Torn In Two Directions

Last Remnants Lake Rotoaira, Tongariro National Park

Landscape photography can often be a frustrating passion. Where sometimes your luck holds and sometimes it doesn't. Of course there are tools that can help improve the odds, forecasts, common sense and a little bit of local knowledge, but in the end you just never know. That is part of landscape photography's charm, the mystery and surprise that goes with it.

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A New Sky - To Blend Or Not

Barren Tree v2Parapara Ranges

A little while back Les and I were lucky enough to head out on a foggy morning. One of my favorite images from that trip was of the tree, not because of the image but because of the mist around the tree and the way it isolated it from the background. The bottom half of the image, especially in black white, looked great but the top half just wasn't as good.

That's when I remembered an image I had seen by Wyn Bullock, and I had a moment of inspiration. I found an image of light rays piercing through thick dark grey clouds and blended the two images together. It added a sense of drama to the image that I liked to fit the bottom half of the image.

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Misty Morning Sunrise - Parapara Ranges

Misty SunriseParapara Ranges

Landscape photography is as much about the light and weather as it is about the landscape itself. In fact an average landscape scene can be transformed into a stunning vista in the right conditions. So many times however, like fishermen, the tale of the one that got away is left on our lips. Why, because that amazing light, those perfect conditions, they are just an inch away from average light and disappointment. It is rare, which is part of its attractiveness.

On this particular trip Les and I had seen the forecast for mist and fog on the news the night before. Fog and mist can be really great at adding mood to the landscape. Les's first thought was to head up to the lookout over the Wanganui River, but when we got there the only view we saw was of thick grey fog rolling up the river valley. Not to be deterred Les had a backup plan, so we decided to head further into the Parapara Ranges till we climbed above the fog.

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YouPic - A Year Later

Today marks one year since I joined Youpic and started posting images there. A year ago I started out by saying I would give it a try and see how it went. So how has it gone...

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An Hour To Sunrise - May 2017

Its that time of the month again, time to share with you the latest edition of our ezine, this time covering images captured in May. With winter nearing, people are heading indoors more and more, but that doesn't mean it isn't beautiful outside. So it's time to get out the thermals, the warm jackets and hats and enjoy the transformation that winter brings.

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