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A dusk view across the tarn to our campsite and Mt Kendall, Biggs Tops, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand

A dusk view across the tarn to our campsite and Mt Kendall, Biggs Tops, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand
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Bazz April 20, 2018
mauriciobrasilli May 04, 2018
Majestoso momento. Bela imagem. Parabéns!
occasionalclimber May 04, 2018
Gracias Mauricio
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tobyfrost May 31, 2018
I love your image. This looks like Tasmania
occasionalclimber May 31, 2018
Ive never been there. I guess it's time I did. Thank you
rexmasseymolloy June 08, 2018
Oh, fantastic! I’ve walked that route too. Beautiful.
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Nostroboy June 27, 2018
What a magic spot ! Well done on this shot !
occasionalclimber June 27, 2018
What us photographers dream of - both sunset and sunrise.
Clairebearfran February 19, 2019
Simply Beautiful 😎
occasionalclimber March 20, 2019
Thanks :-)
Hamzamahfoudi December 24, 2019
Really nice place wow
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margaretgodfrey April 21, 2020
Lovely shot, congrats on People's Choice :)
occasionalclimber April 21, 2020
Thank you :-)
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Behind The Lens


In March, late summer, at a campsite at 1,300m on Biggs Tops, Kahurangi National Park, New Zealand.




It was one of those perfect dusks, where there’s plenty of cloud about to catch the light and add drama, while also diffusing it a bit so the lovely soft colours come through.


A Nikon P7800. This shot is a stitch of two, taken with zoom setting at 28mm, ISO 100, F4 and shutter 1/40 sec.


Beautiful light, really interesting, rich setting with tarn, peaks, clouds and good company.


Adjustments in Camera RAW to bring out detail in light and shadow, then some further minor polishing in PhotoShop.

In my camera bag

I love the mountains, so as little as possible - at present a Nikon D750 camera body, a Nikkor 24-120 small zoom and the 55-300 bigger zoom, a spare battery and beaten up lightweight tripod - good for hiking. If I'm going for a summit then it's even less - a compact Nikon P7800 with mirrorless through the lens digital view finder, full manual operation and RAW file capture - absolutely great when you still want to control your photography but need to keep moving and can't afford to have stuff hanging off you. Sadly my P7800 malfunctioned several times on this trip – possibly moisture and cold have caught up with it. So I’ve just replaced it with a Lumix TZ2200 – bigger sensor, wider zoom range, smaller unit, still full manual operation and RAW files.


This was a premeditated hunt the sunset drama shot. The weather forecast came true and we got the kind of conditions we hoped for. But you have to get out there and chase down these kinds of magical situations. It takes effort to camp out on the tops.

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