Traveling between Hanmer Springs and Dunedin last week saw us taking a lunch stop at riverstone kitchen just north of Oamaru. Riverstone kitchen won cuisine magazine’s best restaurant of the year award last year. It was the second time we had dinned there since that award.
They are literally located in the middle of nowhere, and on a heap of land where they grow all their food. We had a wonder around at the back to discover their vege patch, and their ridiculously large pumpkins. They were HUGE.
Shutter 1/200; f/4, ISO 100, 23mm.
Here is a quick video of the South Island. iPhone 4’s video capacity is a very handy thing for things such as this. It is virtually recorded all on the iPhone, except where I forgot to bring it, and the DSLR had to stand in for me.
I know I keep posting from the South Island, but I came back with so many good photos, it really hard not to share them! This was taken heading up the hooker valley towards the base of Mt Cook. It is easily one of the most spectacular walks I have ever done. It is also another Anna lens special. 🙂
Shutter 1/100, f/11, ISO 100, 15mm, with polarising filter.
The second phase of our trip involved spending a night in Te Anau in a lake front backpackers, and from there heading out to Milford sound. The drive out to Milford has to be one of the most spectacular drives I have ever made, with new vista’s opening up after every bend. Hannah and I had decided on doing an overnight cruise out on Milford sound, so we opted for the cheaper option of the two available to us. We arrived ready to check in on our boat to find out that we had been upgraded to the more expensive option. Usually it costs 490 dollars per person per night!… we did not pay anywhere near that much, so it was a pretty sweet upgrade. The package included a buffet dinner and breakfast. The weather was also remarkably clear, with the guides constantly reminding us how this never happens in the Milford Sound.
Enjoy the photos, which to be honest, do not do justice to the spectacular scenery.
I unfortunately didn’t quite get the crystal clear blue skies down at Lake Tekapo that we would have liked, but the moody brooding skys actually worked well as well. I find it hard photographing with an overcast sky, as you inevitably over expose it in order to expose the foreground properly. However, here the sky was dark enough to expose that, and to get the church in the setting sun as well.
Shutter 1/100, f8, ISO 200, 22mm. Can’t remember if I had a polarising filter or not, but pretty sure I did.
The final route of our South Island Road trip was not quite as we had originally planned. The changes that were made largely reflected the fact there was going to be too much moving to the next place rather than enjoying the moment and relaxing in the current place. Hence, we added a few nights here and their to our stops, and cut the top half of the South Island from our trip.
We started in Dunedin, headed down to Invercargill for the night via The Catlins. From there we headed up to Te Anau taking the western most route, which is apparently also the most scenic, via Riverton, and this neat little place called Cosy Nook.
We took a LOT of photos along the way, and those who are friends with me on Facebook have most likely already seen them. But, for everyone else, here is the first part of our journey. 🙂
Once again I find myself in a conundrum of trying to work out what to post. Here are some photos from a recent trip to the South Island. The first is of Lake Te Anau, the gateway to the Milford Sound. It was taken at dusk, about 9.30/9.45 at night on a 30 second exposure. The lightness of the photo makes you think it was a lot lighter than it actually was.
Shutter 30s, f/11, ISO 200, 10mm
The second photo is a photo of Lake Pukaki. The bluest lake ever… apparently it is from glaciers feeding the lake that grind up rocks into ‘rock flour’ and that is where it’s colour comes from. A polarising filter goes a long way eliminating non-polar light in the shot as well.
Shutter 1/100, f/11, ISO 100, 10mm with polarising filter.
The final photo is from Mt Roy, near Wanaka. The view is over Lake Wanaka, with the city to the left off the photo. We got a helicopter tour of the area which was nice, cos climbing to this hight probably would have killed me 🙂
Shutter 1/400, f/10, ISO 200, 19mm with polarising filter.