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Milford Sound

Milford Sound
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-07-26
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Date Submitted: 2007-07-14 0:51
Viewed: 5492
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Milford Sound , also known as Piopiotahi in Maori, is located in the south west of New Zealand's South Island. Although called Milford Sound, it is more accurately classified as a fjord. Milford Sound, the most famous tourist site of New Zealand, is situated within the Fiordland National Park which is in turn part of the Te Wahipounamu World Heritage site.

Milford Sound is named for Milford Haven in Wales, and the Cleddau River which flows into it is similarly named for its Welsh namesake. The Maori name for the sound, Piopiotahi, means first native thrush.

Milford Sound runs 15 kilometres inland from the Tasman Sea and is surrounded by sheer rock faces that rise 1200 metres or more on either side. Lush rain forests cling precariously to these cliffs, while seals, penguins, and dolphins frequent the waters.

With a mean annual rainfall of 6813 mm on 182 days a year, a high level even for the West Coast, Milford Sound is known as the wettest place in New Zealand and one of the wettest in the world. Rainfall can reach 250 mm during a span of 24 hours. The rainfall creates dozens of temporary waterfalls (as well as a number of major, more permanent ones) cascading down the cliff faces, some reaching a thousand meters in length. Smaller falls from such heights may never reach the bottom of the sound, drifting away in the wind.

Accumulated rainwater can at times cause portions of the rain forest to lose their grip on the sheer cliff faces, resulting in tree avalanches into the Sound. The regrowth of the rain forest after these avalanches can be seen in several locations along the Sound.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 18:14 p.m.
Date: 26th July 2006
Weather conditions: Dusk
Lens: Canon 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/2
F-Stop: F/4
Focal Length: 25mm
Support: Tripod
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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The composition gives this image a very graphic feel, great colours and the silouette work well together.
Best wishes

Hi Pam,
This is a magnificent image. The colours are glorious as are the silhouetted mountains. Nice composition of great quality.

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-07-14 1:28]

Hi Pam

Lovely scenic capture with great visual impact. The tripod came in handy for this ˝ second exposure. Beautiful colours, excellent details, and a wonderful composition.

Good work and TFS.

Wow a postcard image of Mitre Peak Pam.
Superb shot.

Regards Mark :)

bonjour pam
cette vue est extremement belle,j'aime beaucoup les couleurs et le fait que le soleil soit centré juste entre les montagnes.

lovely capture,beautiful colours and nice composition,well done

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  • Silke Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 729 W: 98 N: 1707] (5458)
  • [2007-07-14 7:11]

Outstanding colours and composition, superb notes, a truly fabulous posting in every way

Hi Pam,
Like a dream, a magic landscape, impressive colors and silhouettes! Marta

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  • jo8 Silver Note Writer [C: 1 W: 0 N: 14] (101)
  • [2007-07-14 21:36]

Absoluetly stunning, picture postcard perfect. Beautiful colours.

Wow Pam ... an absolutely perfect shot of one of our most beautiful spots.
It has always been my dream to climb Mitre Peak ... one day I will.
Lovely shot.

Hi Pam,
This image is absolutely gorgeous the lighting is awesome, the pink to blue gradient sky is very tranquil to look at. :)

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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-07-17 14:51]

The colors, and compositon is great. Very good contrast but what makes this image for me and it may seem small is the small little clouds hovering right in the center of the photo. :) Great shot.


I love those colours - I love this motive.
It's amazing, Pam, so peaceful, excellent shot, thanks
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hi Pam, another beautiful capture with good management of low ligth. A fabulous scene which is enhanced by the beautiful tone in the sky. Very fine work..

Magical colours, this looks almost like a painting.

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2007-07-26 4:13]

Hi Pam
Beautiful landscape shot. Great colours and POV.
Well done mf


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