Rising and falling: the NZ sun.

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

I haven't just been shooting bikes since landing on the shores of New Zealand - I've been looking for opportunities to expand my fine arts collection, too!

Here are a few pictures I've taken along the way, most whilst freedom camping. Last night was a pretty run-down spot called Richmond Reserve in Clive, south of Napier - but this morning's sunrise was well worth being woken up by earthmoving machinery working nearby, and cars visiting throughout the night. I believe the rubble is an old dock, which made for a nice foreground, but I've been most fascinated with the sun-rays.

We also camped by Lake Taupo, which you could mistake for the ocean given the constant waves breaking nearby the camper, and it's sheer size. The Great Lake Taupo is the largest lake in New Zealand, and the second largest in Oceania; with a surface area of more than 600 square kilometres. It's a truly impressive area, and there are many trails and scenic lookouts from which to view the lake. Next time I hope for some more time in the area to explore it a little further.

Photographer's note: Shooting landscapes can be tough, and there are many ways to do it - variations in exposure times and composition. All of these images were shot handheld, varying from f/2.8 to f/13. I used a polarising filter on the second and third images for contrast and effect, but wasn't carrying it with me for the others.

Stay tuned for more landscapes from this trip to NZ - today we visited the peak of Te Mata to shoot a trail which runs down from it. Aside from Machu Picchu in Peru, this is one of the more spectacular places I've seen - I'm looking forward to sharing it with you! In the meantime follow me on instagram - @jaimeallnight and explore NZ's South Island and the Blue Mountains on my homepage.

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