New Zealand – Day 12

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I love the shape and color of these rocks. Once again, impossibly blue-green NZ water.

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For a day called Black Friday, it sure did start off with a beautiful sunrise.  I missed the beginning of it but screamed out the back door of our room and grabbed a few shots as the sky lit up.  It turned the mountains opposing the sunrise all shades of gorgeous.  Purple mountain majesty indeed!

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New Zealand – Day 11

Mt Cook Hides in the Clouds.
Lake Tekapo.  Can you spot the Tandem Kayak?

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We got up as early as we could and headed out of town.  Today we would get to see what so many before us thought was the most spectacular part of their NZ trip – Mt Sunday!  The trick was to get up early because it’s about a 2.5-hour drive and the best light is supposed to be from about 10-1pm.  I was hoping for some nice photos.

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New Zealand: Introduction and Planning

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Purple mountains light up at the dawn of a new trip. Those little black dots on the grass are sheep!

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I am so thrilled to be sharing the recap of our recent trip to New Zealand!  This post will serve as an intro and talk you through the months of planning that we did.  If you are dreaming of  visiting New Zealand in the future,  I hope this information makes your planning quicker and easier.

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Self Portrait: The Stinging

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***UPDATE***  I thought by adding a small radial (really zoom) blur it might help and it did.  I’ve replaced the image.  I think the rock looks cooler and I like how the trees now point to the sword subtly.  This image is ok considering the original was so crappy.

I had the privilege of visiting the actual film location outside of the troll cave where Bilbo unsheathes Sting for the first time.  They even had a toy Sting sword so you could recreate the movie still.

Technically it’s a portrait rather than a self portrait, but I think it counts since I helped set up all aspects of the shot and I’m the subject.  Unfortunately my photographer missed the focus pretty badly in all of these pictures so I combine a couple exposures to try and emphasize the magical quality of the moment by making everything look shaky, soft, and glowy.