Queenstown and Snow Farm

21 August 2012


We recently spent a long weekend on in Queenstown and Wanaka. Around other commitments we managed a walk up to the Skyline gondola (more strenuous than I’d imagined with baby in backpack and camera in hand, making rough ground more treacherous).
You pass the cemetery (one of the most picturesque in the South) where the light was picking out the cross and trees but leaving the hillside in shade, giving opportunities to isolate subjects.

Then up through the pine forest where the uniformity of the trunks impressed me, like an army on parade. I chose a moving camera technique to give an Impressionist style that accentuates form and lines but reduces detail.

Finally the path opens up to give a stunning vista over LAke Wakatipu, Queenstown and THe Remarkables, but also a mini luge gondola, chairlift and Restaurant complex teeming with tourists. The framed silhouettes provided most drama for me, and captured the juxta position.

The Snow Farm, a couple of days later, was a family occasion. We enjoy the more laid back, friendly and social aspect of Nordic Skiing.It is a fun way to see the winter landscape,  but above all it is great all round exercise. We took turns at pulling the baby sled, which once you get momentum up gives you a helping hand up the hills and tests your braking skills downhill.

A  incoming front and a North Easterly flow provided a light that was flat but, unusual for this area and  for me interesting, as it gave opportunities to make very simple images with lots of negative space (title image).

This and the curve and isolation of the fence are the factors that drew me to make this image.