Beneath The Black And Purple by tpoulton001

It’s amazing how we have boogey locations that always fail us with conditions and locations that always produce the most epic light. Mount Cook in New Zealand is notorious for bad weather and so many people walk away with nothing. I’m blessed with the most amazing luck and have amassed a fine collection of images from the highest peak in New Zealand, all you have to do is search Mount Cook on 500px you’ll find some of that luck. Yesterdays sunset and astro was no exception, with light wispy clouds, all purple and red and the way the light captured the peak, took my breath away. Conditions were perfect with only a light wind and the temperature was a comfortable 10°, plenty of Steinlarger to get us through the night and only the wildlife to keep us company.

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Taranaki by TrentBlomfield

Mount Taranaki, New Zealand.

This is without a doubt one of the most frustrating shoots I’ve done.We had planned to shoot this icon from the tarn for sunset and sunrise. However, upon getting here for sunset from the nearby hut, we were welcomed with cloud, cloud and more cloud. Thus, we got no shots there – apart from a few selfies from Khos.

That night, next to a blazing fire was pretty darn nice. Especially hearing the gusts of wind blaze overhead and a few sneaky glances outside didn’t warrant much hope.

Alarm awoke to a smouldering fire and a brief check out the window to white clouds. A quick check off the deck and we were surrounded by the things.

Waiting for the next hour in that snug sleeping bag was filled with constant checking of the weather outside.

Then it happened. The clouds moved. The disappeared. And I’ve never moved more quickly in my entirely live for a sunrise – within a minute I was out the door and climbing the stairs. Nearing the top you could see this mammoth volcano dominating the sky. I let out a huge ‘oh fuck yeah’ and literally ran the last hundred metres to check it out.

Scanning down towards the Tarn – the clouds were making that an impossible shot.

Quick set up. Fire away. And the clouds streamed back in.

Its time like these you have to be quick (I read a points for success in panoramic by a good mate of mine) and one of those points was quickness. If I didn’t have that here – this image would not have been possible as a panorama.

The next 20-30 minutes was filtered with sporadic shots and clouds floating in front of the scene.

Although, I didn’t get the ‘tarn’ shot, I am pretty darn stoked to get a shot of this majestic mountain.

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Wharariki by RobDickinson

One of the most remote feeling places I have ever been to , nature as its meant to be enjoyed. With a beer!

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