Windswept Sky, Lake Hawea, NZ

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Tomas K☼h☼ut on November 14, 2011

Hi Ian, I know these moments, its hard to explain what you feel to others... only you and your fellow photographer know the whole story with all details.

Your photo recalled me monments with changes of the sun and clouds at lake Pukaki and another at lake Wanaka. After this morning at Lake Wanaka I had four days of showers till Arthur Pass. But I don't regret the rainy days, although I've cursed them at that moment. Thats the magic of unpredictable NZ weather.

Ian Stehbens on November 15, 2011

Hi again Tomas. I actually enjoyed predicting the NZ weather during each of our visits. Your travels in NZ were the real thing! The weather is predictable ok, but it is the rate of change and the variety of weather that is impressive. On one visit, which would include my first visit to Mt Cook, we knew we were only going to be at the mountain for blue skies - nothing less! So we spent out first few days on Banks Peninsula with variable weather, till the change I was waiting for was due and then it was straight to the mountain - and into the helicopter! And what a glorious experience it was.

Of course the other idea is to ensure that there are a few days in special locations so that you get the variety including the best moods and the best lighting.

Mental reframing is always helpful, reminding myself that every weather gives a special set of photographic opportunities - from closeups, macro-work, portraits, golden-lit landscapes and artistic work. It is fun with a camera!

Keep changing lenses!!


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  • Uploaded on May 6, 2011
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    by Ian Stehbens