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.
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.
Here is the lonely dock at Lake Mapourika just before the sun sets on a stormy day.
This image is pretty much straight out of the camera, although I did reduce the overall saturation of the image because the Lee Big Stopper filter I used made the image too blue. I also had to do quite a bit of spot removal due to the swarm of sandflies that were attracted to the black gear. Sandflies are by far the biggest scourge in New Zealand, and if you are planning to travel near any body of water in NZ, make sure to prepare for their pestering presence.
I'm still travelling through the south island of New Zealand with my family but here is a quick panorama from one of our hikes in Arthur's Pass. This is the second time this year that I am visiting the south island, the first time was in March for fall, so this time the spring flowers our out. More to come from New Zealand when I have a bit more time.
I started the hike up to this view point about an hour earlier in the valley below which you can see in the middle of the panorama. It was a tough climb with my 12kgs of photographic gear, sometimes using my hands to pull myself up. However, the view was certainly worth it. I took a number of photographs including this 8 photograph panorama stitched together in Photoshop CS6. This was also my first proper hike in New Zealand, and set the scene for the rest of my trip there. After taking advantage of the final sunset and the beginning of blue hour by taking a number of images, I started...
More than two years on, Christchurch is rebuilding. Although the progress is somewhat slow, which may not necessarily be a bad thing, new things are springing up with the help of some ingenuity. There is a new entertainment space known as the Pallet Pavilion which is built from cast off pallets used for shipping goods. Traffic cones (witch's hats) are also being used extensively throughout Christchurch to de-mark all sorts of things. Other public spaces, like the dance floor in the CBD, were set up so that the city could start to rebuild some of the social ties that were so heavily...