New Zealand Landscapes: Tekapo to Milford Sound

My trip to the South Island was primarily to shoot for Jucy Rentals (see blog) however it also served another purpose.

After spending 9 months in Auckland, a trip back to the South Island was definitely needed. As much as I love Auckland, I came to New Zealand for the epic landscapes (you know, the ones you see in Lord of the Rings). I needed to reignite my love for New Zealand and prove to myself why I have decided to live here for a few more years. 9 days later I have successfully achieved that, this country never ceases to amaze me!

With this being my second time on the road I had more time to focus on photography. Most days would consist of a sunrise, sunset and night shoot (commitment at its’ best)! You can’t really complain about the weather when your in such amazing places but unfortunately for the majority of the trip, it just wasn’t on my side! As I’ve said in earlier blogs, to shoot a great sunrise/sunset you need a few clouds and to my luck, they had all disappeared every time I went out to shoot the golden hour! Standard New Zealand weather, so unpredictable! Oh well, I have learned to work with it to create some interesting photography!

My Tekapo Milky Way shot is definitely a particular favourite of mine, the stars on the South Island are out of this world (excuse the pun!) Another favourite has to be my cliche Wanaka lone tree shot, the view itself basically does the work for you but I’ve wanted to photograph this for a while.

Long before I was a photographer I wanted visit and explore New Zealand, 13 years on and I’ve now explored the whole country (some places 2 or 3 times!) Being a photographer allows me to share my experience and encourage others to visit this beautiful country, it really is the real Middle Earth!

Here are some of my shots from the trip, as usual with my landscape blogs I’ve added my settings for everyone wondering how I achieved them.

The Southern Alps - f/8 |1/800 sec | ISO 80

The Southern Alps – f/8 |1/800 sec | ISO 80

Sunset over Lake Tekapo

Sunset over Lake Tekapo – f/8 |1/13 sec | ISO 80

Milky Way over the Church of the Good Shepherd - f/2.8 |30 sec | ISO 2500 (6 photo stitch)

Milky Way over the Church of the Good Shepherd – f/2.8 |30 sec | ISO 2500 (6 photo stitch)

Frozen Lake Tasman - f/8 |1/320 sec | ISO 50

Frozen Lake Tasman – f/8 |1/320 sec | ISO 50

Mount Cook and Hooker Lake - f/8 |10 sec | ISO 100 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Mount Cook and Hooker Lake – f/8 |10 sec | ISO 100 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Icebergs on a frozen Hooker Lake - f/8 |15 sec | ISO 64 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Icebergs on a frozen Hooker Lake – f/8 |15 sec | ISO 64 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Milky Way over Aoraki National Park - f/2.8 |30 sec | ISO 2500 (5 photo stitch)

Milky Way over Aoraki National Park – f/2.8 |30 sec | ISO 2500 (5 photo stitch)

Sunset over Wanaka f/8 |30 sec | ISO 160 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Sunset over Wanaka – f/8 |30 sec | ISO 160 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Wanaka Shaun Jeffers Photography

Trees of Wanaka – f/8 |1/125 sec | ISO 125

Sun disappearing behind Mt Aspiring National Park from Mt Iron, Wanaka - f/8 |5 sec | ISO 50 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Sun disappearing behind Mt Aspiring National Park from Mt Iron, Wanaka – f/8 |5 sec | ISO 50 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

The famous Wanaka Tree -  f/8 |6 sec | ISO 50 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

The famous Wanaka Tree – f/8 |6 sec | ISO 50 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

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The Shotover Jet speeding through the canyon – f/6.3|1/250 sec | ISO 500

Wakatipu Shaun Jeffers Photography

Sunset on Lake Wakatipu – f/8 |1/100 sec | ISO 160 |

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Mirror Lakes – f/8 |1/200 sec | ISO 100

Lady Bowen Falls, Milford Sound - f/8 |13 sec | ISO 50 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Lady Bowen Falls, Milford Sound – f/8 |13 sec | ISO 50 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Milford Sound Reflections - f/8 |5 sec | ISO 50 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Milford Sound Reflections – f/8 |5 sec | ISO 50 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Te Anau Downs, the start of the Milford Track -  f/8 |1/320 sec | ISO 100

Te Anau Downs, the start of the Milford Track – f/8 |1/320 sec | ISO 100

Queenstown New Zealand Shaun Jeffers Photography

Queenstown at Dusk from the Skyline – f/8 |20 sec | ISO 50

Queenstown Shaun Jeffers Photography

Cloudy Queenstown – f/8 |20 sec | ISO 100 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter (5 photo stitch)

Gloomy Remarkables -  f/8 |20 sec | ISO 100 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Gloomy Remarkables – f/8 |20 sec | ISO 100 | Hoya 4 stop ND Filter

Glenorchy Milky Way - f/2.8 |30 sec | ISO 2500

Glenorchy Milky Way – f/2.8 |30 sec | ISO 2500

Aerial Arthurs Pass -  f/8 |1/800 sec | ISO 100

Aerial Arthurs Pass – f/8 |1/800 sec | ISO 100

Queenstown at night  f/8 |30 sec | ISO 50 (6 photo stitch)

Queenstown at night f/8 |30 sec | ISO 50 (6 photo stitch)

Here are some shots from my previous trip to New Zealand’s South Island – New Zealand. I can’t wait to head back down!

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