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.