Tag: lake

The incredible reflection of Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson is one of the most photographed lakes in NZ because of it’s mirror reflection of Mt Cook and Mt Tasman.

It’s excellent reflecting properties are due to the dark brown colour of the water – the result of organic matter leached from the humus of the forest floor. Dawn and dusk are the best times to enjoy the reflections in the lake.

Sunrise at Lake Matheson with reflections of Mt. Cook (right) 3754m and Mt. Tasman (left) 3497m, two highest New Zealand mountains, Westland National Park, West Coast, World Heritage Area, New Zealand

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How to Photograph Waterfalls

Waterfalls are beautiful but technically difficult to photograph. Discover how to master the technical and creative aspects of waterfall photography.

Capture Their Motion

One of the most interesting things about waterfalls is the way they move. From the meandering flow of water across rocks to the splash and spray of a crashing torrent, they’re always full of energy and excitement.

The key to capturing this movement is choosing the best camera settings before you start shooting. So flick your camera into Shutter Priority or Manual mode and set it up as follows.

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Purakaunui Falls – New Zealand

Shutter Speed

Every waterfall is different, and there’s no single “correct” shutter speed to use, but if you want to capture movement in the water you’ll need to use a slow shutter speed – generally somewhere from 0.3 seconds up to several seconds.

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Paradise Shelducks

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The Paradise Shelduck, Tadorna variegata, is a large goose-like duck endemic to New Zealand. They are known to the Maori as Putangitangi but now commonly referred to as the “Paradise duck”, and are prized game birds. Both the male and female have striking plumage, the male has a black head and barred black body, the female a white head with a chestnut body.

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Pukeko – New Zealand Native Bird

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The Pukeko (also known as the swamp hen) is one of New Zealand’s most recognised birds to locals and tourists alike. Their startling colours stand out against New Zealand’s greenery and they are truly a beautiful and magnificent bird.

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