Lake Tekapo

The Story Behind the Image: Lake Tekapo

Location: Lake Tekapo, New Zealand
Date: 22nd August 2017
Camera: Canon EOS Kiss Digital N
Lens: Tamron 11-18mm F/4.5-5.6
Exposure: 1/50 at f5.6
ISO: 100
Focal Length: 11

My fingers felt like they were going to freeze and snap off taking this shot of Lake Tekapo.

Travelling with a group of friends, we on a snowboarding trip to New Zealand.

We were roadtripping from Methven to Wanaka. After driving for what felt like all day, we stopped at Lake Tekapo for a quick break.

I saw this shot driving into the car park, and I couldn’t wait to snap it. So I jumped out of the car when it came to a stop and ran out to this spot to shoot it before we moved on.

I didn’t think of the cold when getting out of the car; I was too excited. But, when I finally stopped running and got down to take the shot, that’s when bitter cold kicked in.

I struggled to get the polarizer on because my fingers were cramped up from the cold.

I quickly took a series of shots so I could get back to the car to get some warmer gear on.

I didn’t stop looking at the shot to ensure I got it. I just felt it out and hoped I had gotten the shot I wanted.

It would be until weeks later when I was back in Australia, that I got to see this shot in a larger view, and I was stoked (and relieved) that I got it.

It is still one of my favourite landscape photos. Not just because of the beauty of the scenery, but the adventure that led up to and followed this shot.

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