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Land of the Long White Cloud.

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From the Vault.


Midway Beach, Gisborne, New Zealand.


The tide was low and the clouds were rolling in, I was amazed by these cool cloud formations, a reflection was a must.


Aotearoa, New Zealand is the land of the long white cloud.


Place names are often difficult to translate, and the original derivation of Aotearoa is not known for certain. Many meanings have been given for the name. The word can be broken up as: aotea = cloud, and roa = long, (white being added in the translation as it is the most common colour of cloud) and it is accordingly most often glossed as "The land of the long white cloud".


Seen this shot before? well yes you have, I first posted it some 6 months ago, seen here, for that shot I used my father as a model. So here is the simple version.... and yeah, its pushed a little further this time.


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- Canon 400D.

- ISO 100, f22, 1/25, 10mm

- Sigma 10-20 f4/5.6 lens.

- Tripod.




- Saturation.

- Contrast.

- Soft ligt layer, 100% in PS.

- Unsharp, 100% in PS.

- Increased exposure in LR to bring back the clouds.

- Made a coffee


About New Zealand


New Zealand is an island country in the south-western Pacific Ocean comprising two main landmasses (commonly called the North Island and the South Island), and numerous smaller islands, most notably Stewart Island/Rakiura and the Chatham Islands. The indigenous Māori named New Zealand Aotearoa, commonly translated as The Land of the Long White Cloud. The Realm of New Zealand also includes the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing but in free association); Tokelau; and the Ross Dependency (New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica).


New Zealand is notable for its geographic isolation: it is situated about 2000 km (1250 miles) southeast of Australia across the Tasman Sea, and its closest neighbours to the north are New Caledonia, Fiji and Tonga. During its long isolation New Zealand developed a distinctive fauna dominated by birds, a number of which became extinct after the arrival of humans and the mammals they introduced.


The population of New Zealand is mostly of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority. Asians and non-Māori Polynesians are also significant minority groups, especially in urban areas. The most commonly spoken language is English.




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Taken on February 19, 2009