My second trip to Wanaka during April 2017 brought my second attempt at shooting "the tree". Previously travelling to Wanaka at the same time of year in 2016 developed my love for the area. However, I previously came well under equipped. Carrying only my 6 year old Sony Alpha 290, 18-55 kit lens and no tripod my last effort was by general confession, pretty poor (see photo on right). So this return saw a completion of some unfinished business with the one tree to rule them all. The above photo was taken at sunrise on my Nikon D610 with my Nikkor 16-35mm. f/10, 1/6 sec, ISO 100. Photo two (below on the left) was taken at sunset on my Nikon D7200 with my 35mm prime. f/1.8, 1/320 sec, ISO 100. Photo three (below on the right) was also taken on my Nikon D610 with my 16-35mm and a polarizing filter. f/8, 1/320 sec, ISO 100. This time I had a go during the day. The low cloud posed some issues creating a harsh light with some white clipping. Fortunately the polarizing filter dealt with enough of it when under exposing that I could pull the shadows out later. Overall, pretty happy.
Their name says it all. The severity of the hills makes for a stunning view from Queenstown. Both trips across 2016 and 2017 saw an ascent of these peaks. The above photo taken in 2017 was a bit of fun from the ski field, using a neutral density filter to smooth out the water. Taken on my Nikon D610 with my Nikkor 16-35mm. f/22, 1.0 sec, ISO 50. Below are some other shots across my two trips.
It really is a mountain. My lovely wife humored me in my desire to walk up to Roy's peak. Walking a total of 18km and 1,300m vertical, all we could think on the way up was, "It better be worth it". Thankfully, it was. Incredible Views from Wanaka out to Mount Aspiring, I couldn't figure out if it was the view that took my breath away, or the walk up to it. Either way, It was worth it. Above is a 10 frame panorama taken on my Nikon D7200 with my 35mm prime. Below are some other shots from the walk up taken on my Nikon D610 with my 16-35mm.
Across my two trips, I was fortunate enough to be in the Queenstown-Wanaka region for the Autumn change in colour twice. This is a collection of pieces taken from my 2016 trip during the Arrowtown Autumn festival. All photos shot on my Sony a290. Not too bad for an old camera I thought... though the geography did make my job easy