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New Zealand: remembering Lake Wakatipu

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[Today carries you just past the half-way point in a series of daily posts marking the one-year anniversary of last year’s trip to New Zealand.]

On February 21, 2017, we drove north from Queenstown along the eastern shore of Lake Wakatipu, which I trust you’ll agree is scenic, especially with wind-whipped waves on it.

Weather changes quickly at Lake Wakatipu. Look at the menacing clouds in the next picture, which came less than an hour after the first one.

Early that evening, just north of the end of the lake in Glenorchy, we saw this rainbow:

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Written by Steve Schwartzman

February 23, 2018 at 4:42 AM

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  1. As beautiful as the scenery is, the clarity in that first photo stopped me cold. How did you manage to show the foreground rocks, the mountain across the way, and the clouds all in such sharp focus? That photo must be a stunner in full size.

    The rain falling in the second photo, and then the rainbow in the third, is a nice sequence. I like the way the rainbow’s bracketed by patches of sunlight on the ground.


    February 23, 2018 at 6:26 AM

    • Three factors let me get everything in focus in the first picture. I zoomed the lens out to its widest focal length of 24mm; I chose an ISO of 640 to allow a small aperture of f/18; I focused at or near where the wave was breaking (the general guideline being to focus one-third of the way from the nearest thing you want in focus to the farthest thing you want in focus).

      In the rainbow picture, it was strange how bright sunlight broke through the dark clouds and illuminated parts of the foreground. The picture I showed of this rainbow last year


      didn’t have any of those bright patches in it; that’s why I chose a sunny photograph this time around.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2018 at 8:23 AM

  2. You have done a wonderful job of capturing some beautiful landscapes!


    February 23, 2018 at 8:57 AM

    • Thanks, Terry. It’s hard to go wrong at a place as scenic as Lake Wakatipu. More from there next time.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2018 at 9:08 AM

  3. That’s some rainbow.


    February 23, 2018 at 11:39 AM

  4. The first one reminds me so much of P.R., I can’t begin to tell you. The third image is fantastic. It gives me the feeling that the rainbow is either beginning or ending at that same point where you photographed it.


    February 23, 2018 at 12:37 PM

    • Are there any particular places in Puerto Rico that the first picture reminds you of?

      Now that you mention it, the rainbow seems closer and more immediate in the photograph than I remember it being in person.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 23, 2018 at 1:55 PM

      • The first image reminds me of the roaring ocean commonly found (and heard) in P.R.. The Atlantic ocean borders the northern coast and it’s known for its unruly waves and rip currents.


        February 23, 2018 at 9:08 PM

  5. These images are spectacular, Steve. I hope to return someday…NZ is a special place.

    Jane Lurie

    February 24, 2018 at 12:34 AM

    • Aye, that it is. I never expected to go twice in 25 months, but I’m sure glad I did. Let’s hope you also make it back. These posts, plus the ones about NZ from last year and 2015, may suggest places you’d want to visit that you didn’t get to the first time. That was my strategy on last year’s return: as much as possible, skip places we went to in 2015 in favor of new ones, especially on the South Island.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 24, 2018 at 10:18 AM

  6. […] picture-taking. Today’s six photographs were among them. The landscape views show you that the clouds and rain from two days earlier had completely gone […]

  7. That series is amazing. The rainbow appears to have dropped that pot o’ gold right at your feet!


    February 24, 2018 at 9:04 AM

    • Yeah, I used some of the gold to pay for gasoline, which costs at least three times as much over there as it does here.

      Steve Schwartzman

      February 24, 2018 at 10:19 AM

      • Ha ha!! I believe that!


        February 24, 2018 at 10:55 AM

        • I had to believe it, alas, ’cause the car wouldn’t go far without gas. Part of the high cost there is due to New Zealand’s geographic isolation and the long distance over which gasoline has to be shipped in. A big part of the cost, though, is heavy taxation, as in Europe. New Zealanders are thrilled when they visit the United States and see a gallon of gas here selling for little more than a liter over there.

          Steve Schwartzman

          February 24, 2018 at 12:39 PM

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