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One of the many waterfalls in the Fiords of the Eastern Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Mirror Lakes are a set of lakes on the road from Te Anau to Milford Sound in New Zealand.

 

source: Wikipedia

 

Queenstown from MT Coronet New Zealand

Wharariki Beach and the Archway Islands are situated just west of Cape Farewell, the northernmost extremity of the South Island, New Zealand.

This is the most spectacular coast in the region. Giant stone remnants that have stood the test of time.

These islands have borne the effects of both wind and water, and have been sculpted in interesting shapes.

 

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Tongaporutu is a settlement in northern Taranaki, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 3 at the mouth of the Tongaporutu River, 15 kilometres south of Mokau.Tongaporutu is well known in New Zealand for its 'Three Sisters' rock formations.

 

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SONY ILCE-7RM3

SEL1635GM Lens @ 31 MM

ISO 100 / f16 / 1.6 Seconds

Lee Landscape Polariser

Lee 6 Stop IRND

 

Lightroom CC (7.3)

 

(c) Dominic Scott

Long Exposure, taken Pakiri Beach near Auckland, New Zealand

Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Rotorua, New Zealand.

 

A place that soothes your senses.

 

You find yourself taking a deep breath to invite in the environment. It’s a very relaxing feeling. What makes the Rainbow Springs experience so pleasing?

 

It’s the combination of natural elements working together. The quiet majesty of the native bush, ferns, trees and plants that defines Rainbow Springs Nature Park as uniquely New Zealand.

 

Although this is not a big park, I do feel very close to the environment and this was the wonderful opening chapter of my NZ experience.

 

sunrise casts its light on Mitre Peak

 

More New Zealand nature and wildlife photos at www.keaphotography.org

New Zealand (/njuːˈzilənd/ new-ZEE-lənd, Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

 

Somewhere between 1250 and 1300 CE, Polynesians settled in the islands that were to become New Zealand, and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer, became the first European to sight New Zealand. In 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori Chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, making New Zealand a British colony. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.5 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The official languages are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language, with English predominant.

 

New Zealand is a developed country with a market economy that is dominated by the exports of dairy products, meat and wine, along with tourism. New Zealand is a high-income economy and ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as health, education, economic freedom and quality of life. Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, who is currently John Key. Queen Elizabeth II is the country's head of state and is represented by a Governor-General. In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes. The Realm of New Zealand also includes Tokelau (a dependent territory); the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing states in free association with New Zealand); and the Ross Dependency, which is New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica. New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pacific Islands Forum, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

 

source: Wikipedia

On a bright sunny Thursday afternoon I took a helicopter flight over the Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand. Seated next to the pilot I had a perfect view as we flew up the valley, over the peaks and landed on the snow.

 

For the most part I shot videos, spectacular high definition footage on files too big to upload to this site. This was the view as we flew towards the glacier; a shot best viewed at full size.

 

The Franz Josef Glacier is located in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

Rocks, Muriwai Beach, Auckland, New Zealand

The Taieri Gorge is located on the Taieri River, in the South Island of New Zealand. It is a deep canyon carved by the Taieri River on the middle stage of its journey from Central Otago to the Pacific Ocean, between the high plateau of the Maniototo and the coastal Taieri Plains.

 

The gorge is over 40 kilometres (25 mi) long and stretches from near Pukerangi to southeast of Outram. A walking track leads from Outram into the southern end of the gorge.

 

For the upper 25 kilometres (16 mi) of the gorge, upstream from the Wingatui Viaduct, the Taieri Gorge Railway runs alongside (and considerably above) the river.

 

source: Wikipedia

New Zealand (/njuːˈzilənd/ new-ZEE-lənd, Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.

 

Somewhere between 1250 and 1300 CE, Polynesians settled in the islands that were to become New Zealand, and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer, became the first European to sight New Zealand. In 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori Chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, making New Zealand a British colony. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.5 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The official languages are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language, with English predominant.

 

New Zealand is a developed country with a market economy that is dominated by the exports of dairy products, meat and wine, along with tourism. New Zealand is a high-income economy and ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as health, education, economic freedom and quality of life. Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, who is currently John Key. Queen Elizabeth II is the country's head of state and is represented by a Governor-General. In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes. The Realm of New Zealand also includes Tokelau (a dependent territory); the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing states in free association with New Zealand); and the Ross Dependency, which is New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica. New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pacific Islands Forum, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.

 

source: Wikipedia

More of my pictures on my new website: www.marcgcphotography.com

 

I went to New Zealand for work a few years ago and just outside my hotel rooms, we had this amazing view of Lake Taupo. One day, when I arrived at the room after a long day of work, the sky and the water were amazing I jumped from the car, grabbed my camera, and I shot this picture.

