Though I usually do something from the past for my Silent Sunday posts, I thought it might be nice to look at the images I got of That Wanaka Tree while in New Zealand. There were a few.
Silent Sunday – That Wanaka Tree
Before I went to New Zealand I remembered my last couple of trips to Tasmania. I had spent almost a couple of weeks there, but when I looked back there were only a few images that I thought were really outstanding. With that in mind, I travelled to New Zealand thinking if I got a few images I would be really happy.
In the end, it was the truth. I loved what I saw, but I really only got a handful of shots that I think were outstanding. That could change with time as I work my way through them.
It does have to be said that one spot where I got some of my favourite photos was That Wanaka Tree.
We went there on two mornings.
First Morning at the Wanaka Tree
The first we didn’t like the position so much. We did go with the idea that it would be a scouting mission to help us work out where to go the next morning.
We were more or less right in front of the tree and got there too late to really get anywhere good. From what I had heard about the tree I was expecting a lot of people, well maybe about 30. I thought it would be like it is here, everyone would take a shot and move. There were be opportunities to try other places.
It wasn’t like that at all. There were far more photographers there than I expected and no one moved. Well, almost no one. Once they had their spot, they stayed there. Once we knew that we realised that the next morning we would have to head down there very early to claim the spot we really wanted.
This was taken that first morning.
I am not that partial to the images taken that first morning. No clouds and not much mist.
Second Morning at That Wanaka Tree
We got there an hour before sunrise. We were freezing, even the knew socks I had purchased the day before to keep my feet warm did nothing. It was so cold. Think frosts. The car had been iced over on both mornings. I’ve never had to deal with ice on a car like that before.
We got there and worked out where we wanted to take photos. We couldn’t take any photos because it was so dark. Couldn’t focus on anything. There was a bus group there as well. They were in front of the tree, we were down a bit from it. They were shining lights onto the tree and I was trying to use that focus, but wasn’t having a lot of luck. I did a couple, like the first image in the post. You can see the stars moving. It was good that we got there early, with so many other photographers showing up, it was the right decision. We think around 200 were there.
It was clear that the plan to get the mountains in the background may not work as all you could see was mist. That wasn’t necessarily a bad thing. Mist is wonderful.
Photos from Second Morning
I played around with the Fujifilm X-T3 camera with the XF18-135mm lens, plus the XF100-400mm. The first one was the one I used the most really. Though this was taken with the XF100-400.
It is one most of you have seen already. I like this one.
However, I have now processed a couple more that I thought I could show you. All the other images were taken with the XF18-135mm, except the first morning shot which was done with the XF10-24mm.
This is one of the few that I managed to get with any colour from the sunrise. I put it up on Instagram and it seems people liked it. That is always nice. I like that the mist cleared a bit at the top so you could see the snow capped mountains.
Then there is this one, I haven’t really shown this to anyone really, or rather not gone public.
It is one of the few long exposures I took. This is probably my favourite out of all them. I like the simplicity of the image.
Though some of my favourite images came from Wanaka I won’t remember the place fondly. Most of you have heard what happened there, but if you haven’t, this post has the information about my experience, New Zealand Wanderings Day 5 – That tree again.
It is sad that events like that can dampen your trip. I am hoping that eventually, I will be able to look at the photos without thinking about that.
We will see how many other photos I fall in love with that were taken during that short time.
Sorry, this Silent Sunday – That Wanaka Tree post has gone on a bit long. I hope you are having a great weekend.