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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Thu 07-Mar-13 11:58 PM
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"Lake Matheson Reflections"


Doreen, AU
          

Lake Matheson is near Fox Glacier in the South Island of New Zealand. It is popular with photographers because of the still water and "perfect" reflections that are possible. Usually requires a very early morning start before the wind gets up.
This morning the addition of some rising mist added to the experience (and hopefully the photos!).Here are a series of 3 shots taken from each of the three strategic locations well known to photographers.
My question is which one works best? And is "the duck" in the third a positive addition or an annoyance?

From "The Jetty"

D300, Nikon 17-55 @40mm, f9, 1/250, ISO200

From "View of Views"

D300, Nikon 17-55 @ 38mm, f9, 1/320, ISO200

From "Reflection Island"

D300, Nikon 17-55 @ 26mm, f9, 1/400, ISO200

Rob Wyatt
A Nikonian from Melbourne, Australia

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rwk48 Silver Member Nikonian since 08th Feb 2012Fri 08-Mar-13 04:52 AM
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#1. "RE: Lake Matheson Reflections"
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Powell, US
          

The 3rd one is my favorite, I like the sense of space in it. The duck works for me.

Rob

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olivierrychner Gold Member  Awarded for his long standing high level of commitment to the Nikonians community and demonstrated excellence in the art and science of photography. Nikonian since 03rd Jan 2005Fri 08-Mar-13 08:55 AM
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CH
          

I almost bought an air ticket to NZ after I saw these images

To me, all are great, with 2 and 3 maybe a tad above 1 because the latter has that violent light in a corner - but in this case, it's not a major problem to me.

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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Fri 08-Mar-13 09:04 AM
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#3. "RE: Lake Matheson Reflections"
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Doreen, AU
          

Thanks Rob and Olivier for your comments. The sunrise in 1 made it difficult to get the lighting right but the mist was more impressive with this one I thought. The other 2 locations were further round from the line of the rising sun and so didn't have the same problem.

I can thoroughly recommend New Zealand as a tourist destination - there are many locations either lakes or mountains or sea just as impressive and all encapsulated in a relatively small area. Yes, it is a long way away for our European and North American Nikonian members but well worth it. Lord of the Rings didn't over deliver on what New Zealand has to offer.

Rob Wyatt
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mnbuilder49 Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, especially in Interiors Architecture, Landscape and HDR Photography Nikonian since 18th Apr 2006Sun 10-Mar-13 03:17 PM
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#4. "RE: Lake Matheson Reflections"
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Lakeville, US
          

The 3rd one is my favorite of a very nice series.

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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Sun 10-Mar-13 06:50 PM
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#5. "RE: Lake Matheson Reflections"
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Doreen, AU
          

Thanks Larry

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Happy to buck the trend and say the first shot is my favorite. I like the more ethereal nature of this one compared to the 2 and 3rd.

  

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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Sun 10-Mar-13 09:48 PM
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#9. "RE: Lake Matheson Reflections"
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Doreen, AU
          

Thanks Gregg - I agree ethereal is exactly the right word.

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Asgard Administrator He is your Chief Guardian Angel at the Helpdesk and knows a lot about a lot Nikonian since 07th Apr 2004Sun 10-Mar-13 07:17 PM
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East Frisia, DE
          

Great series

Very well done.

Gerold - Nikonian in East Frisia
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treadwl Silver Member Nikonian since 10th Feb 2009Sun 10-Mar-13 07:21 PM
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Sunrise, US
          

The duck works --- it adds a foreground with purpose and helps set the scene---at least for me.

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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Sun 10-Mar-13 09:51 PM
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Doreen, AU
          

Thanks Gerold and Larry.
I like to think the duck works too. I did take one without but prefer the one with.

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Garen T Silver Member Nikonian since 20th Jan 2013Mon 11-Mar-13 12:06 AM
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Hawthorn Woods IL, US
          

Beautiful set, there all great! I think the duck works too! It helps give some pull to the bottom half which I think helps off set the center composed horizon.

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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Mon 11-Mar-13 02:56 AM
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Doreen, AU
          

Thanks Garen

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dagoldst Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2012Mon 11-Mar-13 03:50 PM
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Rob,

I like all 3, with a preference towards the 3rd image.

