How big should the main subject in your photos be?

Deep in the wild heart of northern Kahurangi National Park is a subalpine tableland that rises to 870m. Mackay Downs features numerous granite tors which punctuate peat-filled valleys of tussock. Home to Powelliphanta...

Should photographers promote the wilderness?

This to-die-for destination is a three-act drama: the glacier, the lake, and the hut.

Erected in 1970 for meteorological research, the hut is perched precariously on a prime piece of real estate above the headwaters of the wil...

In mid-winter, we traveled down the interminable Pipiriki Road to the muddy Whanganui River. On the return trip, we arrived back at the road saddle, where this stunning landscape presented itself. Mount Ruapehu (2,797m) is the highest hill in the North Island, presidin...

There are two ways to approach planning your photography trips:

Book accommodation well in advance, and accept whatever happens with the weather, good or bad.

  1. Go during winter when there are less tourists. Then you can book accommodation the day before, and travel...

Camera Settings: Canon EOS 5D MkIII | f/16 | 4 secs | ISO 100 | 17mm

It was freezing cold. It was raining hard. It was winter. Easier to stay at home by the fire, I thought.

But I had challenged myself to venture outside each weekend and scout new locations. With such a...

In early autumn, I climbed the loftiest hill in the Marlborough Sounds, Mount Stokes, with a modest altitude of 1203 metres. This involved driving for 4 hours via an interminable, winding road skirting the shoreline of Pelorus Sound. The road-trip here is, perhaps, the...

New Year’s Eve was biting at my heels. Queenstown was the last place I wanted to be on December 31st. The Hills beckoned beyond the tinsel town, so I boarded the Skyline gondola for my escapade.

Once past the Skyline Restaurant, punching through the thin veneer of amu...

George Leigh Mallory was once asked 'why he climbed Mount Everest?'
The legendary British mountaineer allegedly replied "Because it's there."

 

Not me! I climb mountains 'because of what is NOT there.' No wi-fi connection. No cellphone beeping with social media notifica...

An hour's jaunt up the Ngakawau Gorge, is perhaps one of the best waterfalls on the West Coast. While the entire Charming Creek Walkway takes between 3-5 hours to walk or bike, this landmark is undoubtedly the highlight, and well worth a visit.

This pathway is decorated...

We reached this remote spot on schedule, as the afternoon sun broke through rain clouds, painting the farmland gold. I'd been here many times before to photograph the lighthouse, and watch the Yellow-Eyed Penguins waddle ashore. And I had 'seen' how the lonely rural ro...

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