Shapeshifter by tpoulton001

What does the future hold for us? I feel like a young boy looking at a crystal ball hoping to see myself travelling the world capturing amazing landscapes and maybe inspiring a few people along the way.

Then again – which one of us doesn’t want that? A future full of riches and amazing experiences, I am not going to debate whether we can change the future or not, but I am going to say that we ought to do everything in our power to make that future we desire ours.

I don’t know whether I will be able to change my future or not but I sure would love to do everything in my power to get what I feel very strongly about. Sometimes it just becomes secondary whether you get to your final destination or not.

And if it simply means changing a few habits, then why not? Are these habits really bigger than our dreams?

Thanks for an awesome year, please be safe and enjoy the holiday season!

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Celestial Chess by tpoulton001

When I first started in landscape photography back in 2009, I knew no one in the scene. I had never been to any of the locations in my gallery and I had an insatiable desire to make something in the art world.

As the year draws to an end and the touring and workshops are all finished, I can’t help but feel a little empty inside. I have to admit this year has been a real battle to just do what I do best, and that is travel the world capturing all the amazing scenes. I can handle pretty much anything the planet has to offer; freezing my arse off in the mountains, getting soaking wet in torrential rain, endless hours at the wheel with very little sleep, all of that is easy compared to the hate and jealously in this industry. Next year I’m going to make a concerted effort to help as many people achieve their dreams, travel to places they have always wanted to, capture and spread the love of landscape photography, I’m asking you to do the same, be happy for others success, maybe some of it will rub off on you.

I believe in being strong. I believe that tomorrow is another day and I believe in miracles.

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Ghost In The Light by tpoulton001

Having run tours and workshops to Mt Cook many times I wanted to capture something unique so we hiked some of the not so beaten tracks and on the final day of the tour found this amazing little collection of tarns never before captured. Setting up camp for days waiting for the right light, running out of food and spending 2 days in gail force winds and torrential rain it really tested our resolved. starving, burnt and in depurate need of sleep we stuck around for sunset and with a slight breeze at our backs and the ghost like clouds rolling in we captured the amazing scene. The celebratory drinks and pizza at the bar was so sweet.

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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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Rush Hour by tpoulton001

Aoraki / Mount Cook

With Hooker Lake at the highest level I’ve ever seen and 60 – 70km winds the ferocious water at the mouth of the river was insane. Mt Cook locally know as the Sky Father turned on an incredible show with clouds dancing around the peak and catching the finally light of the day.

Captured using the Schneider 28mm Tilt Shift with my shift-flip technique, stitching 2 frames for a vertical pano. Benefits of this technique is natural vignetting of the lens, perfect stitching and nice overlap.

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Easy Street by RobDickinson

So this didnt happen. I shot the Jetty some months on a OOAK tour of the north island (Lake Rotoaira). It was about an hour before sunset. The stars came from Kaikoura a year before.

Two different cameras, two locations, two times of day. You might not realise this but you are seeing this quite often now. Its easy to do, this took me about 3 minutes in photoshop. Its much easier than planning and hoping the weather plays ball, making the long trip in the cold dark night, shooting this in one frame. That doesnt seem important these days though.

What are your thoughts? Do you mind if you see something that never (perhaps couldnt ever) existed?

Do you mind being lied too or are you OK with fantasy even when its shown to you as actuality?

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Northern Sojourn by tpoulton001

Captured on the recent OOAK Canadian Rockies tour with legends Sarah Hatton and Chris Collacott.

Those who contemplate the beauty of the earth find reserves of strength that will endure as long as life lasts. There is symbolic as well as actual beauty in the migration of the birds, the ebb and flow of the tides, the folded bud ready for the spring. There is something infinitely healing in the repeated refrains of nature – the assurance that dawn comes after night, and spring after the winter.

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Hidden Beauty by RobDickinson

Amazing what you find on the hard drive sometimes…

Aurora over Lake Forsythe, south island , New Zealand.

Image is 36 frames stitched with minimal processing.

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The Elusive Peak by RobDickinson

After spending a few days in New Plymouth and not seeing this fantastic volcanic cone we hiked up to Pouakai hut, a 2-3 hour climb, in cloud and rain, no chance of a sunset just a good bottle of Pinot, a warm fire and some great company.

Sunrise comes and we still have total cloud cover, but it breaks just at the right time, cue a mad scramble up the mountain.

The classic shot with the tarn isnt on, the clouds cover it, but we get a chance to shoot the mountain in all its glory.

I managed one wide angle frame and one set of panoramic frames before conditions deteriorated again and we headed back down to the van and a beer!

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