New Zealand 1: Lake Wakatipu

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New Zealand / Photo Log / Photography


June 18, 2018, Closeburn Beach Lookout, Lake Wakatipu, New Zealand. A year ago this week, on our first evening of a photo workshop led by Gary Hart and Don Smith. A few kilometers west of Queenstown. Although Mother Nature was very kind to us regarding lighting and sky, we were not yet used to freezing fingers from her June winter.

(Nikon D850; Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. RAW processing in DxO Pro; Editing in Adobe Photoshop.)

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California based fine-art photographer featuring abstract, impressionist, and minimalist seascapes — near and distant — and floral-based images. Fine-art photography can be seen at All original images on this blog are copyright 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 Michael Scandling. All rights reserved. No images on this site may be copied, duplicated, reused, published, or re-purposed in any way without express permission from the copyright owner, Michael Scandling.


  1. Wakatipu: ’tis music to my ears! For whatever reason, all my pictures of the lake were east of Queenstown. While the cold you encountered in the southern winter may have been an obstacle, at least you didn’t have to endure the biting sandflies of summer.

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  2. Beautiful landscape, Michael. The cold must have been a bit of a shock coming from a land where freezing is rare. I live where it is common but still find it difficult to bear at times.

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    • Thank you very much Steve. Actually it gets to and below freezing in the San Francisco Bay area in the winter at night pretty often. We actually got used to it pretty quickly, but the first night out I didn’t bring gloves with me and it was a bit uncomfortable. Managed to get some good shots though. This week is New Zealand week and unlike most weeks I will be posting daily.

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  3. Such extraordinary scenery….I’ve always wanted to go there….my mother went there, and many other places, and NZ was at the top of her favorite list.

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