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a week later and its still hovering around 5th in explore. And right to the top of my most 'interesting' photos, see

Chancellor hut on a high terrace above the middle ice fall of the Fox Glacier. A truly awesome place to be. Behind me are the high peaks of the southern alps, and the neve of the glacier. On the left the ice flow drops steeply to the terminal face and then with only a few hundred meters of altitude left to lose, the melt water flows under the cloud edge to the Tasman sea. That is the coast and the Tasman sea in the distance.

Built by the government tourism department in 1931, the hut is now officially a historic buiding - the oldest New Zealand mountain hut still on its original site. All the original materials were carried up on people's backs. The glacier has been retreating for most of the years since people have been coming here. In 1931 the ice would have extended around the first bend in what is now the river bed.

I knew the hut and the glacier well when I worked in the area; that was years ago.. This time we flew in by helicopter for two nights, photographed for an evening and a day and then walked out back to the road on the last afternoon.

See the set "Chancellor Trip" for other images from what is simply a superb area.

This image made Yahoo Travel's photo of the week in early Dec 2012.
And Wilderness nz magazine feature photo May 2013

technical note: the image is a composite of two taken of the same view at the same time. The clouds sky and the distant parts of the landscape were overlayed on the foreground elements in photoshop elements. While not technically perfect the result is more true to the reality as experienced at the time than a single exposure would have been.

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  1. valentino * 25 months ago | reply

    bella fotografia

  2. Kalyanil 24 months ago | reply

    Amazing shot!
    Just wondering what lens you were using for this?

  3. Lumase 24 months ago | reply


  4. Lau Casabo 24 months ago | reply

    This is awesome! Congratulations :)

  5. gizmo912 23 months ago | reply

    i want this house

  6. go wild - NZ outside 23 months ago | reply

    You can't own it but you can stay for a few nights for a minimal fee next time you are in NZ. :-)

  7. Vilma Salazar 23 months ago | reply

    Impressive. Fantastic composition, great photographer, plus a Nex 5N, great performance.

  8. Captain_sky 23 months ago | reply

    House of the dream !

  9. im_ming 22 months ago | reply

    I have a nex-5n too,and you take it to the limit,amazing shot!

  10. go wild - NZ outside 22 months ago | reply

    thankyou, the nex5n fits the 'quality camera in a small form' that I need for my photography at the moment. The control interface can be frustrating but the images are fantastic.

  11. dvphoto9 21 months ago | reply

    Outstanding !!!

  12. ~ Bartstar Photography ~ 17 months ago | reply

    Completely captivating image....very nice!

  13. NicVW 13 months ago | reply

    amazing place for a night rest :-)

  14. donvucl 10 months ago | reply

    your photographs of the NZ landscape are very fine indeed.

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