Some dear friends moved from Kaikoura to Lake Te Anau a year ago, which happens to be 7 hours drive one way from here, through at least two mountain passes. That is a long way to drive in one go, and too far for me by myself. So another friend and I planned a 4 day Roadtrip and we got back yesterday.
Luckily my travel companion is familiar with my photography habits and happy to stop where necessary. The weather on the way down was quite frankly, grotty. Heavy overcast, flat dull light, bitterly cold and uninspiring. ALL THE WAY for 7 hours!
We stopped in Tekapo for lunch, parked by the Lake and I risked breaking an ankle over the rocks to go down to the shore and setup my tripod and take some shots. Lastly I put my 10-22mm ultrawide on and noticed the clouds were doing a swoopy thing in the sky.
This is the far end of the lake and the bright spot is the sun – yes thats how heavy the cloud cover was. Also, yes the lake really is that astonishing blue colour, its even more noticeable in bright sun.
I liked the first image but felt it needed some more drama and texture so I acquired Topaz Impressions and played with a couple of options and blended them in with the original to get this which I quite like 🙂
The first two days of our trip, the weather was like this and the last two were beautiful sunny blue sky days. I have LOTS of photos and will be working through them along with my Tasmania images over the next little while.
If you like breathaking scenery, snow capped mountains, sparkling lakes, sun dappled native forest, flowing rivers and waterfalls – please stick around, they are ALL coming up 🙂