Disappearing Falls (2019 ) I have cruised down Milford Sound more times than I can count and without a doubt, the most ideal time to go is when the weather is most violent. On a sunny day, Milford Sound only has 2 regular waterfalls but on rainy days, the entire sound is flooded with innumerable falls that plummet down the faces of the granite towers. Combine rainfall with wind, and you have yourself a humbling experience that needs to be felt to be believed. As I captured this, thunder was rolling off in the distant skies, the boat was being tossed and wind gusts were exceeding 100km/h. Holding on to the edge of the boat, the smile couldn’t be wiped off my face (although the wind and horizontal rain sure tried ) as I was yelling out joyfully to my clients, making sure they were all getting this iconic shot, which represents the power and beauty of Fiordland.
FireSky (2019 ) - Queenstown is well positioned for spectacular sunrises, with cloud often forming over the nearby mountains but clear skies present far out east. This recipe can make for some incredible dawns and I have witnessed this type of light in Queenstown a number of times. This one really went to another level though, with everything in the sky, water and land stained in rich crimson.
Beneath A Broken Sky (2019 ) - Whether above the craggy peaks or below in the lush valleys, Fiordland has a way of impacting the soul of all who are exposed to its timeless beauty. Captured at dawn, this is my favourite mountain on earth, Mount Tutoko and the remnants of the once mighty Ngapunatoru glacier.
Getting wild with 2 posts in 2 days, haha. Here’s one from last year over Doubtful Sound. At one point in time the majority of Europeans were living in the fiords (hunting seals ) but today Fiordland is the remotest part of this beautiful country. Quite appealing to a hermit like me. I’m reworking my entire portfolio this year, as you may have noticed I’ve been shooting a lot and have already shared many new images but I must say the best is to come. No slowing down, I can’t get enough of moments like this, the ones that force you to slow down, to breathe and reflect upon something greater than our mortal selves. In these crazy times, I need this more than ever. Thanks for viewing.
Mountain King (2019 ) The name of this image not only represents my thoughts on the mighty Mt Fitzroy, but also reflects my thoughts toward my friend and landscape photography pioneer, @marcadamus Thank you for the years of inspiration behind this image and many others, brother. Mt Fitzroy in wind gusts over 100km/h, creating amazing wave action on the lake. Certainly a difficult image to capture, with the icy blast of water and sand to contend with but one of my fondest memories in this part of the world.
From Everlasting To Everlasting (2019 ) I’d been thinking about this mountain for 12-months, ever since I failed to do it justice on the first visit. There’s many special parts of the New Zealand back country but this one is up there with my faves. The fog-fall was amazing to witness as the early morning light beamed down the valley and of course the many wild flowers that bloom across these hills.
Cloud Piercer (2019 ) - The king of the South Island, Aoraki (Mt Cook ), living up to its namesake as the ‘cloud piercer’. I’ve been fortunate to behold many sights but this one was different, something deeply moving. Maybe because I’ve flown here so many times without keeping a single shot. On this afternoon, I couldn’t help but shed a tear as I soared around in the presence of this countries tallest mountain, just as the sun bid farewell to another day.
Cara Norte (2019 ) - The mighty one of Patagonia, Fitzroy. I’ve just published this image along with 30 others, up on my website. It’s been a productive start to the year, feeling inspired and more motivated than ever. Thanks everyone who’s already stopped by and had a look at what I’ve been up to.
‘Completion’ (2018 ) - A place that isn’t new to me, nor is this composition. here’s not many locations that I’ll re-shoot, but Cathedral Rocks is my exception. I’ve captured vibrant sunrises here, lightning storms and ran many photography workshops by these shores. A rainbow was something that alluded me and after moving to New Zealand I figured the opportunity was gone. During a brief trip back to Australia I had a very short window for any shooting I may wanted to do. Keeping an eye on the weather one afternoon I could see the elements begin to align. I committed to the drive down and had a quiet confidence that this was the moment. I sat by the shore for 10-minutes before the light prevailed out west and lit up the moist cloud over the sea.