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New Zealand: more from Lake Wakatipu

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For me as a photographer, Lake Wakatipu was one of the highlights of our trip to New Zealand.

What I’d seen on February 21, 2017, hardly seemed like enough, so two days later we again drove north from Queenstown along the eastern shore of the lake for more looking and more 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 away.

The close-ups reveal details in the interesting rocks that lie along the shore in abundance.

And oh, those New Zealand ferns.

And did I mention the rocks?

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February 24, 2018 at 4:28 AM

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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February 23, 2018 at 4:42 AM

New Zealand: Lake Taupo

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A year ago today we stopped at the south end of Lake Taupo, where I photographed some graceful toetoe (pronounced in Māori tó-eh-tó-eh, placed in botany in the genus Austroderia). Here’s a closer looks that lets you see the detailed structure in one of the seed heads:

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February 17, 2018 at 4:42 AM

The difference that comes from underexposing by three f/stops

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When I stopped again at Bow Lake along the Icefields Parkway on September 6th last year, in addition to taking the regularly exposed photographs you saw last time, I took a few that I underexposed by three f/stops* so I could include the sun without blowing out the pictures’ highlights. The technique allowed for some solar drama that would have been lacking in a conventional exposure. While that degree of underexposure robbed the water of its pretty blue, it partly compensated by allowing the sun to reflect some of its favored colors off the water’s surface. Also notice how clearly defined and regularly spaced the 10 rays of the sunstar are, thanks in part to a tiny aperture of f/22. Oh, the tricks we photographers resort to.

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* Cinematographers have long used that sort of underexposure in a process called day for night, whose purpose isn’t to control for the brightness of the sun but to simulate nighttime while filming in the convenience of daylight. One give-away when you watch a scene filmed that way is the presence of distinct shadows that shouldn’t be there at night.)

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February 4, 2018 at 4:49 AM

Bow Lake revisited

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What goes up must come down, or so they say. Even if that’s not always true, it was true for us with regard to Alberta’s scenic Icefields Parkway. On September 4th last year we drove up it and on September 6th we came back down. You’ve already seen a conventional view and two abstract views of Bow Lake from the northbound trip. Now add a couple of looks at the lake from our southbound trip, which gave us smoky haze rather than the clarity of two days earlier. Nevertheless, you can still see the beautiful color imparted to the lake’s water by what’s known as rock flour or glacial flour. You can also confirm that some patches of snow and ice remained in the adjacent mountains even at the warmest time of the year.

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February 3, 2018 at 4:40 AM

Fireweed at the edge of Emerald Lake

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On September 7th, Yoho National Park‘s Emerald Lake served as a pastel backdrop for these buds and flowers of fireweed, Chamaenerion angustifolium.

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January 23, 2018 at 4:48 AM

Peyto Lake

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Everybody photographs Banff National Park’s Peyto Lake, so why shouldn’t I? On September 4th we hiked up to the popular overlook from which I took this picture. Fortunately it gives no hint of the dozens of people around me.

UPDATE: I should’ve explained that the lake’s wonderful color is due to what’s called glacial rock flour.

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November 26, 2017 at 4:46 AM

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