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This was quite a surreal shot. Taken atop the mountain I climbed to get these two photos:

The location is called 'Picnic Point', and sits atop the hill at Bobs Cove. About a 4km round trip from the car-park, its relatively accessible yet fairly exclusive once you reach the top. You are treated to 360° views of the Wakatipu Basin. Queenstown is just behind the hill to the right of the frame, past 12 Mile Delta and Wilson Bay.

I was going for long exposures on this night, but found it nearly impossible with the sheer brilliance of the moon. Believe it or not, the original non-HDR bracket of this sequence holds the same definition of color and illumination... It was just a very bright full moon and a stunning landscape to match!


The biggest issue I had during post was noise... I had cranked my ISO up to 400 to keep the exposure times reasonable, and the resulting noise after the merge took a fair bit of editing to correct.

Composition wise, don't blame me for the ugly green tree to the left of the frame... Blame the wilding pine that is spreading like a space invader through New Zealand native bush...

Miroslav Petrasko (, and 9 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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  1. Miroslav Petrasko ( 50 months ago | reply

    beautiful view, great processing, excellent shot

  2. and one half images 50 months ago | reply

    Great tones and beautiful detail. I want to go to there.

  3. jeanine moore 50 months ago | reply

    Breathtaking. Truly inspirational. I must go there.

  4. ffrg0 50 months ago | reply

    Stunning as always Eden.

  5. Keith Moyer 50 months ago | reply

    Wow Eden! This is really awesome.

  6. Yannick BETHGNIES [deleted] 50 months ago | reply

    Superbe, comme d'habitude

  7. Eden Brackstone 50 months ago | reply

    Thank you so much :-)

  8. Eden Brackstone 50 months ago | reply

    Thanks Keith, its a surreal capture isn't it?

  9. Eden Brackstone 50 months ago | reply

    Thanks everyone, the feedback means a lot!

  10. Kevin R Eberle 50 months ago | reply

    Great capture!
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  11. Kirchmeier 50 months ago | reply

    Gorgeous shot.

  12. giacomarco1981 50 months ago | reply

    This Shot have a beautiful reflection!!! Great capture!!!

  13. Stuck in Customs 49 months ago | reply

    very nice result - amazing blues

  14. Ruben: goOffgoffPhotos - Life Is A Photograph 47 months ago | reply

    Brilliantly breathtaking! What rich colors. Everything comes together.

  15. Peter Sundstrom 3 months ago | reply

    Never seen Bob's Cove at night. Looks great.

    BTW, wouldn't call it a walk up a "mountain" ;-)

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