My TOP 5 New Zealand Photography Locations. Over the last 12 years these locations on the south island have been the most successful for me when it comes to photography. I decided to share so you, your family or friends can hopefully enjoy the same experience. Please feel free to share this video with someone you may know who is travelling to New Zealand.
I think everyone in this world has their own “special place”. Let me introduce you to mine. Queenstown in New Zealand is like my second home, a place to adventure, escape, recharge and is my paradise when it comes to photography.
Saying good-bye to this magnificent photographic location was hard. I really enjoyed my time here, and some the awesome sunrises and sunsets I got to witness and capture were unforgettable. Thanks so much for watching and hope you enjoyed the small series here 🙂
This is the LAST EPISODE of Photographing Iceland. What an epic journey it has been! On my last day in Iceland I visit Haifoss Waterfall and then return to Landmannalaugar in the Highlands where I had originally failed miserably to get a shot. This time things turned out a little bit more different than what I expected…
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Photographing Iceland – Today is the day I finally arrive in Iceland to begin my photographic journey. Flying from London to the capital Reykjavik, then by car to southern Iceland.
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And so the adventure begins!
My YouTube channel is up and running and my new series Photographing Iceland has been completed and ready to share!
In this video I will travel from Brisbane Australia to London United Kingdom on the first leg of my journey to Iceland. It also gives you a little background on myself and what I do. Thanks for watching and stay tuned for many more videos to come.
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For so many years I have wanted to hike along the Hooker Valley Track in New Zealand. I was fortunate enough recently to make my dream come true. In April this year, on a perfect Autumn day, my wife and I set out to do the 8 km (5 mile) 4 hour round trek to the base of Mount Cook and Hooker Lake via the Hooker Valley Track and let me tell you … it was SPECTACULAR!
It was everything I dreamt it would be. Besides the jaw dropping alpine scenery, I was also witness to avalanches (from a distance), flowing streams, suspension bridges, wildlife, icebergs (yes, icebergs!) and of course seeing Mount Cook up close is something else.
I chose to travel light in terms of camera equipment. I took my Nikon D800 and Sony RX100 Mark 3 and a smaller lighter tripod. This paid off in the end because I have gone on much longer hikes with a full camera kit and lenses. At the end of those hikes my legs felt like jelly, on this hike I felt really good and still energetic at the end.
Here are some tips regarding the Hooker Valley Track. Firstly, make sure you take some food and water. Just snacks would be enough to get you by. I took a large Gatorade, a pre made sandwich, nut bar and packet of chips. I found that more than enough to keep me rolling along. Secondly, make sure you have sunscreen and a good quality brand insect repellent, especially in the early morning or late evening. Thirdly, DON’T RUSH, I was moving along at a pretty fast pace going in on the track and I wish I would have walked slower because you come to the end soon enough at Hooker Lake.
I would describe the hike somewhere between easy to moderate. Let me put it this way, I saw 70 something year old people with walking canes passing me going back towards the main campsite, so my immediate thoughts of what lay before me fitness wise were instantly relieved. I had trained for months beforehand, but in the end I didn’t really need it. What you will notice is the hike in is a bit harder than the hike out due to the ever so slight upwards grade to the base of Mount Cook and Hooker Lake.
Have you been to the Hooker Valley Track? Perhaps you’re thinking of doing it soon? If so, I’d love to hear from you and your experience in the comments below. Please feel free to say hello.
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Hooker Valley Track – dream accomplished.
Friends, it’s been a while since I’ve posted on my blog, but I am happy to announce I have now
I had so much fun while capturing these and also fine tuning in the post production process. I hope you enjoy and please leave feedback if you wish.
I have more adventures planned for the future so stay tuned.
Your friend behind the lens
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.