New Zealand 2: Fast Frosty Sunrise

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Landscape / New Zealand / Photo Log / Photography / Sunrise


June 21, 2018, Te Anau-Milford Highway, New Zealand. Our planned sunrise shot was a wash: thick fog meant no sunrise to speak of. Actually, no visible sunrise at all, although the sky sort of got lighter. A bit dejected, we got into the van and motored off. But as we headed north toward Mirror Lakes, another opportunity presented itself. A soft frosty hillside lay before shadowed mountains with the sun just behind them about to show itself.

Stop. Seconds were ticking.

No time for tripod. Dash. Quick frame. Nope. Change position. Quick frame. Not quite. Move up and to the left. Yes, there’s the frame. Go to f/16 for a sun star. Check exposure. Good. And wait, wait, there it is — click. Check it. Damn, not quite right. Waited a bit too long: no sun star. Move to the left to put the sun behind the mountain again, recompose and wait for the sun to come up for its second rise in sixty seconds. Here it comes…annnnd… Click.

In the space of five hectic minutes the frost was already melting, but you can still see a bit of a glow on the grassy ridge.

Best shot of the day. Until what you’ll see tomorrow…

(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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