Tuesday, March 07, 2006

Fresh Fields and Fresh Discoveries

One Sunday afternoon we went out for a drive inland from Dunedin. For a while I felt like I had been neglecting an important part of Otagos landscape for this blog. Fortunately we came across this vista on the way home.

It really is the perfect subject for a panorama photo because it literally goes on for miles. I have actually cropped this shot because I'm still working on the original file and its very large.

For the benefit overseas viewers this is a sample of what inland farm country in southern New Zealand looks like. Behind the camera is what I call the hinterland which is very dry, alpine style terrain. Mountains, schist rocks and tussock characterise central Otago.

Over the hills in front lies coastal Otago which you will already be familiar with. The land in this picture sits in between these two types of terrain. This means Otago has a great variety of landscapes within easy driving distance.

This may also explain why I like to get outdoors because I am constantly finding something new just around the corner. I think I could quite easily spend hours just in this one location capturing the way the sunlight and shadow undulates over these hills.

By the way it must be good location because I recently saw this same view on display in a gallery by a local photographer. I'll have to come back here when the snow arrives in the winter. Now that would be something worth seeing.

The photo was taken at about 6:00 pm in mid January. Camera: Sony F828 Settings: 1/250s, f4.0, ISO64, focal length 42mm, 0 ev
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1 comment:

Chana H Davis said...

Both the grand and the intimate aspects of nature can be revealed in the expressive photograph.
Both can stir enduring affirmations and discoveries, and can surely help the spectator in his search
for identification with the vast world of natural beauty and the wonder surrounding him.

by Ansel Adams


*gasp* there... is that expressive enough...

The colors, contours, shades & hues, lines, eye point of angle, nice.

You know I feel very inadequate when again I look at my photo's... hmm.

Yes a winter shot taken of this place, I could only imagine would be breathing.


Chana H Davis
Coopers Beach - Northland NZ