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Early Morning Light

Early Morning Light
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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: 2007-06-02
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya UV 77mm
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-25 6:12
Viewed: 4350
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Nelson Lakes National Park (established in 1956) is situated in the north of New Zealand's South Island. This park protects 102,000 hectares of the northern most Southern Alps. The park offers tranquil beech forest, craggy mountains, clear streams and lakes both big and small.

Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project
Take one of the many walks through the Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project in Nelson Lakes National Park and you'll experience a forest alive with the sights and sounds of birds.

The Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project aims to restore approximately 5000 hectares of beech forest on the shores of Lake Rotoiti, in Nelson Lakes National Park. This is being achieved through an extensive predator trapping programme and the area is managed as a "mainland island".

Take one of the many walks through the project and you'll see and hear the results of this work; a forest alive with the sights and sounds of birds. Information panels along the way tell the story of the project and the plants and animals that call it home.

This mainland island comprises approximately 825 ha of predominantly red, silver and mountain beech forest, and is situated alongside Lake Rotoiti within Nelson Lakes National Park.

Honeydew beech forests can support large numbers of native birds: the honeydew scale insect provides an energy source for nectar-feeding birds, and the sporadic and intense beech seed production ("masting") provides food for large numbers of seed-eating birds.

Unfortunately this unique ecosystem has been altered dramatically by introduced deer, possums, mice, stoats, and wasps. The goal is to reduce the numbers of these pests so that the ecological processes of this honeydew beech forest can recover.

The success of the project's work is evident when walking through the beech forest. There is a resounding chorus of bellbirds, mistletoe is becoming more visible and small groups of kaka can be spotted.

Around 100,000 people visit Lake Rotoiti's Kerr Bay every year and with the recovery area right beside the campground they need only walk a short distance to experience flourishing native forest and birdlife.

The gateway to the park is St Arnaud, a 1-2 hour drive from Nelson or Blenheim.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 7:58 a.m.
Date: 2nd June 2007
Weather conditions: Early Morning
Lens: Canon 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/2
F-Stop: F/22
Focal Length: 17mm
ISO: 200
Support: Manfrotto Tripod: 055CL Legs & 804RC2 Head
Original file type: Digital Raw

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  • Great 
  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2007-06-25 6:35]

Parfaite composition et superbe endroit.
Merci Pam!

What an amazing capture, it is very sharp and clear. Great POV and DOF. The lighting is perfect as well, nicely captured!


Hola de nuevo Pam
Una gran foto de este lugar que tiene que ser y es precioso. Una gran composición la que nos muestras con el muelle de madera para dar profundidad a la toma.
Un saludo

this landscape and your composition is just absolutely magnificent!and you got it with a beautiful light!

Lovely Pam,
It was here by the lake that I found some of the most colourful and spectacular fungi ever.
I'm looking forward to going back there next Autumn.

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  • Debz Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 505 W: 0 N: 847] (3307)
  • [2007-06-25 13:19]

A very beautiful shot Pam, colours and tones are wonderful. Very well composed. Clean, soft and sharp with good focus. The perspective is spot on. Lovely reflections. Dare I say you didn't need the top and bottom black. It would grace any wall.

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