake.
I then hit the road and headed back to Queenstown, but kept going to get to a small remote lake called Moke. I can’t wait to put the panoramic shots I got here together. Perfect mirrored image mountains for 180 degrees. Got a little hairy going out to here due to snow and ice on the dirt road, but it was so worth it!
In the evening I took the Queenstown skyline gondola to the top of the mountain which overlooks the town. Beautiful sunset shots with colours of pink and purple in the sky above The Remarkables mountain range. What a glorious way to end a magnificent day. Just love this place to bits!