Day 15: Te Anau To Milford Sound

On day 15 we made our way to one of New Zealands most famous and photographic sites, Milford Sound. Milford Sound is located in Fiordland NP on the SW of the South Island. Milford Sound runs for approx 15km and is surrounded by steep escarpments on both sides. Some of these escarpments rise as high as 1692m (Mitre Peak) and the water reaches down to 450m. Whilst there are many awesome reasons to come to this attraction such as cruises, scuba diving (one day), hiking and extreme activities, we came for the views.

The road into this area takes approximately 2.5 hours from Te Anau and is to me just as amazing as the destination. This is to me what I thought the whole of NZ would be. Huge and dramatic landscapes everywhere you look. This shot was taken early in the drive at a random look out over a range of mountains that werent named. (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/200)

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About 2/3rds of the way there you reach a giant tunnel. This tunnel goes from memory 1.25km under a mountain. Its one laned and pretty full on. There are lights on either side and you wait for on coming cars to pass. Now this has created a fun game for a very cheeky, yet somewhat endangered parrot, the Kia. The Kia are absolutely gorgeous, highly intelligent and extremely cheeky. The typically game here is to land on a car and begin chewing anything rubber (such as windshield wipers or guards on windows) before the driver realises and tries to stop it. Then its fly to another side of the car and repeat. Very funny and annoying. Here is one giving our rent-a-car a go. (1ds, 17-40, f4.5, 1/200).

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Now this is a hard post to make as I was lucky and got to shoot some different shots or the Sound. So i will be very stingy on what I post so as not to bore you. First off the typical view, Mitre Peak. (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/500). This shot whilst not everyones favourite is the one i like as it was close to what  I had in mind to shoot. A nice and moody black and white with sun bursting through the clouds. (Funny story-Id waited all day for a shot like this and had no luck, until I told Maegan no more photos I give up, lets get a coffee. So as we sat to drink I looked out the window and saw what was unfurling. With an apology and an idea of the butt kicking Id get later I ran out the door and got the shot I wanted. Was it worth it? I’ll let you be the judge)

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I will of course include a shot of my beautiful wife, Maegan (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/125). Taken on a cruise through the Sound.

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My final shot is a simple one to give an idea of the scale of this place. This is the visitor centre towered by one of the many steep walls. (1ds, 17-40, f8, 1/320)

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Well two more days of shots left and almost all editing done. The next days will appear very soon. And then we can all move on together.

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~ by adamrose on July 19, 2009.

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