I got to say, the air must of been dead still to move to three different spots and have the lake stay so glassy smooth!

David

"Sawed that board three times and it is still too short... "

  

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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Mon 11-Mar-13 10:08 PM
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#14. "RE: Lake Matheson Reflections"
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Doreen, AU
          

Thanks David.
It takes about an hour to walk all around the lake with the view points all on the "far side". The locals reckon that on calm days you'll get perfect calm for maybe the first 1 - 2 hours of daylight. Of course on the west coast of New Zealand you average about 2 in every 3 days being cloudy and/or windy/rainy so being at Lake Matheson when it is perfect means I was pretty lucky!
The hardest part was managing to get the "best" spot at each point in amongst the other photographers and keeping calm when one of the kids accompanying his father decided to throw some stones in to see how many ripples they could produce. While he got a glare from me his Dad was not happy and showed it. It was a small temporary blot on an otherwise idyllic and serene spot. The ripples took 4 minutes to clear - I measured it

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dagoldst Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Dec 2012Tue 12-Mar-13 12:31 AM
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Little Rock, US
          

Great story about the young boy, Rob. I have been similarly impatient when photographing, but realize, in the end, I don't own the place. LOL

David

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newbird Silver Member Nikonian since 25th Apr 2006Mon 11-Mar-13 10:44 PM
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Neuville, near Quebec City, CA
          

Hi Rob,

I have a strong preference for the first one because of the very unique ambiance rarely seen in a photograph. The warmer colors and tints remind me of old deutch paintings. I prefer this photo because it stands out from usual landscape photographs.

On the other hand, the other two photos have a more common look in spite of being superb photos as well. Look on the web and you'll find several photos as good as these two but not for the first one.

Regarding the duck in the third one, I personnally find it distractive because it attracts to much my eyes (it is too low in the photo and to close). I feel this creates ambiguity about the primary topic of this photo: duck or scenery?

As you can see, my opinion differs from most others.

BTW you live in a superb area with the impressive Great Ocean Road nearby. One of my colleagues just moved to RMIT and I hopefully will go again soon!

Congrats for your series!

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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Mon 11-Mar-13 11:02 PM
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Doreen, AU
          

Thanks Yvan for your analysis and thoughts. You're right to say the third one in particular is the "target" for many photographers and is therefore quite common. And also it is nice to have found a point of difference as with the first one.

My aim as a serious hobbyist travel photographer is to go to as many places in the world as possible and capture both my own version of the "standard" shot but also something different. I'd like to think I have achieved both of that at Lake Matheson.

With regards to the Great Ocean Road in Victoria - it is a great drive and deserving of many trips - each one usually finds something for us we haven't spotted before. For many years, for example, I didn't even know that there was a Bay of Islands on this road as it is at the far end from Melbourne and past the popular spots - but it is a truly spectacular part of the coastline.

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Ineluki Gold Member Nikonian since 03rd Aug 2011Wed 13-Mar-13 07:49 PM
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#18. "RE: Lake Matheson Reflections"
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Nürnberg, DE
          

Hi Rob,

all three photos are great.

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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Wed 13-Mar-13 10:00 PM
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#19. "RE: Lake Matheson Reflections"
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Doreen, AU
          

Thanks Egbert

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jdh8 Gold Member Nikonian since 20th Mar 2007Thu 14-Mar-13 08:35 AM
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Buckley, US
          

Great series. The first one is my favorite, I love the mood. The duck works for me in the last but maybe a little too close to the bottom of the frame as said before. Very Nice

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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Thu 14-Mar-13 10:00 AM
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Doreen, AU
          

Thanks for your comments John

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ehall Silver Member Nikonian since 12th Nov 2012Fri 15-Mar-13 11:55 AM
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#22. "RE: Lake Matheson Reflections"
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South Orange, US
          

Thanks for sharing these beautiful photos. They are all works of art, but #3 held my attention the frame of the sky and it's reflection, the lines, (mist, trees and mountains) and the reflections making frames.

Emory

  

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sulkyrob Silver Member Nikonian since 07th Jan 2007Fri 15-Mar-13 06:48 PM
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Doreen, AU
          

Thanks for your kind comments Emory. I must admit I have got no. 3 up on the wall at home!

Rob Wyatt
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