Here's another shot from Milford Sound, in New Zealand. I had a great time dodging the incoming tide and the persistent sandflies one morning with 20 or so friends. The way the morning fog and mist clings to the mountains here is absolutely breathtaking.

 

I've been having a lot of fun playing around with different processing techniques on my shots from Milford Sound. I think the fact that there's no overly bright light source combined with the reflections and the interesting texture in the sky make this a great scene to experiment with.

 

Speaking of experimenting with different processing techniques, are you a Nik Software user? If so, you might know that Nik was recently acquired by Google. You might also know that this week they announced a DRAMATIC price drop on their suite of photo editing plugins. I used Color Efex Pro to make this image, but all the products are excellent. If you're a B&W person, Silver Efex Pro is for you. Prefer bright colors? Then Viveza is for you. If you don't know what you need (or if you need it all) you're in luck because for $149 you can get all six (I think it's six) plugins. Before this week you would have paid $499, so it was a big price drop. I'm not a spokesperson for Nik, but I realize this sounds like an ad. It's not -- I'm just excited that they dropped the price to make these products more accessible and affordable. Plugins have become a bigger and bigger part of the evolution of my processing. I think they're pretty awesome, and I'm thrilled to see such a big price break on these.

 

In case you're new to the plugin model, a plugin basically integrates with an existing photo editor (Aperture, Photoshop, Lightroom, etc) and allows you to actually launch files from your editor into the plugin, where you make your plugin-specific edits. When you're done, you click save, and the image gets stored back in your editor ready for the next processing step. In this photo, I did some initial work in Photomatix and Lightroom (my usual workflow), but once I was in Lightroom I launched this into the Color Efex Pro plugin. I used a few options in the program, adding some polarizer filter effect, a multi-color filter for the blue/orange toning and finally a bit of vignetting to really focus the eye on the center of the scene. Once I was done I saved it and it popped back into Lightroom, where I did a few more small adjustments, and voilà, done!

 

There are other companies making plugins (onOne, Topaz, etc) as well. Most have 15- or 30-day free trials so you can see whether you like them before making an investment. I encourage you to try them.

 

OK, well, I've been home sick the past few days (killer allergies). I'm feeling better and hoping to be able to go back to work tomorrow. Hoping....

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Whakarewarewa Thermal Area, in Rotorua » there's so many nature's wonders in New Zealand

 

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As they come up for the breeding season the colours can vary greatly!

We found this lovely scene in the ski fields above Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. Some scenes of the "Lord of the rings" trilogy were shot here. Do you remember?

Wild animal

 

New Zealand fur seals can be distinguished from sea lions by their pointy nose and smaller size. In New Zealand, fur seals also tend to be found on rocky shorelines, whereas sea lions prefer sandy beaches.

 

This pointy-nosed seal has long pale whiskers and a body covered with two layers of fur. Their coat is dark grey-brown on the back, and lighter below; when wet, kekeno look almost black. In some animals the longer upper hairs have white tips which give the animal a silvery appearance.

 

Adult females: maximum length 1.5 m, weight 30-50 kg.

Adult males: maximum length 2.5 m, weight 90-150 kg.

 

In New Zealand, fur seals are found on rocky shores around the mainland, Chatham Islands and the subantarctic islands (including Macquarie Island). They are also found much further afield in South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.

 

Source: www.doc.govt.nz/

A view of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Very beautiful and very rugged.

Queenstown (Māori: Tāhuna) is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand's South Island.

 

It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town; Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill.

 

Queenstown has an urban population of 12,500 (June 2014 estimate), making it the 29th largest urban area in New Zealand, and the third largest urban area in Otago, behind Dunedin and Oamaru.

 

The Queenstown-Lakes District has a land area of 8,704.97 square kilometres (3,361.01 sq mi) not counting its inland lakes (Lake Hāwea, Lake Wakatipu, and Lake Wanaka). The region has an estimated resident population of 30,900 (June 2014 estimate). Its neighbouring towns include Arrowtown, Glenorchy, Kingston, Wanaka, Alexandra, and Cromwell. The nearest cities are Dunedin and Invercargill. Queenstown is now known for its commerce-oriented tourism, especially adventure and ski tourism. It is popular with New Zealand, Australian and international travellers alike.

 

source: Wikipedia

New Zealand Native Tui on flax flower

This large and distinctively-coloured pigeon is a familiar sight to many New Zealanders. This is because the New Zealand pigeon (or kereru) has a widespread distribution through the country, being present in extensive tracts of native forest, and rural and urban habitats, including most cities.

