Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand

#SevenDayPhotoChallenge: Photo 4

Happy Valentine’s Day. To celebrate the season of love, I’m sharing a bonus photo along with another photo of one of my favorite places on earth: Lake Pukaki on the South Island of New Zealand. Every time we drove by this place it looked strikingly different. For a map of the area, see this prior post from the trip. This is one of those places where sheer scale dwarfs the capacity of photographic capture. (The top image was shot with a 24mm lens and still, only a fraction of the lake and mountain ranges are visible.)

The first HDR photo shows a flare from the direct sunlight into the camera lens and highlights the striking clouds. Mount Cook is hidden in the distant cloud cover at about 1 o’clock in the photo (assuming 12 o’clock is dead center).

The second picture is a zoomed in (200mm) HDR of the bottom left hand corner of the first image.

If you have never visited the South Island of New Zealand, I can’t recommend it enough! This country is staggeringly beautiful at every turn. Should Trump get elected president, I’ll relocate here. (Not even kidding.)

Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand
Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand

 

Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand
Lake Pukaki, South Island, New Zealand

Oh, it’s Valentine’s Day. Here’s another photo: the only picture I got of Mount Cook itself. I shot it from the hotel window at around 3:00am, the only time the mountain was not completely engulfed in dense cloud cover. This is a 30 second exposure, hence you see the star light trails and the snow blowing from the mountain tops. Mount Cook, the tallest mountain in the Southern Alps, is the distant mountain. This gorgeous peek looked surreal in the reflecting moonlight.

Mount Cook around 3:00AM
Mount Cook around 3:00AM

Happy Valentine’s Day!