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The Road from Queenstown to Glenorchy

Is this the most beautiful drive in the world? I wouldn’t argue if you thought so! We spent about an hour at this special spot on the road between Queenstown and Glenorchy watching the colours change as soft, puffy clouds floated over Lake Wakatipu. Naturally I took way too many photos and had all kinds of problems choosing the one I liked best, haha classic first world problems!

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Landscapes of Laugavegur

After staying the night at Alftavatn (next to the lake you can see) my hike continued across the remarkable landscapes of Laugavegur.

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Fireworks at Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

Sometimes you just get lucky. I had no idea about the annual fireworks display held at Jokulsarlon (a glacial lagoon in Southern Iceland) until I arrived in Hofn and was told that it was on that very night! Barely believing my luck I jumped on one of the organized buses and off we went. The wind coming off the lagoon was pretty cold (it is glacial after all) but the fireworks were awesome and the whole night was just amazingly surreal. You’ve set a high bar Iceland, it’s gonna be tough to top this!

Fireworks at Jokulsarlon Glacial Lagoon

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Walking around Lake Towada

The other day I mentioned that my hike along the Oirase River to Lake Towada was longer than expected, well here’s the full story. The walk to Lake Towada was around 20km which was what I expected, the only problem was that I was actually staying on the OTHER side of it, some 12km away! Haha I really need to plan these things better! This was quite deflating at the time, it was already late and there wasn’t exactly any taxis around.

As grueling as this ‘bonus’ section was, it was quite beautiful and gave me the chance to take some more photos. I arrived at my hotel around 7.45pm to find that dinner was over and all restaurants in the area were already closed, wow didn’t see that one coming! I devoured my final Choco-Pie and went to bed hungry, so very very hungry.

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Posted in Akita, Aomori, Japan Also tagged , , |

A Lake in the Hills above Kobe

I like getting some perspective when I arrive in a new city so I walked up into the hills above Kobe soon after arriving in an effort to do so. There’s a whole bunch of walking tracks up there and they’re pretty good too. Some lead to lookouts, others to waterfalls, while this one took me to a mysterious lake that looked gorgeous in the early evening.

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Posted in Japan, Kobe

Maitai Lapita Village Huahine

I’m staying at the Maitai Lapita Village here on Huahine and it’s gorgeous! It has its own lake with bungalows dotted around the outside, as well as lots of nice gardens and a little museum with some interesting cultural information.

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Ornamental Lake at the Melbourne Botanic Gardens

I was back at the Botanic Gardens in Melbourne today, strolling around with my camera. I’ve been there a number of times but I always seem to find a new path to explore. This shot is of the Ornamental Lake, which looks twice as good if you can get a nice reflection.

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Stopping at the Rhododendron Gardens

One of the fun things about photography is going to places that you might not otherwise go to. If I didn’t have a camera I might have passed on the Campbell Rhododendron Gardens but because I do and it was a nice day I thought “hell yeah I’m going the Rhododendron Gardens!”. Turns out it was totally the wrong time of year, there weren’t many flowers but I could absolutely see the potential! Plus this lake was rather nice 🙂

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Posted in Australia, Blue Mountains

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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Bendemeer Moments

Man this place was so photogenic I’m tempted to refer to anything similar from now on as a “Bendemeer Moment”, I probably won’t but still, this place was amazing! As I mentioned in an earlier post, Bendemeer is a residential development near Arrowtown and Lake Hayes. We caught it on the perfect night where the colours and light changed dramatically every few minutes while the sun slowly dropped below the horizon.

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The Primordial Lake

While exploring the beautiful surroundings at the Bendemeer Estate I came across this amazing lake. It felt like the kind of place where all sorts of wondrous biological processes were taking place.

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Posted in New Zealand, Queenstown

A UFO Over Lake Wakatipu

On the way back to Queenstown from Milford Sound we stopped alongside Lake Wakatipu to take photos of some strange lenticular clouds. This one looked like a UFO!

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A Night at Deer Park Heights

We saw a little bit of everything up at Deer Park Heights, an abandoned North Korean prison, all kinds of different animals, the Remarkables mountain range, an incredible sunset and 360 degree views of the surrounding countryside. I wish I’d taken more photos of the prison but the epic sunset was impossible to resist on the other side of the hill. Just a great night with a great bunch of people.

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High Above Queenstown

Watching the sun go down over Lake Wakatipu and Queenstown from high above was such a great experience. I took a lot of photos of the setting sun but I think my favourite was this one from later on.

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Over the Boardwalk at the Glenorchy Walkway

Glenorchy is only around 40 minutes from Queenstown and it just happens to be one the most scenic roads you could ever imagine so it’s well worth the trip! We went out there to check out the Glenorchy Walkway around sunset and it did not disappoint! It was fun exploring the lagoon and there were lots of great photo opportunities. I even processed a shot in black and white which is quite rare for me. I quite like the look but don’t often use it myself, this was a nice contrasty scene though so I think it worked.

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Starburst Sunrise Over Lake Wakatipu

On the first morning of our photography adventure in Queenstown we took a leisurely stroll around Lake Wakatipu, stopping for lots of pics and listening to handy advice from Trey. There was a beautiful starburst sunrise which I had trouble processing, sometimes it’s hard to bring out the beauty of such a scene in a photo but with a few Lightroom tweaks I eventually got close enough 🙂

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Tales from Patagonia

My trip to South America was a fairly last minute affair so things weren’t as well planned as they might have been. I crammed in as much of Patagonia as I could and considering the circumstances I’m pretty happy with how it went. There were more than a few logistical issues but I saw some amazing landscapes, met some cool people and had fun exploring a really unique part of the world. If I had to choose a favourite experience I’d probably say the Mt Fitz Roy hike, that was really special. There were great photo opportunities everywhere I went but I’ve narrowed it down to 24 that stood out to me.

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Adventures in Torres del Paine

I’m sad to leave Torres del Paine but it’s been a great adventure and there’s always a chance I’ll come back one day to tick off the things I missed this time around. I hiked most of the W Circuit but I’d love to do the full loop some time when I’m a bit more organized. The weather is wild here but that tends to be a good thing from a photography perspective, I don’t like strong winds and rain but I do like having new colours, clouds and lighting to work with each time I go outside. On the other side of things it’s also been a little stressful. Logistics have been difficult, a park ranger picked on me (what a bully!) and I can’t speak Spanish. Haha that last one is definitely my fault, I guess we’re all to blame 🙂

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The Towers of Torres del Paine

Today I walked to an iconic location here in Patagonia, the Torres del Paine Towers. At least I think that’s there name, maybe they don’t have a name, either way they’re pretty awesome. I had to wait a while for the clouds to clear but I eventually managed to get a clear shot. I also managed to get in trouble with a grumpy park ranger for climbing over rocks, they’re pretty strict over here in Chile!

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The Sand Barrier at Lago Grey

Not long after my boat trip to the Grey Glacier, dark clouds set in and we had some rain. The sun eventually fought back and declared itself the winner with a victory rainbow out over the sand barrier, well played big guy, well played.

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