Any trip to a new place involves a bit of research especially when there is limited time and so much to see. For my NZ trip I spent countless hours looking at photographs from the region and working out where I wanted to go to try and capture images that were visually pleasing.
There were a few shots that I kept seeing over and over again, images that seemed almost ‘iconic’, those must get shots, so I mentally wrote myself a ‘shot list’. Admittedly the list was not that long so it made it easier to achieve success. There were 3 shots that I wanted to get and happy to say I nailed them all.
Shot 1. Glenorchy Dawn. I had seen a photograph of dawn breaking across the Humboltd ranges in the west. I spent a cold hour at the end of the Glenorchy jetty waiting for dawn. I had forgotten that dawn breaks later when you are in a valley. Finally the moment arrived and I managed to get exactly the shot that I hoped for. Score 1 for the shot list 🙂
Shot 2. Wakatipu Pier. Along the edge of Lake Wakatipu somewhere between Queenstown and Glenorchy was a broken down old pier where the only thing left were a few stumps. I wanted to get the classic ‘smooth water’ long exposure shot of this but the problem was 48km of road and very little idea of where this pier was. After much searching online I thought I had it narrowed down to about 15km and went searching. It actually was not where I thought it was however I did find it and voila – score 2 for the shot list.
Shot 3. The Wanaka Tree. I swear if you were to type Wanaka into an image search within the first 5 images will the famous Wanaka tree. This tree on the edge of the lake must literally be the most photographed tree in the whole of New Zealand. I came, I saw, I conquered. Shot list completed and a very happy me.