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Mitre Peak on glorious Milford Sound is located in New Zealand's South Island. It was one of my favourite places on our trip to New Zealand late last year.


It was given it's name because of it's shape which looks like the 'Mitre' headwear worn by Christian bishops.


It's height is almost 1700 metres (or over a mile) rising straight up from the water which makes it very steep. It is also apparently 5 closely grouped peaks which from most accessible perspectives looks like a single peak.

Another amazing sunset at the beautiful Ligar Bay, New Zealand.

One of the many waterfalls in the Fiords of the Eastern Coast of the South Island of New Zealand.

Mirror Lakes are a set of lakes on the road from Te Anau to Milford Sound in New Zealand.


source: Wikipedia


In March of 2017 I travelled around New Zealand and it was my intention to visit Nugget Point Lighthouse in the Otago region of the South Island, primarily ...

Raukokore's most notable feature is its Anglican church, a landmark of the East Cape region, which stands isolated close to the shore of Papatea Bay. The church was named as one of the East Cape/Gisborne region's "101 must-do" sites by the New Zealand Automobile Association.[

Lake Matheson, near the Fox Glacier in South Westland, New Zealand, is famous for its reflected views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman.


A traditional mahinga kai (food gathering place) for Māori people, the lake contains long finned eel as well as being home to many water birds.


source: Wikipedia

Long Exposure, taken Pakiri Beach near Auckland, New Zealand

Tongaporutu is a settlement in northern Taranaki, in the North Island of New Zealand. It is located on State Highway 3 at the mouth of the Tongaporutu River, 15 kilometres south of Mokau.Tongaporutu is well known in New Zealand for its 'Three Sisters' rock formations.


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SEL1635GM Lens @ 31 MM

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Lee Landscape Polariser

Lee 6 Stop IRND


Lightroom CC (7.3)


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This was taken last month during Easter break in Waikato, New Zealand….Huka Falls are the largest falls on the Waikato River, near Taupo on New Zealand's North Island. I just want to share with all of you.


This is not edited dearie friends....the water is indeed turquoise in color =)


Critiques and comments are most welcome....


ISO, shutter speed, aperture? yes2 i appreciate critiques on them too =)


Many thanks in advance =). Have a nice day friends…..


~ON EXPLORE~....thanks dearie friends


Rainbow Springs Nature Park, Rotorua, New Zealand.


A place that soothes your senses.


You find yourself taking a deep breath to invite in the environment. It’s a very relaxing feeling. What makes the Rainbow Springs experience so pleasing?


It’s the combination of natural elements working together. The quiet majesty of the native bush, ferns, trees and plants that defines Rainbow Springs Nature Park as uniquely New Zealand.


Although this is not a big park, I do feel very close to the environment and this was the wonderful opening chapter of my NZ experience.


Castle Hill - South Island, New Zealand.


More details on the image and experience can be found on the blog:

sunrise casts its light on Mitre Peak


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On a bright sunny Thursday afternoon I took a helicopter flight over the Franz Josef Glacier on the South Island of New Zealand. Seated next to the pilot I had a perfect view as we flew up the valley, over the peaks and landed on the snow.


For the most part I shot videos, spectacular high definition footage on files too big to upload to this site. This was the view as we flew towards the glacier; a shot best viewed at full size.


The Franz Josef Glacier is located in the Westland Tai Poutini National Park.

New Zealand (/njuːˈzilənd/ new-ZEE-lənd, Māori: Aotearoa [aɔˈtɛaɾɔa]) is an island country in the southwestern Pacific Ocean. The country geographically comprises two main landmasses – that of the North Island, or Te Ika-a-Māui, and the South Island, or Te Waipounamu – and numerous smaller islands. New Zealand is situated some 1,500 kilometres (900 mi) east of Australia across the Tasman Sea and roughly 1,000 kilometres (600 mi) south of the Pacific island areas of New Caledonia, Fiji, and Tonga. Because of its remoteness, it was one of the last lands to be settled by humans. During its long isolation, New Zealand developed a distinctive biodiversity of animal, fungal and plant life. The country's varied topography and its sharp mountain peaks, such as the Southern Alps, owe much to the tectonic uplift of land and volcanic eruptions. New Zealand's capital city is Wellington, while its most populous city is Auckland.


Somewhere between 1250 and 1300 CE, Polynesians settled in the islands that were to become New Zealand, and developed a distinctive Māori culture. In 1642, Abel Tasman, a Dutch explorer, became the first European to sight New Zealand. In 1840, representatives of the British Crown and Māori Chiefs signed the Treaty of Waitangi, making New Zealand a British colony. Today, the majority of New Zealand's population of 4.5 million is of European descent; the indigenous Māori are the largest minority, followed by Asians and Pacific Islanders. Reflecting this, New Zealand's culture is mainly derived from Māori and early British settlers, with recent broadening arising from increased immigration. The official languages are English, Māori and New Zealand Sign Language, with English predominant.


