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Aoraki, Highest Mountain in NZ

Aoraki, Highest Mountain in NZ
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Landscapes
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-04-13
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC TZ3
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-05-17 4:48
Viewed: 5609
Points: 31
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Mt Cook, Mackenzie Country

That is Mt Cook, also known in Maori as Aoraki
, the highest snow capped mountain in the distance.

Mackenzie Country is a high inland basin beneath the Southern Alps and Mount Cook, south west of Christchurch.

At 3,754 metres Mount Cook / Aoraki is New Zealand's highest mountain. It towers above massive snow-clad peaks that make up Mount Cook National Park.

Mt Cook National Park covers the central and highest area of the Southern Alps, east of the main divide. Created in 1953, it stretches 65 km (40 miles) along the main divide for an area of 70,700 hectares (176,750 acres).

The lake is Lake Pukaki, with wonderfully turquoise coloured water. The road to Mt Cook runs alongside this wonderful lake and we thoroughly enjoyed the trip to Mount Cook village.

Last time we visited Mt Cook (last century) it was overcast and wet and we never got a glimpse of any of this scenery. So you can imagine how thrilled we were this time to see this view.

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To bobcat08: MuriwaiJanice 3 05-20 02:58
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Great location - Great composition Janice.
The color, detail, contrast, and exposure look very nice.
Love this! :)

Hi Janice,
I was also fortunate to have excellent weather while travelling to Mt Cook. Stunning countryside.
Back to your pic.Good DOF and excellent colour contrast.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-05-17 5:14]

Hallo Janice,
Einfach grosse Klasse diese Aufnahme ! Tolles Blickwinkel und ganz gute Lichtkontrolle. Wunderbares Effekt. Eine recht stimmungsvolle Szene, meisterhaft festgehalten.
Gre aus Deutschland

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  • eng55 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1256 W: 42 N: 1976] (5892)
  • [2008-05-17 5:23]

Hi Janice,
Beautiful landscape.Perfect point of view and framing.Details,colors,contrast and exposure are also excellent.Well caught and composed.
Thanks for posting.

Hello Janice,
Great capture of this beautiful landscape
Nice composition and excellent DOF
Well done

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  • aido Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 1044 W: 156 N: 1218] (4046)
  • [2008-05-17 5:31]

Hi Janice,
What a beautiful place, I can imagine you were thrilled to see this scenery. A great capture too, perfect DOF and detail. No suggestions for improvement here, great image.
Best regards,

Oh my what a beautiful sea/landscape. We have nothing to compare it with here exactly. Plenty of nice views but not the mountains with snow right there on the sea level or appearance thereof...Nicely done and good glass with that pano! Is that one with a Leica lens? well seen.

Hi Janice ,
Nice landscape with great composition.
Nice sharpness too.

Kind regards

Kia Ora Janice,
Many thanks for sharing this awesome view of Mt.Cook from the south island!
best pov with wonderful fg elements to the far distance of the mountains!
a very well balanced landscape image
how was your trip to Muriwai?
my best regards to you and Dave!

Hello Janice,
Beautiful light indeed.
Well composed and great depth.
Strange to view a snow capped mountain so close to the sea.
Well done

No doubt, a beautiful piece of nature Janice, captured expertly as a serene landscape, from cool blues to warm browns. Would like to be there sometime...

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2008-05-18 2:36]
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Hi Janice

Solitude, peacefulness, any place where there is quiet and nobody to rub it in. Isn't this where you would like to be right now, especially after the hiding the Chiefs got from the Sharks last night? Sorry, that made me sound as spiteful or as malevolent as a Bulls fan. I won't rub it in so forget that I mentioned it, OK. Back to the photo. Solitude, peacefulness, a place where it is absolutely quiet and secluded so nobody can Oops, almost I went there again, but then I realised I already mentioned the thrashing (chuckle).

No, jokes aside, this is a beautiful landscape shot of a lovely scene with tremendous depth and visual stimulus. The tree in the foreground gives excellent scale and perspective while the huge lake and the enormous blue mountains in the distance provides perfect scale to the magnitude and dimension of the panorama. The f/9 aperture has ensured amazing detail throughout the entire range of the photo, the contrasts are well balanced due to spot-on exposure management, the composition (although the scenery provided a rather complex mix) stayed well within the boundaries of the guiding rules for 'compositional photography', and the colours are well saturated yet very natural.

Great work MF and TFS.
Kia Ora

Hello Janice,

This must be a wonderful day. You can see the misty condition above the lake. Great composition. Wonderful landscape colors. The tree at the right and the mountains on the left lead you to Mount Cook. Perfect. Thanks for sharing. Have a nice day and TFS BOB

How was your trip to Muriwai? No accidents with the grandkids and their mountainsbike escapades.

Dear Janice,
magnificent scenery in the clear air of Autumn. A very pleasant combination of warm hues in front, and icy blue in the distance. Very nicely composed with the trees. A fabulous place to be.
Thank you! With best regards from the Northern Alps with peaks still covered with deep snow,

Wordsworth wrote a lovely poem, the Solitary Reaper...I wonder why that poem comes to my mind when I see this shot, there's so much life here, in this shot, yet it seems a trifle melancholic, if I may.The contrsts in this shot are truly amazing, Janice, the clarity and sharpness outstanding.This is a work of art, a collectors' shot!
Thanks for sharing this wonderful shot!
Have a lovely weekend!
Kind regards!

Hi Janice

What a beatifull landscape um did, composition, light and colours. Congratulations

Best regards


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