Key Summit.

This is the last set for the day. At this point, we were running out of room on the cards we had, and the son (who spent more time on the summit and had the camera) got selective on what he would shoot.

Key summit is a steady climb above the Kepler Track, which is a steady climb up from the terminus of the trail at the Divide. What the photos do not show is the wind, and the cold: it felt like the wind was coming off the snow.



Mirror Lake.

I am processing all the photos from a three day FIordland trip… having dealt with the Nikon V1 I’m now working through the shots taken on one day.

This is mirror lake: an oxbow lake left by the movement of a river at the bottom of a glaciated valley.

It is a standard place for tourists to stop in Fiordland. Most were, like this gentleman, using ipads or phones to take photos. I felt out of place with a dslr, even though the biggest lens I took with me was a 50mm f1.8. (The kit that day was a v1 with 18 mm and a DX kit zoom, a d800 with a 20mm voightlander, 35 and 50 mm Nikkor). It all fits into one backpack.

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Milford sound and the Voightlander Colour Skopar f3.5 20mm

On the way out on Milford Sound I was using a 35 mm f2 Nikkor. That got the featured shot. On the way back I wanted to get a better perspective of the scenery so I pulled out the only manual lens I use with the Nikon d800 — the Voightlander Colour Skopar 20mm.

This is why you have a wide angle lens in your bag. Taken on a trip in Milford Sound, on the way back: the light was coming out.

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Te Anau.

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Dusk. Lake Te Anau. I had been shooting medium format, but the light had not gone, so rapidly took some shots, again using the ft1 adaptor and a Nikkor dx kit lens




These photos were taken through a chain link fence, using an AiS 80-300 zoom on an FT1 adapter in a Nikon V1. Functionally, I was around 1000mm of zoom for some shots.