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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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The Road Home

by tolomea on April 8, 2010

The Road Home

Yeah, so even I can be a sucker for a cliche shot.

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Lindis Pass

by tolomea on April 7, 2010

Lindis Pass

And that brings us to the end of the Queenstown section. From here there’s a few shots of the trip north back to Christchurch, followed by a couple of Andrea’s sister and nephew and then it’s back to Sydney stuff.

This panorama was taken at the summit of the Lindis pass. We love it up there, it’s so barren and empty, yet majestic. And then at night the stars come out and it’s just spectacular.

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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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Politics the Speights way

by tolomea on April 3, 2010

Politics the Speights way

This hangs on the wall in the Speights ale house in Queenstown. I think it’s hilarious, trying to swing a local election by bribing voters with free beer is one thing, but trying to write said beer off as a legitimate expense on your tax filing takes it to a whole new level.

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