New Zealand is a developed country with a market economy that is dominated by the exports of dairy products, meat and wine, along with tourism. New Zealand is a high-income economy and ranks highly in international comparisons of national performance, such as health, education, economic freedom and quality of life. Nationally, legislative authority is vested in an elected, unicameral Parliament, while executive political power is exercised by the Cabinet, led by the Prime Minister, who is currently John Key. Queen Elizabeth II is the country's head of state and is represented by a Governor-General. In addition, New Zealand is organised into 11 regional councils and 67 territorial authorities for local government purposes. The Realm of New Zealand also includes Tokelau (a dependent territory); the Cook Islands and Niue (self-governing states in free association with New Zealand); and the Ross Dependency, which is New Zealand's territorial claim in Antarctica. New Zealand is a member of the United Nations, Commonwealth of Nations, ANZUS, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, Pacific Islands Forum, and Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation.


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Archway Islands are the rock formation which located near to the Wharariki Beach in the northernmost part of South Island, New Zealand

Rocks, Muriwai Beach, Auckland, New Zealand


Sound or fjord as it is in Scandinavia in New Zealand. Some of the waterfalls there doesn´t reach land or water because powerful winds blows water all around before that. Concerning this waterfall that´s not the case.


Captain Cook didn´t have courage to enter Doubtful Sound on 1770 as it was doubtful that it was navigable under sail.


Another shot from there has already over 8800 views.


Queenstown, New Zealand

As they come up for the breeding season the colours can vary greatly!

Travels in New Zealand Dec 2015.


Rotorua is famous for its geothermal activity and features geysers and hot mud pools that you can walk amongst (staying on tracks of course)


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I went to New Zealand for work a few years ago and just outside my hotel rooms, we had this amazing view of Lake Taupo. One day, when I arrived at the room after a long day of work, the sky and the water were amazing I jumped from the car, grabbed my camera, and I shot this picture.

This is one of countless beautiful roads that crisscross New Zealand. I'm afraid I've forgotten exactly where I was when I took this photo! I know that is very lame, but I bet people around here can help me pinpoint the area.


As far as the camera settings, this is the kind of shot you can get with something called "compression," a method where you use a zoom lens and zoom in quite far. It takes images in the distance and makes them larger than life.


- Trey Ratcliff


Read more here at the Stuck in Customs blog.

Lake Tekapo - Church of Good Shepherd-


I plan the trip and this was a photo I always wanted to captured.

New Zealand has amazing scenery.


As people give me comments and awards. I want to say how much happiness I receive by being able to share this photograph with you of these amazing places. Hope you enjoy my photos and see how beautiful this world really is.




Here's another shot from Milford Sound, in New Zealand. I had a great time dodging the incoming tide and the persistent sandflies one morning with 20 or so friends. The way the morning fog and mist clings to the mountains here is absolutely breathtaking.


I've been having a lot of fun playing around with different processing techniques on my shots from Milford Sound. I think the fact that there's no overly bright light source combined with the reflections and the interesting texture in the sky make this a great scene to experiment with.


Speaking of experimenting with different processing techniques, are you a Nik Software user? If so, you might know that Nik was recently acquired by Google. You might also know that this week they announced a DRAMATIC price drop on their suite of photo editing plugins. I used Color Efex Pro to make this image, but all the products are excellent. If you're a B&W person, Silver Efex Pro is for you. Prefer bright colors? Then Viveza is for you. If you don't know what you need (or if you need it all) you're in luck because for $149 you can get all six (I think it's six) plugins. Before this week you would have paid $499, so it was a big price drop. I'm not a spokesperson for Nik, but I realize this sounds like an ad. It's not -- I'm just excited that they dropped the price to make these products more accessible and affordable. Plugins have become a bigger and bigger part of the evolution of my processing. I think they're pretty awesome, and I'm thrilled to see such a big price break on these.


In case you're new to the plugin model, a plugin basically integrates with an existing photo editor (Aperture, Photoshop, Lightroom, etc) and allows you to actually launch files from your editor into the plugin, where you make your plugin-specific edits. When you're done, you click save, and the image gets stored back in your editor ready for the next processing step. In this photo, I did some initial work in Photomatix and Lightroom (my usual workflow), but once I was in Lightroom I launched this into the Color Efex Pro plugin. I used a few options in the program, adding some polarizer filter effect, a multi-color filter for the blue/orange toning and finally a bit of vignetting to really focus the eye on the center of the scene. Once I was done I saved it and it popped back into Lightroom, where I did a few more small adjustments, and voilà, done!


There are other companies making plugins (onOne, Topaz, etc) as well. Most have 15- or 30-day free trials so you can see whether you like them before making an investment. I encourage you to try them.


OK, well, I've been home sick the past few days (killer allergies). I'm feeling better and hoping to be able to go back to work tomorrow. Hoping....



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Whakarewarewa Thermal Area, in Rotorua » there's so many nature's wonders in New Zealand


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In Feb/Mar we started our road trip in New Zealand. Starting our trip on the North Island it led us through different vegetation and landscapes. In the next weeks I will take you on a photo tour through New Zealands North and South Island.


After leaving Abel Tasman National Park we head further south passing Lake Mapourika. It was a very beautiful, sunny and windless morning so that we were able to see this amazing scenery in its' full beauty.