 

Foods include buds, leaves, flowers and fruit from a wide variety species, both native and exotic. In addition, they have been seen feeding on the fruiting bodies of the parasitic strawberry fungus Cyttaria gunnii found in beech forest.

 

Photographed Bushy Park Homestead, Kai Iwi, New Zealand.

 

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The Christchurch Botanic Gardens, located in the central city of Christchurch, New Zealand, were founded in 1863 when an English oak was planted to commemorate the solemnisation of the marriage of Prince Albert and Princess Alexandra of Denmark.

Taken near Curio Bay, South Island, New Zealand

New Zealand Landscape - Matukituki Valley - Wanaka

Explored: Sep 2, 2009 #148

 

This is another one of my favourite places in the world. The Matukituki Valley, winds its way back from the western bays of Lake Wanaka. Here it follows the braided Matukituki River up the centre of the valley. This leads directly into the heart of Mt Aspiring national park. Tall mountain ranges tower in on all sides, leaving you the insignificant viewer humbled in the centre - I get the impression it would have been a spectacular sight to see the glacier that carved this hillside apart.

 

There are still a number of glaciers in the area. At the top of the valley you can hang a right, and walk for around two hours in dense bush to the Rob Roy glacier. From a safe vantage point you can watch one of NZs most active glaciers. Literally hanging off the side of the Mount Rob Roy.

 

Few years back we'd walked the track on a bright springs morning. After finishing lunch (and fending off Kea - the local bird guardians) at the foothills of the glacier, we started wandering back for beers, and steak. Suddenly over my shoulder i heard a peel of thunder. This stopped us dead in our tracks. After listening in awe to another set of 'pings' and groans we bore witness to half the glacier tearing itself apart and cascading down the hillside in a mass avalanche of snow and ice. A few minutes after this soft cloud of ice gently enveloped us as it rolled down the valley, dimming the sunlight.

 

Thats about as memorable as daying walking gets.

 

Nikkor 18-70 I D70 I Scattered Sunlight I PP Lightroom.

This New Zealand Dunnock or better known as a Garden Sparrow dropped by for a visit while my wife and I were staying in Wanaka. They say this little, feathered friend is not all that attractive but I believe when you get close enough he/she is very photogenic. Another one of God's little creatures.

Whakaari/White Island is an active andesite stratovolcano, situated 48 km from the east coast of the North Island of New Zealand, in the Bay of Plenty. This picture was taken from a helicopter on the way in to the island.

 

Sony A7r

Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.4 planarT

8 Frame panorama

ISO 100 | 50mm | F14 | 1/8 sec

Lee Filters - 1.2 Soft

 

Wanaka Tree - New Zealand.

Travelling around the South of the South Island this week with my good mate Raymond Jennings. This was shot this morning. Exactly the conditions that we wanted. With storms predicted today we thought we would try our luck early morning and I believe we were rewarded with at least 3 images of different colour from this comp, it just kept getting better.

New-Zealand

 

Photo scannée

Sorry folks, it has taken a while for this upload..., I have just returned from New Zealand and I am excited to share some new images with you.

 

Lake Mapourika is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It lies north of Franz Josef Glacier, and drains into the Okarito Lagoon.

 

I was reading a bit about this Jetty before my departure and I am happy to let you know that I was the only photographer here this morning. Apparently this place can become very busy with photographers...no wonder why.

 

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After a night of fishing at Lake Gunn in Fjordland, New Zealand.

A magic morning on Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. The wind waves were exploding over a washed up tree on the shoreline, making for plenty of foreground drama. A wet start to the day.

 

Camera: Nikon D800e

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm

Tripod: Feisol CT3472

 

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Travels in New Zealand Dec 2015. One camera.. one lens..

 

Taken while driving to the Routeburn Track

Motu Kōkako, also known as Piercy Island or "The Hole In The Rock”, is located off the north coast of the North Island of New Zealand. The 18 m (60-foot) hole at sea level was created over centuries by wind and waves making it one of the most naturally beautiful sites in New Zealand.

 

On the day I visited the waters were calm and the tide right for our vessel to pass right through the hole. I took this shot from the stern looking back after we emerged from the hole.

This was taken last month during Easter break in Waikato, New Zealand….Huka Falls are the largest falls on the Waikato River, near Taupo on New Zealand's North Island. I just want to share with all of you.

 

This is not edited dearie friends....the water is indeed turquoise in color =)

 

Critiques and comments are most welcome....

 

ISO, shutter speed, aperture? yes2 i appreciate critiques on them too =)

 

Many thanks in advance =). Have a nice day friends…..

 

~ON EXPLORE~....thanks dearie friends

 

Mirror Lakes - en route to Milford Sound from Te Anau, with Mount Eglinton, Fiordland National Park, New Zealand.

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