Lake Pukaki New Zealand, just north of Twizel with Mt Cook in the background. Yes the lakes are turquoise (created by glacial flour) from the mineral runoff from the Southern Alps.
Just returned from New Zealand after a 3 week self-drive vacation. Over 4,000-km(2,600 miles for you home gamers) from the top North Island crossed by fiery and covered almost the whole South island. Even made it to Invercargill, the Southern tip) to see the display of Bert Munro’s World Fastest Indian.
New Zealand is about 104,00 square miles (about the size of Oregon, with population of 4.4 million. The Southern Alps mountains cover about 60% of the south island and are very majestic. Forest or the ‘bush covers 30% of NZ so the land area is small. Lots of farm land I mean lots of sheep (60-million). The roads are mainly 2 lanes except in the big cities when you have 3-4 lanes and rush hour traffic.
Are travels were on the main state two land highways with speed limit of 100kl-hr or 60 miles per hour. Not that much traffic as we crossed the land and sometime we would go an hour or so before we saw another car. I thought we might be lost but we had a GPS and it was right on 95% of the time.
Started in Auckland where this image was taken. I asked the hotel clerk if I could get on the roof to take this image of the Sky Tower and she said ok. I though they just had a stairway that went onto the roof, but I had to go through a small maintenance area up a ladder and through a roof hatch to get on the roof.
We were staying a block from the Sky Tower and has a different color light each day. I got lucky that it was blue as the next night it was just white and not as dramatic. I was thinking that in the US I have asked several hotels to get on the roof and the answer was no for security and liability reasons.
The view from this point was fantastic 14 stories and clear night and eye candy for a photographer.
As an artist one often stops to reflect on ones work and looks to what is on the horizon. I find my personal projects to be very satisfying to my artistic spirit, and challenge me to push myself further.
I like to try different lighting scenarios, background, props, locations, subjects, models, themes and methods to stretch the boundaries. Sometimes my efforts fail and I fall smack on my face or the new creative effort fails miserably in print completion. I am no stranger to failure and always learn from my mistakes.
My heart always speeds up when my images comes up for judging and I have been doing competition for almost 10 years. Most of the time I almost know what the judges might say or what score they may give my image. My though at that minute is “it is a good image, but it needs to be better”. After the judge’s comments which I always find constructive, even when once in a while they rip me a new one, that it makes me think crap why didn’t I see that.
That said I am reinventing my art again and going out of my comfort zone and trying new concepts, different themes and lighting. I have revitalized my website and gallery to reflect my evolution as a photographer and artist. Am I there yet, No, I know what I want to create so I must push on and fail to succeed. I want new models to work with on this journey to innovative new images.