I’m starting to get obsessed, endlessly looking for landscape panorama photos, the right light, the right mood, the right colours. To be frank, it’s not all that difficult here in New Zealand, there’s a snap pretty much everywhere you look, though there are some rules I try to follow. I’m very much a beginner at this so the images we’re getting aren’t perfect but I’m loving having a crack at getting them. Experimenting with HDR photography is also taking up inordinate amounts of time but the results are really something. I’ll write a more in-depth post about this somewhere down the line.
The next stop on the trip was Wanaka, a small town nestled amongst huge mountains with a beautiful lake and a good reputation, ideal for a few panoramas. We based ourselves there for a couple of days while we pottered about visiting Queenstown, home to extreme sports, and the biggest burger I have ever seen. Fergburger (http://fergburger.com) is famous around these here parts with the queue heading out of the door and into the pissing rain, but not even a downpour of monumental proportions could wash away the line of drool all the way to the counter. If the Christmas dinner is the king of roast dinners, then the Big Al is the king of burgers. A whole pound of beef, then bacon, a stack of cheese, 2 eggs, beetroot, onion, tomato, lettuce and topped off with, in their words, “a big wad of aioli”. It’s a belt loosener. McDonald’s take note, THAT is how to make a burger.
Wanaka sits on the edge of an enormous lake, perfect for watersports and, for us, a photo op. We’d planned the exact spot we wanted to shoot from but the weather really wasn’t playing ball that day. I was grimly reminded of those days back at home in the UK we all know and despise. Lady luck must have had a word with the fella upstairs because just as we arrived the clouds parted and we managed to get a couple of snaps.
Last stop in Wanaka was a great mexican restaurant called Amigos – Highly recommended if you’re ever in town!
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