The Fjordland region of New Zealand's south island is a spectacular place. It not only has towering mountains and deep valleys, but it's full of streams and rivers flowing into beautiful lakes or the Tasman Sea. Below are a couple of streams and waterfalls that I saw along the way as I drove to and from Milford Sound.
If you love nature and stunning landscapes then the south island of New Zealand, and especially the Fjordland region are a must see visit.
Being in the red centre meant that getting up early was essential to do any hikes. That worked out great for photography as well to make the most of the good early light. We started our hike before 6am and by the time we finished after 8:30am it was already close to 38ºC. The hike gets closed after 9am anyway because of the heat and potential health risks. Below is a panorama from the southern cliff edge showing the canyon curve away on a pretty spectacular morning.
While out at Uluru over New Year's Eve I wanted to take some photographs of the amazing number of stars in the night sky there. There is little light pollution out there which meant that there were lots of stars to be seen including a very clear Milky Way. I only had about an hour of shooting before going back to the festivities but I decided to try my hand at my first timelapse video. Below is the short video made up of 62 frames. Timelapse videos are a bit of a time investment since an hours worth of shooting at 25 second exposures is only just more than 3 seconds worth of video.
New Zealand's south island is a spectacular place. Personally I think that Milford Sound is one of the most spectacular places on the south island though. At least a place accessible by car. The weather there is quick to change and often has some form of cloud cover which makes for some spectacular photographs. Below are a couple of photographs during various times of the day that I took on my first visit there.
When we arrived at Kings Canyon I saw a great layer of clouds moving slowly across the sky. I quickly got ready and walked to a lookout with my gear just to see if the sun would break through and create some dramatic light. Sure enough the sun delivered an amazing performance lighting up Kings Canyon and the surrounding hills while creating magical light in the clouds. Here are a couple of photographs of the wonderful light show.