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Formed By Massive Glaciers

Formed By Massive Glaciers
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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: 2006-07-27
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 20D, Canon EF 17-40mm f4L, Digital RAW 100, Hoya 77mm Circular Polariser
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Travelogue: Winter Holiday Campervan Trip 2006
Date Submitted: 2006-08-15 2:18
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[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lake Wanaka: Paradise found!

Lake Wanaka lies in a glacial lake basin oriented approximately north and south and situated 20 miles east of the main divide at Mount Aspiring and 20 miles south-south-west of Haast Pass. The township of Wanaka at its southern end is 35 miles north by road from Cromwell and 54 miles south by road from Haast Pass. The name Wanaka is a corruption of Oanaka, which means “place of Anaka”, Anaka being the name of an early Maori chief of this district. The lake is 27 miles long and though its northern part is walled in by ranges up to 6,000 ft high, the southern end spreads out into more subdued country, where the shore line is deeply indented by bays, the most prominent being Glendhu Bay on the west and Stevensons Arm on the east. The lake stands 928 ft above sea level and is probably more than 1,000 ft deep.

The early Lake Wanaka was formed during the retreat of the ice terminal northwards from this loop about 10,000 years ago. It stood at first at a much higher level than at present. The outlet became entrenched in the glacial silts forming part of this moraine, and water level sunk in post-glacial time to its present 928 ft above sea level.

The above obtained from http://www.teara.govt.nz/1966/W/WanakaLake/WanakaLake/en


Camera: Canon 20D
Time of day: 2:13 p.m.
Date: 27th July 2006
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 17-40mm L
Filter: Hoya 77mm Circular Polariser
Shutter Speed: 1/25
F-Stop: F/14
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO: 100
Shutter Activation: Canon RS-80N3 Remote Switch
Support: Tripod
Original file type: Digital Raw

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hello Pam

beautiful view+ outstanding



I like the calmness in this picture showing the ripple effect on the bottom of the lake. It makes for an excellent foreground.

there is a remoteness about this picture that leaves me longing for the outdoor and not stuck inside at work. The air looks so clear and the sky and mountains are spot on.

In other words, you have acheived what you were after and have shown the area really well!

Do you have the pictures of either side of this one - it woudl make a wonderful panorama.


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  • Hil Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 696 W: 13 N: 1407] (5035)
  • [2006-08-15 4:50]

Hi Pam

What a lovely serene shot of a beautiful place, the detail and colours are lovely, the reflection is superb, at first I thought the reflected snow was a wave breaking.

Regards Hilary :)

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2006-08-15 5:25]

Un disparo de lujo, que nos transporta a ese lugar tan precioso. gracias

very nice one Pam,
the composition is nice and the reflection is very nice, the quality is good and the job is well done,
gr. jaap

Hi Pam,
this is a great view. It's really nice to sea snow from your part of the world. The compostion is very good and the deep in good too. Lovely colours and the water is very clear.
The reflecion is a big extra bonus.
Great work, my friend.

Hi Pam
Really Really great image. This one makes me want to visit your part of the world. The whole picture, sky, mountains, snow and water are beautiful. Wish I could wade out and remove that one rock that interruped your reflection. (Bet the rock was bigger than me!)

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  • Luis52 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1175 W: 8 N: 4240] (15809)
  • [2006-08-15 10:58]

Pam.- Esta es sin duda una gran postal, he visto con detenimiento todoas tus fotos, y he podido observar en ti un gran fotografo, esta foto en particular me parece "Exelente". Te fecicito por compartir tus trabajos. Un saludo desde Mexico. Luis52

Hi Pam

Beautiful landscape shot. Sharp all the way. Great colors and perfect reflections. The sand on the sea bottom is makes a great FG and the mountains with snowtops makes a very nice BG. Great capture.


This is some lovely scenery Pam,
The details are nice, clear and sharp.
Good colours, lighting and exposure.
Well composed, well framed and good notes.
Thanks for posting, have a great week.

Hi Pam,
What a very stunning photo. The depth in this shot is just amazing. Colors and light are outstanding and all topped of with a breathtaking reflection. I really like the patches of clouds hanging half way up the first mountain.

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  • hester Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1515 W: 18 N: 3165] (11638)
  • [2006-08-15 13:46]

Lovely reflection and colours. Great textures in the foreground

Fantastic scenery Pam, very nice to have that mirrored reflection in the water. If possible I would have tried to get down close to that rippled sandbed to make the foreground even stronger. Very well done.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2006-08-15 20:42]

Bonjour Pam!

Bravo pour cette belle prise de vue,l'endroit est superbe et agréable à regarder.


Seriously wonderful landscape, well photographed indeed!

Hello Pam,
There is an interesting effect since the shallow water is clear and see-through while the deeper parts provide an excellent mirror!
A beautiful composition of an impressive mountain range, decorated by fresh snow...
Pablo -

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2006-08-16 2:52]

Hello Pam!

Amazing. New Zealand is still land of thousand surprises for me! Breathtaking landscape, something you rather expect in south Argentina maybe. Superb photo my friend!

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  • osse Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 955 W: 0 N: 89] (7805)
  • [2006-08-16 9:23]

Beautiful landscape shot PAM.
Great sharpnes, details, colours, light , DOF and POV.
Well done mf


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