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New Zealand Photo Adventure with Trey Ratcliff

Well that was fun! Big thanks to Trey, Curtis, Karen, Scott and everyone else who made this New Zealand photo adventure so awesome! I made some great new friends and it was cool seeing parts of NZ that I hadn’t been to before. I feel like I really improved my technical knowledge, composition and post-processing skills over the week and I’m looking forward to putting them into practise! These are a few of my favourite shots from the trip 🙂

Moody MilfordThe Primordial LakeThe UFO Landing SiteThe Perfect NZ SunsetThe Mysterious Glowing TreeMonkey CreekQueenstown from High AboveA Pond at the HillsThe DuelLake Wakatipu UFOMilford CloudsLady Bowen FallsMonkey Creek CloudsQueenstown Garden BridgeFunky CloudsBendemeer HayBendemeer HillsClassic NZ LandscapeGlenorchy Lake HillsBendemeer WarmthKorean PrisonJumper at the HillsThe RemarkablesA Glenorchy PathA Glenorchy SunsetDeer Park FieldsThe Winding RoadThe Wolves GatherEarly Morning on Lake WakatipuBendemeer UFO'sSunrise on Lake WakatipuGlenorchy WatersGlenorchy ReflectionsWide Open SpacesEarthynessWool Shed Stars

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Beautiful Milford Sound

Funnily enough I’m the only New Zealander on this trip, Trey is getting close to Kiwi status but I think he has to work on his accent a little 🙂 I guess we can see our country whenever we want but I’d never seen this part of NZ and having the opportunity to experience it with an amazing group of photographers was just too good an opportunity to miss. Now that I’m here in beautiful Milford Sound I can’t believe I didn’t come earlier! I’ve been out of the country a lot though and my interest in photography and the outdoors has really only blossomed recently. We spent a lot of time taking photos down at the water’s edge and it was great fun! The tide was rolling in so every couple of minutes you had to pack up your gear and make a break for dry land over the slippery rocks. From here we took a memorable cruise through the fjord, checking out Lady Bowen Falls and enjoying the company of some very playful dolphins. Good times!


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Milford Sound on a Moody Morning

We got up early in the morning to take photos of Mitre Peak and Milford Sound with our fingers crossed that there would be less fog than the night before. It turned out to be almost perfect with moody clouds and some beautiful light. I took a number of different shots but I think this was my favourite.


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Ghosts of Milford

We walked down to the water’s edge to take some evening shots of Milford Sound but it was quite foggy. At the time I thought the photos would be pretty much unusable but you’d be surprised how much light cameras can pick up. This shot of some Milford ghosts (and their tripods) ended up being one of my favourites. I guess the moral of the story is to give every shooting situation a chance even if it doesn’t seem great at the time, you never know how the pics are going to turn out until you sit down and take a look at them later.


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On the Road to Milford Sound

On our way to Milford Sound we stopped at a number of beautiful spots to stretch our legs, the legs of our tripods that is! Monkey Creek is the only name I can remember but there was also a short walking track, some beautiful grassy plains, a look out, a tunnel and some interesting bridges. So much awesome!


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The Mysterious Glowing Tree

I did some exploring in the thick bush near Monkey Creek and came across this mysterious, mossy tree that looked extra mysterious with  glowing light coming through the canopy above. Hidden surprises like this are one of the reasons I love exploring spots a little off the beaten track.


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Rugged Country at Monkey Creek

On the way to Milford Sound we stopped at a great spot called Monkey Creek. There were all kinds of fun compositions to be had as moody clouds rolled in through the valley.


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