Close to Queenstown I pass by Lake Hayes, well known of post cards and calendars. I try a couple of roads in it’s surroundings to find a good spot. The first I encounter, seems to be the best. Here I will return tonight.
After having found a hotel in Queenstown, I walk for an hour through the city and drive towards Lake Hayes after that. I notice that a part of Queenstown is in nice warm light on the other side of the bay with the Remarkables mountains in the background. It takes some effort to to find a good spot, but in the end I manage to shoot a couple of photographs.
Arriving at Lake Hayes for the evening session, I find out that I have had it wrong. The sun is shining completely from the wrong direction for tonight. As an alternative, I head to the gondola in Queenstown, that brings me above the city.
The Remarkables are still in good light but have had their best already. I would have liked shooting a panorama, but that is out of the question right now. Mabybe another chance tomorrow. Single photographs are still possible. The warm sunlight on the hill is a nice detail. It should have been some more to be perfect. The narrow road along the hill completes the photograph.
For me this is the best photograph of this session. That hill at bottom left with the building on top, barely visible, provides for a sense of scale.
Now the sun has set, everything comes in an orange…
…and pink glow thereafter.
When the moon rises left of me, I meet Kelly from Ireland.
She has been living in Auckland for 9 years and does something in real estate if I understood well. She travels through New Zealand and gives training and advice. In between she takes her photographs. That’s how we got into conversation. She intended to visit for one year but has decided to stay. One year she visits her parents and the other they come here. We agree to meet in Auckland, the next time I visit New Zealand, to shoot a panorama of the city skyline.
Then I notice the illuminated city. Difficult to photograph standing on a wooden platform, where everybody is walking on. Then I think of the vibration reduction on the lens. Typically you wouldn’t use that on a tripod, but here it works perfectly to shoot sharp photographs with shutterspeeds of several minutes.
Meanwhile it has become very cold up here and I call it quits at 21:00.
Maps, Charts & Downloads
GPS Map with color coded altitude information
Color coded distance/altitude chart
Download the original gpx file gpx file here.