New Zealand 6: Otago

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Landscape / New Zealand / Photo Log / Photography


June 28, 2018, Northwest of Dunedin, New Zealand. After the photography workshop, we rented a car and headed southeast from Queenstown to Dunedin and then took a week to drive all the way up the east coast of the South Island.

We fell in love with Dunedin, which reminded us a little of San Francisco — although it beats San Francisco by having the steepest street in the world. While there we took a tour with Tony from Elm Wildlife Tours. Tony knows his stuff. Ask him anything about natural history, geography, botany, wildlife, and the San Francisco music scene in the late 1960s. Encyclopedic, he is. The morning was dedicated to landscape photography and the afternoon was filled with wildlife. (Stay tuned. Wildlife shots next week.)


Both of these shots were made in the hills northwest of Dunedin. In both I reverted to conventional wisdom (which didn’t kill me) and featured prominent foregrounds.

(Nikon D850, Tamron SP 24–70mm f/2.8 Di VC USD G2. Nikon D500, Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR. 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. From Queenstown we didn’t head straight to Dunedin but instead went south to Invercargill and Bluff before turning east toward Dunedin. Oh, those Scottish names. Although I’ve never been to Scotland, I can imagine your first landscape being from there.

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    • Thank you very much. Our original plan was to go to Invercargill and Bluff and then out to Stewart Island. However, Stewart Island was essentially closed for the winter. That forced us to change our plans. Those Scottish names indeed. Tony, our guide, was proudly sixth generation Scot. I’ve never been to Scotland either. Bucket list item. But I know what you mean about that first shot. I had the same thought.


  2. The texture of all those hills and valleys in the second is mesmerizing. It’s hard to imagine the forces that created either of those landscapes…aside from the force in your vision to make them.

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  3. Stunning views, Michael! This is all so far from Norfolk and it looks very inviting. Excellent captures. I envy you the D850 … 😉

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    • Thank you very much Dina. The D850 is a honey. I got it primarily because the horizon shots, such as those you’ll see on my fine art website, are intended to be printed extremely large, so the starting resolution wants to be as high as possible.

      And thank you for following. I will most certainly do the same with you.

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