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Mount Cook National Park Pano

by tolomea on April 10, 2010

Mount Cook National Park Pano

This is another view of Mount Cook (to the right of center) across lake Pukaki. This shot is taken somewhat further along the road from the last one and so more of the mountains in the park are visible.

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Mount Cook

by tolomea on April 9, 2010

Mount Cook

This is the view of Mount Cook across Lake Pukaki.

It was very hazy when we were there this year and that has messed with the colors. The water color is about right, but the blue in the mountain is from the haze.

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Lake Ruataniwha Panorama

by tolomea on April 9, 2010

Lake Ruataniwha Panorama

This was taken from the road north, just before Twizel.

Amusingly I was originally drawn by the booms, but once I had the tripod setup what really grabbed me was the vista. This will definitely be going into the banner rotation.

The water color in these is genuine, not an artifact. It’s caused by all the water in this area being glacier runoff.

P.S. These are really yesterdays photos, I had a run in with a bottle of bourbon that delayed them somewhat. Todays will go up this afternoon.

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Queenstown Wharf

by tolomea on April 7, 2010

Queenstown Wharf

This was taken around the same time as the panorama I just posted.

What can I say… I’m a sucker for lights reflected on water.

The mast on the Americas Cup yacht is much more visible in this take.

P.S. sorry about the lack of updates yesterday, I didn’t get home until like 3am.

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Queenstown wharf night pano

by tolomea on April 5, 2010

Queenstown wharf night pano

This is the Wharf area that adjoins the end of the beach. The other end of the beach joins into the gardens.

On the left is the Kawarau jet wharf. The hut on that wharf is actually the top of a submerged observation gallery, it’s to miss and most people don’t even seem to know it exists, but I strongly recommend you check it out next time you are in Queenstown.

The wharfs on the right are home to a number of lake based tourist operators. Most notable among these is the Americas cup yacht, you can see it’s tall mast center right.

This pano sequence was quite challenging, I didn’t have my tripod with me so it was shot free hand. Without a tripod a shot like this becomes a balancing act between high ISO noise and long exposure motion blur. Add to that the need to take a half dozen photos in a row while being very careful about rotating the camera around it’s nodal point and not other wise moving it and it becomes quite tricky indeed. Fortunately there is a good solid wall along this section of the water front that I was able to brace against. All in all I’m quite happy with how it turned out.

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Walter Peak at Dusk

by tolomea on April 4, 2010

Walter Peak at Dusk

This was taken about 10 minutes after the previous shot. I like the way the light is shining across Walter peak.

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Wakatipu at Dusk

by tolomea on April 4, 2010

Wakatipu at Dusk

One evening after dinner we sat on the Queenstown beach and watched the sunset. The sun itself actually does down behind Bob peak and so isn’t visible from Queenstown, but the evening light over the lake is still very beautiful.

The peak on the far left here is Cecil and the one center left is Walter.

The really observant will spot a small puff of smoke just right of center at the water line on the far side of the lake. That’s the Earnslaw just commencing it’s return trip from Walter peak station.

P.S. it’s not a stitched panorama, I just cropped it into a wide frame.

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Remarkables across Lake Hayes

by tolomea on April 2, 2010

Remarkables across Lake Hayes

Adjacent to the Speargrass Flat area is Lake Hayes.

It’s a pleasant and quite little place to stop for a picnic or a wander along the lake shore.

This is the view of the end of the Remarkables Ranges across Lake Hayes.

The photo was taken in the evening which is why the lighting has an odd quality to it.

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Remarkables

by tolomea on April 1, 2010

Remarkables

The Remarkables Ranges, aka Mordor. Next year I’ll try and arrange things so I can get a photo of them with a snow cap.

This is not a crop of the last photo. It is actually a separate pano sweep done under high zoom, so it’s a lot more detailed than the same section of the last image.

I think I might put this in the banner rotation.

P.S. both these photos are stunning fullscreen, so stunning in fact that I’m going to make the other one my new desktop.

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Queenstown from Bob Peak

by tolomea on April 1, 2010

Queenstown from Bob Peak

This is the view from the skyline restaurant on Bob peak at the top of the Queenstown gondola.

Center front of course is Queenstown. The town center is at the left of the bay. The gardens are the green headland that lies along the far side of the bay.

The big hill to the left is Queenstown hill. This is the hill we walked up earlier, the Basket of Dreams is just above the tree line.

In the center in the distance is the Remakables Ranges and the mountain to the right is Cecil Peak.

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