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Lake Matheson

Lake Matheson
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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: 2007-05-29
Categories: Mountain
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM, Digital RAW 200, Hoya 77mm Circular Polariser
Details: Tripod: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-28 5:41
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Favorites: 2 [view]
Points: 36
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Lake Matheson, near the Fox Glacier in South Westland, New Zealand, is famous for its reflected views of Aoraki/Mount Cook and Mount Tasman. A traditional mahinga kai (food gathering place) for Māori people, the lake contains long finned eel as well as being home to many water birds.

Lake Matheson was formed by glaciation ca. 14,000 years ago. It is situated on the valley floor about 12km from the current Fox Glacier and Aoraki/Mount Cook, the highest peak in New Zealand, and Mount Tasman.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 11:07 a.m.
Date: 29th May 2007
Weather conditions: Clear
Lens: Canon 17-35mm F/2.8 L USM
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/10
F-Stop: F/13
Focal Length: 28mm
Support: Manfrotto Tripod: 055CL Legs & 804RC2 Head
ISO: 200
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
Beautiful landscape photo, you have captured so much in one shot. I like the misty mountains (Im not referring to 'Lord of the Rings') in the background and the others with snow on it. Wonderful sharp foreground, just the perfect setting for a landscape.

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  • pvb Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 385 W: 16 N: 531] (1981)
  • [2007-06-28 6:13]

Hi Pam,
This looks absolutly great. This is a very good landscape with perfect reflection in the water.
Because of the trees you created depth in this picture. Misty mountains and with snow on them.
A very nice to be.
TFS Paula

Great mysterious landscape !

TFS Greetz Kristy

Hi Pam,

The bushes and lake on foreground, and the mountains on BG, yes thats very special. It's gives just the perfect setting for a landscape. And don't forget the mirroreffect. Well done. Regards and TFS

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  • mikou Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 869 W: 68 N: 1479] (6093)
  • [2007-06-28 8:53]

Hi Pam.
This is fabulous landscape.I like lightsome light fog on mountains behind silhouette trees.Amazing atmosphere.Also nice contrast snowy heights mountains.Beautiful POV and composition with very nice mirroring in lake.I like this colors and lighting so much(it looks like earli morning).Superb!
TFS,with greeting Milos.

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-06-28 8:57]

Hola Pam,
magnífico pov,
bello paisaje y luminosa escena,
gran trabajo.

Bonjour Pam
Belle prise de vue avec ce superbe paysage avec ces magnifiques montagnes et ce beau Lac d'un calme extraordinaire. Félicitations pour l'expositions et les belles couleurs.
Merci et au revoir ...JP

Hello Pam,
I bet every time you look at this you think 'Now why AM I living in Auckland again ?'
Once you've visited some of these places, the lure to go back there forever becomes irresistable.
Mind you,it might be a bit cold living near Mt Cook.
She's a fair way South ay ?

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2007-06-28 22:50]

Hello Pam,
It is just beautiful in an unbelievable way. Breathtaking landscape you show us. You must have felt like in paradise on earth. Really I would like to go there. Thank's to show us the natural beauties of your country.
Best regards

Hi Pam,
What a stunning photo. The hazy mountain view with it soft morning light is so wonderful. The entire photo screams tranquility. :)
Superb work in the exposure keeping details in the shaded areas and the snow in perfect condition as well.

Breathtaking scenery and a lovely photo as well....well done

Hi Pam.
Beautiful landscape. Great light and reflections and a good pano crop. Very nice, well done.
Regards, Steve.

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  • jmp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1659 W: 95 N: 2273] (8415)
  • [2007-06-29 8:20]

Hi Pam,
What a beautiful place you show us! Excellent colours and composition and a really wonderful view!
TFS, José M.

Wonderful image Pam, I like it very much. Can I get a copy for my office? :)
Love the comp, color, depth, and mirrored reflection, excellent.

Hello Pam,
It is a fine capture of this magnificient landscape!
The side light in combination with some haze in the back creates this great sense of depth, an almost 3D effect...
Warm attractive colours, pleasant reflection!
Pablo -

Hi Pam,
This is a very placid & tranquil scene. Sometimes I wish I can be in places like this when I'm feeling down. You capture all of lake Matheson's splendor and beauty. :)

Hi Pam

just dropping by, haven't been around for a while (too busy with work) and soon to go away on leave....

Great shot. the view and the refelction are stunning. Maybe one day I will get to go out there.... Love the composition.

Is it mist you are shooting through?


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  • Tage Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 43] (251)
  • [2007-07-13 20:06]

Nice lake mirror,
with the snowcovered peaks in the background.


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