Sunrise and Sunset

When you start out with this photography hobby you are quickly told about the Golden hour of light. However you will quickly learn that taking a sunset or sunrise shot is not as easy as waking up and taking a snap. Eventually after a few early starts and late sunsets you will get the hang of it and then the photo is still not as stunning as actually being there at the time. I think it has a lot to do with the emotional aspects within one self.

Sunrise in Dunedin


Taken from just outside Dunedin I did a bit of scouting the day before and came across an old harbour entrance. In the distance is a light tower and the old WWII gun tower. Today it is a protected area as  Albatros and  Yellow Eyed Penguins breed in the area. The yellow eyed penguins also nest in the area during their moulting cycle.

ShagPoint Sunrise


On a trip to the Catlins I had to stop over and take a nap after a long drive. I thought to get going at dawn, but the opportunity for this shot presented itself . The area had hard rains during the night , but it looked to clear up by morning. Not in the picture is the fur seals that was barking at me for waking them up. They eventually laid claim to the rock later that morning.

Sunset in Westport


The west coast of New Zealand is truly spectacular and the sunsets is proof of that. They say the dust storms in Aussie sometimes blows towards New Zealand and we then get a Red Sunset. In this case I was lucky to not get eaten alive  by the sandflies but the sunset was worth it. This shot was taken between Greymouth and Westport and is three photos stitched together

Sunset in Nelson


They call it the Beautiful Nelson and this must be why. The shot was purely by chance while driving from Nelson to Picton. I managed to stop and take this photo and two minutes later the light conditions changed dramatically. All subsequent photos looks very different and does not have the golden tones.

Taylors Mistake

The name Te Onepoto / Taylors Mistake is one of New Zealand’s dual place names. The Māori portion, Te Onepoto, means short or little beach. For the English portion, the Lyttelton Times in 1865 said it was “originally called Vincent’s Bay, and more recently Taylors Mistake, owing to the master of a vessel running in here during the night-time, thinking he was about to pass over the Sumner Bar.”

Taylors Mistake

I have been to this little spot numerous times and yet I have not got the shot I wanted. A fellow blogger has set the bar pretty high on this one 🙂

Taylors mistake

Lake Pukaki

On a very windy winters morning I was fortunate to wake up next to the lake and capture a stunning pink sunrise. If the east coast of the South Island is clear and you have some cloud over the lakes, the early light sneaks in under the cloud cover creating this awesome pink effect. It will only last for about 20 minutes before you lose the effect.

Lake Pukaki Stormy SunRise

Lake Pukaki is the largest of three roughly parallel alpine lakes running north-south along the northern edge of the Mackenzie Basin.The lake is fed at its northern end by the braided Tasman River, which has its source in the Tasman and Hooker Glaciers

Lake Pukaki


Wanaka is a town in the Otago region of the South Island of New Zealand. It is situated at the southern end of Lake Wanaka, adjacent to the outflow of the lake to the Clutha River. It is the gateway to Mount Aspiring National Park. Wanaka is primarily a resort town but has both summer and winter seasons and is based around the many outdoor opportunities



 (Māori: Tahuna) is a resort town in Otago in the south-west of New Zealand’s South Island.

It is built around an inlet called Queenstown Bay on Lake Wakatipu, a long thin Z-shaped lake formed by glacial processes, and has spectacular views of nearby mountains such as The Remarkables, Cecil Peak, Walter Peak and just above the town; Ben Lomond and Queenstown Hill.

The town is the largest centre in Central Otago, and the second largest in Otago after Dunedin.


Source : Wikipedia

One response to “Sunrise and Sunset

  1. Thanks for the mention and the link, that image was taken in July I think and was the morning after a norwester, so good clouds in the sky but a clear horizon – just lucky 🙂

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