New Year’s Day, 2016

Introduction

Happy New Year!

In a break from tradition, a friend and I decided to head to Queenstown, to see if their New Year’s festivities lived up to the hype. They did; a great relief after a reasonably long drive on a blazing hot day with intermittently operable air conditioning.

The lakefront and CBD were packed (12,000 people in a relatively compact space), and the atmosphere was buzzing with live music and revelry. Come midnight, there was a spectacular fireworks display, with the cacophony of bangs, whistles, squeals and cheers accompanied by the odd splash, as a few poor souls were thrust into Lake Wakitipu – fortunately, we were not amongst those involved. After our best attempts to record the display with our phone cameras, we walked back to our tent a few miles away.

Having had a patchy few hours of sleep, we looked around Frankton (where we’d been camping), then packed up the tent and headed to Glenorchy for lunch. Geographically, this isn’t far from Queenstown or Frankton, but a combination of holiday traffic, narrow meandering roads, and sumptuous scenery that I couldn’t recall having visited before, dragged the trip out to a few hours duration. It was well worth it, though, if only for the opportunity to bask in the shade of a willow tree on the lakefront. Once we were done enjoying Glenorchy, I dropped my friend off, and carried on to Dunedin via Tapanui and Raes Junction – the first time I’ve taken that route when I’ve been at the helm.

It was a thoroughly enjoyable couple of days (save for cursing profusely at my camera phone for having such protracted shutter lag), and I hope that’s reflected in the 15 photos that follow.

Fifteen Photos Which Weren’t Taken With a Phone Camera

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Frankton, at the foot of Queenstown Hill. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO. 1/400 s, f/8.0, ISO 200.
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This Australian coot was feeding near the shore of Lake Wakitipu at Frankton. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO and MC-14 1.4 x teleconverter. 1/4000 s, f/4.5, ISO 500.
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I had a staring contest with this New Zealand scaup hen when I was looking around the Frankton end of Lake Wakitipu. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO and MC-14 1.4 x teleconverter. 1/4000 s, f/4.5, ISO 400.
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The duckling of a New Zealand scaup made a bow wave as it darted about in the shallows of Lake Wakitipu at Frankton. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO and MC-14 1.4 x teleconverter. 1/2000 s, f/4.5, ISO 800.
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Kelvin Heights, viewed from the shoreline at Frankton. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO. 1/160 s, f/16, ISO 200.
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On the road to Glenorchy. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO. 1/1000 s, f/8.0, ISO 200.
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Rocks on the shores of Lake Wakitipu, between Queenstown and Glenorchy. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO. 1/800 s, f/8.0, ISO 200.
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Under the willow trees on the Rees River, Glenorchy. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus 9 mm f/8.0 fisheye body cap lens. 1/320 s, f/8.0, ISO 100.
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Lupins were nestled amongst the grass and willows on the banks of the Rees River at Glenorchy. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO. 1/1250 s, f/4.0, ISO 200.
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An enterprising black billed gull crossed the Rees River to ask for my sandwich whilst I was having lunch at Glenorchy. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 40-150 mm f/2.8 PRO. 1/1000 s, f/5.6, ISO 200.
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Looking up the Rees River from Glenorchy towards the Glenorchy-Routeburn Road. Olympus E-1 with Olympus ZD 14-42 mm f/3.5-5.6. 1/500 s ,f/8.0, ISO 100.
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Mountain peaks near Kinloch, as viewed from the Rees River at Glenorchy. Olympus E-1 with Vivitar 120-600 mm f/5.6-8. 1/1000 s, f/16, ISO 400.
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A peak to the west of Kinloch – I think this is Mount Bonpland. Olympus E-1 with Vivitar 120-600 mm f/5.6-8. 1/1600 s, f/9.0, ISO 400.
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Farmland in the late afternoon between Tapanui and Raes Junction. Olympus PEN E-P5 with Olympus 9 mm f/8.0 fisheye body cap lens. 1/160 s, f/8.0, ISO 100.
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Still under restoration is the bridge over the Clutha River at Beaumont, to the southeast of Raes Junction and west of Dunedin. That scaffolding has been there for more than five years, to the best of my recollection. Olympus OM-D E-M5 with Olympus 12-40 mm f/2.8 PRO. 1/1000 s, f/8.0, ISO 200.

The End

 

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