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The Way Down to Mordor – Lord of the Rings in New Zealand

Another shot of New Zealand! And what a shot?!?


Even though it might not look like it, this is one of the shots that took me hours to process. Normally I don’t need more then let’s say 10-20 minutes. But this one was heavy.


But I should first let you know how this photo came to life:


I was driving down from Abel Tasman National Park to Queenstown in my little Daihatsu which I borrowed at the south Island of New Zealand. I haven’t seen people for about three days. Remember, when you drive a car in New Zealand in winter and you are at the western side of New Zealand’s South Island you are really lonely.


As I drove down the road and listened to some nice Audiobooks which possibly kept me alive from dying of not being around people, I came across this long street. At the end of the street there were mountains. It had rained for days so that there where black clouds just in front of the massive mountains. At the top of the mountain I could see just a bit of light.


I was so impressed of the whole scene that I just stopped at the middle of the raod, turning on my full beam to take a picture of that scene. The problem with the photo was the large contrast in here.


I couldn’t take HDR because I wasn’t so sure about the setup of shutter, aperture and ISO settings.


And as I used the full beam I was honestly blind. My Iris was completely opened. My eyes were just not able to tell what to do.

So I set up my tripod there haven’t even seen a passing car and took approximately 5 shots of the scene. This is the outcome. A dramatic photo which is more luck then skill.


I hope you like it!


There is another funny side story which I want to tell you:


As I stood there having the cars engine and lights running I was wondering if I hear someone snorting. But there was no one. After my second shot I heard water rippling in my left ear.

I was a bit shocked as the whole scene was a bit daunting and as I was on my own and no one knew where I was exactly.

So I turned to my left and stared into 50 eyes.

On my left side stood a whole herd of cows watching the play.

I don’t know why but they all started to pee.

I was laughing out loud because all of this was just bizarre.


That’s it from me and my strange adventures!


See you around, take care and have a blessed weekend!






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Uploaded on February 7, 2014