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.
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.
This was taken about 10 minutes after the previous shot. I like the way the light is shining across Walter peak.
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.
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.
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.
This side view of the Earnslaw shows the layout quite well.
The foredeck kinda speaks for itself. The mast on the foredeck is actually a crane. I didn’t mention this before but the area below the foredeck has a little museum in it.
The promenade deck is that covered area on the same level as the foredeck.
The bar is the illuminated area on the lower deck toward the rear of the ship. It is actually an enclosed room and there is an outside walkway area on that deck that goes right around it which makes it feel somewhat isolated.
The area a midships on the lower deck ahead of the bar and beneath the funnels is the engine room. As I mentioned earlier you can look down into the engine room from the promenade deck.
This is one of the Wharf’s at Walter peak. I frequently say “the wharf” but there are actually two right near each other, this is the smaller of the two, but otherwise they are quite similar.
Again Queenstown is visible on the far shore, this time on the right.
This panorama of Lake Wakatipu was taken from the beach at Walter Peak.
It clouded over a bit as duck approached, but the weather otherwise remained pleasant and I rather like the look of the clouds.
You can see Queenstown center left on the far shore.
This is out at the end of the Walter peak wharf, they’ve used some piping to make guard rails. Over time the open pipe ends have filled with dirt and now this guy is growing in on of them.
In hindsight I think this could do with a more liberal application of selective focus so the background is noticeably out of focus like in the Dahlia photos. That’s actually kinda difficult on a compact due to the small size of the aperture mechanism. And it isn’t helped by my current camera not having priority modes, that will definitely be rectified on the next camera.