On a visit to Australia one June a visit to Lake Mountain near Marysville, Australia, coincided with the first snowfall of the winter.. and what a snowfall it was! I decided to head into the landscape with some snowshoes and my camera to see what I could find.
Here is my favourite image of that day... stark, simple, beautiful.
I've titled it 'A Lonely Place'... do you think this suits it?
A stunning rainbow spotted whilst roaming the Flat Top Hill Conservation area in Central Otago early winter with storms approaching. This conservation area, above Butcher's Dam near Alexandra, deserves much time to explore all the vistas it has to offer, especially with the gorgeous late afternoon light that winter offers here.
Who would have thought we would wake up to snow-capped mountains this summer morning at Lake Wanaka? Not that we need reminding what a wonderful, beautiful place it is to live!
No wonder it has been nominated one of the top ten destinations on the planet to visit this 2012 according to Lonely Planet (read more about this here).
A couple of weeks ago I ventured up to the Buster Diggings in the Maniototo, Central Otago, as a day trip from Naseby. One of the highest sluicing goldfields in Otago, this landscape is unusual and striking in that the diggings are stunning white quartz sand.
On a hot and muggy day with a nor'wester approaching the landscape was amazing with rapidly changing light.
Here's a selection of my favourite images from the day...
As a practicing professional photographer, I love to meet other photographers and to learn from them. A great example of this was a Tony Bridge Landscape workshop in Wanaka. From the 23rd to the 25th September 2011 a group of 11 of us from the Wanaka Camera Club had the fantastic opportunity to have professional photographer Tony come to Wanaka and lead a 3 day workshop for us.
A combination of practical photography in the realm of capturing landscapes and digital software techniques mixed together with a healthy dose of art history and philosophy.
My intention was to learn some new techniques over the weekend plus refresh my creative inspiration. All was more than achieved and I am excited to be looking at my local surrounds in a fresh light. Below are three photos from the second day; a moody early morning sunrise in Bremner Bay, Lake Wanaka.
Tony Bridge is a professional photographer based at Hamner Springs who has been running creative photography workshops for years. Every year he does Winterlight Workshops in the Maniototo, which is where he is originally from. To see more of his images go to his website www.thistonybridge.com.
Last month, I was lucky enough to spend four weeks in the magical country of Iceland after ten years of yearning and dreaming to visit it. Although only there for a month, the impressions and experiences have have profoundly changed how I see the world. A place to return to in hopefully the not too distant future…