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