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 due to my fingers cramping 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 to look at the shot to make sure I had 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, 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 photos. Not just because of the beauty of the scenery, but the adventure that led up to and followed this shot.