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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God Only Knows by tpoulton001

Previously released as a cropped version and remastered for a client in the full panoramic version “God Only Knows” is inspired by one of my favourite childhood band, The Beach Boys. If you listen to the words from Brian Wilson, a very talented and troubled man you see beyond the surfer band persona and really understand how being creative can be a blessing and a curse all at the same time.

All landscape photography calls for the ability to tramp the last mile, shape the last plan, endure the last hours light. The fight to the finish spirit is the one…characteristic we must posses if we are to face the future as creators.

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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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The Archer by tpoulton001

A life passion isn’t something that drops on you from the heavens or appears from thin air. Discovering your passion is a process of self-discovery and detective work. It requires stripping yourself bare and examining the “real you.” This is the you without limiting beliefs, old wounds, ego-based pursuits, and fear.

I have been and still am a seeker, but I have ceased to question stars and books; I have begun to listen to the teaching my blood whispers to me.

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Glacier Glow by tpoulton001

One thing I find hard to accept with photography and the internet is how small we have to post our work, sometimes as small as a postcard and the viewer misses out on all the amazing detail we have captured. I understand we’re restricted to monitor sizes but it’s such a shame all these amazing sensors are going to waste.
I have posted a HD version on our website for download so you can see all the sweet glacier glow and other tasty bits.


Specifications of this image
Camera: Nikon D810
Lens: Schneider 90mm Tilt Shift
Exposure: 25 Seconds
Aperture: f5.6
ISO: 1250
Frames: 24

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Alpenglow by tpoulton001

Seeking enlightenment or the Promised Land or the way home, a man would go or be forced to go into the wilderness, measure himself against the Creation, recognise finally his true place within it, and thus be saved both from pride and from despair. Seeing himself as a tiny member of a world he cannot comprehend or master or in any final sense possess, he cannot possibly think of himself as a god. I’ve never been one to stay still. I was born a nomad, and I still am a nomad and always will be.

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M O O N W A L K E R by tpoulton001

One of my fantasies growing up, was walking on the moon, yet with only one night at Plateau Hut it was now, or maybe never. I couldn’t sleep that night of course:- not only for the fact we had a high aurora alert, but some crazy mountaineer in the hut with us was not happy we interrupted his solitude. With a hut full of ropes and ice axes I froze in my sleeping bag with one eye open, isolation paranoia getting the better of my mind. It’s almost impossible to communicate what it feels like, not just … treading the snow of this mountain, palpating its ice crusted snow, tasting the panic with every step, literally walking on a giant slip’n’slide, one foot wrong was the difference between life and death. On that beautiful evening, I achieved my childhood dream to walk on the moon.

The sky is the ultimate art gallery just above us.

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Probably my favourite from the trip and one of the most amazing locations to photograph in the world. Mt Cook has always been very kind to me and produced some of the best conditions. I love the way the water leads you through the scene to the majestic peak and then onto the fluffy pink clouds.

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✔ by tpoulton001

Since starting in landscape photography, I have created a bucket list of locations I’d love to capture in certain conditions and light. For the last 4 years I have travelled frequently to New Zealand, guiding tours for One of A Kind Photography Adventures. On that list is the Church Of The Good Shepherd and Lake Tekapo surrounded by snow. Why do so many bucket lists have to involve extreme events such as sky diving, hiking that peak or capturing a hurricane? Do you really need to climb a mountain?

We seldom grow inside our comfort zone.
With this in mind, it is important to travel outside our comfortable zone but how extreme does it have to be? More importantly, why does it have to be so? After you have completed the extreme task, how do you readjust to going back to your normal life? Is your normal life simply unfulfilling?

As Philippe Petit, the only person to ever walk across the World Trade Center towers on a high wire, once said: “Life should be lived on the edge of life. You have to exercise rebellion: to refuse to tape yourself to rules, to refuse your own success, to refuse to repeat yourself, to see every day, every year, every idea as a true challenge- and then you are going to live your life on a tightrope.”

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Absolute Magnitude by tpoulton001

Today’s world is a need-it-right-now world. Emails, text messages, and smartphones have made us much more accessible and our level of accountability much higher. The expectations for immediate attention are overwhelming and can negatively impact our creativity and patience; learning to master this difficult skill can increase creativity as well as reduce stress and anxiety. Exercising patience can also improve productivity because it creates a better, clearer state of mind, for wiser decision making.

Patience is becoming a lost art. We sometimes feel others becoming more impatient with us if we are not quick to answer or respond right away, combining immediacy and impatience to create an even bigger monster. However, most things worth having, take time to obtain – they take patience. Art cannot be rushed and patience cannot be lost if the picture is to be finished.

After a treacherous hike along the Hooker Valley to the base of Mt Cook we had to endure icy pathways, suspension bridges with snow as high as the railing with 100 metre falls to our death, -15 temperatures and snow loaded mountains causing avalanches at every turn. Once arriving at our destination and with conditions so incredible, we knew we had come away with amazing shots. As the sun set and the temperature plummets, that same path awaits in treacherous darkness. The desire to get moving is so overwhelming, a safety-based decision diced with going, or staying longer to wait for the ultimate conditions.

Confident in my abilities in the darkness, I waited just that little bit longer, not through bravery, just a desire to come away with something epic.

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