Taken near Curio Bay, South Island, New Zealand

We found this lovely scene in the ski fields above Queenstown on the South Island of New Zealand. Some scenes of the "Lord of the rings" trilogy were shot here. Do you remember?

This large and distinctively-coloured pigeon is a familiar sight to many New Zealanders. This is because the New Zealand pigeon (or kereru) has a widespread distribution through the country, being present in extensive tracts of native forest, and rural and urban habitats, including most cities.


Foods include buds, leaves, flowers and fruit from a wide variety species, both native and exotic. In addition, they have been seen feeding on the fruiting bodies of the parasitic strawberry fungus Cyttaria gunnii found in beech forest.


Photographed Bushy Park Homestead, Kai Iwi, New Zealand.


Steve Hitchcock :copyright: All rights reserved

Travels in New Zealand Dec 2015. One camera.. one lens..


Taken while driving to the Routeburn Track

A view of the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand, Very beautiful and very rugged.

Taken in Queenstown/ Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand


At the moment i'm tuning into "And I love Her" by The Beatles. It is my second favourite after "Yesterday" =). A great song. I have a great compilation of oldies songs. hahahaha....thanks to my dad, an English medium school graduate!


Historically in Malaysia, the English medium schools were mainly in urban areas and offered a superior depth of knowledge to that of the vernacular schools; a quality education in English. Mostly attended by aristocrats. I learnt it through History lesson in my 7th grade. English medium schools also offered students a chance of “upward social mobility” (movement from one class to another).


p/s My dad is not an aristocrat. Thank you.


Owh yeah, here's the link to my getaway! "And I love Her"!!! Enjoy! =)


Have a productive weekend friends!

Many thanks for your kind visits =)

New Zealand Native Tui on flax flower

New Zealand Landscape - Matukituki Valley - Wanaka

Explored: Sep 2, 2009 #148


This is another one of my favourite places in the world. The Matukituki Valley, winds its way back from the western bays of Lake Wanaka. Here it follows the braided Matukituki River up the centre of the valley. This leads directly into the heart of Mt Aspiring national park. Tall mountain ranges tower in on all sides, leaving you the insignificant viewer humbled in the centre - I get the impression it would have been a spectacular sight to see the glacier that carved this hillside apart.


There are still a number of glaciers in the area. At the top of the valley you can hang a right, and walk for around two hours in dense bush to the Rob Roy glacier. From a safe vantage point you can watch one of NZs most active glaciers. Literally hanging off the side of the Mount Rob Roy.


Few years back we'd walked the track on a bright springs morning. After finishing lunch (and fending off Kea - the local bird guardians) at the foothills of the glacier, we started wandering back for beers, and steak. Suddenly over my shoulder i heard a peel of thunder. This stopped us dead in our tracks. After listening in awe to another set of 'pings' and groans we bore witness to half the glacier tearing itself apart and cascading down the hillside in a mass avalanche of snow and ice. A few minutes after this soft cloud of ice gently enveloped us as it rolled down the valley, dimming the sunlight.


Thats about as memorable as daying walking gets.


Nikkor 18-70 I D70 I Scattered Sunlight I PP Lightroom.

In Feb/Mar we started our road trip in New Zealand. Starting our trip on the North Island it led us through different vegetation and landscapes. In the next weeks I will take you on a photo tour through New Zealands North and South Island.


The following photograph shows Bark Bay at Abel Tasman National Park. On a sunny day we packed our stuff and went for a walk/hike on the Abel Tasman Coast Track from Torrent Bay to Bark Bay. Abel Tasman National Park is New Zealands smallest National Park. It is very famous and well known for its' beautiful bays and beaches with crystal clear water and granite cliffs.

This is located 30 minutes outside of Queenstown. South Island New Zealand. Hope you can feel the tranquility through this photograph.


I certainly enjoy taking the photos in this area.


A magic morning on Lake Wanaka, New Zealand. The wind waves were exploding over a washed up tree on the shoreline, making for plenty of foreground drama. A wet start to the day.


Camera: Nikon D800e

Lens: Nikon 14-24mm

Tripod: Feisol CT3472


More images and workshop information at: - We are in New Zealand! Look forward to our upcoming posts on our adventure in this amazing country. Everywhere we look, our cameras were screaming to be used!

Sony A7r

Carl Zeiss 50mm F1.4 planarT

8 Frame panorama

ISO 100 | 50mm | F14 | 1/8 sec

Lee Filters - 1.2 Soft


Wanaka Tree - New Zealand.

Travelling around the South of the South Island this week with my good mate Raymond Jennings. This was shot this morning. Exactly the conditions that we wanted. With storms predicted today we thought we would try our luck early morning and I believe we were rewarded with at least 3 images of different colour from this comp, it just kept getting better.

Sorry folks, it has taken a while for this upload..., I have just returned from New Zealand and I am excited to share some new images with you.


Lake Mapourika is located on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island. It lies north of Franz Josef Glacier, and drains into the Okarito Lagoon.


I was reading a bit about this Jetty before my departure and I am happy to let you know that I was the only photographer here this morning. Apparently this place can become very busy with wonder why.



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